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

Old 03-06-2012, 06:37 PM
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I waited patiently for over two years before I went after this boat. The second I saw her I new she was my dream boat. I have always had a love for old Southern Style boats. My favourite boat is a Fairform Flyer made by Huckins. I decided not to buy a Fairform Flyer because they are to big to be on a trailer. So I went with this boat because it has the lines/history as a Fairform Flyer and it can fit on a trailer with no problem. The boat sat for over two years so now I'm about to restore her back to the beauty she use to be. Follow my thread as I update you guys with pictures as I go through the restoration process. I'm pretty good with wood work but never restored a boat before. I'm going to need your tips/comments in order for me to restore this boat right. Hope you enjoy the thread. I no you are saying it looks like this boat is already restored. The pictures are when the boat was in ship shape. Stay toon for the REAL pictures. Trust me the boat don't look like this.

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I posted a while back on this thread that I would be honored to go and fish on it one day. That still stands.

This man has tackled a huge project; by himself and with (by his own admission) little experience or detailed knowledge of the processes involved. But, he has endeavored, not only to do it right, but to go above and beyond doing right. He has humbly asked for advice, sought out the knowledge, and then tackled the issues. There have been times where he re-did things, not because they were wrong, but because someone showed him an even better way to do it.

I am jealous of the experience he has had with this boat. One day it will be completed and that first use of it will be a feeling that only a few of us could ever hope to have. the smile will be visible from satellite!

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I waited patiently for over two years before I went after this boat. The second I saw her I new she was my dream boat. I have always had a love for old Southern Style boats. My favourite boat is a Fairform Flyer made by Huckins. I decided not to buy a Fairform Flyer because they are to big to be on a trailer. So I went with this boat because it has the lines/history as a Fairform Flyer and it can fit on a trailer with no problem. The boat sat for over two years so now I'm about to restore her back to the beauty she use to be. Follow my thread as I update you guys with pictures as I go through the restoration process. I'm pretty good with wood work but never restored a boat before. I'm going to need your tips/comments in order for me to restored this boat right. Hope you in enjoy the thread. I no you are saying it looks like this boat is already restored. The pictures are when the boat was in ship shape. Stay toon for the REAL pictures. Trust me the boat don't look like this.
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Give me about 5 min.'s I'm trying to figure out how to upload pictures.
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Nice!! very nice....it has the low cabin line of a bertram and the curve of a rybo as it meets the deck.....i like it....subscribed for sure
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Nice!! very nice....it has the low cabin line of a bertram and the curves of a rybo.....i like it....subscribed for sure
Thanks. Keep coming back. I'll post pictures often of me tearing her apart. Trust me she don't look like this now but when I'm finish she will shine again.
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Sweet!
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Wow, that is a great looking boat! Will definitely be following your progress.
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Beauty - very nicely done!
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Looks like a great project!

Thanks for sharing!
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awesome boat, looking forward to seeing the progress!!
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Please, keep us informed and pictures.
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Research Mabry Edwards (MEMCO). He was involved with Jim Smith at one point. He sure had an interesting life.
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Very cool! Sharp looking boat, thanks for sharing.
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So, what Brand boat is it and What year was it built. It looks like a Fiberglass Hull. Can you give some more history on the Hull...

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of the props. It seems like it would make it easier handling. What are the motors? Look like GM straight 6 (292 ci truck motors)? Flat bottom might be a concern, depending on what/where you want to take her.

Clearly, I'm a novice and in awe of your project. Love the open cockpit area. Looks like a great all-arounder.

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Beautiful boat----proportions are perfect-very hard to get a 28 flybridge to look this good.

I agree on the flat bottom, don't think you will be running to the canyons with this, but should be fairly economical to run.

From the pics, looks like it was well taken care of---does it require a full restoration?
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Originally Posted by pjitty View Post
So, what Brand boat is it and What year was it built. It looks like a Fiberglass Hull. Can you give some more history on the Hull...

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1962...that's a wood hull I believe....look at the picture of the V-berth....you can see the ribs and wood planking??....the question becomes how to properly rebuild a hull like this...use the same methods and materials? Advance with newer materials? When the hull is stripped of all it's paint, then we'll see the big picture....

It's definitely a nice looking boat...it will be a head turner at the local marina when re-done..
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Subscribed..Update with more pics please.
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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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