1958 Correct Craft 18
- Stock #079823 -
RAREST BOAT ON THE LAKE
This hull is 1 of 5 ever made !
This was a Cypress Gardens tow boat that was in many movies,movie clips and skiing shows in Cypress Gardens.
Visit this Correct Craft Fan site for some details on the restoration work that was done: http://www.correctcraftfan.com/diaries/details.asp?ID=162
This boat was rebuilt by Glen Cove Boat Works. New bow stern (laminated oak). New sistered wall or side frames-ribs(marine plywood). New double bottom planking, inskin is 1/4" marine plywood horizontally planked. All fastenings are silicon bronze screws. New engine stringers (old growth fir with aluminum angle stiffeners). New wiring, new Instruments. New emerald green upholstery, new engine box, (butterfly planked mahogany and fiber glassed white inside. New mahogany skin inside sheathing and full length chine stiffeners.
Walt Mallon Sr. (founder of Correct Craft) custom made 5 boats like this one for Cypress Gardens Ski School in Florida in 1958. Cypress Gardens had a ski show that they would put on and these were the tow boats they used. Cypress Gardens is also where numerous movies and TV shows were filmed. Normally this boat would have been made all of one type of wood (typically Honduran Mahogany) and what makes this boat custom was that there was a lighter wood inlay, Brazilian Yellow Wood (Pau Amarello) on the deck.
In 1994 the boat was completely rebuilt by Glen Cove Boat Works to look how it originally would have, to the extent of $20,000
According to numerous antique boat experts, the boat, not including the engine is worth an estimated $20,000 - $25,000.
In 1962 Andy Granatelli had 10 custom Packard 352 Cu. In. engines made for his race cars. They all had dual 4 barrel carburetors. He had the engines bored to 374 Cu. In. After this, he added McCulloch superchargers in order to put them in race cars to beat the land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats. This engine has been totally blue printed, sodium valves and a full bearing girdle to support the bottom end. The engine is emerald green with polished aluminum cover on the supercharger box and chrome valve covers and alternator. This engine put out approximately 400 HP
This boat is a real eye catcher and wait till you open the engine box. 374 cu. in. Packard V8 dual 4-barrel carburetors with a MCCulloch Super Charger. This engine has been totally blue printed with a hot cam, sodium valves and a full main bearing girdle to support the bottom end. The engine is emerald green with polished aluminum cover on the super charger box and chrome valve covers and alternator, when you open the box people stop in their tracks and when they hear the cam and the whine of the super charger they backup!! This boat has not been rebuilt to stock, it has been built far stronger because of the engine.
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