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BULLET 1800 ski boat

Date: 1986
Overall: 1320 x 5486 x 2060 mm
Medium: Fibreglass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Object Name: Hydroplane
Object No: 00000805

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    The Bullet 1800 ski boat.
    SignificanceAcquired with the supporting argument that it represented the peak of ski boat development for the period, and that museums should acquire items of the present for future records as well as preserving the past. Based on the then current champion race boat hull shape. Bullet Boats would have been one of a modest number of fibreglass production ski boat builders that existed (sometimes for a short period) from the 1960s onward throughout Australia. Lewis Boats would be one of the largest and longest surviving companies. For perhaps only a brief period was this one of the top craft of its type, but the type has continued to develop and the process is one of gradual evolution. BULLET does not represent a curcial or significant stage in the development, and as a new and unused craft, it has no specific story or background of its own. A production ski boat from a well known builder with a desirable provenance connected to its use and owner would have greater significance to the National Maritime Collection.
    HistoryThis Australian leisure craft was made using the same hull design as the race winning BULLET 1, the boat was built in conjunction with the Mercury Company, who produced the outboard motor, as a special show model.

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