So...what`s this product, why did it disappear, and is it still relevant to modern society and culture?
From the early 60`s to the late 80`s there was a boat company in business called Sidewinder Boats. If you are around boating you may have heard of them. They got bought by Thomson Boats in the early 80`s and they built the 16ft and the 18ft Sidewinders for several years before eventually going bankrupt, and liquidated. This boat infuenced performance boat styling from day one.
Several years ago I was working on a deal to buy a set of molds for the 16ft Super Sidewinder. I knew almost nothing about Sidewinders at the time, the deal fell through and the molds were later destroyed. But, I had registered a domain name for the Sidewinders. This sat idle until last November when I was talking to a fellow in Canada online that has one of these boats. We both belong to a Fan Forum for Checkmate Boats. He told me that he wished there was some place that Sidewinder owners could get together on the web and comunicate with each other the way the Checkmate site grew to be.
I told him I could set something up, if he would be a moderator and round up a few members. I started www.sidewinder-boats.com in late November of 2006, and the board grew like a weed. Early in 2007 I upgraded the board software to keep up with it. Now I even have members that pay for extra privledges, and currently have 2 supporting vendors that, sell boat parts and trailers.
Well, these guys tracked more molds down for the 16 and the 18, these were the big sellers for Sidewinder. We`ve even discussed maybe a limited run of new boats. Since most of the originals are well past there prime and even the good looking ones are looking at needing some work soon.
We even discussed, using the molds to build replacement parts for the boats. Like if either the deck or hull needed replaced, thus saving a boat that would have been landfill material. This is something that will probably happen in the next few years.
I am already building a company to build boats of my own design, and was kicking around the idea of the limited run of new boats for the Sidewinder Fans.
Here are some pics of the 18 Super Sidewinder that the moderator of my site owns.
Here are a couple of pics of one of my member`s 16ft Super Sidewinders.
Well reproducing these boats would be fine, but there are problems with building them new today. There are many more Coast Guard regs that have to do with boats under 20ft long. Mainly they have to have enough floation foam in them to float level if they get swamped. But that is mostly a math problem on where to put the foam, it just takes up any extra space in an already small boat.
So I got to thinking, what would Sidewinder be building if they were still in business. Since many of their customers would be out growing the 16 and the 18, I put pen to paper and did a quick sketch of what a 22ft boat might have looked like if they had built it. Then posted it on the Sidewinder Forum. There is a big intrest in it, both on the board and in private messages. So here is a look at the proposed new 22ft boat.
The market here lately has been for 20ft and up boats so I think this would be the way to go. Maybe even do a 20ft version of the boat also.
Anyway, this is the idea. If I can`t use the Sidewinder name, I`m probably going to build the boat anyway and call it something else.
I could play it safe and just have Sidewinder as the model name.