Glastron

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Glastron V-142 Skilifte motor boat in Forum Marinum maritime museum

Glastron is a boat manufacturing company and was one of the first manufacturers of fiberglass boats. Bob Hammond, Bill Gaston, Bob Shoop, and Guy Woodard founded this company on October 14, 1956 in Austin, Texas. It was sold to Genmar Holdings in the 1990s and manufacturing was moved to Minnesota.[citation needed] Glastron is known for its boat hull design innovations, including the Aqualift and "SSV" hull designs, the latter of which is still in use today.

Glastron's "Glastonbury" boats were featured in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. A boat chase was filmed in Louisiana around the Irish Bayou area.[1] Twenty-six boats were built by Glastron for the film, of which seventeen were destroyed during rehearsals.[2] The speedboat jump scene over the bayou, filmed with the assistance of a specially-constructed ramp, unintentionally set a Guinness World Record at the time with 110 feet (34 m) cleared. The waves created by the impact caused the following boat to flip over.[3]

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  1. ^ Bond 1973: The Lost Documentary – Live and Let Die Ultimate Edition, Disc 2 (NTSC, Widescreen, Closed-captioned)|format= requires |url= (help) (DVD). MGM/UA Home Video. 1973. ASIN: B000LY209E. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Sorensen, Eric (25 January 2007). "Big, gaudy and Bond-like, Seattle Boat Show exhibit cuts to the chase". The Seattle Times.
  3. ^ Inside Live and Let Die: Live and Let Die Ultimate Edition, Disc 2 (NTSC, Widescreen, Closed-captioned)|format= requires |url= (help) (DVD). MGM/UA Home Video. 2000. ASIN: B000LY209E. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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