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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by KCTA Chris, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
    Posts: 380

    KCTA Chris

    I didn't grow up around boats but wanted to try restoring one for my boys and me. Horror stories and lack of knowledge had me shy away from a project but when I saw a $500 Craigslist ad... why not try, hell the gauges and wheel might be worth it. I was surprised to learn there are 50's-early 60's plywood hulled outboard boats for cheap. These boats are often overlooked lacking the quality of a higher priced collector boat, but gives guys like us a chance to have fun with a little imagination and a limited budget. Mine is a 1959 Luger "kit" boat. I wanted to build it as a young man in '59 would do who also was into hot rods. 1 MG_8824.jpg IMG_3792.jpg IMG_3796.jpg IMG_6883.jpg IMG_8124.jpg IMG_8158.jpg IMG_8162.jpg IMG_8540.jpg IMG_8820.jpg IMG_8822.jpg
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  2. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
    Posts: 380

    KCTA Chris

    These 60's OMC boats look like a Weesner drawing come to life. Affordable and V8 swaps are common. I'd love to see someone give the custom treatment to one.

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  3. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,134


    I might do a thread here on a decent collection of vintage toy speedboats, aka "runabouts"... windups, clockworks, steam, battery, etc/ quite a few Countries of origin...1920s thru 1960s..but it will take some dedicated effort to get them photo'd..

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  4. Holy smokes Chris that's killer!
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  5. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,083


    Angie and I just got our Boater Safety Certificates last Saturday. Hoping to take out our '61 Grady White with Homelite 4 stroke outboard (It's a Crosley motor!!). We live 30 minutes from "On Golden Pond".

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  6. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
    Posts: 380

    KCTA Chris

    Yes please.
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  7. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,051


    :D Hi KCTA Chris.Nice looking boat.Bet it rides as good as it looks.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  8. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,505

    from 1960

    Really neat boats!
  9. MoePower
    Joined: Jul 12, 2004
    Posts: 153

    from Omro, WI

    Any aluminum boats out there ??
    '53 Feathercraft Deluxe Runnabout with a '57 Mercury Thunderbolt


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  10. MojoRacing
    Joined: Mar 24, 2013
    Posts: 25


    I dig old wooden boats! The flathead I'm running in my car now came out of a vintage hydroplane from Nabbs Creek Maryland. I dont have too much info the old guy died that ran it before I could get back there. Sure wished I could find the boat, I'd put that engine back in!
  11. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 769


    Well, hopefully this fits in here. Saw this at the MSRA Back to the Fifties in St. Paul MN yesterday and had to shoot a few pics. It's a beautifully restored fiberglass runabout sold by Herter's Inc. of Waseca MN. Herter's was a big mail order hunting/fishing/sporting goods company back in the 50's and 60's, I knew they sold canoes, duck boats etc. but never knew they had powerboats too. I would guess it's fairly rare.
    Totally cool.

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  12. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,834

    51 mercules

    My 1959 Sea King Hornet with 1959 [​IMG]35 Horsepower Evinrude and 1959 Mastercraft trailer. PS it's for sale or trade?
  13. Scott Mannion
    Joined: Aug 18, 2015
    Posts: 114

    Scott Mannion
    from Scotland

    At Last! An opportunity to ask about this! It is sitting down the track from where I used to live. The chap who owned it got it vaguely seaworthy and launched it. By all accounts he nearly drowned. I am not sure what outboard he put on it but it took on a lot of water under power. Can anyone tell me what make it is and what is the correct type of outboard for it? Someone who knows more about boats than I do said that the shaft of the outboard was either too short or too long. Does this make sense? I think the owner is now so scared of it that he may be open to offers ;)
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  14. 55Deso
    Joined: Nov 7, 2015
    Posts: 244

    from Wyoming

    One of those would look right at home behind my F250, I dig it!

    That's a cool looking little boat!
  15. southerncad
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 646


    OK, here's my latest it is a 16' 1959 Buehler Turbocraft that has a 327 SBC with a Hamilton Jet Drive. buehler1.jpg buehler2.jpg buehler3.jpg buehler4.jpg
  16. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
    Posts: 2,011


    Yup, Just picked this up in Maryland. 56 Feathercraft Ranger 3, 35hp merc,50s gator trailer. I also have a 57 F.C. Vagabond shell ,57 Lonestar 16ft open-4 bench seats, 62 Meyer 12ft and a 55 Lonestar cruisemaster. Big Lonestar is in my shop being massaged back to life.

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  17. papa's 39 koop
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 159

    papa's 39 koop

    I bought this in 1966 while I was in the navy in San Diego. Sold it when I got out.

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  18. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 877


    My dad won this 14' Alumacraft Torino in a sales contest in 1961. I spent many years fishing and watersking with it. I completely restored it a few years ago. 0714171141.jpg 0714171141d.jpg just

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