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

Old 03-09-2012, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by salt_shaker View Post
Awesome Boat! I saw it a few years ago at the Huckins yard and kinda fell in love with it. I think i posted some pics here of it, i'll try to find them. basically the same type pics at the doc. Great boat!
I find out about the boat when I went on a fire alarm at Huckins with the fire department. I wasn't going to even try to convince my wife to fork over the amount of money he wanted for it at that time. So I lowered my head put my tail between my legs and slowly walked away while looking back occasionally. Two years later I went on another fire alarm at Huckins and there she was screaming take me home. The guy that owned the boat had received another job out of town and the price was right. After two years of waiting and about one hundred dates to boattrader.com to see her we got married.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by slickcav View Post
how much did you pay if you dont mind me asking?
When the boat was in showroom finish at one point he was asking $60,000. Do to the economy the boat market went down like everything else and the boat sat for over two years out in the sun and took a beating. The negotiating started from a asking price of $30,000.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by salt_shaker View Post
Awesome Boat! I saw it a few years ago at the Huckins yard and kinda fell in love with it. I think i posted some pics here of it, i'll try to find them. basically the same type pics at the doc. Great boat!
I have a 14 ft 1967 wellcraft that I had restored. I use to put it in the water near Huckins and when they closed for the evening I use to drift up in there and look at her.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by obbayer View Post
Wow, amazed they let him sand the bottom paint out on the open lot like that, no drop cloths or anything.
I don't no what the environmental laws are for sanding bottom paint but in defence for Huckins He did it on a Sat. and the business was close.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
When the boat was originally built they made the hull double diagonal using white cedar. Then they fiberglassed the hull from the rub rail down. The flybridge is fiberglassed also. The inside of the boat isn't glassed.
oh, ok.....i thought it was a straight plank on frame...like the old chris crafts...did they use resorcinol or epoxy back then?

looks like most of your work will be cosmetic then....
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oh, ok.....i thought it was a straight plank on frame...like the old chris crafts...did they use resorcinol or epoxy back then?

looks like most of your work will be cosmetic then....
I'm not sure if they used resorcinol (never heard of that) or epoxy. Did they have epoxy 50 years ago? I was amazed that they fiberglass it. 50 years ago using fiberglass was not common. I'm thankful that they did it.
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
I'm not sure if they used resorcinol (never heard of that) or epoxy. Did they have epoxy 50 years ago? I was amazed that they fiberglass it. 50 years ago using fiberglass was not common. I'm thankful that they did it.
Rybovich built their first wood/epoxy boat in 1958....so if these other builders at the time got wind of it, I'm sure they'd at least try it.......prior to that, they used resorcinol or polyester resin for thier plank on frame hulls. I never knew they only glassed one side and not the other....but it seems to hold up very well!!
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Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Rybovich built their first wood/epoxy boat in 1958....so if these other builders at the time got wind of it, I'm sure they'd at least try it.......prior to that, they used resorcinol or polyester resin for thier plank on frame hulls. I never knew they only glassed one side and not the other....but it seems to hold up very well!!
Did you say they glassed one side of the hull and not the other? And if that's what you meant Why would they do that?

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
Did you say they glassed on side of the hull and not the other? And if that's what you meant Why would they do that?
Whoa..I think we need to take a step back.....I thought you said they glassed the outside and not the inside of your hull......that's what I was refering to.....normally, a cold molded, cross planked hull is glassed on both sides, inside and out.......see Jki4405's build http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...c-project.html

anyway, I'm not 100% sure what Rybo did with glass as for inside/out..I know some were.... Some builders glass the outer wood and just epoxy the inner wood, some actually glass the inner wood...it depends on the builder.....I was just trying to find out what your designer did way back when...there were many ways to skin a cat back then. I think most cold molded wood/epoxy/glass builders of today epoxy and glass both the inside and outside of the hull.
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Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Whoa..I think we need to take a step back.....I thought you said they glassed the outside and not the inside of your hull......that's what I was refering to.....normally, a cold molded, cross planked hull is glassed on both sides, inside and out.......see Jki4405's build http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...c-project.html

anyway, I'm not 100% sure what Rybo did with glass as for inside/out..I know some were.... Some builders glass the outer wood and just epoxy the inner wood, some actually glass the inner wood...it depends on the builder.....I was just trying to find out what your designer did way back when...there were many ways to skin a cat back then. I think most cold molded wood/epoxy/glass builders of today epoxy and glass both the inside and outside of the hull.
Sorry for the misunderstanding. I see what you are saying now. My boat is glassed on the outside and NOT the inside. I always wondered what cold molding was--- now I see.
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Default Fighting chairs

These two chairs came with the boat. As you can see the upholstery have seen better days. I was going to get them reupholster and make them into the two flybridge chairs until someone told me what they are. These are pompanette fighting chairs and they cost $1600 a piece. Follow this link http://www.pompanette.com/pompweb.ns...d?OpenDocument I think these chairs would of made awesome flybridge chairs once they are fixed/shined up. What do you think? Do you think I should keep them as fighting chairs or make them into the flybridge chairs? Name:  IMAG0055.jpg
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:01 AM
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I say leave them what hey are....... Classic
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Default Sea Trials

Bottom paint done and now it's time for sea trials. Before the old owner and I finished the entire buying transaction I wanted to sea trial her. I don't no why I wanted to do that because if both engines was froze up and need a total rebuild (Which they don't) I would of still bought her. Sea trial wasn't going to sway me not to buy the boat. I wanted the boat before I step on her. The guy you see on the boat is the guy I bought the boat from (great guy).
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Sea trials lasted 2 minutes. I could not sleep last night looking forward to today. The starboard side engine ran rough because of the distributor cap. So off to advance auto parts for something else. Yes I said advance auto store. Thats one of many things I like about the twin 300 cubic ft. ford inline 6 engines is that when something brake I can go to the auto store. Talking about saving money. For the distributor cap it cost me $39.95. I don't want to guess what it would cost me if I go to a marine store. It's funny how the price jumps up when the word marine is on the box. Once the distributor cap was put on now the starboard side engine work fine but the port side engine want start up. Welcome to the boating world I guess. Sea trials wasn't going to happen but I still was one happy camper. We limped back to the travel lift on the starboard engine and in a couple of days we will put the boat on the trailer. Then I will take her home and start the restoration.
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Was that distributor cap ignition protected? Many auto parts will work for a boat engine, but electrical and fuel components I would only use marine applications.
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
Was that distributor cap ignition protected? Many auto parts will work for a boat engine, but electrical and fuel components I would only use marine applications.
I'm not sure if the distributor cap was ignition protected. The motors that's in there (F100 300 cubic inch inline 6) isn't nothing but a heavy duty truck motor. When that motor came out it was used in boats, trucks, travel lift's, and tractors. When I get to that section of the boat and start working on the motors I'm going to remove the distributor cap and replace it with electronic ignition.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:54 PM
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Boat has been lifted out of the water and onto the trailer. I will be adding two more bunks to the back (Since it's a wooden boat the more surface space the boat sits on the better) which will be a total of 4 bunks at the back of the boat. There's plenty of space to add two more bunks at the back of the boat. I also have to add two bunks to the front also. When the boat is in the water she looks huge but when she is on the trailer she don't look that big. Some people had some concerns with me trailering a boat this size which I can understand why you would have these concerns because I had those concerns also. As you can see the boat fits on the trailer perfect.

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Fly bridge chairs. Not a very good fighting chair anyway. The gimbals would be big bucks to replace also.
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Fly bridge chairs. Not a very good fighting chair anyway. The gimbals would be big bucks to replace also.
I think I'm leaning towards using them as flybridge chairs. I priced the gimbal and it was just over $80.00. Why do you believe it want be a good fighting chair? The reason I'm asking is I don't have no experience on what's a good fighting chair and what's not a good fighting chair.
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I think I'm leaning towards using them as flybridge chairs. I priced the gimbal and it was just over $80.00. Why do you believe it want be a good fighting chair? The reason I'm asking is I don't have no experience on what's a good fighting chair and what's not a good fighting chair.
Few boats your size use a chair. If you are fishing 130# class it would be different. You can always use it as a helm chair and move below if needed.
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Few boats your size use a chair. If you are fishing 130# class it would be different. You can always use it as a helm chair and move below if needed.
Thanks, that's what I'll do. By the way what's fishing 130# class. Remember I'm new to this so that type of language is like talking in another language. Can you give me a brief run down on the different class, types of fighting chairs, what's consider blue water fishing, when do you use a fighting chair, ANYTHING. One more thing. I asked the question before but I guess no one new the answer. Go back and look at my boat pictures where you can see the bottom of the boat. You see the back of the boat is flat and towards the front is a small V. If I was to take this boat offshore maybe even blue water fishing (What ever that is) and the sea condition became bad do you think the boat would handle good? Let's pretend it had a seasoned captain behind the wheel. Do you think it's safe for me to go offshore with a flat bottom boat even though it has the small V at the front?
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