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Old 04-17-2003, 09:09 AM
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RockNRace,
Was Ralph the first to sale boats for Don A. ? Was this out of Everglades?
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Old 04-17-2003, 09:46 AM
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Yes, Cigarette's first dealer, Apache Powerboats ( the big ones), and also helped Reggie Fountain get off the ground. I remember working on the Executioner prototype with the Mercury 475 twin turbos. Even some of the first Sonics and a Coyote.
 
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Old 04-17-2003, 11:27 AM
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What ever happend to "THE DEALER" 47 fountain
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Old 04-17-2003, 12:04 PM
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How fast were the boats back then and what type o motors were being used?
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Old 04-17-2003, 12:49 PM
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Port everglades also used to sell Super Hawaii's.

I guees this is progress. The Martins sure have a couple of nice stores now!
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Old 04-17-2003, 12:55 PM
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"The Dealer" was here at the marina until it sold just recently.
 
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Old 04-17-2003, 01:27 PM
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I remember when some "stock" boats were going 55-70 Mph.
A 35 Cigarette Mistress with 400 Cyclones would go between 55-60 MPH on a good day. The 33 Fountains were a breakthrough at 70 MPH with 370 Mercruisers. A 38 Cig SS with twin 750 HP engines would be lucky to break 75.
Ahh, the Super Hawaii (originally Super Hero), I got to use a 34 footer with twin 365 Mercs in a Poker Run it ran 72 mph trimmed out but you had to put the tabs down and slow it to 65 or it would porpoise like frigging crazy.
One thing everyone seems to forget is, Ralph was the creator of the first offshore powerboat "Poker Run". He got the idea from when we used to do "poker runs" on dirt bikes.
 
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Ahh, the Super Hawaii (originally Super Hero), I got to use a 34 footer with twin 365 Mercs in a Poker Run it ran 72 mph trimmed out but you had to put the tabs down and slow it to 65 or it would porpoise like frigging crazy.
On smooth water it will do that. you just have to find some 3-4 footers.
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It was the original Super Hero prototype, it wasn't quite perfected yet. I think it had something to do with the way the integrated swim platform was molded all the way down to the bottom, gave it a rounded edge off the rear of the hull.
I'll never forget it, we were running this all red gelcoat boat, we went by a channel marker with about 10 pelicans sitting on it, doing about 50, suddenly the whole red deck turned a offwhite grey and smelled of rotted fish. Everyone was screaming in the boat to stop, they were all covered in pelican poop. Everyone else in the Poker Run stopped to see why we were all diving out of the boat.
 
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When was the first poker run and was it different than what occurs today?
When did Cats first come on the scene and who were the builders?
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