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  1. #1
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    Default BIG.SMOKE's (attempted?) classic speedboat restoration

    Project updates on pages 1,4 (latest)

    Hi All,

    I thought I would start one of these as I will probably be asking for advice as I go along ha ha.

    Anyway, after cruising through all the usual boaty for sale places for the last month or so, I finally found exactly what I was looking for on a rather popular auction website, which was a relatively small wooden, twin bench ENGLISH speedboat. After some research, I found the boat in question was a 14ft Yarecraft sea swallow (happily to be corrected though), Yarecraft being a small English company based in Lowestoft.

    I picked the boat up last week, and upon arrival I was informed the current owner had had the boat from new! And was a 1966 model. I was very pleased to see the hull was solid and for the age of the boat the entire craft was in excellent condition along with all the fittings still in place!
    So, I have heard pictures is the way forward around here so....





















    these pictures are from the previous owner, and to be fair, make the boat look a hell of a lot worse than what it is, then again, if a proper description and detailed pics had been uploaded I probably would of had to outbid a few more people!

    Im planning a white hull, dark red mahogany looking deck with white caulking and chrome plated fittings "cloud9" (and if theres time, an engine )

    All the best & to be continued....
    Last edited by BIG.SMOKE; 28-08-11 at 16:24.

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    well done,

    looks very 'clean' and from a restoration perspective (I'm soon going to be embarking in a project but on a much larger scale) I think it's a two week full time job to get it to the water! Doesn't look it's missing something, doesn't look it needs more than sanding, preparing, varnishing, painting and a bit of upholstery work...

    good luck!

    V.

    PS. the two weeks means you work two weeks straight, no booze, no sleep, just a few snacks to keep you going

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    Looks like a really fun project and I wish you all the best with it!

    I think that you should keep the union jack!

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    will look great if you can find an outboard from 1966 aswell in mint condition

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    Default Speedboat Restoration

    When all the dusting is done,what size outboard are you going to put on the back? 20 or 25hp that should make it plane....

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    Do join the CMBA, they are the guys with a weath of knowledge and I believe certainly one or two members have Yarecraft boats. You can also get on the water with a load of fellow classic boat fans which is great fun.

    I have restored a couple of boats, last was my Winner Cobra with a lovely 80hp Mercury... loads of work, but so worth it. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly625 View Post
    Do join the CMBA, they are the guys with a weath of knowledge and I believe certainly one or two members have Yarecraft boats. You can also get on the water with a load of fellow classic boat fans which is great fun.

    I have restored a couple of boats, last was my Winner Cobra with a lovely 80hp Mercury... loads of work, but so worth it. Good Luck!
    I'll do just that.

    Appreciate all the other comments as well.

    Thanks,

    Brad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG.SMOKE View Post
    I'll do just that.

    Appreciate all the other comments as well.

    Thanks,

    Brad.
    Brad

    in fact just a quick look and ;




    see;

    http://www.cmba-uk.com/index.html




    ...and in fact this was the Winner Cobra I restored! now owned by fellow CMBA member

    http://www.cmba-uk.com/gallery/winner.jpg
    Last edited by Firefly625; 24-08-11 at 19:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly625 View Post
    Brad

    in fact just a quick look and ;




    see;

    http://www.cmba-uk.com/index.html




    ...and in fact this was the Winner Cobra I restored! now owned by fellow CMBA member

    http://www.cmba-uk.com/gallery/winner.jpg
    Holey Moley that looks good with a classic outboard, Im guessing these are very rare and expensive!
    Cobra looks like new!

    Thanks FireFly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firefly625 View Post
    Brad

    in fact just a quick look and ;




    see;

    http://www.cmba-uk.com/index.html




    ...and in fact this was the Winner Cobra I restored! now owned by fellow CMBA member

    http://www.cmba-uk.com/gallery/winner.jpg
    What a lovely boat and engine, i do like classic things in most aspects of life (hi fi for one)

    Back to the OP, i would stick with the paintwork and graphics as it is (re done obviously) In the same way you wouldnt restore a Cortina Gia X and spray it gun metal grey as its a colour that the car was never painted in.

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