Phantom boats were first conceived over 40 years ago by Steve Baker, an offshore powerboat racing enthusiast from Sittingbourne, Kent.
Towards the end of 1969 he started to build a conventional deep-v hull for sale as a general purpose runabout boat, which he hoped to sell to offset some of the expenses incurred by offshore powerboat racing and the very first Phantom 16 was created.
He was so impressed by the handling and speed of the boat that he decided to enter the Phantom 16 in the Camden Trophy race at Poole on July 26th, 1970.
The boat fared well, and in this boat Steve Baker went on the win the 1971 Class 3 Offshore Powerboat Championship.
The Phantom racing pedigree has continued until this day.
However, the Phantom was not conceived as a race boat and was designed to be a family day boat. In the first year of production 28 Phantoms were sold, each selling for £550.00.
From the initial success of the Phantom 16 Steve Baker went on to design and produce other sizes of the Championship winning design, including the Phantom 19.