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Old 09-15-2008, 04:02 PM
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Using the definition of production being more than one boat being built exactly the same. There were wooden hull steamers built back in the 1800s with stepped hulls.
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Hustler power boats did in the mid 80's. When they wanted to add a 40' to there line up of 21', 26' and 32' they took 8' of the back section of a 32' hull and bolted it to another 32' to get the 40' and started sea trials and achieved the 1st step hull. Fiores did this with the help of Mark S from Activator.
I thought that was how they developed the 37 Outerlimits Stilletto. I remember the boat they used. Scott Langbeins' White Lightning
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If you want to split hairs and talk about "Production Fibreglass hulls", below are examples of a few (and there were more) that were available in the early 60's.

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I thought that was how they developed the 37 Outerlimits Stilletto. I remember the boat they used. Scott Langbeins' White Lightning
I am always amazed at how this topic always morphs from "Who was the first to put steps on a hull?" to "Who was the first guy that I ever heard of (or had drinks with and have been duped into believing is an "icon").......who put steps on a hull?"

To a lot of our OSO members, it seems if it happened before you bought your first boat...or went to your first race...it didn't happen.



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More stepped hulls.....that predate any of today's nonsense.

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Here's Art Asbury in the boat that created the great Rooster Tail in my earlier post above while setting the Canadian Water Speed Record back in the day........... before the LOTO Shootout was a gleam in somebody's Daddy's eye.

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The best answer by far.............Definitive.
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The best answer by far.............Definitive.
That's not production that's a custom one off.
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I thought that was how they developed the 37 Outerlimits Stilletto. I remember the boat they used. Scott Langbeins' White Lightning
That was a cut down 40' Hustler.

And I think the question was what was the "First Production Stepped Hull" not one off experimental
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