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Old 01-27-2010, 08:20 AM
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seems lots of us got bitten early...
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I grew up down the block from "Muscle Boats", which was the big Hydrostream distibutor on LI in the late 70's and early 80's. Everytime we drove to go anywhere, you would have to pass the shop, and usually every two months or so, you would see a new stack of boats lined up in the lifts. Occassionally, we would ride our bikes down there to get a closer look, and the guy who owned it was pretty friendly and let us walk around (its now a podiatrists office). Occasioanally some neighbor would buy one, and you would see them racing around the Great South Bay, and just stand there in awe. Then when I was around 16, my nieghbor bought a brand new 22' activator, and another one bought a 21' Superboat, and I was hooked ever since
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Linder and I were standing next to the Nile when the annual Pharoah's river races were starting. Let me tell you when the slave masters began to snap their whips and the oars started flashing, we were hooked.

Soon after that, I got my first whip and it comes in handy to this day.

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Linder and I were standing next to the Nile when the annual Pharoah's river races were starting. Let me tell you when the slave masters began to snap their whips and the oars started flashing, we were hooked.

Soon after that, I got my first whip and it comes in handy to this day.

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I grew up on the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, PA from the early 70's thru the 80"s. Our first river lot consisted of about 10 families and one of the guys had a 73 or 74 Glasstron with a 115 Merc. At about 40 mph it was the fastest boat on the river. A few years later we joined another river lot with only 1 other family. The son who was in his early 20's at the time bought a 18' jet boat with a 454 that would do about 70mph if I remember right. His father took me out for a ride one day and let me drive. An experience that I'll never forget!!!Being around 12 years old I could barely reach the gas pedal and the father kept encouraging me to go faster. WHAT A RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!
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about 10yrs old my oldman took me to Detroit to the the races and planted the seed...
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Back in 1976 my dad took me to my first Offshore race on Lake St. Clair, got to see Lil' Rhino, Wolverine and all the the old gang race, within the year we moved out on the water and I got my first ride in a 27 magnum jumping a couple cruiser wakes and I was hooked ever since.
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My earliest memories are with my grandfather on Lake Erie. Grandparents lived on the water and i spent a lot of time there in the summer. Had this little Cruisers Inc wood boat that i ran everywhere. Thats me in the front middle and my brother in the back. The kid next to me was a neighbor at the cottage. Great memories and my biggest influence for boating bar none.
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June 1992..... My uncle invites me out in his 1991/92 Sonic 38SS named "Seeeee Ya" that he ran all winter in South Florida and had shipped up to NYC for the summer..... ten minutes after pulling into the marina I am hooked for life........ I have tried a few times here on OSO to locate this Sonic with no luck......... I wonder if it is still out there somewhere........??
Johnny, thats dedication, 15+ years later and you went with a Sonic.
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