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Feb 12, 2019 - 11:23:29 AM
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68731 posts since 5/9/2007

As much as I loved my Jarvis Newman Classic my real fave was this 20' Ellis skiff.
She was the "plug" or the original hull used for the pattern of all the others.This one had wooden washboards and a wooden foredeck.
It came with a 90 Johnson outboard,but I didn't like the hydraulic pump mounted on the top of the outboard motor.Not very kind to the crankshaft of the Johnson.
I spent $6800 for a new Volvo-Penta 135hp 4 cyl. Chevy (Nova option and used in the Goody's Dash cars).2 bbl. Holley 500 carb and 4" pistons and the "SX" outdrive w/remote tilt.
Put in a whole new interior as in deck,flotation and console(dog house).

This boat won the '99 Friendship Lobster Boat Races in her class with a speed of 40 knots.It handled so well...great balance and I got to hook up traditional hydraulics and water pump for the deck hose and lobster barrel.
I had a ball with this boat.


 

Edited by - steve davis on 02/12/2019 11:27:28

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:47:37 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15231 posts since 6/5/2008

Isn't it amazing how certain boats become favorites with a lifetime of memories?
I can think of three, none of which was mine. I can recall others which were pigs.

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:10:13 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

12154 posts since 9/27/2007

A friend of mine had a canoe that was the mold or form for making them out of fiberglass.

It was really sturdy & was great for the lakes there. 

Not the same I know.

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:25:07 PM
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68731 posts since 5/9/2007

The plugs are usually heavier built than the copies.

Edited by - steve davis on 02/12/2019 15:26:01

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:39:42 PM

1117 posts since 9/13/2018

That titanic was a big canoe

Bruce

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:12:02 PM
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nakigreengrass

New Zealand

4395 posts since 5/16/2012

This was a yacht my Dad owned in the 1970s. Cadenza was also a mold plug, and a good solid boat. It was a Paul Whitting 36 design...sadly Paul was lost at sea in 1980.      Years after my Dad had sold her...life for Cadenza also ended at sea after hitting a reef about 100 miles South of here.


 

Edited by - nakigreengrass on 02/12/2019 16:13:31

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:31:16 PM
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68731 posts since 5/9/2007

That's a proud looking vessel,Paul.

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:01:29 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2243 posts since 5/15/2011

I've never owned a boat, but I've crewed quite a few small catamarans. Favourite by far was a Tornado 20'  owned by a school mate's Dad. Even with three skinny teens on board, it just flew across the harbour, flying a hull all the way to Mandorah and back.

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:04 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2243 posts since 5/15/2011

quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie

A friend of mine had a canoe that was the mold or form for making them out of fiberglass.

It was really sturdy & was great for the lakes there. 

Not the same I know.


Still good fun. My wife and I have a 'sit-on-top' kayak each. They have large hatch covers to stow food, sleeping bag, dry clothes etc in the hull. We go camping over night up nearby (within 250kms) rivers.

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:04:47 PM
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68731 posts since 5/9/2007

How fast was it,Chris?

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:20:58 PM
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We have a number of boats up at the family’s summer place, but only one of them is mine...a 1969 AMF Alcort Sunfish, he boat I learned to sail in 50+ years ago. She’d been left to die in the weeds, and I rescued and restored her a couple of years ago.


 

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:27:16 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2243 posts since 5/15/2011

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Originally posted by steve davis

How fast was it,Chris?


20 knots easy, maybe even 25-30 knots with a really strong wind. Had to be careful when out on the trapeze. If the bow suddenly dug in to the chop you went flying around the front and invariably got minor injuries.

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:40:07 PM
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Tobus

USA

1803 posts since 11/17/2015

quote:
Originally posted by CW Spook

We have a number of boats up at the family’s summer place, but only one of them is mine...a 1969 AMF Alcort Sunfish, he boat I learned to sail in 50+ years ago. She’d been left to die in the weeds, and I rescued and restored her a couple of years ago.


Wow, memory lane! My first boat was a Sunfish when I was 14 years old.  Can't tell you how many times I turned it turtle, but I got real good at standing on the dagger board to get it back upright.  It was bright yellow with crazing on the deck from hail damage. 

I've owned many other sailboats in my life, but there's something about the simple joy of a gaff rig.

My 1973 Gulf Coast 23 was a great boat too, despite being the proverbial hole in the water that you throw money into. 

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:28:47 AM

453 posts since 4/22/2018

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Originally posted by Tobus

My 1973 Gulf Coast 23 was a great boat too, despite being the proverbial hole in the water that you throw money into. 


I like that saying.  They also say the two happiest days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.

only boat I've ever owned was a 15ft wayfarer sailing dinghy we bought for my wife to teach me to sail in.  Great fun boat but as my wife's mobility took a knock we had to sell it as it was too much for one person to handle.  

I have already been told that the next boat I buy will be a narrowboat (canal barge) when I retire.

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:05:54 AM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2243 posts since 5/15/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by Tobus

My 1973 Gulf Coast 23 was a great boat too, despite being the proverbial hole in the water that you throw money into. 


I like that saying.  They also say the two happiest days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.

only boat I've ever owned was a 15ft wayfarer sailing dinghy we bought for my wife to teach me to sail in.  Great fun boat but as my wife's mobility took a knock we had to sell it as it was too much for one person to handle.  

I have already been told that the next boat I buy will be a narrowboat (canal barge) when I retire.


> I have already been told that the next boat I buy will be a narrowboat (canal barge) when I retire.

Sounds wonderful!

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:13:26 AM

453 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Chris Meakin
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by Tobus

My 1973 Gulf Coast 23 was a great boat too, despite being the proverbial hole in the water that you throw money into. 


I like that saying.  They also say the two happiest days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.

only boat I've ever owned was a 15ft wayfarer sailing dinghy we bought for my wife to teach me to sail in.  Great fun boat but as my wife's mobility took a knock we had to sell it as it was too much for one person to handle.  

I have already been told that the next boat I buy will be a narrowboat (canal barge) when I retire.


> I have already been told that the next boat I buy will be a narrowboat (canal barge) when I retire.

Sounds wonderful!


My father in law thought so too Chris ...... until he fell off the boat!!  In typical ‘kids of today’ fashion, I had it all streamed live to me via FaceTime by my daughter who was more intent on filming grandad rather than helping grandad.


 

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:50:33 AM

BConk

USA

17359 posts since 6/7/2005

quote:
Originally posted by CW Spook

We have a number of boats up at the family’s summer place, but only one of them is mine...a 1969 AMF Alcort Sunfish, he boat I learned to sail in 50+ years ago. She’d been left to die in the weeds, and I rescued and restored her a couple of years ago.


Sunfish sailboats are a HOOT! I've owned two of them ovsr the years. One thing I loved about them especially was the low aspect sail. I'd go sailing my Sunfish in conditions that had even the motorboats coming in off the water. Surfing down the face of the 4 foot swells on a broad reach in a Sunfish.... good times laugh

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:58:35 AM
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I put in a dagger board and mast into Gramp's old dory.Sail is a cut down mutton and jib is blue tarp/duct tape technology.
Spruce and maple (mast and sprit) came from the back yard.

Didn't tack worth beans.


 

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:43:51 AM
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WesB

USA

145 posts since 12/17/2014

That must have been a hoot, Steve, and I bet you learned a lot about sailboats in the process too.

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:52:28 AM

68731 posts since 5/9/2007

I did,Wes.I learned that rowboats don't make good sailboats.

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:16:52 AM
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BConk

USA

17359 posts since 6/7/2005

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

I did,Wes.I learned that rowboats don't make good sailboats.


Some are better than others....this one, a 12' Whitehall that I picked up about 10 years ago in Newport, RI does pretty well off the wind, but it only has a teeny swing-down centerboard made of plexiglass so it doesn't point up all that well and it takes some practice to learn to tack it well in any wind.

Pretty thing though..and it's fun for the pond near our camper.

First pic is one I took - the others are pics of me sailing it that were taken by my friend, Arkadiusz. That's his dog, Bruno.

 

 

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:26:55 AM

BConk

USA

17359 posts since 6/7/2005

Here it is again, in front of my skiff - a 14' Alumacraft Lunker 14 - deep vee, with a 15 horse Mercury on it. That's the one I've been using for bass fishing for the last few years. Great little skiff - plenty of freeboard so if I wanted, I could do some salt water fishing with it as well. But since I bought it 3 years back, it's been kept at our camper so it's only been used in Aspinook pond. Perfect boat for that water though.
 

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:30:37 AM

68731 posts since 5/9/2007

I love the looks of Whitehalls and Wherries,Brian

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:04:32 AM

BConk

USA

17359 posts since 6/7/2005

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

I love the looks of Whitehalls and Wherries,Brian


They're gorgeous! I'd love to have a 15 footer with the same basic molds as my 12' ...maybe in a kevlar or strip-built cedar hull, that'd be slicker than otter snot.

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:08:44 AM
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BConk

USA

17359 posts since 6/7/2005

Here's some more shots of my bass boat. I jerry rigged a poor man's bow mount for the transom mount trolling motor out of a piece of firewood - spun the controls around on the shaft so's I could fish from the bow. It works like a charm and it's still holding up well enough after two seasons :D

 

 

Edited by - BConk on 02/13/2019 10:10:14

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:22:30 AM

BConk

USA

17359 posts since 6/7/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Tobus
quote:
Originally posted by CW Spook

We have a number of boats up at the family’s summer place, but only one of them is mine...a 1969 AMF Alcort Sunfish, he boat I learned to sail in 50+ years ago. She’d been left to die in the weeds, and I rescued and restored her a couple of years ago.


Wow, memory lane! My first boat was a Sunfish when I was 14 years old.  Can't tell you how many times I turned it turtle, but I got real good at standing on the dagger board to get it back upright.  It was bright yellow with crazing on the deck from hail damage. 

I've owned many other sailboats in my life, but there's something about the simple joy of a gaff rig.

...


oops, Sunfish are lateen rigs ;)

Edited by - BConk on 02/13/2019 10:22:58

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