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Beginning of NOA pleasure boat racing
Paul built a wood boat in Florida at Rod Craft, where he worked, and brought it home to race a 100 mile marathon. They raced to the Fort Loudon dam and back going from Louisville Boat Dock. The year was 1958. Darris was in 5th grade.
Paul covered the whole bottom of boat with fiberglass cloth and resin. He sanded it down and put marine putty on it and sanded it slick as glass. He had a 40 hp Scott Atwater. Paul was running about 50 mph when everybody else was running 42-43. He ran off and left them in the marathon! He even caught the dual engine boats and passed them. Then when he hit a log and sheared a pin, he had to change props to finish the race. Claude Fox stood on the bank and watched him outrun everybody. There were about 90 boats in the race. Claude then got the idea to form a pleasure boat division and add it to his National Outboard Association (they were already running hydroplane races.)
When he started the pleasure boat racing, Paul went to Old Hickory Lake and won the 40-50 class, stepped up and ran the unlimited class and outran the dual engines! He came in first overall in both classes. McCullough Corp was there taking pictures and they sent him a trophy that was 4′ high!
Paul cut a hole in the transom and put a threaded rod all the way to the front seat. Under the front seat he put a wheel on that rod so that you could turn the wheel while under way. He would turn the wheel to screw the rod in when turning and he would screw the rod out (trim the motor out) when going down the straightway. It was 1967.
V Bottom Pad Boats
Most v bottoms would plow the water. Paul put a ski on the bottom so that the boat would turn better and run faster on the pad. In 1966 he built a flatbottom with pad. In 1967 he built a shallow v wide pad. The first deep v 14′ with a pad was in 1968, and in 1969 he built the 15′ deep v pad boat.
There was a wing on the 65 model Dodge that Richard petty ran and it helped his car turn better. He put a wing on the boat and it made the boat more stable in the turns. The bigger boats still use that same wing to help stabilize their boats today. The year was 1973.
Fiberglass tunnel boats were much heavier and had to race against lightweight wood tunnel boats. The front foil on the Allison tunnel blew all the other boats off the lake! It happened in 1971.
Cupped skeg on lower units
When the outboard motor is jacked high, the trim tab does not do any good. Paul cupped the skeg on the back of the lower unit and took all the torque out of the wheel. The factory found out and now all the skegs are cupped. 135 Evinrude with 18′ boat.