Originally Posted by wflyachts
This guy is right on about the Gulfstreams.
I never knew they did boats other than the two Morgan hulls. John Morgan of the Naples area built many, many hulls and would sell them as just a hull or finished. I built underwater gear for one a good friend finished off on Big Pine Key. He bought two unfinshed 24' hulls which he completed.
The intersting thing I remember is the 24 used 3/4 plywood for the two stringers. A single layer and the ends of the 8' sheet were just butted up agains the next sheet and glassed over. My friend had them put in a double layer of plywood so the butted ends would be staggered every 4 and reenforced by a continous sheet against the butted joint.
I have seen quite a few of the Gulfstream 24. There was one down here that operated as a charter boat. I always viewed then something like putting lipstick on a hog. The Morgan's were very popular among the do it yourself fishermen down here. Never herd of anyone having any real problems.
Crusader boats was also molding the 24' Morgan recently as a classic hull. They were a nice design and had a very wide beam and a fairly flat bottom. My friend put a big block 454 inboard in one and outboard on a bracket on another and sold both of them.
My son currently has a 30' Morgan which he is getting ready to redo for stone crabbing. It is very much like the 24. Basically a big skiff on steroids. Flattens out in the stern. A great shallow water work boat design that was also popular on the Florida west coast for stonecrabbing.