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by Thommyboy
Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:17 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Wood ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3282

Also try Cedar Tree Restoration in Des Moines, especially for marine plywood. Marge and Paul Morris.

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Engines & Powertrain
Topic: Where have all the engines gone??
Replies: 6
Views: 2121

I am pretty sure that the Jerry-Lo was repowered with a vintage Rolls Royce engine about 20 years ago.

This is the Dingle Boat Works triple cockpit runabout that allegedly sold at the Mecum Collection Auction, er, I mean the Warner Collection Auction.

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Star Ten Stripper
Replies: 5
Views: 3531

I bought and used it once. It was expensive and didn't work on my painted bilge. And yes, I read and followed the instructions.

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:36 am
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: brass bells
Replies: 65
Views: 15826

Rec'd my copies 18 Jan west of Minneapolis. Plastic sleeve completely open at the end but both copies were in there.

Minneapolis Boat Show starts today!

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Odds & Ends
Topic: Minneapolis Boat Show
Replies: 0
Views: 1103

Minneapolis Boat Show

Winter boat show time is here! The Minneapolis Boat show is 19-22 Jan. 2012 in downtown. The Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society is back after a three year absence with a display of vintage watercraft. Two wooden sail boats will be shown along with a 26 ft. Hackercr...
by Thommyboy
Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Future home of Thompson Boat Restorations
Replies: 15
Views: 12127

Final inspection by the building official today and it passed! Woot woot!

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Thompson Boat et.al. database
Replies: 0
Views: 2983

Thompson Boat et.al. database

I keep a database of all known Thompson boats. This includes individual databases for: Thompson Bros. Boat Mfg. Co. of Peshtigo, WI Thompson Bros. boat Mfg. Co. of Cortland, NY Thompson Boat Co of New York, Inc. of Cortland, NY Thompson subsidiary of Chris-Craft Thompson Royal-Craft, Inc. Cruisers, ...
by Thommyboy
Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:14 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Old Boat TV
Replies: 30
Views: 8239

I was contacted by the creator/producer of "This Old Boat" when it was being considered. Probably 5 years ago. He picked my brain quite a bit. Sounded like a great concept but I wondered if it would ever make it to the air. Apparently one episode did. I never saw it.

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Future home of Thompson Boat Restorations
Replies: 15
Views: 12127

Little bit of snow here. Last year at this time we were burried. A portion of the length will eventually be partitioned off, wired, insulated, sheathed and heated. Not sure yet of the heat source. A wood stove for certain but I must have supplemental heat. The "finishing" is a long way off. I am bro...
by Thommyboy
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Future home of Thompson Boat Restorations
Replies: 15
Views: 12127

Got bottom buttoned up on three sides on Saturday. Will wait till frost is out of the ground to do the north side.
Andreas

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by Thommyboy
Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: 1976 Spirit of Miss America
Replies: 20
Views: 14159

The Cortland, NY plant closed in 1974, so this boat was not built there.

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:15 am
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Future home of Thompson Boat Restorations
Replies: 15
Views: 12127

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by Thommyboy
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:14 am
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Future home of Thompson Boat Restorations
Replies: 15
Views: 12127

Done on 27 Dec 2011. At least all the contractor's stuff is completed. I have TONS of things to do over the next many months. And it is already to small. I knew that going in. It is the biggest footprint I can build per local zoning regulations. I will not be able to fit all my boats into it. Everyo...
by Thommyboy
Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:48 am
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: Future home of Thompson Boat Restorations
Replies: 15
Views: 12127

Future home of Thompson Boat Restorations

Here is the future home of Thompson Boat Restorations, i.e. my shop and storage shed.

Andreas

As of noon 22 December 2011:

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by Thommyboy
Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1961 mercury 800 dr on sunlounger 155
Replies: 4
Views: 3522

No, you cannot start a water cooled engine without it being in the water. You get the boat in the water, get all ready for departure, point in the direction you want to go, start her up, and hopefully she starts and continues to run. You are off and running!

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Engines & Powertrain
Topic: 1961 mercury 800 dr on sunlounger 155
Replies: 4
Views: 3522

www.aomci.org is a good place to learn about vintage outboard motors. The "DR" is nicknamed the "dockbuster." There is NO neutral. You start her in gear - so you better be pointed in the right direction. To go from forward to reverse you shut the motor off, flip a switch, throw her into reverse and ...
by Thommyboy
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: Thomspon Boat - General Discussion
Topic: cool picture of 1956 Thompsons
Replies: 1
Views: 3317

cool picture of 1956 Thompsons

Neato picture of two 1956 Thompson 18 ft. Off-Shore plywood lapstrake boats each with twin Mercs!

Andreas
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by Thommyboy
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:25 am
Forum: On the Hard
Topic: First winter for a protective parent
Replies: 8
Views: 4327

Toss a cheap blue tarp on top of the cover. My shelter Logic thing is JUNK. Falls down in windy conditions all the time. Had a similar one last winter that collapsed and bent the tubing to pretzel shapes in a light snow. Be warned, keep any accumulated snow off the roof and keep a very close eye on ...
by Thommyboy
Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: Fiberglass - Electrical Systems
Topic: Gauge reconditioning for my XK19
Replies: 14
Views: 10643

Dale Kocian in DePere, WI - a Green Bay suburb!

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: swelling
Replies: 9
Views: 3672

A plywood lapstrake Cruisers, Inc. boat should not leak or need swelling. If it leaks, there is a problem. Find the source of the leaks and get 'em fixed.

www.thompsondockside.com

AndreasA
by Thommyboy
Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Lake ’n Sea Enthusiast Group
Topic: 1957 Lake n' Sea #115
Replies: 5
Views: 19339

By the way, there is a website devoted to Lake-N-Sea boats, www.lakensea.com

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Lake ’n Sea Enthusiast Group
Topic: 1957 Lake n' Sea #115
Replies: 5
Views: 19339

Lugar Industries made kits boats in Minneapolis. In July 1955 their address was 4452 Nicollet Avenue South, 5 blocks from where I lived for the past twenty years. In Feb. 1958 their address was 3404 Lyndale Ave. South, about a mile from my former home. Both addresses are very small, store-front type...
by Thommyboy
Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Help ID this boat
Replies: 7
Views: 3339

Difficult to tell, but it looks like a cedar strip hull. These were made by the tens of thousands by hundreds of boat builders. It has the lines and appearance of a cedar strip boat by Thompson Bros. Boat Mfg. Co. One of their TVT hulls. They made 5,000 to 8,000 of these annually for many decades at...
by Thommyboy
Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Hull Construction
Topic: Paint finishes - maintain as original or not?
Replies: 16
Views: 4444

YUCK
by Thommyboy
Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: rare, rare, rare... HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 6025

I have a brochure for the Land Cruiser. I assume it's from 1954 - the code on the back is "11354M50M". I can see baby moon hubcaps in the pictures. I do not think there is a logo on them. But it's difficult to tell fer sure. The photo of the loose compnents shows axel, wheels, and hubcaps, but no ti...
by Thommyboy
Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Rodi in Florida
Replies: 0
Views: 993

Rodi in Florida

Found this last nite and thought I'd share.

Andreas


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by Thommyboy
Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: Fiberglass - Research Related
Topic: help... who knows what about...
Replies: 7
Views: 8854

Tons of information about small classic aluminum and fiberglass express and pocket cruisers can be found at www.bigfinboats.com, www.fiberglassics.com, www.theclassicboathouse.com The Pacific Northwest group (formerly part of fiberglassics.com have many such boats in their ranks. There may even be a...
by Thommyboy
Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: automotive clear coat
Replies: 8
Views: 5809

It comes off the boat in big sheets. Dings and scratches are next to impossible to repair.

Stick with marine spar varnish. Leave the auto finish on the car.

Andreas
by Thommyboy
Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Just returned from the Mariners Museum!
Replies: 13
Views: 4131

When I was there several years ago creating the database, I asked if I could take the ledger book to my hotel over night and work on it. I realized there was slight chance of this. And it was no surprise when the reply was no way would they ever let anything from the archive outside of the building....
by Thommyboy
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: Research Related
Topic: Just returned from the Mariners Museum!
Replies: 13
Views: 4131

Good to know they are still in business. Several years ao I started entering shipping records from the Cortland plant into a database. This is the only record of hull ID's of the wooden boats for the Cortland plant. After two full days I got thru six (6) months only. I don't know nothin' 'bout birth...