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CHB IV
03-17-2012, 04:52 PM
Hi all,

I recently pulled a 17.5 foot, cypress river boat out of my great grandfather's barn and haven't been able to identify a maker. I don't have much info on the history of the boat other than my dad telling me that it has been hanging in the rafters his entire life (55 years). So far I've sanded down the sides and am working on the beaded deck right now. I've had a couple people come look at it and most seem to think it is some sort of kit boat that was likely built here on the farm.

I'm really excited about this project, it is my first restoration, but I have lots of support from more experienced folks. I think the boat itself is beautiful and in remarkably good shape for its age. I can't wait to get it cleaned up and looking like new.

Thanks for any ideas anyone might have on its origin as well as any tips and/or ideas for the restoration!

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/6702/dsc0226xe.jpg
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Peerie Maa
03-17-2012, 04:57 PM
Quite stylish
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/6702/dsc0226xe.jpg
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With those twists in the bottom planks forward, I'd be looking for a processional boat builder.

CHB IV
03-17-2012, 05:31 PM
Thanks for embedding. I'm hoping I can manage without doing any major structural work. My plan is simply to take all the paint off, remove the original caulk (which is cotton and some sort of epoxy), fix a couple broken boards (split by nails), reseal, repaint, install some stauter style decking, and find a time accurate motor.

Mad Scientist
03-17-2012, 06:00 PM
That's not epoxy in the seams, but rather some type of caulking compound.

Something to keep in mind when re-caulking time comes.|:)

Tom

CHB IV
03-17-2012, 06:31 PM
Thanks Tom.

Nick, I think misinterpreted your response. I see what you mean about the twists likely being the result of a professional. I have not been able to find any sort of manufacturer's mark though, only a series of numbers and letters written in pencil on each rib supporting the deck. Each one is different and I'm guessing they told the builder where each piece went.

Peerie Maa
03-17-2012, 06:33 PM
Thanks Tom.

Nick, I think misinterpreted your response. I see what you mean about the twists likely being the result of a professional. I have not been able to find any sort of manufacturer's mark though, only a series of numbers and letters written in pencil on each rib supporting the deck. Each one is different and I'm guessing they told the builder where each piece went.
Could be part numbering in a boat shop building series production, either for sale or as livery boats.

CHB IV
03-17-2012, 06:42 PM
Sounds very plausible.

A bit more info that could help in identifying, the boat was used in the Mobile and Tensaw Rivers in South Alabama. Potentially in Mobile Bay as well, but I'm doubting it is much of a bay boat given its height.

One other thing I'm thinking of doing is adding a keel to help with tracking.

timo4352
03-17-2012, 09:30 PM
Sounds very plausible.

One other thing I'm thinking of doing is adding a keel to help with tracking.

I'm certainly no expert, but I'd think you should try it out first before you go adding a keel or anything to it. You might end up regretting it later.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
03-18-2012, 08:05 PM
From my eye, this is a Chris Craft kit boat from the 50's, either a Tarpon, or a deluxe. The finishing touchs were left up to the builder, but both the models mentioned had the curved deck.

CHB IV
03-19-2012, 12:31 PM
Thanks Tim, definitely a good idea to test it before making a major change.

Peter, based on the shape of the boat it struck me at first as a Chris Craft as well. I cannot find any images of and am not familiar with the tarpon model, do you have any links to pictures? I definitely see the deluxe lines in this boat. That may be exactly what it is. This is the only picture I can find of a deluxe outboard model,

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=chris+craft+deluxe+outboard&um=1&hl=en&client=safari&sa=G&rls=en&biw=1024&bih=584&tbm=isch&tbnid=Y_tIgzNTtSqsAM:&imgrefurl=http://www.northwoodsboats.com/boats/57cc.html&docid=COfA9-Zy1P_7nM&imgurl=http://www.northwoodsboats.com/Media/boats/1957cc1.jpg&w=320&h=240&ei=6mxnT7PaK6OPsQK8qLy2Dw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=364&sig=105471343482118281621&page=1&tbnh=118&tbnw=171&start=0&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0&tx=50&ty=59

Thanks for your help!

CHB IV
03-19-2012, 12:33 PM
Only differences I see in the deluxe pictured and mine is that it appears that the gunnels are higher on the deluxe model and mine does not have the slight ridge at the water line.

Peerie Maa
03-19-2012, 02:29 PM
http://www.northwoodsboats.com/Media/boats/1957cc2.jpghttp://img838.imageshack.us/img838/7606/dsc0227jt.jpg
Its possible, but I thought that the Chris Craft was shorter and slightly fuller.

CHB IV
03-19-2012, 07:31 PM
hm, quite possibly fuller. I can't find any dimensions on a deluxe though. The CC I found the picture of may be shorter, but they did offer an 18' outboard kit, i measured my boat at 17.5'. I wish I could find some info on the tarpon.

Edit* I spoke with the accepted authority on the history of the area that the boat was located. He sad he did not know of any professional boat builders in the area that built that type of boat, I think that makes the kit possibility more likely. My great grandfather or grandfather could have always bought the boat from somewhere else, but I would expect some sort of maker's mark on the boat in that case.