Unlimited Hydroplane Info (Provided by Jim Latimer)
The 1962 version of the Coral Reef was the actual "final" version to ever show up for a race.
The hull first saw action in 1957 as Austin Snell's original U-19 Miss Rocket. In 1958, Snell changed the name to Coral Reef to promote his petroleum business. That August, she had perhaps her finest hour when piloted by Harry Reeves and sporting only stock Allison power, she finished a strong second place to Gold Cup winner Jack Regas in the Hawaii Kai lll on Lake Washington.
From 1959 thru 1962 "The Reefer" would experiment with Rolls-Merlin and Daimler-Benz Mercedes 601-E powerplants which although showed promising speed potential, was unable to repeat her former glory as an Allison powered hydro.
After sitting for two and a half years in storage, Bob Fendler bought the boat, which became the Miss San Diego in 1965, and later would complete a long career as the Wayfarer's Club Lady, Atlas Van Lines, and other names.
The boat is currently owned by Dr. Ken Muscatel.
In 1962, the Coral Reef unsuccessfully qualified for the two races it tried for, at Coeur D'Alene and Seattle.