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1962 28ft M.E.M.C.O. Sportfisher Restoration

Old 03-07-2012, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by rybovich18 View Post
Research Mabry Edwards (MEMCO). He was involved with Jim Smith at one point. He sure had an interesting life.
I couldn't find much info. about Mabry Edwards (MEMCO). You said he was involved with Jim Smith-----Who is Jim Smith?
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:39 AM
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Wow! Great looking boat! Those are similar lines that the Ocean Billfish is designed off of. I think.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:59 AM
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Beauty !
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:03 AM
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Default 1962 28ft M.E.M.C.O. Sportfisher being built

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Size:  82.2 KB This picture came with the boat. This is a picture of the 28 ft memco being built. The 1st is the guy I bought the boat from uncle and the guy on the top is believe to be Mabry Edwards. This boat has been in the family for almost 50 years and I had to come and just mess things up.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:08 AM
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Very pretty lines! definitely worth saving. I worked for Jim Smith for 10 years Mabry tried to take credit for some of those boats too. I guess if he walked thru the shop once or twice that was as good as building and designing it! Rich
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Originally Posted by tabascoT View Post
Actually I think that is Charlie Hestons boat he built for himself. Mabry Edwards (MEMCO) liked to take credit for it but he didnt' build it. He likely did have a hand at the design or maybe lofting. He really was a genius. Last I saw it still had the bamboo outriggers !! It is a beautiful boat and the lines are even better than some of Mabrys' boats and you can just imagine a sailfish dancing behind the transom. Very cool.
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Here is one of two bamboo outriggers that came with the boat. This are the original outriggers. I'm not going to use them because I have brand new outriggers for the boat plus if I brake the bamboo outriggers I can't replace them. I use them now as a conversation piece. Name:  IMAG0006.jpg
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Love that boat! I remember when she was for sale... I wanted her so bad!!! Such a cool boat!

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:14 AM
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Engine looks like a 6 cyl ford, Interceptor used some of these engines as well as ford v-8's Rich
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Originally Posted by Tribute 1 View Post
Very pretty lines! definitely worth saving. I worked for Jim Smith for 10 years Mabry tried to take credit for some of those boats too. I guess if he walked thru the shop once or twice that was as good as building and designing it! Rich
Do you no where I can get info. about Jim Smith? On the boat title it says made by Mabry Edwards. I love the history of this boat. I still can't believe I got it.
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Beautiful boat. Even has a Northill anchor (excellent!). My only question is, how do you get up on the flying bridge?
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Very nice project !!!
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Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post
Beautiful boat. Even has a Northill anchor (excellent!). My only question is, how do you get up on the flying bridge?
If you look close there's one step on both sides of the boat with a handle on top of the flybridge to pull yourself up.
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Love that boat! I remember when she was for sale... I wanted her so bad!!! Such a cool boat!

I can understand where you coming from. I waited two years for this boat. When I 1st saw it the asking price was out of my comfort zone. I responded to a fire alarm two years later at huckins where she was stored and that's when the negotiation started. I caught the guy that I bought the boat from at the right time. He just took another job out of town and had to get rid of it. Me and him became very good friends. He open his garage and gave me everything you would every need for offshore fishing.
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Originally Posted by tabascoT View Post
Actually I think that is Charlie Hestons boat he built for himself. Mabry Edwards (MEMCO) liked to take credit for it but he didnt' build it. He likely did have a hand at the design or maybe lofting. He really was a genius. Last I saw it still had the bamboo outriggers !! It is a beautiful boat and the lines are even better than some of Mabrys' boats and you can just imagine a sailfish dancing behind the transom. Very cool.
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Wow, that's some serious history with that boat if it's true....

28Mem, how far are you taking this rebuild? Down to the frames, or just paint and trim?
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Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post
Beautiful boat. Even has a Northill anchor (excellent!). My only question is, how do you get up on the flying bridge?
You mention Northill anchor---The guy that I bought the boat from told me to NEVER lose this anchor because they don't make good anchor like this any more. I looked at him crazy because I was thinking,"Dude it's just an anchor." After I did my research on the boat come to find out it's not just an anchor. They where used for air planes that land on water. He gave me two Northill anchors. Here is some pictures of the spare. The one I have on the boat it's in very good condition. If I ever need to put the spare on the boat I will have it restored.
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Wow, that's some serious history with that boat if it's true....

28Mem, how far are you taking this rebuild? Down to the frames, or just paint and trim?
There isn't any major structual issues with this boat other then stress cracks (Nothing a dermal, epoxy, and cab-o-sil can't fix) There isn't no need to take it down to the frames because who ever built this boat or who ever took care of this boat they did a good job. The boat is in need of cosmetic work. The engines need to be toon up.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:52 AM
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Specs
Builder: Memco
Designer: C. N. Heston

Dimensions
LOA: 28 ft 0 in
Beam: 10 ft 0 in
LWL: 26 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 2 ft 0 in
Displacement: 9000 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 8 ft 0 in

Engines
Engine Brand: Sea Master
Engine Model: Ford Interceptor
Cruising Speed: 26 mph
Maximum Speed: 34 mph
Engine Hours: 1200


Dimensions
Ballast: None

Engines
Total Power: 170

Tanks
Fuel: 125 gal. Monel in 3 tanks
Fresh Water: 5 gal. Monel
Holding: 5 gal. polypropelene
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Originally Posted by Tribute 1 View Post
Engine looks like a 6 cyl ford, Interceptor used some of these engines as well as ford v-8's Rich
Yes, that's what type of engine's that's in there. What I like about these engines are they are good on gas, you can get your parts from a auto store not a marine store, a auto mechanic can work on then, and you don't have to use ethanol free fuel.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:07 AM
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Monel fuel tanks too...

with only 1200 hours on the motors, she's still got some life in her...just a little freshening maybe? The boat is getting more interesting by the minute...
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