A 1964 Howard flat owned by Mark Botelho
By 1964, Howard Brown , designer and builder of Howard Custom Boats of Bellflower, CA , has moved his fiberglass boat business to Paramont, CA. Howard rigs his boat exclusively using Nicson Engineering Co. fittings. A Sept. 1965 (we will find it and post it!) shows a Howard "SK" class hull that has run 137.82 MPH in the quarter mile. Howard specialized in SS (circle) class, Drag, Marathon (circle), & Family ski hulls.
Note the early cavitation hardware. Even before "Trimetric". The operating shaft, standoffs, & operating arms are brazed together as a unit so split pillow blocks are required. Also note that each block has a grease fitting.
Putting the 1982 Howard together in 2002
This is a 1982 Howard Brown hull owned by Denis Johnson, a friend of ours. Just another example of a good hull lasting into our time!
Grace & her Howard at CFW 1-01-16. Note the play on Howard's vintage race boat "How About That"
Howards found at the Needles, CA Boat Show & Fiver Run
Mark and his crew run this super clean boat on the Lakes & the San Joaquin, Sacramento Rivers Dalta in central Calif.
William Acosta, has sent us these shots of his 1973 Howard shovel nose hydro. The boat uses a small block Chevy. for power , a Menkens clever race prop , and an Aero Marine v-drive. The Aero-Marine is a strong but light gear box but lacks a large selection of gear sets. We have this v-drive in the Wright vintage circle boat and it is quiet and works well with about 380 HP.
Howards Custom Boats
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