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Pops old boat
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« on: March 21, 2017, 04:13:31 PM »

Hi,
My son just inherited his Grandfathers Boat. It's a Swift Craft with a 1971, 50HP Merc.
Can't find anything else like it. Note the hatch and wrap around front windows. The Cabin was designed for these windows.
Wife's family don't remember anything but it was there when I turned up in 1980.
Any other boats from the 70's seem a lot more modern. Anyone know the year and model. The ID plate that was on the back is missing.
The only reason we know it's a Swift Craft is the stickers! The windscreens not original. Don't think it ever had one.
Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 08:08:39 AM »

Hi and welcome to The Board.
Yes, your 50hp is certainly a 1971 model. As for your boat, the hull certainly looks like a Swiftcraft. However, I can't ever recall Swiftcraft having a Cabin and certainly not one like that! Perhaps it was an aftermarket thing available in the day? Any one with basic boat building knowledge we will able to detect if it was retro fitted to your hull many moons ago.

Your rego' number is certainly not NSW, by the look of the grass you may be in QLD, a little west? To me, your Cabin looks like something that may have been made in VIC, there were some weird and unusual looking designs floating around the Melbourne areas in the 60's. May be another member will provide some clues for you?

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 09:35:44 AM »

The Victorian registration number suggests 1968.

Not sure on the model, What length is the boat?, do you have any photos of the inside?

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 01:43:12 PM »

mmm
Victorian trees and Victorian rabbit hutch perhaps?

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2017, 11:25:02 AM »

Yep, Central Victoria near Lancefield. Boat was from Yarram, use to go out of Port Albert after being towed by his 1969 Land Rover (My Son in law now has it).
We got the boat although my 21 year old son wished it was a speed boat. But it seem a good safe way for him to get into boating.
Merc was rebuilt in 2009 from receipts I found. Pop was a brilliant mechanic of older motors.
Boat small registration paper say 4.4 m


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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2017, 03:26:10 PM »

Thanks for these extra pics. I'll send a few of those shots off to some old boatie mates and see if they can recall anything about this vessel?

Lancefield eh? I have a customer located in Clonbinane which is't that far away!

As for the re-build, even if Pop did change the impeller it will be wise to change it again. An impeller with 8 years without any or little use, probably will cause issues down the track. It's always best to start with a clean slate! However, I suggest you make sure she's a real good runner before you spend any money on her.

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2017, 04:12:55 PM »

Thanks I will. Probably been a while since it has had a run.
Pop used to go flat out across the inlet. In fact he went flat out in everything he drove!
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2017, 10:52:44 PM »

I would Hazzard a guess that it's defiantly a retro fit cabin.  Seems to have a join around the base.  Definitely deck and cab not one piece out of the mold. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2017, 08:05:55 AM »

I would Hazzard a guess that it's defiantly a retro fit cabin.  Seems to have a join around the base.  Definitely deck and cab not one piece out of the mold.  


and that's a quote from a shipwright! We are very lucky indeed to have this sort of expertise in the wings.
 
The Cabin was probably been added soon after the boat left the moulds and then was stitched up. There is no apparent evidence of steering wheel nor gauges been fitted to the dash.

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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2017, 10:22:07 AM »

I just had another look. You can unscrew the cabin from the deck. Thats why the only similar hulls I could find on google from the late 60's had no cabin.
But it was probably done from new. Perhaps the hull sat around for a while and they found a cabin that fitted.
Thanks.
Also just realised the motor is a 2 stroke. Correct? Any advice on the best mix?
The questions I should have asked Pop when I could have!
Attached December 81 Port Albert. Ver young me waiting for Pop to park the Trailer.


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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2017, 10:49:08 AM »

Great old photos. Love the HR on the boat ramp, Looks like a nice old 50 red band well worth preserving.
You can see inside that cabin that the side bunks have been added too.

Need an exact measurement front to back right through the middle of the boat with a tape measure. The measurement on the registration paper is always unreliable.

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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2017, 12:22:26 PM »

Re your question about 2 stroke.
Yes, she sure is! Our recommendation to to use a high quality Outboard Oil TC-W3 (not plain 2 stroke oil)  https://www.nmma.org/certification/oil/tc-w3

Mercury Premium Outboard Oil is the ducks guts for your motor.  Ratio 50:1
Don't use any fuel containing ethanol.
Don't use fuels any older than 8 weeks, as they can damage your motor.
Use 91 Octane as a minimum.
I believe some fuel at 95 or 98 have a better shelf life.

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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2017, 01:31:44 PM »

Thankyou, Thankyou Thankyou!
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2017, 03:25:40 PM »

Found the ID plate hidden amongst some papers at Pops. But does not tell us much.
Does anyone know what year "B. P. Kay" had his name on the plates?
I'd like the boat to be from the 60's as it would suit my tow car better. Not sure how we will go on the boat ramp however!


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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2017, 06:38:58 PM »

Hi my Father and his 3 brothers owned swiftcraft boats originally called Tilly Craft, the boat you have is a Kingfisher see attached advertising  to me it looks like a cabin fitted to the 1500 model,  i don't remember them but there was a large fire at the factory around that time so maybe they lost the mould for that one also the seagull model probably came out not long after.

I am happy to try and find out more from my father and if anyone needs answers to model identification i should be able to help.

SwiftCraft,  Swift Craft, GBV products build boats from around 13ft up to the 33ft Sapphire also they build 33ft ship to shore boats for the Navy.

Hope that helps.
Mike G 


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