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By Wes (weswheels) on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 11:36 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Does anyone know what year the first V-Drives came out? Any pictures?
 
By George Aslinger (mobv) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 4:49 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
The very first v-drive tournament boat was a 1986 Centurion. You can read a little on their website in the history section.
 
By Dante (hal2814) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 5:51 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
V-Drives are pretty old. Speedboats were using them back in the 50's. As far as pictures, the best I can do is a page with a 1969 Century Arabians on it: http://www.classicboating.com/sold_boats.html

It's about 1/4 the way down the page.

 
By chris (rio_sanger) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 6:15 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I remember Sanger was using Walter V-Drives in many of their boats in the sixties and seventies as were other performance boat builders.
As far as V- Drives in tournament boats, George may be right, I don't remember seeing them in tourney boats until the late 80s, early 90's. Centurion, MC Maristar, CC Super Sport, and Sanger V-210 were among the ones I saw most in California, there may have been others out there as well.

 
By George Aslinger (mobv) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 8:37 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Yes - Walter V drives were used in many boats prior to 1986. Centruion was the first to put in a modified inboard "ski" boat.
 
By chris (rio_sanger) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 8:49 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Cool link, Dante. Some really nice boats, and several V-Drive Century boats there.

Brings back early boating memories (pre I/O and jet era) for me. ...yes I am that old

Interesting though, how it's gone full circle back to inboards...

 
By George Aslinger (mobv) on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 8:50 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
The Walters web site says they have been making v-drives for marine applications for over 50 years.
 

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