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Raveau/M75 ?

Postby bh/ » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:57 am

There was a thread about who was the driver of the Raveau in the mast head photo.
I recall we came to the conclusion it was prop guru  Craig DeWald.
Craig was at the recent race in Tabor City NC, with hs 175cc PRO hydro, and  I asked him about this.
He was indeed an employee of Mercury at that  time, but was at the original Sarasota test facility,
which  was being operated jointly with the new 'Lake X'  at Kissemee.  
Craig said he did get to drive one of the marothon  Raveaus,  but not with the long range fuel tanks.
So, unfortunatley, Craig says that is not him driving  in that pic.
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Re: Raveau/M75 ?

Postby LarryR » Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:17 am

Well. that settles that.  We may never learn who it was;  :-(  unless Charlie Strang might recognize the photo.
It's still a nice photo.   icon_thumbup.gif
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Re: Raveau/M75 ?

Postby Sam Cullis » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:40 pm

Thank you Brian
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Re: Raveau/M75 ?

Postby bh/ » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:05 am

Craig Dewald is one of the last great  small o/b prop makers,
now that Harry Pinner  is slowing down,
and we have lost Ray Minor, Roy Hopkins,  etc.
I should have had a tape recorder with me when  I asked  Craig about the pic.
I winter in Sebring, 45mins from Sarasota,  and same distance from Lake X,
so am aware of some of the history.
Craig  went on for near an hour, about Sarasota, the 1st  Mercury test site,
and about how, when he as a young man, 20s?,
with a new wife, were living there in the '60s, fresh from PA.
He talked about the security,  ECK was adamant  on that,
-big bright lites at the canal docks  at nite,  that brought in the schools of  snook.
Craig and his wife thought they were trout,  and they would feast on them.
He said Lake X was totally 'locked down' at that time,
during the 'marathon',  and few were allowed  in.
ECK was sure  Ol' Evinrude & Sons were spying on him.....
Maybe ...???

Craig,  on left,  with Tom Cronk,
at a  chilly, fall southern boat race.
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Re: Raveau/M75 ?

Postby bh/ » Thu May 17, 2012 8:09 pm

Perusing Bob Walworks Raveau site;
www.raveauboats.com
I read this ;

In April 1996, Mr. Tim Newman of Apopka, FL, produced a photo of a 1961 16' Raveau "Bomb", being driven by Craig DeWald, and and asked if a boat like this could be built again. A new interest in Raveau boats was becoming apparent. It was decided to build this boat again, but using a new style V bottom, which would be more comfortable for today's use. The new 16' V bottom was launched during the Mt. Dora show in March 1997.

-so this may not be the pic,[or is it?]  but there are pix of DeWald testing in a Raveau.
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Re: Raveau/M75 ?

Postby LarryR » Thu May 17, 2012 9:14 pm

My guess is that if Craig says it wasn't him, then it wasn't.
Are you driving to Standish tomorrow :?:
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Re: Raveau/M75 ?

Postby rkdownes » Thu May 17, 2012 10:25 pm

I thought the "Dewald" pictures looked like the following (these two taken from slightly different angles):
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