1975 Taylor SS Restomod Fiberglass Jet-Boat by Hi-Performance Marine, Inc.

OK, here is the bottom line… 97 MPH best and 86 MPH with a full load. What else do you want to know?  Berkley 12 JE pump, 1,200 Horsepower using a gas/methanol blend and a couple of inches shy of 18’ in boat length.

big block chevy 1200 HP taylor ss taylorcraft 97 mph

That is an 8-71 Blower

These Taylor Craft SS boats came with a 455 OLDS, so out with it, and an after-market Dart block version of a Chevy BB displacing 509 cu. in. was dropped in. An 8-71 Blower and a bunch of hot rod parts make this power plant go for long distances at 6,000 RPMS. She will turn 7,000 RPMS to get the best speed. Pump slip, not rpms, make for the difference between the light load best and full load speed numbers. The tach was reading 7,000 at both numbers. And the pump is not stock.

A three yearlong restoration, a custom cockpit interior and a wild paint job with 15 coats of clear tops this project. She is a tow boat and river racer if you and the competition can stay out of the 200’ rooster tail from the pump.

The boat builder was the Taylor Boats that was located in Cushing, OK. That one was owned by Oscar Taylor. He started out rigging boats for himself, regularly ending up selling those to friends, and then made his own molds and complete boats. He did 16’ and 18’ boats mostly, with some longer ones coming later on. He had a boat rigging business for most of the early 1970s and still was making boats, but not continuously, into the 1980s. This 18’ SS model was the most popular. There was a Taylor Boats in California around the same time. Seabuddy entertained the idea of buying that company once.

taylor boat craft ss 18 classic fiberglass marine boat photo image

That finish has 15 coats of clear over it

taylor craft boat ss 18 1976 boat catalog photo image

A catalog photo of a one year newer model Taylor SS 18'

taylor craft ss engine hatch air brushed under side

Note the Air Brush Images on the engine hatch underside

hull inside engine room boat image photo

Air Brushing extends to inside the hull within the engine room

 

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