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SteveS 11-28-2002 02:24 PM

Step Bottom History
Just noticed that Seaplanes used step bottoms during WWII. Not sure how much further back this went, but tought it was kinda neat.

timucin 11-28-2002 02:26 PM

thought it started with hustler am i right?

DEVIL MAN 11-28-2002 02:34 PM

Stepped hulls are way old.....never publicised until ten years ago...check out old sailboats, old sea planes, etc. It was just old Reggie that made a big deal out of it!!!!


SteveS 11-28-2002 02:34 PM

Talkin' Seaplanes from the 1940's
left side scroll to seaplanes

buckknekkid 11-28-2002 04:53 PM

reallllllllly old
I'll check in an old hardcover book called Speedboats but I remember seeing some old wooden racers with steps. Keep watching for updates. :cool: :cool: :cool:

Audiofn 11-28-2002 05:29 PM

When was that Flying wing that Tx2 has made? I seem to recal that having a wing on it.


buckknekkid 11-28-2002 07:17 PM

the story
The originator was said to be Rev. C M Ramus of Plyden Rectory, Rye, Sussex, England. " On April 8 1872, CM Ramus wrote the Commissioners of the Admiralty that he had discovered a means by which the speed of ships might be doubled" thereafter he published the " Improved section drawing of a Stepped Hull on July 5 1872. More to come!

buckknekkid 11-28-2002 07:27 PM

William Henry Fauber 1908, boat name was Pioneer. 20 feet & 7 steps. From the book SPEEDBOAT author D.W. Fostle copyright 1988.

Steve 1 11-28-2002 10:04 PM


Thatís right! The story I read the good reverend used a Skyrocket for power on his test model!

Maybe it was reverend Reggie Though??He looks at least 130 years old.

Mike J 11-28-2002 10:46 PM

The History Channel did a 4 show
Special a few years ago about the
History of Speed, On Water,On land, In AIR and By Humans.
I was involved when they filmed
Nigel Hook and the Citgo Boat.
The producer talked about filming
in Washington State and that he
had Seen photos of one of the
first Race boats ever to use A Step Bottom as I remember its was
in the very early 1900s.
I posted this on another forum and asked if anyone had any info,
I hope this forum will have more
Mike J.

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