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Old 10-10-2016, 06:27 PM
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This will be a long term restoration/modification project.

3 weeks ago I picked up a 1960 Hunter 23 built by Marscot Plastics and sold through George D. O’Day & Associates.

I found this project while lost in a craigslist worm-hole and the lines of the boat jumped out at me.
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My favorite hull of all time would probably have to be the Bertram 31, but that boat is too large and expensive to operate for the inland and coastal boating I do with my family.

After researching this project boat I found out that Ray Hunt designed the Hunter 23.

The Bertram 31 was created from the 30’ Wooden Moppie that was designed by Ray Hunt for Dick Bertram for the 1960 Miami to Nassau Powerboat Race.

Dick Bertram apparently commissioned Ray Hunt to design Moppie after seeing the original 23’ Hunter (Straight Inboard with Retractable Centerboard for Slow Speed) serving as tender to the Sailing Yacht Easterner.

At the end of the day I feel this new project boat is the slightly older and smaller cousin of the 31 Bertram I have always wanted, but never needed.

The below links are to Google Book editions of Popular Boating Magazine from 1960 which show a review of the Hunter 23 and a write up by Jim Wynne of later Formula 233 Fame who raced the “Aqua Hunter” in the 1960 Miami – Nassau Race and finished 2nd behind the 30’ Moppie on a day of horrible weather.

https://books.google.com/books?id=Md...page&q&f=false

https://books.google.com/books?id=Vd...page&q&f=false
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Very cool boat I never seen one of these before. I like the history on it also. Good Luck with your build.
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I got this boat from the family of an older gentleman who had passed away so the history of this boat has unfortunately been somewhat lost.

There have been some heavy modifications to the boat since then and she no longer retains her original Volvo B18 Engines and AQ80 Drives or forward cabin.

She now has a set of non-running Volvo B20 Engines and Volvo 270/280 Outdrives.

To get the boat home it had to be removed from below the house, and transplanted to a better trailer for the 4 hour trip home.

Once home I built a support for the boat to get it off the trailer and chocked up in the garage.

At this point the short-term goal is to strip all of the wiring and accumulated debris out of the boat and see if it will be possible to get this set of engines running again.

I still don’t know what the final product of this hull will be, runabout style or center console, I/O or Outboard Conversion.

Updates will be slow as time allows and yes I have already been told this is a crazy idea, but to be honest there is nothing to lose but time and there is something about this one I couldn’t pass up.
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A Bit of a Mess
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Getting off the Trailer
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We just picked up a 1960 18' Hunt by O'Day project and I have been researching the history of that era of hunt boats extensively. I'll pull together a few pieces I found on the Hunter 23. Do you know if it was built by O'Day Canada or O'Day US? I have a bit more info on the Canadian made but have dug up a lot on the relationships of the era. I contacted Hunt Designs and they sent me a brochure for the 12', 14', 16' and 18' O'Day built Hunts. May want to shoot them a message. They replied to my email in less then 12 hours. Hope that helps a bit.
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This boat was built at Marscot Plastics in the US for O'Day.

I also contacted Hunt Designs, but unfortunately for this model there was no readily available information although they said there could be a lines plan in their archives.

Thanks for the info.

Just found your thread too, amazing we would both post such rare boats on the same day.

Hopefully a good sign.

Your boat seems to be in much better condition, cleaner and less modified.

Good Luck!
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Beautiful lines on that boat. Enjoy.
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I did some research on these boats a couple years ago, there's quite a bit of info out there via google if you follow the Marscot Plastics and Palmer Scott (who owned Marscot Plastics) connections. Also of course Ray Hunt and O'Day.

A lot of the info on Marscot and Scott can be found on sites like Dolphin24.org, sailinganarchy.com and by researching the Rhodes 19, Dolphin 24, O'Day Mariner and other sailboats that Marscot built over the years. There's quite a few cool old pics of their manufacturing facilities in former textile mils in Fall River and New Bedford Mass if you poke around, including pics of the Hunter 23 and other power boats under construction I believe.

Cool history, cool boat, good luck with it!
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Thank You, I also got a copy of the book "Heart of Glass: Fiberglass Boats and the Men Who Built Them" which is a good history of the advent of Fiberglass Boats following WWII.
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KP06, Im glad you was able to get your thread up and running. I definitely will be following you through out this rebuild/restoration process. You are very fortunate to have a garage that you can store your boat in while you work on it and not have to worry about the weather. That was very clever of you to make those braces to support your boat while you remove the trailer. If you plain on keeping the boat there long term while you restore it in addition to the stand you have towards the bow of the boat I would build something like you did at the stern of the boat to help support the bow area more from tipping while you are inside the boat working. It would be nice if your Volvo B20 Engines and Volvo 270/280 Outdrives work OR can be repaired. If they can't be repaired what is your plan for replacement?

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Bastardofthebustards, what is the link to your restoration on the hull truth? By the way I like the name bastardofthebustards. What is the meaning behind the name?

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A double fix of 60's I/O fun.
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Bastardofthebustards, what is the link to your restoration on the hull truth? By the way I like the name bastardofthebustards. What is the meaning behind the name?
Northern Georgain bay on Lake Huron has one of the most incredible archipelagos offshore that has a special place in my heart... It s a true gem if looking to camp for a few days or longer with amazing exposure, amazing boating and a feel of wild wilderness when the weather gets rough. I have been tripping up there for many years, and have done it by kayak, larger vessels and even did a run up the entire bay late in the season to the islands in a small Grew SS 140 14' fiberglass back in the day!

We always quoted ourselves as pirates of the islands when out there (of course rum had nothing to do with it!) seems like a good name for a pirate in the area....

Real reason...The name makes me remember the good old days... Makes me smile and certainly makes me excited to get my project done to get back out there as soon as I can!

Yaaar me maaaties!
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Bastardofthebustards, what is the link to your restoration on the hull truth? By the way I like the name bastardofthebustards. What is the meaning behind the name?
http://www.thehulltruth.com/showthread.php?t=793874&goto=newpost
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KP06, Im glad you was able to get your thread up and running. I definitely will be following you through out this rebuild/restoration process. You are very fortunate to have a garage that you can store your boat in while you work on it and not have to worry about the weather. That was very clever of you to make those braces to support your boat while you remove the trailer. If you plain on keeping the boat there long term while you restore it in addition to the stand you have towards the bow of the boat I would build something like you did at the stern of the boat to help support the bow area more from tipping while you are inside the boat working. It would be nice if your Volvo B20 Engines and Volvo 270/280 Outdrives work OR can be repaired. If they can't be repaired what is your plan for replacement?
Advice taken and added additional supports forward.

Probably wind up removing these old I/O's to make room for a new single I/O or mount a bracket and convert to outboards.
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Started stripping and cleaning the boat today.
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