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Old 17-06-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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your first boat?

So JF has managed to embarass me somewhat by forcing out of me that back in the seventies I once owned a Plancraft Stingray powered by a 55 Chrysler.

This was my first boat despite having driven other peoples for years up to that point.

It was of course the most awesome piece of machinery as it was mine

So come on JF show us your first baby
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Snap....Red and White Plancraft Stingray with 50 hp manual start polished clam cowl Merc
used to tow it with a white Triumph Spitfire
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Old 17-06-2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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Ha done yer twice. 5hp more and towed with a gold 1600E
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Old 17-06-2009, 03:33 PM   #4
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One has to remember I was a freshwater boy before getting into the salty stuff, as I was born & bred on the Thames at Shepperton. So, HP was in short supply in my early days, featuring silly little OB's, dinghies etc.

Had a 9' Apollo & 20 Johnson, which was probably my first 'V' bottom!

I have pictures somewhere, but would need substantial payment before posting
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Old 17-06-2009, 03:41 PM   #6
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1600E Cortina's were like FS1E's, every fkkr had one. No individuality, that's your trouble.....spose you 'moved on' (down) to a Capri didn't you?

One had to be a little individual, even if at the detrement of speed & ability. Can't be a sheep.
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Old 17-06-2009, 03:43 PM   #7
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Shakespeare

My fisrt boat was a sky blue Shakespeare about 14ft with a 70hp Mercury on it, I was aged 17.

Cable steering, 3 cylinder merc was great fun and cheap boating back then

I think that was one of the most reliable boats I have owned.
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1600E Cortina's were like FS1E's, every fkkr had one. No individuality, that's your trouble.....spose you 'moved on' (down) to a Capri didn't you?

One had to be a little individual, even if at the detrement of speed & ability. Can't be a sheep.
Capri? Nothing that celubrious straight on to an Vauxhall Victor estate mate. Column gear change and bench seat in the front so you could have a shag in the front whilst your mates had one too in the back and the boot

So come on you've gone in feet first here, what was the first motor?

My money's on a Morris Minor painted in union jack colours
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Old 17-06-2009, 04:09 PM   #9
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was great fun and cheap boating back then
Ain't that the truth. 3 gallons of four star for about 2 quid, nick your mates oil out of his fizzy and spend the rest of the fiver on tartan bitter.

Cause we couldn't afford waterskiis or the such then, so I was officially the countries first wakeboarder using an upturned table and a lump of rope pinched off a dinghy
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Old 17-06-2009, 04:22 PM   #11
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Yes yes thats fairly embarassing BB but what about your first boat or is it really that awful a story?
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Equally as embarassing as Cyco, 14' Shakespeare in red with 50hp merc - although 'I' thought it was cool!!!
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Mine was a Dateline Bikini with a 85 Merc must have been about 1985ish.




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Old 17-06-2009, 06:15 PM   #15
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mine was a simms super V with an mercury 50...took it out in the rough and put a crack right across the back of it...fixed the next day with plywood and nuts and bolts ...used to pull it with a old bullnose ford transit that needed half a tin of easy start to wake it up in the morning,aye 30 years ago and things are pretty much the same
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So come on you've gone in feet first here, what was the first motor?

My money's on a Morris Minor painted in union jack colours
The answer lays in an old post (post 11) here:

http://boatmad.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3195
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Was that a fishing rod attached Jon
Must have been the late 70's early 80's?


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funny thing this thread, i was going through my dad pics from the 80's and was curious what everyone had back then. will post some pics for a laugh.

the list
14 foot broom!
plancraft sabre x2 (different decks)
Driver 560 then ring 21.

Engines were chryslers, cant remember the others.
but other peeps boats in the pics were shakeys and a few other drivers.
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