JS-78  FLYIN HIGH
1981 - BISCAYNE BAY - MIAMI, FL - MARINE STADIUM
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OWNER: BILL TETRO - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
DRIVER: DAVID "SKED" PARASKEVAS - RUMSON, NJ
RIDER: ROGER HARRIS - LINCROFT, NJ
ENGINE BY: BILL TETRO
BUILDER: J&S FIBERGLASS SPECIALTIES

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1982 APBA 1 2/3 mile Competition Record
     68.632 mph  Feb. 7, 1982 - St. Petersburg, FL

BOAT HISTORY

Built for Bill Tetro of Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1980, this boat raised the mark previously set by the Blue Goose for appearance and performance, once again proving J&S Fiberglass Specialties as the leader in Speed Skiff design and construction. For the first time on any Speed Skiff the graphics were done in five colors of gel coat including one metalflake color. Except for the steel propeller and chrome plated steel rudder, all the hardware used in this boat was either polished and blue anodized aluminum or mirror polished stainless steel. The plumbing was done entirely with stainless steel braided lines with blue and red anodized aluminum fittings, a vast improvement over the rubber hose and pipe fittings used on previous boats. Once again a custom trailer was built to complete the meticulously assembled rig.
The Flying High team campaigned the boat for just a little more than two racing seasons during which time they set a new Competition Record establishing the Flying High as the boat to beat and winning the majority of the races they entered, but bad luck and miscues kept the team from winning any major events or titles. At the end of the 1982 racing season, driver Dave Paraskevas left the team to pursue racing his Super Stock runabout and in 1983 the boat was sold to John Bryan of St. Petersburg, FL. John raced it as JS-78 DESIGN DEVELOPERS SPECIAL through 1988.  Don Abel purchased the boat in 1988, re-powered it with a 350, and used it as a river boat for ten years. In 1998 the boat was purchased by Dan Dobbins of Rochester, NY. It retained the original JS-78 numbers and Dan named it GRACIE. The boat was run in APBA and ACBS, Vintage & Historic events. 2004 saw the ownership change to JS-78's current owner Bill DeGlopper of Grand Island, NY.  Bill has restored the boat including restoring the original red metal flake transom complete with it's "Fly'in High" name. The boat is registered in APBA Vintage & Historic and can be seen at APBA & ACBS events.

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