Postby kano » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:13 am

Schutta wrote:
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Schutta wrote:Ok i'll throw some pics of my old girl up gonna do some renos some time in the near future.


You sure that's a Stephens? Looks like an early Sanger or something


the hull looks very similar in design to this stephens flat bottom http://riverdavesplace.com/forums/showt ... p?p=313880


Yeah it does look exactly the same as that one. Funny how yours is RHD and his is LHD. My old man has a Stephens TR2 which would be an early 80s boat I think, it is a flat bottom but is different on the transom sides where yours is rounded off it is square. It also has a bubble in the deck at the dash and is LHD
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Postby sheelos » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:53 pm

Here are a few pics of Lawless, my family boat, Dad bought it when I was 3 months old and we have restored it from the ground up over the past 3 years, still a few things left to do but getting there. My Bro and I use it now, dad has only been on it twice since it was "reborn"!
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Postby hbomb » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:47 am

lawless.......
an absolute credit to you in bringing the old schooler back to life and I guess you can be very proud as is your dad....
well done mate!
but.................... only a personal thing
an old schooler......... get rid of the tower and put a high pole in..looks more original.....
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Postby sheelos » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:15 am

well there are good and bad points to either option... depends on what you want in the end.

high pole is cheaper, easier to fit, easier to remove for garaging...

tower doesn't require a strap, which eventually damages your gunwhale and gelcoat after years of rubbing (my uncles boat suffered this)
tower allows for more racks and bimini mounting options, this was the major winner for me, being a small boat, storage space is hard to come by, getting the boards off the floor onto the racks was a huge bonus.
tower is also great for grabbing onto when climbing around and in/out of boat.
tower spreads the tow load across the four mounting points, which on an older boat I think is a good thing to have less stress on one point.

It really comes down to personal preference. Going back a few years ago I hated towers on most boats... but now I love most tower designs.
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Postby hbomb » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:25 pm

well done mate - it is personal preference - a fine resto tower and all
actually have a friend who is about to start making these old school clinkers - should do very well as they are certainly generating a great amount of interest amongst the real boating community especially when we have the market being flooded in the imported overpriced garbage we are starting to see on the water.......
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Postby nevergrew » Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:40 pm

hbomb wrote:well done mate - it is personal preference - a fine resto tower and all
actually have a friend who is about to start making these old school clinkers - should do very well as they are certainly generating a great amount of interest amongst the real boating community especially when we have the market being flooded in the imported overpriced garbage we are starting to see on the water.......


Are these the retro marine clinker moulds that were for sale some time ago?
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Postby nevergrew » Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:40 pm

hbomb wrote:well done mate - it is personal preference - a fine resto tower and all
actually have a friend who is about to start making these old school clinkers - should do very well as they are certainly generating a great amount of interest amongst the real boating community especially when we have the market being flooded in the imported overpriced garbage we are starting to see on the water.......


Are these the retro marine clinker moulds that were for sale some time ago?
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Postby sheelos » Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:58 pm

x2... I'm curious.
I remember reading here somewhere... someone in aus is going to start selling flightcraft spectre hulls.
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Postby nevergrew » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:44 pm

http://www.retromarine.com.au/gallery.html

These are the hulls I'm talking about Sheelos
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Postby kano » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:42 pm

sheelos wrote:x2... I'm curious.
I remember reading here somewhere... someone in aus is going to start selling flightcraft spectre hulls.


Willo knows someone that had the Spectre moulds in Echuca I think, that was a couple of years ago now though. Could be what hbomb is talking about although I think I remember seeing on the retro marine website a while ago that the business was 4 sale?
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Postby HzSandman » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:08 pm

I think retro marine have been around for sometime now. I remember checking out their site when I was restoring Rapid.... Good luck to them if they can sell new clinkers.... I'm not sure their is a massive market for them.... ?
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Postby sheelos » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:11 pm

man I'd love a brand new spectre hull to fit out!
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Postby Bull32 » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:13 pm

nevergrew wrote:http://www.retromarine.com.au/gallery.html

These are the hulls I'm talking about Sheelos
i know the bloke who had retro marine they were a jack eddy hull with a cut down elliminater top deck
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Postby lukebeddo » Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:50 am

millard outrage
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Postby vision_129 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:52 pm

my little beast "the panther" . dad has his boat, this is mine. couldnt ask for anymore at 17.

1966 Filam ski sport, picked it up just over 18 months from the original owner. the old bloke had had it siting in his garage unused for the last 30 years, only 20 hours on it. we gladly took it off his hands, chucked a tower on it, tinkered with it over winter... has been a good learning experience for me.

recently took out the original holden 186 X2 engine and replaced it with a 202.

at 34mph there is NO wash at all, perfect for skiing and footing

at 24mph and 5 people in the boat the wake is as big as any $30,000 boat and its nice and rampy.
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Postby nevergrew » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:13 pm

vision_129 wrote:at 24mph and 5 people in the boat the wake is as big as any $30,000 boat and its nice and rampy.


You've never seen an early Ski Naut wake have you ? :lol: :lol:
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Postby vision_129 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:44 pm

ahahaahahah ok i lie, better than any non imported boat wake under $20,000

you got me there! lol :)

(edit, maybe $20,000?) regardless point is I'm stoked with it for what i paid! lol, gotta love the versatility of an old clinker.
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Postby Chopper » Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:00 pm

I think you mean that it throws a nice wash for a clinker. 8)
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My Uncles Hammond

Postby ling » Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:29 pm

This is my Uncles Hammond with a 307 small block Chev
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Postby Jasper » Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:34 pm

I want a Hammond sooooooo bad!
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