Help with identification of late 70's 14 footer

Postby mattlee75 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:29 pm

Hi Guys,

Hoping that someone out there might be able to shed some light on the history or parentage of our 14ft 70's style ski boat. Its been in the family since the late 80's and was sold to my father in law as a Ramsay... but its not.

It has the same dash surround as used in Ramsay Rebels, and some old Gilflites and SkiCraft Clinkers. It has a badge on the rear above the rubber that says ROWLACK (in cursive).

It is named Cherokee II and is 327 Chev Powered (Mid Mount).

I'm about to do a full restore on the hull so would also appreciate contacts of good fibreglassers and upholsterers in the Kilsyth/Montrose/Bayswater area

Will post pics soon when I can find some!

Cheers, Matt
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Postby Simba » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:23 am

post some pics,

a good fibreglasser is Steve from 'Rencraft' in Bayswater, he is located along side the old fibremakers factory on cantebury rd bayswater. Top bloke.

A very good upholsterer is 'Acclaim Upholstery' they are Cantebury Rd also, but further up towards Kilsyth, Acclaim do all of Skicrafts boats.

I have used both the above mentioned and been very happy.
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Postby Scabs » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:41 am

The boat could be a Hammond Craft using this type of dash surround.
What colour is the boat?

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Postby mattlee75 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:27 am

Hi Adam,

The boat is Kermit/Lime Green, and the name is plastered along the side using 70's white shadow cartoon type font. Trailer is single axle with matching green fibreglass guards, has extendable draw bar etc.

Thanks Simba - I rang Steve at Rencraft a little while ago and yes he seemed pretty good, just trying to give myself options!

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Postby martium » Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:21 pm

I reckon I saw Kermit at Eildon last Sat. Didn't pay attention to the make/model though, sorry!
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Postby mattlee75 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:31 pm

Hi Again,

Here are some pics - sorry about the quality but they were taken down at narracan about 1996! I last had it on the water at Eildon about 5 years ago after I rebuilt the 327. Cheers, Matt
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Postby mattlee75 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:32 pm

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Postby Dicko1 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:15 am

I'm luvin' them mud guards 8)
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Postby dudester » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:58 am

That boat has heaps of potential with a bit 'o tlc !!
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Postby mattlee75 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:44 pm

dudester wrote:That boat has heaps of potential with a bit 'o tlc !!

Thanks! Any ideas are welcome. I've been out of the scene for a while as I am heavily involved in Car Rallying so am not used to looking at clinkers with towers!!!

Looking forward to getting it back on the water, whether I learn to Ride or just Kneeboard and Ski.

Will start with removing the floor and repairing/replacing bearers, repairing Gel coat, replacing carpet (probably go for a light grey), re-trimming and probably re-painting (thinking of a Met Blue with Silver)

Trailer will get mags and a re-spray and will lose those funky guards!

Any thoughts?

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Postby Jasper » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:17 pm

that is a nice boat mate and i'm pretty sure thats a nankervis from the mid 70s.

there are a few hulls that are quite similar to this including the performance craft boss, skicraft delux, peter williams and even the ramsay rebel. old boats can be quite difficult to identify however as they were often not stamped by the maker and can often be customised or repaired over the years making the job harder.

you might like to check out a thread called "boat pics of clinkers or old school boats" i found it useful in searching for old types of boats i was looking at buying at the time

hope this helps
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Postby trowal » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:08 am

Hey Mate,

Give Darren Craddock a call regarding your fiberglass work (9 Lily Ave Mt Evelyn ph:9736 3532). I've had a bit of stuff done by him and would recommend him. Also check out http://www.wake.com.au/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=14325&highlight=bath for some of his handywork
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Postby trowal » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:08 am

Hey Mate,

Give Darren Craddock a call regarding your fiberglass work (9 Lily Ave Mt Evelyn ph:9736 3532). I've had a bit of stuff done by him and would recommend him. Also check out http://www.wake.com.au/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=14325&highlight=bath for some of his handywork
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Postby mattlee75 » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:15 pm

Thanks Guys - yes Jasper I had looked at every single pic in that thread but am yet to find a match! You've given me a few leads to get searching on too as I hadn't considered a Nankervis or Williams before.

Definitely no stamps or marking on it though...

The work that the Craddocks have done on that Gilflite is awesome, but i'm not too sure how far I can stretch my budget! That is, with new 5 month old baby budget starts @ $1 !!!

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Postby mattlee75 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:31 pm

Hi Guys,
I just thought i'd post an update - nearly 3 years later... my son is older, i've done a heap more rallies, eaten a lot of take away... but still havent finished the resto.

What I have done though:

Replaced bearers, floor and transom by Steve Renke @ Rencraft Fibreglass. Fitted adjustable engine mounts, new tank mounts, gear lever.
Had a new tinted windscreen made.
Re-upholstered seats - carpets still to be installed after painting

The next photos were taken January 2010 - ive just realised that it took another 10 months before i did anything! Have now completely stripped old paint from deck and engine cover... now rubbing the gel coat ready for primer. Will take more pics once sanding is done.

Really would appreciate peoples opinions - particularly as far as new colour. Thinking either Cobalt Blue with Silver, or Emerald green with Silver, or some kind of flame orange like on new VE Holdens etc.

Also - how the hell can one man turn a boat over???

Cheers, Matt
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Postby mattlee75 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:41 pm

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Postby mattlee75 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:43 pm

Oh and one more thing - found some black txta markings right up the very front under the deck (while removing the handle!) that suggest that the boat was made in NSW on 11/11/1975, but still none the wiser as to who by!

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Postby j1v1gan » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:45 am

Could be a bit of a Darth Vader moment here guys.

This boat was owned by a family I know if Northern Victoria in the 70's.
And you did say "parentage".

Could it be?
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Re: Help with identification of late 70's 14 footer

Postby rollie86 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:58 pm

Hey

Bit of a late reply, but my old man with a mate used to build these clinker style 14 footers and a larger 17ft model in the 70's early 80's, the company was called Rowlack they were built in Finley NSW and we still have the mould for this 14ft boat. Hope this helps

Do u still have the boat?? How is the restoration going??
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Re: Help with identification of late 70's 14 footer

Postby Pane » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:14 pm

G'day

I knew I had heard the name but couldn't work out where from so I never posted.

I'm keen to see how it's going too!

On a side note, what did the 17 footers that rolack made look like?

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