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Cougar England/Brownie

Old 08-23-2006, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by 999JAY
Jon its lethal menace that's getting the turbine treatment along with some serious hull mods and a full re-design of the cockpit.
The hull has had a centre pod fitted along with an ASD8 drop box and BPM stern tube.The drive is on, the engine is in just working on mounts and other time taking bits.
I might post a few spy shots soon!



When ya posting some Spi pics for us?

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Old 08-24-2006, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by rtaylor
Hold on, rivets may have been a problem back then, but aluminum boats are commonly welded today. Why arent peiople building more aluminum boats for offshore applications. Is it vibration, or what?
One word " Weight ! "
And the rivets were not a problem .
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Old 08-24-2006, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by PatriYacht
Id like to know more about these guys. Kaiser is from my old neighborhood.
Well what do you want to know ? Kaiser is still in detroit & The old man is in Dania Fl. building 20FT fishing cats
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Old 08-29-2006, 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by BROWNIE
As to the Li'l Fayva Shoes crash, that boat was built for Rocky Aoki, as was the larger Fayva Shoes 38'. Rocky had just effed himself up for the [insert number here] time. Both were treewood. It was built like a hydroplane, and weighed about the same. Clive (James had died of luekemia at this point) made Michel promise never to run the boat in the ocean before he approved the sale to Michel. We installed the very first set of Arneson drives on the little Fayva. In fact, during the installation, I took Howard Arneson for his very first catamaran ride in my Flight Marine fish boat. Anyway, the Li'l Fayva ran 126 mph, when the next fastest open boat was about a hundred. I think the race was still called the "Sam Griffith Memorial" (senior moment) at Fort Lauderdale and it was flatter than a pisspot. Michel decided to run the little boat. I launched it for him at Cougar on 188th, and rang up Clive in England, which swings like a pendulum do... Clive said, and I quote "If you let them run that boat in the lightest ocean swell, the boat will end up in the dumpster (not a shadow cat) and Michel and Bob will be dead!".

Michel said "Fook heem, I am the Champion of the World, and I will do whatever I want!. The mer is as smoooooth as a chambre pot". They had mechanical difficulties, and started dead (?) last. They caught and passed the entire fleet in minutes, and pulled up along side Arneson's Cougar treewood 38' which was leading at that point. In a terrific twist of fate, our cameraman, Brian Kreiske, was over them in a chopper. He was such a good photographer that, during the crash, he never let them out of the frame. Li'l Fayva magically transformed into an acre of orange plywood in 1 unbelievable second Thanks to our cameraman, about a hundred million people got a firsthand look at our engineering capability.

They were OK. Michel got pitched a couple of hundred yards. He was on the outside of the arc when the port side collapsed. Bobby Idoni was in the center of the spin, and was still sitting where the seat used to be!

Lots of the pieces were tethered together by wires and hoses and such, and I towed the whole mess a couple of miles to the beach. There was still one engine and drive intact. It was at that point that we decided to only build raceboats out of materials with a specific gravity of 1+, so that at least, it would have the courtesy to sink.

Here is a small video I made of an old norwegian VHS-cassette I found in my basement. Poor quality, but It refreshes your memories. It's a Westcon Home Video production ... as far as the ownership of the scene, but the firm doesn't exsist anymore, so ...... Anyway its a DivX 6.2.5 codec AVI-file big as 25MB.
Enjoy: Save as: FayvaShoes crash in 1981 at Harbour-Town
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Old 09-15-2006, 02:36 PM
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Sorry for the delay been out in Canada for a couple of weeks watching the 1000 island poker run.
Just making mounts to hold the engine/drive is on but needs painting.
Due to this being a cat with a single engine and drive it is going to need a centre pod down the tunnel.
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