Jack Davidson

At the age of 16, Jack built his first 14-foot wooden boat from the instructions in a magazine. Jack married in 1950 and went on to have four children. In 1956, Jack built his first Sanger dragster for hot boat racing and began drag boat racing competition. In Berkeley, CA , in 1958, Jack set a record at the speed of 118 mph.

In 1961, Jack built a 17 foot glass boat called the “White Mist”. This boat was well known on the water during the early 60's. By the mid 60's, Jack was making various racing accessories and designed a forged steel propeller. In partnership with Larry Stellings, Jack formed Stellings Propellers, Inc. The forged steel propeller Jack designed was put on all the Sanger models during this time. Jack did not blueprint any of his ideas. Everything he did was through his own vision and ingenuity and went straight from his head to creation. 1965 was the year Jim Ramsey raced the first “Climax”, which was a Sanger shovel nose hydro model. Another popular design was the circle boat, also known as flat bottoms. Jack felt his greatest achievements were in getting the flat bottoms to work well. In 1969, Jack moved his business to Fresno and built a plant on 10 acres of land right off Highway 99, where it still stands today.

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