THis Boat Thing Is Addictive....now I have two boat projects

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THis Boat Thing Is Addictive....now I have two boat projects

Post by sandman1 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:13 pm

Hi Guys, been busy getting ready for the start of my Glen-L Zip. I received GDCarpenter's Zip Templates that he used when he built his Zip. I know the subject of templates caused a heated debate among some here but with a set of well done templates that you get from another builders saves you so much time, money, and wasted lumber. GDCarpenter's templates were beautifully done and when laid on top of the Glen-L Zip Plans, they are right on the money. I can see why GDC's Zip turned out so nice seeing the care and craftsmanship he put into the templates. When I am done with them, I would like to forward them to another Zip builder down the line to help them out the same way GDCarpenter helped me out.

Okay, now on to the other big news of the day, since I have succumbed to the boat building bug, I began searching around for a few vintage components for my Zip like old chrome bow lights, cleats, cool old 50's boat parts like steering wheels, and I ran across a once in a lifetime opportunity in the form of a simple Craigslist Ad during my quest for boat parts. I found an ad that simply stated 1956 Aristocraft Boat. I checked out the ad which had no pics but an enticing description of an unfinished Aristocraft Boat. I sent the seller an email and inquired as to just what was being sold and asked for some pics to be sent to me which was a majore challenge as they were tech challenged and didn't know how to attach pic files. After a few lessons from myself, A few pics showed up in my inbox and I was blown away but what the seller had.

Turns out the seller's father had recently passed away and they were cleaning out his estate and they came across a new, unfinished Aristo Craft 14' Torpedo Boat Kit sitting under cover, hidden in a barn. Turns out the deceased father was an avid boat builder, collector, ex-boat racer. He had ordered the Aristo Craft Torpedo Boat Kit in unfinished form where from Aristocraft back over 10 years from the best they can tell. The boat hull comes completely pre-built and the buyer has to finish off the boat by painting the bottom, applying epoxy to the hull, install all hardware, put on a motor and the boat is ready to run. For the price, there was NO WAY I could say no so I jumped on the deal and made the drive to middle Tennessee to pick up the boat.

While it's not a Glen-L, nor will I have to build it, I DO get the pleasure of finishing it and enjoying it, It's still a kind of DIY boat.

Here is a pic of what she looks like in her current state and a pic of factory completed boat.
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Here's a Aristocraft Torpedo Kit Boat identical to what I got.
Here's a Aristocraft Torpedo Kit Boat identical to what I got.
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Post by Bill CNC » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:53 pm

That look pretty cool, could you post a picture of the transom area?

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Post by BarnacleMike » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:15 am

Congratulations on your barn find, Sandman. You should share your story with woodyboater.com also... They like that sort of thing.
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Post by vupilot » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:23 am

Those are neat boats. Which length is it? I think they had two lengths available. Post a picture when can.

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Post by Roberta » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:28 am

I always thought those boat were way cool. Nice find!!!

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Post by jeffh » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:53 am

Great find and in case you did not know, Aristocraft is in Georgia. So you won't have far to go if you need parts. The same family still runs the company. Back in the 70s, they made glass boats but now, they are back to wood. They are members of the Blue Ridge ACBS and they always show up with some nice boats. I have posted a photo of the owner's Torpedo. The engine is a new Yamaha cleaverly concealed by a vintage Evinrude cover. The other two are 1970s Aristocraft Nineteen glass boats.
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Post by BarnacleMike » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:28 am

Jeff, that's great info on Aristocraft! Is there an annual ACBS show over in Blue Ridge?

While we're on the whole history thing... I learned recently that Chris Craft had a factory here in Chattanooga from 1947 to 1975. Here's link to an article for those interested: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2006/10/17/ ... nooga.aspx
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Post by jedema » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:45 am

BarnacleMike wrote:Jeff, that's great info on Aristocraft! Is there an annual ACBS show over in Blue Ridge?

While we're on the whole history thing... I learned recently that Chris Craft had a factory here in Chattanooga from 1947 to 1975. Here's link to an article for those interested: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2006/10/17/ ... nooga.aspx
Where I live, when I go to Holland State Park here on Lake Michigan I get to go by an old Chris Craft factory. They have mainly re-devoloped the place now, but the water tower with the Chris Craft name on it still stands.

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Post by jprice » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:23 am

That's really cool!
They're not far from me. I might have to swing by there one day and check out the Aristocraft shop.

Just curious, how much did you get it for?

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Post by jeffh » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:59 am

BarnacleMike wrote:Jeff, that's great info on Aristocraft! Is there an annual ACBS show over in Blue Ridge?

While we're on the whole history thing... I learned recently that Chris Craft had a factory here in Chattanooga from 1947 to 1975. Here's link to an article for those interested: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2006/10/17/ ... nooga.aspx

The show is actually on Lake Chatuge each June. The ACBS Chapter is Blue Ridge. Lake Chatuge is two lakes over from Blue Ridge (1/2 in GA and 1/2 in NC). I'll send you a PM with the company owner's name. I'm sure it is probably public knowledge, but since I don't have his permission, I'll PM it to you.

Edit: Mike I goofed! I thought you were the OP and sent you the company owner's name, doh!
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Post by BarnacleMike » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:32 pm

Jeff, no worries! It looks like that info is available on their website anyway.

I'm going to check out Aristocraft's website... It may be worth a "field trip" to Alpharetta to visit their shop, as JPrice mentioned.

Too bad I missed the Chatuge show last June. I'll try to catch that next year!
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