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Old 06-23-2007, 01:37 AM   #61
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She's a little to big to be considered a "speed" boat. But I love the lines and the combination of teak (mahagony?)& stainless.

Thunderbird - Lake Tahoe
i caught a glimps of the thunderbird a few years ago during a pbs program called Californias Gold ...i have been in love with that boat ever since!!
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:41 AM   #62
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Right after World War II, lots of boat companies sprung up to take advantage of all the sheet metal workers who formerly built aircraft. Although aluminum boats are the "poor relation" in the antique boat world, they can be sleek, too. And cheap to maintain...relatively.

Here is a Feathercraft - beautiful lines. Feathercraft boats were often anodized in various colors.
i like it!
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:49 AM   #63
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the unfortunate thing about restoring wooden boats is ,that more times than not the boat is so dry rotted that they can only be used as patterns.what you end up with is a new boat that looks old .
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Old 06-30-2007, 11:02 AM   #64
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This boat was in a barn for 40 to 50 years. One seater and very nice construction. There is no maker's plate or identification anywhere on it. The fellow we bought it from got it from his dad and thought it might have something to do with one of the Dodge brothers. If anyone has any ideas what it is I would appreciate the help.

A.J.
I was out to where this is stored yesterday and grabbed a couple more pictures. The lighting isn't that great so I couldn't get one of the stepped hull. There is a step about 2/3 of the way down the hull then it is flat all the way to the back. The hatch was discovered by accident as my dad was trying to take the screws out and realized it was actually a door with a latch. The picture of the steering mechanism isn't that clear, but all the parts were chrome.

The boat is in really nice shape except for a few feet along the top of the left side where it is rotted.
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Old 08-31-2008, 02:52 PM   #65
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Looking for a feathercraft for sale Any suggestions?
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Old 08-31-2008, 04:56 PM   #66
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picture of my 1976 Century when new one of the first years that century built all fiberglass boats, they were modeled after there wood boots deep v and inboard V8 this is a 16 foot boat with a 351 ford with 2 barrel carb for power it was considered the hot rod of boats in that year top speed 42-45mph. no problem barefootin. these are getting to be the hot boat to restore. complete interiors are still being reproduced. second photo is my boat today still being used for skiing. bottom of boat could use a buff to get white hard water marks off
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Old 08-31-2008, 05:03 PM   #67
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Century Started building fiberglass production boats in 1966, when they introduced the Fibersport 17'. These early Century hulls were popped from molds in Pennsylvania, then shipped to Manistee for completion. In 1967 the name of the 17' hull was changed to the Resorter 17' FGL. Also in '67 a 19' hull was added to the line. The 19' hull was available in both the runabout and utility configuration. These were called the Arabian 19' FGL & Resorter 19' FGL. Also in 1967 a fiberglass lapstrake look hull, the Bucaneer 23' & the dive/deck boat the Trident 20. In 1968 a few more boats were added to the fiberglass line including the Cheetah 16' which replaced the long lived Resorter 16'.

The first use of fiberglass in Century boats was in 1956. An airsoop for the motor covers on boats powered with the 300 Cadillacs. In 1959 The Coronado had white fiberglass features, these were only addons to the wood hull. And in 1961 The Sabre 18's upper hull sides and decks were fiberglass as well as the gull wing top. Other items over the years (1956-1968) were made of fiberglass including some gull wing top sections on Coronados ('61-64), Coronado hardtops, ('65-'68), dashboards & dash cowlings.



Above: one of the first fiberglass boats built by Century, built in 1958 or '59 on the Resorter 16' hull, slightly modified. Century Built 5 of these boats. One was used at the plant for a summer or two for testing and the other 4 were used in Cypress Gardens FL fo water ski shows. At that time Century Decided to stay with wood. This boat can be seen on an old postcard of the Century plant it is the red boat at the right side of the pier.

The change to fiberglass boats was complet in 1969. All models were now made of fiberglass. Century produced fiberglass boats in Manistee, Michigan through the 1986 model year.

The company was sold and moved to Florida. Where it remains today.
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Old 09-01-2008, 12:04 AM   #68
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Cool - is that a Rolls Merlin or what?

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Old 09-01-2008, 01:17 AM   #69
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As stated the Chist Craft Cobra, from 1955,56 & 57,...... and then there is my favorite floating stock,.......




The WWII Elco P.T. Boat,.......... I still love the look of these things,... the Hot Rods of the sea in WWII






80' of power and pure pandemonium ! with With 3 supercharged Packard V-12's making 4,500 H.P.


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Old 09-01-2008, 07:59 AM   #70
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I have been "out of touch" for three months (more later) and this is the first thread that I have looked at in a long time and it makes me smile a lot!
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:35 AM   #71
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The Cobra is the bomb!!
This one is not vintage, but it's a modell from the Swedish boat manufacturer called Strand Craft, and it certainly has alot of vintage automobile appeal. The boat is of course called the Stingray





Check out their website, they sure have some really nice boats.... even though they are brand new: http://www.strand-craft.com/
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:48 AM   #72
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NOV. 8,9th 08 in central Florida.
http://www.roar-n-soar.com/
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:44 AM   #73
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Vintage and wood boats rock!
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:28 PM   #74
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Here's one I bought locally...the guy said he used to use it to waterski, and it moved along quite well. It has a Mercury Flathead V-8 Motor with an Offenhauser 3x2 Intake...Glenwood "Wet" Headers...and a Halibrand In/Out V-Drive Box...And it's FOR SALE!
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Old 09-01-2008, 05:47 PM   #75
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Here's some more photos of another Ford Flathead V-8 Powered Boat I got from the same guy. This one used a more refined "Capitol" Reverser Box and a "Hall Craft" V-Drive System...as well as "Wet Headers"...it's also FOR SALE!
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:55 PM   #76
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The Cobra is the bomb!!
This one is not vintage, but it's a modell from the Swedish boat manufacturer called Strand Craft, and it certainly has alot of vintage automobile appeal. The boat is of course called the Stingray





Check out their website, they sure have some really nice boats.... even though they are brand new: http://www.strand-craft.com/
Those boats are really cool but I wonder if any of them have actually been built. All the pictures are computer generated.
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:43 AM   #77
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Those boats are really cool but I wonder if any of them have actually been built. All the pictures are computer generated.
I'm wondering about the same actually, there is just pictures of one boat that has actually been built:

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Old 04-02-2010, 07:30 AM   #78
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Does anyone have a good picture of the late-1950s/early-1960s fiberglass boats with the smooth hulls, wraparound windshields, and outboard motors that seemed to be ubiquitous in people’s backyards 15 or 20 years ago? I always thought they were cool looking, but I’ve never had a good picture. Google image search wasn’t very helpful, either, as I guess they aren’t rare enough to be cool yet.

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Old 04-02-2010, 10:45 AM   #79
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Are you thinking of this type?
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OOps! forgot to attach picture.
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