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« on: October 11, 2014, 10:08:12 AM »

Hello everyone,
I am a newbie both to blogs and to collecting broken boats Huh
Whilst keeping an eye out for a cheap tinny to run a spare motor I couldn't believe my luck when I also spotted a cool looking Caribbean.
I felt like a thief knocking down the price and towing it away. Weird thing was his wife gave me the same 'look' I got from mine when I arrived home! So how good is it to discover your website and find that you are all quiet sane.
So now that I have played a bit of boat Tetris and have them in my driveway I have started pulling them apart.

The Caribbean is mostly complete, chrome, badges and trim is all there and in good shape. The steering wheel cant be original? The Merc 650 apparently runs, engine no. makes it 1963 - I was quite happy with 65hp until I saw the tower of power!

I have read a lot of the posts here and it has given me lots of insight as to what i am in for. Idlehours was a great post.

FYI the previously posted Caribbean Lexington in Swan Hill was on gumtree and has just listed as sold. I WANT that motor, still had the factory inspection stamp visible.

Here is my boat,
                     
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2014, 12:39:52 PM »



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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2014, 01:06:47 PM »

I have pulled up the floor and the stringers will need replacing, transom as well. It will be all good fun yes?

Here is my other project - There are no stamps or plates to identify but it must be a De Havilland?
14ft and all rivets. I have not been able find out a real lot about De Havillands.
 


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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2014, 01:15:18 PM »

Wont they both look so good all fixed up Cheesy
mmmm I guess I will just have to go fishing at night then Embarrassed
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2014, 04:54:22 PM »

Couple of good looking boats there Tin Man. I have replaced a Caribbean 62 model floor recently. it had toe tower of power, no tilt though. If the 65 is going to a new home one day I may be interested, its a good era for my Bellboy Banshee. will keep an eye on your progress.

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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2014, 06:32:06 AM »

Yes well at the moment I am just establishing what state it is in. It has definitely been to sea. Starter turns it over nicely but I don't have spark, I cleaned up distributor - points were well worn. now I am stuck. Advice is to assess state of water jacket and gear box - maybe just a parts motor.
I have a lead on 1968 1000 - as you know they look mighty fine.
thanks for the reply
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2014, 08:56:36 AM »

Hey Tin man I saw your Caribbean Lexington advertised, I was interested in some of the hardware on it. how much did you end up paying for her? I have a Caribbean Crosby that I am slowly working on. Good luck with both of them.
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2014, 09:45:15 PM »

Hi Cherry, I am thinking my Caribbean is the Belmont, aka Dorsett Belmont, designed by Raymond Loewy.
The Lexington I was referring to was one that previously posted here some years ago http://board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=799.0
It was listed for about 6K - VERY original - that motor is 50 years old and has a factory stamp clearly visible. MERCMAN will be kicking himself one day!  Wink I have all the fittings off the boat - if anyone wants castings before I re chrome I am happy to accommodate. cheers Tom 
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2014, 09:54:11 PM »

The one you linked is a Crosby, the same as what's in my yard(only in much better condition). I was under the impression the Lexington had the sharp arse, and Crosby had the round arse. I don't know how the Belmont compares to the Lexington.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2014, 10:05:45 PM »

Sorry I think the Belmont is 15ft and the Lexington is 17ft but they look similar. I have a bookmark to a wiki page with brochures in it, I can't link it at the moment I'm on my phone.
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2014, 10:08:07 PM »

Yes, well all my Knowledge is very Google Eyed so I may be a little confused. From pictures I am not sure if hardware suits you - but I definitely have the same fittings as the post I linked I can send you some photos from Gumtree that I saved - Ad is now gone  
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2014, 10:15:30 PM »

Could you run a tape over the round disc badge and tell me it's outside diameter, and it's thickness(for my own endeavor)?  that would be great. My googleFu is pretty decent most of the time but has been known to let me down occasionally.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2014, 10:23:13 PM »

yes I can help, the badges are complete /2 piece/ and appear to be be cast in lead - send me your email and i will see how i can help
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2014, 08:08:21 AM »

Here is the page with all the brochures, it is for Dorsett branded boats but the design is the same. I don't believe Dorsett had round arsed boat like the Crosby.

http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/Dorsett
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2014, 05:55:11 PM »

Hi Cherry, I am thinking my Caribbean is the Belmont, aka Dorsett Belmont, designed by Raymond Loewy.
The Lexington I was referring to was one that previously posted here some years ago http://board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=799.0
It was listed for about 6K - VERY original - that motor is 50 years old and has a factory stamp clearly visible. MERCMAN will be kicking himself one day!  Wink I have all the fittings off the boat - if anyone wants castings before I re chrome I am happy to accommodate. cheers Tom 

MERCMAN is kicking real hard, don't worry about that!

MERCMAN.
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