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cappy
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« on: March 16, 2010, 05:41:25 PM »

Hi all,
Just thought I'd let you know that my father in law is the only nephew of Clive Caporn. If you need any information on him we have plenty, and photos to go with. My in law used to help Clive build his boats on occasions. Clive was a character and his wisdom and skill should be shared.
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 07:00:53 PM »

Welcome to the Board Cappy.
Have you seen the previous posts on Clive in this section? It pretty much says it all so far/ I for one would love to learn more about him, I spoke with him just prior to his death. He told me he was primarily in the timber industry and said that boat building was a good way of moving timber through his business. Have you any interesting Outboarding pics of the era? I learned to ski behind my brother's Caporn

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 12:32:03 PM »

Hello Cappy,

I recently purchased an old Caporn 26 cruiser, and I'm looking for more information about it. I'd especially like some old photos of my boat, if they exist. I've attached a photo of the boat as it is now. It seems to be a bit of a rarity, as it is a glass hull with timber decks and cabin. It seems to me all the Caporn hulls I've come across are timber. Perhaps the Chair may have more information?

Regards, Michael


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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 06:17:55 PM »

Welcome to the Board Michael ,
I'm sure the Chair would be able to add something .
You have a different and nice looking craft .
What is the power plant and do you know the year built ?
With an N registration those eucalypts seem familiar  Wink
The posts you have responded to were 9 months ago but we may be of assistance .
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 06:56:12 AM »

Hi Neil,
I don't know the year - that's one of the details I'm trying to track down. The current power is 2 x Volvo 4 cylinder petrol stern drives, vintage approximately late 60's. They are no longer useful for anything other than scrap metal, so I'll be repowering it initially with a Mercruiser 5.7 sterndrive, then later with a diesel if I can afford one. I would be over-capitalising if I put a diesel in it, but if we decide to keep it long term, it may be worthwhile.

Regards, Michael

Ps. Yes, we're on the south coast of NSW, a bit further down than Batemans Bay.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 06:55:37 AM »

Hello Michael.
Nice boat for sure, but I'm affraid I can't help you as this is a new one on me. The Stylecraft, which had the caporn shape, evolved into the Huntsman and they had a similar glass hull and timber deck, but a glass Caporn, what a rarity.
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011, 08:16:09 PM »

Hi Michael,
Just found you note and photo on the web while surfing around. I worked for Clive Caporn as an apprentice for 5 years and believe I had a hand in building this particular boat.

Believe it to have been built in or around 1968/69.

All the 25ft cruisers I worked on were fibreglass hulls, if you need any other information please contact me as I would be only to happy to assist you.

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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2011, 07:49:05 AM »

Welcome to the Board John.
Thanks for the input and maybe Michael will get back to us. Can you add any light on the developement of the other style Caporn boats? Like the Mariner, Healing, Stylecraft and Huntsman. I believe they were copies of the original Caporn Design. Also was the original Caporn an Aussie design or based on another hull which was often the case here? If you have any pictures of the Caporn setup, that would also be great.
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2011, 08:19:09 AM »

Hi John,

Great to hear from you! I've sent you an email with my contact details... I'd love to have a chat about my boat and anything you can recall about it. I've now purchased a 228hp Mercruiser to repower it, and have a dehumidifier sitting in the cabin to dry all the timber out before starting the cut and replace job.

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Michael
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2011, 07:53:17 PM »

Hello Cappy,

I recently purchased an old Caporn 26 cruiser, and I'm looking for more information about it. I'd especially like some old photos of my boat, if they exist. I've attached a photo of the boat as it is now. It seems to be a bit of a rarity, as it is a glass hull with timber decks and cabin. It seems to me all the Caporn hulls I've come across are timber. Perhaps the Chair may have more information?

Regards, Michael

Hi Michael, sorry I haven't checked my first post for months. I speak to Peter (Clive's nephew) regularly. I will show him the photo's and ask him if he knows anything else about your boat.
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