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Old 03-10-2002, 05:50 PM
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Would the old cat "Wild Turkey" be related to the old Cigarette Wild Turkey? If so was Bob Bocciano (Spelling?) still involved with it? My father was friends with him and just this weekend while at my parents home in NJ we were looking through old photos of me and there was one of me at the helm in Pt. Pleasant at the docks at the Lobster Shanty. Odly enough, many years later (1996) I was in the winners circle at the Shanty myself!

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Old 03-11-2002, 07:35 PM
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In no particular order.....................

Its Bocchino not Bocciano

Stray Cat: e-mail me whenever you like... There's a PM process here and I just cleared my mailbox.

The old 32' Skater (designed in 1986) featured a "fine" forward entry and did not have the recovery present in the 30' Shadow. We made the same mistake with a couple of the Conquests. The belief at the time was that a longer constant section might hurt top speed. Peter Hledin corrected this issue with his next design (the 40') and has made significant strides since then (IMO the new 32, is excellent in forward recovery design). To associate that boat with "carnage" is unfair and wrong , given its incredible race record, the absence of cockpit safety guidelines early in its career and, the fact that there were more of them than people qualified to drive them........ There's still a LOT of that around in boats of all types.

By the way most of the accidents involving the 32 were barrel rolls not stuffs......... Which to me are more indicative of driver error ( and backward prop rotation , of course). Finally, if the boat is/was so dangerous than all of the people who "popped" it are more than thieves since they had the benefit of seeing the accidents BEFORE copying the boat. I believe that Peter designed it in good faith believing that it was a valid design and a natural progression from his 24 footer.

I'll let someone else fill in which are the "popped" hulls.

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Old 03-11-2002, 07:55 PM
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T2x - Good info, are you saying that Peter increased the "constant" running surface to help it's recovery? And/or did he widen the forward strakes? Or what? Thanks.
 
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Old 03-11-2002, 08:07 PM
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Old 03-11-2002, 08:08 PM
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I found some old photos.
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Old 03-11-2002, 08:09 PM
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Old 03-11-2002, 08:50 PM
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Hey what was the chris cat "Ballistic" before Fusco owned it ? Was that the original name or not ? I was just with him today again and keep forgetting to ask him .
Is the new owner on this board ? I think he said he sold it to a guy in VA.

Ps . You guys better better hold onto your hats ! He is workin hard on that big skater ! And he's got a big smile !
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I believe "Ballistic" is here:

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Old 03-11-2002, 10:00 PM
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Thanks Ted , that does say Ballistic ,but it's not the same one . The one I mean has 2 -750 EFI motors. Thanks though .
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