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by Oberon01
Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: A curious Craigslist posting......
Replies: 69
Views: 20971

Re: A curious Craigslist posting......

I think this one came with A70's Don, and they can be bought but are hard to find. I would think fully rebuilt A70's are $50k a pop, but that is just a guess. I suppose if one is spending the money to do the rest of the baot, what's $100k for engines? Based on my experience, rebuilding the two Scrip...
by Oberon01
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: A curious Craigslist posting......
Replies: 69
Views: 20971

Re: A curious Craigslist posting......

A huge project for someone with a lot of passion, not to mention money. The asking price is reasonable but the actual purchase price itself will be little more than a rounding error on the final tally once this is done. A very special boat for a very special and dedicated hobbyist. I considered this...
by Oberon01
Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell, Issue 4 2013
Replies: 45
Views: 34812

Re: The Brass Bell, Issue 4 2013

[quote="whamm511"]I just heard that Canada has decided to eliminate home mail delivery everywhere. Trying to save $. Can the U. S. be far behind? We'll all have to go down to our P.O. to pick up our Brass Bells. Bill Hammond 1960 36' Connie[/quote] What Canada Post did is start moving toward "super ...
by Oberon01
Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell, Issue 4 2013
Replies: 45
Views: 34812

Re: The Brass Bell, Issue 4 2013

Don - I hate to point this out, but I think the firm that did the Obamacare website was Canadian, of all things. Why I have no idea, but it is an embarassment to all involved.
by Oberon01
Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell, Issue 4 2013
Replies: 45
Views: 34812

Re: The Brass Bell, Issue 4 2013

The apparent variability in delivery times within the continental US is astonishing. They all get mailed on the same day and from the same place. Not much we can do about that, I guess.
by Oberon01
Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: Tavares Boat Show
Replies: 2
Views: 22337

Re: Tavares Boat Show

Friday the 28 and Saturday the 29th, Jim. I will be there but have to leave on the 29, unfortunately.
by Oberon01
Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: From the Club
Topic: CCACB Document Archive Update
Replies: 6
Views: 8915

Re: CCACB Document Archive Update

Super job, Matt. Thanks. Looks like a ton of stuff that you added!
by Oberon01
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: To sell or not to sell
Replies: 29
Views: 7266

Re: To sell or not to sell

Good point about trailering - this boat probably weighs around 7000 pounds wet (CC guide says 5450 shipping weight) with only an 8'4"beam, and any newer 3/4 ton can handle that plus trailer without trouble. I have pulled boats all over the country that are in the 7000 pound range with trailer, some ...
by Oberon01
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: To sell or not to sell
Replies: 29
Views: 7266

Re: To sell or not to sell

Well, here is my take on it. As a potential buyer of a boat like this, I would want a detailed survey, preferably one completed with it out of the water where it could be very thoroughly inspected inside and out. I would probably consider hauling it and having the survey done - it may be of use to y...
by Oberon01
Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Fiberglass to be recognized at Buffalo Launch Club 9-7-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 6022

Re: Fiberglass to be recognized at Buffalo Launch Club 9-7-2

Bravo Paul, I could not agree more. I have a bias toward wooden boats, but I also own metal and glass boats. I own cedar strip, carvel hull and lapstrake designed wooden boats - all have benefits and limitations. It is not about what the hull us made of in my opinion, it is about preseving vanishing...
by Oberon01
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Sea Skiff Division Enthusiast Group
Topic: 1967 22' Sea Skiff parting out
Replies: 1
Views: 1165

Re: 1967 22' Sea Skiff parting out

Say it ain't so John! There is lots of life left in that boat!!
by Oberon01
Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Self bailing device
Replies: 37
Views: 19344

Re: Self bailing device

Given my unfortunate experience with the auto bailer, I would block if off entirely and make sure you have a good bilge pump in place. If you do, there will be no need for the self bailer and consequently no risk of this well intentioned by flawed device contibuting to the uncontrolled ingress of wa...
by Oberon01
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Chris Craft production #'s
Replies: 11
Views: 3917

Re: Chris Craft production #'s

I left my Guide back at home when I left three weeks ago and I am not sure when I will see it again, perhaps not for two months so I thought I'd throw the question up here.
by Oberon01
Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Chris Craft production #'s
Replies: 11
Views: 3917

Chris Craft production #'s

I am curious to know what the top 5 models most popular produced by CC were, and how many of each were built. Has anyone ever figured that out? If so, could you post the answer? I know boats were often built in surprisingly low production volumes, even boats which we think of as somewhat common. Tha...
by Oberon01
Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Business
Topic: Access to the Boat Buzz
Replies: 47
Views: 4067

Re: Access to the Boat Buzz

Ken - Moving to an electronic only Bell is not something that is even remotely under consideration. Yes, the Bell is expensive to produce and mail distribution adds to those costs. We are also keenly aware of the feedback on this issue which has been received - solicited and unsolicited - over the p...
by Oberon01
Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell, Volume XL, Number 2
Replies: 11
Views: 9497

Re: The Brass Bell, Volume XL, Number 2

Not received in Calgary, Alberta yet - it got to Germany quicker than Canada? The vagaries of the mail system never cease to frustrate and amaze. On the ACBS side of things, we are having similar problems getting the Rudder to our various foreign members. There is no simple or easy solution to this ...
by Oberon01
Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: Pics as promised...
Replies: 15
Views: 3820

Re: Pics as promised...

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. Please post when you get her running and on the water again! Looks like a fantastic boat!
by Oberon01
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Lost Cruiser
Replies: 7
Views: 2822

Re: Lost Cruiser

Hello Clay - you mean this boat is in even worse condition than it looks? That is a scary prospect indeed. I second Peter's remarks - there I nothing to be done for this one except the part it out. It was long gone years ago. I wonder why the owner is sad about it now; it certainly did not deteriora...
by Oberon01
Wed May 08, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Cotton U.S. flags or Yacht Ensign
Replies: 16
Views: 6456

Re: Cotton U.S. flags or Yacht Ensign

I have obtained custom cotton flags for my older boats from an outfit called Dominion Regalia in Ontario. I believe they will make almost anything to any size and they have a decent website as well, with catalogue. If you can't find it in the US or China, try this place! I needed an odd-sized Red En...
by Oberon01
Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Shows, Museums, & Event Locations
Topic: 2013 Lake Hartwell show
Replies: 7
Views: 25761

Re: 2013 Lake Hartwell show

What a great sequence, thanks for putting that up. She is no day cruiser, is she!


Paul H.
by Oberon01
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: I JUST DON'T GET IT! yet.
Replies: 38
Views: 7987

Re: I JUST DON'T GET IT! yet.

I don't know much about Kettering, but I do know that he invented the electric starter for internal combustion engines. Recalling my experience as a 16 year working in a pioneer village blacksmith shop, where I had to start a 1905 1 HP Fairbanks Morse engine that powered a trip hammer (among other r...
by Oberon01
Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: I JUST DON'T GET IT! yet.
Replies: 38
Views: 7987

Re: I JUST DON'T GET IT! yet.

Thanks Bobby - the fact is, I am much more like the two John's than I am a computer or tech guy. I don't like learning new stuff, but it confronts me every day. Even though I work in an information and communication-intensive profession, I just got my first smart phone three years ago. Why? Only so ...
by Oberon01
Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: How to Use Boat Buzz
Topic: I JUST DON'T GET IT! yet.
Replies: 38
Views: 7987

Re: I JUST DON'T GET IT! yet.

John - If we subscribed to that attitude, there would be bo Boat Buzz at all, no Brass Bell and things would never have changed. How many mnembers grumbled when Boat Buzz and the nw Bell were first introduced? That just cannot happen. In this case, and I am no computer whiz by any means (probably wo...
by Oberon01
Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:11 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 314536

Laclede - I am coming back this way. I have to get three boats back to Canada before the end of June. Heading back to Calgary tomorrow, may stay tomorrow night in Spokane. I love old boats, and especially cruisers like yours because there are so few well preserved ones left. I will say that I went t...
by Oberon01
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 314536

ssshhhh, it'll be our secret. I think he burned the old bottom from my BB this winter, and in the past burned some other scrap materials from varuious boats. He did say that burning some of the stuff can produce a smell, but it burns welll. Lead based paints and who knows what else they slathered ov...
by Oberon01
Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 314536

This comment may be off colour for this forum, or perhaps sacriligeous, but I will share it anyway. I am in Portland now and had dinner with a a fellow who has and is now restoring some of my boats. He heats his shop with a woodstove in the winter, which is cost effective. I suggested to him, in a w...
by Oberon01
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 314536

Unfortunately, I think rugger 8 is probably closer to the mark than I am. These are so costly to maintin and store that the opportunities for them to fall into disuse and poor condition are manifold, and it doesn't take long for them to become unsalvageable. The survival rates for the small boats is...
by Oberon01
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:06 am
Forum: From the Club
Topic: The Brass Bell, Volume XXXIX, Issue 1
Replies: 23
Views: 37065

Tyson - send an e-mail to Al at [email protected] and confirm mailing details. You are the only failed delivery that I am aware of. We'll send another and try to find out what is going on. It must be an anomaly with your address, somewhere.
by Oberon01
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Tango Uniform
Replies: 1923
Views: 314536

A wild stab at survival rates might be 15%? I have a Barrel Back and a 25" Sportsman - both of which are desirable boats, expensive in their day and comparitively easy to maintain. I think that survival rates for these models is around 20-25% and I would predict that of the big cruisers is much less...
by Oberon01
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Big Thompson retrieval
Replies: 21
Views: 11200

Nice job, but a bit of a trial by the sounds of it. I have rarely had any problems with troopers. In fact, last week the Sheriff in Palatka, FL. bought breakfast for my wife and I - just scooped up our bill from the table and said it was on him! Idaho can be barren in spots but is very nice in the s...