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Old 04-13-2005, 11:17 AM
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RT what your ride? ever go down to the Key? a bunch of us go down a couple times a summer, I hope my boat is done by then. awesome sight and sound. six offshores running down Lake Muskoka, 43 Scarab, 38 scarab, 39 Sutphen with tripple 1000's (should see this thing) 27 Magnum, 28 Cigarette, and a 35 Cig. Mist. , Cops are going to have a field day this year, I hear Cottagers are really complaining, cops are really going to clamp down on us Ciiii-gar boats lol. should be interesting. Al
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Old 04-14-2005, 01:46 PM
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JAdams - Welcome to the board!
My dad used to race with yours and Pepe as well in the 70's too...Good to have another "2nd" generation member! I've got a few Signature brouchures etc. too but here's the Signature that I remember most. It was a 38' Hardtop - pictured here in Newport Beach CA in 1979 at the Bushmills race. This boat was truly ahead of it's time - I was only 12 in '79 but I can remember at the race it made quite an impression on the crowd.
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Old 04-14-2005, 07:44 PM
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It's great to see all this interest in Signature's and their history. We raced a 28 Signature, all red called "Empty Pockets" in APBA, USO, and SBI from 1990 to 1993 when we had serious accident in the Key West World Championships.
We barellrolled and went end over end 2-1/2 times before landing upside down ---stern first ripping the drives and deck off the boat. Whitenesses thougt we were all dead but we survived with a broken ankle and other minor injuries. We raced in production A--twin small blocks with Bravo drives.
The boat consistently ran in the upper 80's and always amazed me at how fast we could push her in rough races like Pt Pleasant and Key West. I had this boat built in 1990 by a guy who had some Signature molds in FL and later moved to Cape Cod.

During this same time Peter Myer was racing Lady L which had an incredible history and won many races.

I currently have a 38 Signature that I had built in 1993 that is balsa cored and vacuum bagged. It was built in one of the molds that guy had who I don't think is in business any more.
I modified the deck, cockipit and engine compartment extensively to make it more modern looking. In the process I moved the fairing back about 30 inches. I got about 90% done rigging this boat with triples and Bravos but situations forced me to put it in storage for a bunch of years so it has never been in the water. Hopefully this Summer I'll get her finished! To J Adams, your Dad built one of the best offshore boats ever. Also, I have heard other successful boats have been built from the 27/28 Signature. For you history buffs, in addition to Pantera, there were some 38 Excaliburs built using the 38 Signature mold. Somewhere in my archive of old Powerboat Magazines I have their boat test and pictures of the 38 Excalibur/Signature.

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Old 04-14-2005, 11:56 PM
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Gentlemen...that is one helluva a first post.

Great talking with you this week B. Can't wait to give you a ride on Emotional Rescue. I promise to keep the wet side down....
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Old 04-15-2005, 08:19 AM
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BDER,

do you have any pics of your boat? it will be intersting to see how it looks.....thats one sweeettttt ruff water boat...

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Old 04-16-2005, 10:49 PM
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Hey Chatim - nice pics of the Hardtop - real unique - I got some other pics of our hardtop the "Chief" that I will post in about 2 weeks. Ya I'm a 2nd generation member but still working on gettin my first boat. I'll get mine one day man, -one day... To Bdyer, thanks for the imput on my dad - I never get tired if hearing that kind of stuff. It be cool so see pics of your boat.
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Old 04-17-2005, 03:19 PM
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bdyer, is this your boat...
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Old 04-18-2005, 01:49 PM
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Lee,
Yes, those are pictures of my boat. It came from the same molds as Surgin General's boat. I modified the deck on mine moving the fairing back and reshaping the aft section of the deck. Now I just need to find the time to work on it.
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Old 04-29-2005, 12:20 PM
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Some of my favorites - Mom and Dad (Tommy Adams) on our Signature closed cockpit "Chief"
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