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My best guess on CV16, CVX16, Metric & 16CSS  history ... Feel free to add or correct ...


Info on CV , CVX & Metric windshield is here ...

Info on CV , CVX & Metric steering wheels is here  ...

Info on CV , CVX & Metric serial numbers and HIN is here  ...

Info on Emblems & Decals is here ...

Info on Glastron/Carlson rub rails is here ...

Info on Gel and Flake is here ...

Info on Glastron Carlson Conroy trailers is here ...

Glastron/Carlson CV16 & CVX16 Tests ..


Info on Glastron Carlson seats ..

CV seats ...

CVX button style seats ...

CVX Barrel back seats ...

GT160 seats used in some 1976 CV16's ...

Vinyl / Pleating / Flooring ..

Late 1968 - Early 1969


Sidewinder / Schuster / Tahiti     

      Schuster and a guy named Gil Gaska, who both worked in Paramount at
      Powercat boats were watching an off shore race off the coast of Long Beach
      from the pier. All the boats were getting pounded and beating the drivers
      up good except for the new Glastron with the 'aqua lift ' bottom. Schuster
      liked the way it rode and borrowed a brand new Glastron, taped off how
      high he wanted the sides to be, gaska put the little design thing on the
      side of the hull in hardboard and they splashed a mold off it. Harlin Orin
      lived down the street from Gaska, as did Howard Brown, my folks and so on
      and all this was around the block from Bob Masseys shop which would become
      the Tahiti shop, across the street from Mr Weimans place on Lakewood
      blvd in bewteen Ashworth and Rose street, 'bout a mile away from Artesia.
      In between that time it was Jerry Wriedts place too before he moved to a
      bigger shop. Harlan helped with that first mold too.

      Gaska tooled up the little deck on the now 'Tahiti' bottom and the rest is
      history. Schuster gave his brother in law, Ken Baker, a bottom to start
      his own boat deal and that became Sidewinder boats, the one with the wrap
      around windshield ...


Glastron / Carlson vs Sidewinder
More info on link below ...


In October, 1969, Mr. Baker sent a prototype of a boat called "Super Sidewinder 16" to the Chicago Boat Show, where it was well received. The primary significance of the Super Sidewinder 16 was that it combined the readily apparent features of a high performance speed boat with such safety features as raised gunwales and a deep V hull.

Among those attending the Chicago Boat Show was Robert R. Hammond, president of Glastron Boat Company of Austin, Texas, one of the largest makers of pleasure power boats in the United States. Mr. Hammond commented to Mr. Baker upon the similarity of the Super Sidewinder with a boat which Glastron was preparing to market. Mr. Hammond followed this conversation with a letter, dated October 6, 1969, forwarding four photographs of a full sized mock-up which he said had been finished four or five months before, and Mr. Hammond ended his letter with these words: "Now don't go say we've been copying!"

It is clear from the evidence that Glastron developed the kind of deep V hull used in the Super Sidewinder and that this hull design was in the public domain for several years before 1969.

The evidence indicates that there is significant unity of design in automobiles and pleasure boats. The wraparound windshield was used in automobile design long before this subject patent application.

The lateral aspect of the subject design patent as shown in Figure 2 has a similarity to the lines used by a cabin cruiser manufacturer to identify it in advertising and boating publications as early as 1965.

Glastron did make and market its similar boat in 1970. In October, 1970, counsel for Sidewinder Marine, Inc. sent notices to Glastron and others to inform them that the design patent would issue in November, 1970, that their boats were considered to infringe and to offer license agreements. Subsequently, Mr. Baker notified Mr. Hammond that Sidewinder did not claim the Glastron boat to be infringing.

Some where in 1970 ...
The ad states "No Options".
Navigation lights are on corners by wind shield.
Cleats are half way up deck.
Nothing about color, but Carlson had Apricot/Blue/Marigold for options.
Dates on two articles 1970, boat test has same Nav. light/cleat location.

1971 CV16 ...

Sand with Apricot or Green ... Same year CV19 color is listed as "Lakewood Avocado"
Foot note in brochure " On Carlson boats, lights, windshield and padded dash are optional "
Early CV had hull/decks and rub rail joined with rivet's until 1974.
Can't find an exact date for the start of operations at the Anaheim factory.
There is a picture of it in the 1972 brochure though.
The 1970 CV16 must have been built at the Carlson Garden Grove factory

1972 CV16 ...
Colors were Sand with Blue or Gold.
Windshield, Nav. lights and padded dash were standard.
The CV16SS was new in Sand with Gold.

1973 CV16 ...
Colors were White with Blue or Apricot.
Looks like same boat with the addition of White hull instead of sand and Apricot flake.
Guessing some Apricot CV's were built in late 1972 ...
CV16SS were White with Gold or Apricot.


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