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SST history

the SST with the setback/pad extension is a 1984 MODVP COMP hull.

This hull was built along with a sister hull for Travis Chapman and Jimmy (J&S Marine Mesa, AZ) for short course racing. Travis and Jimmy picked them up direct from Sleekcraft. These hulls were setup to RACE , with center steer, single seating, no floor, 5 gal spun aluminum gas tank, extended setback, tunnel tabs, etc...

Travis was a mechanic for Desert Boats ( Tempe, AZ near the river bottom), and was being sponsored by Desert Boats with motors (2.6GT Johnsons(He did run some 2.4EFIs as well)).

The red and yellow hull (Travis) was raced heavily in AZ/CA and did pretty well. I remember one year Travis blew his cowling off of his 2.6GT and borrowed our 150GT cowling for Parker (my dad has the picture of Travis during the time trial/qualifications), pretty cool seeing a "150" running 105+ racing... I don't think that cowling ever got used to running only 70 on our HydraSport bassboat after that...

Travis used to take his SST out to Canyon Lake, AZ and bait the JetBoats to race him. Something about a number on the side of your boat brings out the RACE in people. He would race for GAS/BEER money he burned up a lot of AVGAS and CoorsLight lake racing. Travis would run the Jets up to thier top speed and pace them, he would then wave them on to pass him. Since they were already at topend, this would drive them nuts! He would just smile and leave them hard as he floored it!

I remember my first ride in Travis' boat, I could see the water level through the sides of the hull, and as we excellerated I could hear the water in the tunnels prior to it airing out. I was knealing on a throw cushion perserver and was hugging the spun aluminum tank for my dear life at 100+, WHAT A RIDE!!! After that, I promised myself that I would get a SST some day.

Travis was a great driver, tuner, prop man. He downfault was TRIM, Travis liked to FLY his SST. He flipped during a race in CA and had a couple of pins in his hip/leg. He also flipped at Canyon one time, he was running his "silver bullet" (he sure did love Coors Light), and was coming out of the narrows and hit the main body, he was flying high and didn't anticipate the cross wind and the SST kited. He was thrown clear as the SST cartwheeled and tore it nose off (2nd or 3rd time that happened), the Cleaver prop chopped Travis open like a side of beef. Travis was pulled from the water by a fisherman (did I mention that he didn't have a chase boat that day?) and he covered his lung / chest wound with a rain coat to stop the "sucking" sounds...

I remember helping glass the nose back on the SST at the shop (I was a skinny lad in High School, and could squeeze up the bow to get the inner glass), as we had done in the past.

Travis eventually moved back SouthEast and has since passed on...


I saw the WHITE (Jimmy's ) SST at a small marine engine shop (J&S Marine) back in the mid 90s. I recognized the shape under the tarp and kept an eye on it for a couple of years. One day I stopped in and asked about the hull and met Jimmy. He told me some of the history of the hull and how it ran...

a 1st in a short course race at Firebird (where the IHBA does thier World Finals for Drag boats) and a couple of seconds in CA. The boat was raced 1 "one" year and retired, and as Jimmy stated, Travis' red boat never beat him! Jimmy retired his boat ( own sponsorship ) to get PAID racing a Laser/Yamaha for Randall Marine (Phx, AZ).

After five/six years of drooling/lusting after the hull, my wonderful wife bought it for me (with my bonus check) for our anniversary...

I could go on forever on this ol warhorse, but I won't. I want to SELL her and make sure she gets a good home (someone to RESTORE her and maybe RACE her again. I don't have the time, and energy to do it right....

if anyone wants to TALK about it, or chat about SSTs, give me a call

(cell) 602-570-3716...