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Old 17-08-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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Challenger Excel speedboat.

any one no of the brand 17 ft ski boat looks almost like a dateline
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Old 17-08-2006, 01:10 PM   #2
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Looks very 'Dateline', as you say. never heard of them though. Chaos might have, as he's an oul 'speedboat nerd'!
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Dateline, Sunsport?
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Old 17-08-2006, 02:49 PM   #4
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I always thought they were a rehash of a Driver 500, approx same proportions, different deck & topsides altered.
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Old 17-08-2006, 02:49 PM   #5
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perhaps a stretched Picton 159?
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Old 22-08-2006, 10:53 AM   #6
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Its a waverider. One of the last models they produced.

Check out this site www.dsv.su.se/~klas/Boats/home.html and click on the link "other waveriders".

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Old 22-08-2006, 11:23 AM   #7
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well I'm pretty sure waverider & driver/ streaker had a crossover at the end so its seems abot right.
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Old 22-08-2006, 11:56 AM   #8
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Hi Captain Chaos

I remember something about the driver hull being used but can't think why. I mainly remember them knocking out those rehashed shakespears, (classics back in the day).


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Old 22-08-2006, 12:00 PM   #9
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Well as far as I was aware. Driver ran as a bonafide business for years (440,500,560) then the last 10 years came to see a transition of models (510 etc), various builders, poorer quality etc.

Meanwhile Waverider had moved (perhaps only some) of the building to Essex (Oldenburg Sports, Mustang etc) and then I think entwined with the peeps that were doing the Drivers at that stage.

The the Driver derived stuff such as 'Streaker' popped up as well.
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Old 22-08-2006, 12:39 PM   #10
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Thanks for firing up the memory banks.

My father and I looked at the Waverider Mustang at Earls Court one year but went for a Picton in the end. Our previous boat ( a Glastron SSV) we bought via Kite marine in Essex (John Stanton?) who I thought had some involvement with Waverider but its all a bit hazy as it was such a long way back.

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