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Old 07-30-2014, 11:09 PM   #501
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Only 25 grand!
Any takers?
That's an old US Navy YTB. If you buy it, I can help with the engine. I still remember a fair amount about those ND 8 1/8. I'm sure a few others on this board do too.
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:07 PM   #502
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I know that boat.
It belonged to a man I worked for in the 80s.

As I recall it has an oversized engine w V drive all the way back in the stern. That probably brought about the need for that big trim plate on the stern. Both the engine being heavy, all the way into the stern and having way too much power.

I think it was self righting.

The owners interests went on to steam boats a bit smaller than the Witch.
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The Sea Witch has rack and pinion steering. I like it, it's Rube Goldberg gnarly. The mechanical advantage is huge.
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2013 Downeast Fly, all aluminum, twin Cummins/Hamilton jets, 2.7" draft, all set up for cruising in the shallows of Big Bend, FL, under 300K

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Old 07-31-2014, 07:21 PM   #505
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There has got to be a story to this boat. Looks as though the owner is taking a huge beating to sell it.
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:26 PM   #506
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2013 Downeast Fly, all aluminum, twin Cummins/Hamilton jets, 2.7" draft, all set up for cruising in the shallows of Big Bend, FL, under 300K

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Larry - I like that boat! If the wood work was just a couple shades darker I buy it in a jiffy!

Joking aside... Went through many picts; did I miss picts of her bottom on the hard?? 25 knts at WOT for 1/2 knt per gal could get costly! I wonder what she burns at a bit below hull speed and just on plane, maybe around 15 knts?
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:28 PM   #507
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2013 Downeast Fly, all aluminum, twin Cummins/Hamilton jets, 2.7" draft, all set up for cruising in the shallows of Big Bend, FL, under 300K

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1000 HP and 50 gph.....to do 25knots wide open? Woof! I can understand the price drop........give it away.....
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:40 PM   #508
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1000 HP and 50 gph.....to do 25knots wide open? Woof! I can understand the price drop........give it away.....
1964 75 hp Johnson o/b on swim step.

Use those Big Woofers for docking maneuvers.
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Some people can actually afford that.

My dad built (had built) a 50' jet boat (sled) with a Kevlar hull and twin 8-71 turbo'd Detroit's and it went way over 25 knots.

The boat "Stikine Princess" was intended to be run on the river of her name to Telegraph Creek. Quite a few people owned her down through the years. Heard stories about her being run over large log jams at speed (40 knots or so) but then stories are stories. The seats were all angled so people could look at the riverbank fly by w/o looking sideways. Dad's idea.

Dad didn't build the Princess for himself but wanted to see high speed boat service on the Stikine River. Several owners made a short go of it but I last saw the Princess in Kake owned by an admirer since launch day. He finally managed to buy her for cheap.
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Some people can actually afford that.

My dad built (had built) a 50' jet boat (sled) with a Kevlar hull and twin 8-71 turbo'd Detroit's and it went way over 25 knots.

The boat "Stikine Princess" was intended to be run on the river of her name to Telegraph Creek. Quite a few people owned her down through the years. Heard stories about her being run over large log jams at speed (40 knots or so) but then stories are stories. The seats were all angled so people could look at the riverbank fly by w/o looking sideways. Dad's idea.

Dad didn't build the Princess for himself but wanted to see high speed boat service on the Stikine River. Several owners made a short go of it but I last saw the Princess in Kake owned by an admirer since launch day. He finally managed to buy her for cheap.
Eric - Picts??
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Sorry Art.

The bottom on the bow curved up very sled like to the belt line and the cabin was extreme wide body w not even catwalks. The cabin sides were slanted and the topsides had flare. The cabin was mostly a mirror image of the bottom w a fore and aft door that hinged on the side of the door. No deck except aft. The wheelhouse had wannabe air control tower style windows both forward and on the sides. Very futuristic looking. One look and everyone wanted to ride in her. Another way to describe her looks is to imagine two john boats one upside down on top of the other. But w the mini control tower and rounded FG construction. There was a normal aft cockpit. Only thing normal.

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Now this would be a vessel that would not be a candidate for overpropping.
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Sorry Art.

The bottom on the bow curved up very sled like to the belt line and the cabin was extreme wide body w not even catwalks. The cabin sides were slanted and the topsides had flare. The cabin was mostly a mirror image of the bottom w a fore and aft door that hinged on the side of the door. No deck except aft. The wheelhouse had wannabe air control tower style windows both forward and on the sides. Very futuristic looking. One look and everyone wanted to ride in her. Another way to describe her looks is to imagine two john boats one upside down on top of the other. But w the mini control tower and rounded FG construction. There was a normal aft cockpit. Only thing normal.

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Thanks, Eric - I can visualize it... sounds real interesting for time of century. - Art
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Eric - Picts??
Here is one from the Lynwood Enterprise, Wednesday, November 12, 1975.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:35 AM   #517
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Thank you Northern Spy,
That GM van is the essence of her fwd cabin shape. The fwd door can be seen.
Don't know about the middle photo.
Yea dad was excited about the Airex. So was I until I found out how much the stuff cost. You could take a long 2x2 piece, tie it it in a knot and untie it. The Airex would basically be as it was before.
Hard to believe she was only 40' long.
I have some pics in a box somewhere but not that much time.
Dad was a dreamer even more so than me. But at the time I was living in Canada designing and building my own boat on a budget.
Here is an old picture of my "imageineering" fwd thinking design. Her name was Easy Rider designed to have a smooth ride w/o the high power requirements of the deep V boats of the day. In plywood and very light. Was 9X 28' powered by a 55hp OB. Made 25 knots just as a hull and cruised at 12 later. Probably making 15 knots in the pic at WOT taken in Gastineau Channel just south of Juneau.
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