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Old 05-25-2004, 08:50 AM
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Back in 1978 I covered a Deep-V race for Flying Models that was held at a lake in Stone Mountain, just outside of Atlanta, Gorgia.

There was a fellow there named Doug Floyd from South Carolina who was running an OPS .60 powered Sightler boat and he was consistantly getting 43 laps per race while the rest of the field was turning 40 or less.

I was just wondering if Sightler boats are still around or if anyone remembers them. They were a superior boat in their day.
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Old 05-25-2004, 02:44 PM
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I still see some around racing and somebody had a few at this years Toledo show but I don't know if they are still being made. The closest one to it is a Twincraft and those have recently been brought back.
I've never seen a long race, we only do 6 lap ones now.
They were good boats back then along with the 3-D hulls but there have been a lot of advances in hull design since then.
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Old 06-23-2004, 06:54 PM
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Doug is still around but he doesn't play with boats anymore. My dad and I run on Neal Sightler's lake and it's about the only hull I run. It's still a great heat racing hull. The new engines and hardware setups keep that old hull running with the latest and greatest. Unfortunately Neal doesn't build boats any more so they're getting harder and harder to find in usable condition.
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Old 06-23-2004, 10:07 PM
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Hi Bobby,

I can tell you for sure the Sightler boats were the class of the field at that Stone Mountain race.

Some of the other boats looked like the same design but I called them "Happy-Hookers" because they would be flying down the straight and for no reason make a hook off the course. The Sightler boats were rock-solid.

Doug Floyd put on a clinic in speed and consistancy. A most impressive showing against some of the top boaters in the country at that time.

Another boat that looked like it had potential was a Ward-craft. Never heard of them again.

If you ever see Doug or Neil, tell them I said "Hey."
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I was doing a search for Neil Sightlers Boats and happened up on this discussion. I raced a Sightler 44" hull back in the early to mid 80's and it was an incredible boat. What a pleasure to drive after having raced a Steve Muck hull. I actually could finish heat races without the high speed Muck aerobatics. I got dusted many times by Doug Floyd and his trick stroker motors. He could flat generate some RPM's. I did beat him once or twice though, after which I puffed up like I was King Kong. Running down at Stone Mountain Park was a blast. Great setting for a boat race and usually cool what with the pits being under the trees. Very cherished memories going racing with Crotchety ole Jim Ivey, Rick Heckle, Tommy Mooneyham, Ken Draughn and all the rest. We had a good turnout for our race in Charlotte every year with Doug Floyd & Neil always coming, John Finch, Randy & Carla Dicks, and the whole gang from Atlanta coming in to bash boats with us.

I'm glad to hear that Neil and Doug are still around. They are both quality people. If anyone sees either of them, tell em Scooter from Charlotte said Hello!!!

PS: If anybody has a Sightler hull laying around they want to sell, I'd lve to know about it.
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I recently bought a Black metal-flake Sightler 50 (?) boat and OPS 60 marine engine and assorted hardware. Everything seems brand new but not built or put together. I was wondering where to go for "assembly instructions" or plans? I am new to rc boats although I have built an older Dumas 40 Atlas Van Lines wood Hydro (~ 70% complete) I have a basic non aircraft radio but I would think the servos would need to be upgraded. Any help , advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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I'm not familiar with the Sightler boats but, if you need it, I can offer some advice on the Atlas. Send me a PM if you're interested
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Mark, go over to IW in the Mono forum as they've been discussing them in the vintage boats thread.
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Now Ron, you know I don't do vee hulls or tunnels
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Yeah, I know! It's been a long time since I've seen a Sightler hull but they're still around.
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I have a sightler 42" hull converted to electric. Ain't fast enough for me I guess but these hulls need nitro power.RON geeter1503@gmail.com
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put the right size motor or twin motors in the cat hull and she will go well.
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put the right size motor or twin motors in the cat hull and she will go well.
Sightler's are mono hulls. A big nitro will work and it is large enough for gas but this was made before gas power started taking off.
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its not a cat boat can't put twins in it . Also the motor is plenty big enough.
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