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I hope this isn't sacrilege

Post by jbyers » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:06 pm

BUT I just bought a 57 or 58 Slick Craft Boat. The company was started in the mid 50's by a man who worked for Chris Craft. They only built the "moulded mahogany plywood" boats for about 4 years and then switched to mostly fiberglass. The first owner had this boat over 50 year.

I am attaching an ad from when the boat was previously for sale as well as the restoration photos. No offense to Cavalier but I think truth be known, this guy was a little more meticulous in his woodwork.

Please take a look and let me know what you think. If you know anything about these boats please let me know. I have only located three of the plywood models online nationwide, so it goes without saying there is no club like This one where you can go for advice.

Thanks for looking.

http://boats-from-usa.com/not-specified ... e-16-74697

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Re: I hope this isn't sacrilege

Post by jbyers » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:38 pm

I do have a question however..........

I am going to have to get the registration numbers and stickers off both sides of the boats. I am not sure if they were put on on top of or under the varnish.

What am I up against here?

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Post by Don Vogt » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:41 pm

Congratulations! Looks like a super boat. there was a slickcraft dealer in seattle in the 70's. never realized they had made wood before fiberglass. No doubt someone with specific information will chime in soon.

As for stickers, if they are on top of the varnish, they should be easy to remove with a hair dryer, as long as you are careful not to get the area too hot.
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Post by Doug P » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:09 pm

jbyers wrote:I do have a question however..........

I am going to have to get the registration numbers and stickers off both sides of the boats. I am not sure if they were put on on top of or under the varnish.

What am I up against here?

So you really have the bug.....on your second boat already? 8)

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Re: I hope this isn't sacrilege

Post by jbyers » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:19 pm

Yeah Don, they had about 9 plywood models....... later fiberglass and also some high end sail boats and yachts........ The guy recruited a lot of the CC personnel as time went on.

Doug, there is NO doubt I need help......... fast.

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Post by tkhersom » Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:51 am

Great looking boat. Love the gold Johnson.

Here is a thread on removing numbers from under varnish. I am sure there are more if you search The Buzz.

http://www.chris-craft.org/discussion/v ... f=7&t=9804
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Re: I hope this isn't sacrilege

Post by homeiste » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:26 am

Here is a nice article on Leon Slikkers and his boat building accomplishments from the Holland Sentinal/Hope College (my alma mater) joint archives in Holland, Michigan. He developed the Slickcraft, Tiara, S2, and Pursuit lines of boats. My family had a 21' fiberglass Slickcraft for a couple years in the late 60s. It was a very nice boat.

https://hollandmvp.files.wordpress.com/ ... ilding.pdf
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Post by jfrprops » Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:07 am

Real "slick" boat! High end. Get that baby on the water and get some pics....great project.

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Re: I hope this isn't sacrilege

Post by jbyers » Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:42 pm

Thanks John. Original owner had it 51 years. The second owner restored it......... so he took the monetary hickey. Lots of work went into this boat.

I have found reference to the most recent restoration being done by Firehouse Boatworks, Holland Michigan with the historical advisor being Geoffery Reynolds at Reynolds Runabouts.

Do any of you guys know either of these people?

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Post by jbyers » Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:40 pm

Thx Doug. I have messaged him on FB..........

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