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Old 09-10-2007, 08:51 PM   #15
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Very nice

Nice Feathercraft... I have an Alumacraft with a vintage 50s
Mercury 35 hp on it in mint condition. Nice!
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:41 PM   #16
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Stephanie,

I could pass on a fiberglass boat or maybe even a nice riveted one, but let a mahogany runabout come by a little too cheep and I would be in big trouble. :-)

So, how about the photos? Want to see.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:39 PM   #17
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You say you need a motor............
Motors or engines all work off of the internal destruction principle in which highly machined parts are radidly converted to low grade scrap producing in the process energy in the form of heat, and vibration which improves the muscle tone of the crew, and a small amount of rotational force.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:52 PM   #18
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Ha ha, good one, marshall. I think that goes for all motors!

BTW John, those vintage outboards in the link above are awesome!

Roger, it looks alot like the black and white Glastron, but not quite. But real close.

Soon as I get it home I'll have pictures. I can't wait to bring it home - but we're still sorting out the title.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:55 PM   #19
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Steph - the fifties boats were really trick looking. Most were not the greatest in the water but sure looked great behind the cars of the fifties replete with matching fins and swoopy looks.

Look forward to seeing pictures.

There was one of these Seagull motors at the flea market on Sunday - if you want I can check again this Sunday. It was really cheap if I remember right, like 25 bucks or something. No, it didn't run, but then again it's not like you are actually going to go boating are you?

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but then again it's not like you are actually going to go boating are you?
Well, yeah, otherwise I would need to go buy a two-toned, finned car to pull it around and just look pretty
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:26 AM   #21
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Well, yeah, otherwise I would need to go buy a two-toned, finned car to pull it around and just look pretty
I happen to know of a few of those cars for sale (Chev's though, not a Poncho among them) - and they'd make great boat haulers. Is all the steering mechanism in the boat? My dad bought one some time back and when he got it home we realized the steering and engine controls were missing big pieces. His good deal ended up being an okay deal. Also, if I remember right from a buddy who had a '57 boat just like h is '57 Chevy convert, they had an issue with cracking where the motor ataches and were often not repaired really well. In his case he learned by almost dropping the 50 Merc on the road while towing. It didn't take much to fix, just some fiberglass work over a weekend, but it could have been real expensive had the motor come off.

Have fun with it. It's incredibly relaxing being out on the water bobbing up and down slowly with the waves, sun beating down, fishing rod in hand (not necessarily baited) and just enjoying the sights and the sounds and smells, be it ocean or lake.

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Old 09-11-2007, 03:04 AM   #22
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The old boat bug and the old trailer bug is a mutation of the same disease.
Symptoms include impulsive buys, shrinking driveways, and scouring ebay for old stuff to bolt on to other old stuff with wheels.

The old trailer bug was a mutation for the old boat bug for us.
We got the boat, then got it working and had fun at the lake.. The closest lakes are about an hours drive from here, so why not get a truck camper so we could make a weekend out of it. So in searching for an old truck camper on ebay, we found an Avion C11. We didnt win it, but that got me looking at old Airstreams, SilverStreaks, Avions, and any other trailer with an aluminum frame. We got the Avion because it was the first one that I didnt have to drive accross 3 states for.

The Classic Boathouse is a good resource for finding out which boat it is (click on the galleries link), also has a good forum for getting/keeping the thing running and afloat.
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Heres a link to my other "old tub" in the galleries:
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The biggest thing to look out for on the trailer, aside from corrosion, are the bearings. Unlike our TT bearings, they get submerged in water on purpose.
If they arent allowed to cool down before getting submerged, they tend to suck water into the bearings and can rust up.

About the only thing that will kill off a fiberglass boat is dry-rot.
Many areas on a Fiberglass boats are a sandwich of fiberglass-wood-fiberglass. Dry-rot is a condition where the wood between the fiberglass turns into a black goo.

The biggest problem areas are in the floor of the boat, bit of squishyness should be expected there in an old boat and probably wont hurt anything.
The other place is the transom (the back of the boat where the motor clamps to). The transom should not wiggle, or sound hollow when you knock on it.

Replacing the floor is not hard, just messy.
Replacing the transom is hard and messy so thats something to look at.
The website above has some good articles on doing both.

Good luck with the new bug!
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:32 PM   #23
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Pics!

No, it's not in my driveway yet. But I was surfing around and found a website called Fiberglassics, and they have a forum, with a NW section, and being a bunch of obsessives (we airstreamers wouldn't know what that's like, now would we?) they had seen the ad on CL and discussed it a little. Unfortunately no one knew what kind of boat it is, but they did copy the pictures from the ad (the ad expired before I got a chance to save the pictures), so here are the pictures from the CL ad. They're a little dark, but you get the idea. I thought it looked even better in person
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:41 PM   #24
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Pretty cool looking! Enjoy!!!

Looks alot like this one...but in much better shape!

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Old 09-11-2007, 01:09 PM   #25
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I love it! Glad it's going to a home that will appreciate it.
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Easy to see why that one caught you. It is classic.
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:58 PM   #27
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Let my think about it...sold

Bet it was all over the second you looked at it.

Wonder if a set of '57 tail fin trim would fit on there?

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