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Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40882

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When I was a wee tot my parents bought and restored a 1959 Wood Larson 18' Day Cruiser. We took that boat everywhere and even used it as a cruiser for sleeping a few times. I'm kind of an odd-ball. I like cars without roofs and boats with them.

I have a 1959 Larson Thunderhawk Sr. I've been contemplating for some time now, converting to a "could have been" day cruiser. If you have ever seen the Larson Thunderhawks big and small, you have observed, as I have, the 14 is a well designed, eye catching craft. The larger T-hawk looks like the answer to the unnecessary question of "what if we put Thundrhawk fins on an All-American"? The rear cockpit looks strangely long for no good reason. No extra seats. No built in storage. Just bigger, not better.

So how can I "fix" ;) this hapless critter? With a roof!

Anyway, the reason for the thread it to ask for photos of day cruisers. If you have a hardtop boat, please post up a picture.

Todd

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40912

I would love to see someone photoshop that daycruiser Thunderhawk. That would be cool. Here's my '60 Redfish Oceanic.
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Some people are like slinkies... Not much good for anything, but they sure are fun to push down the stairs.

Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40950

Here's a few. If I can figure out how to upload more I will.
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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40952

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Ahhh, some fine hard tops already. Keep 'em coming!

Todd

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40953

I have lot's more including my own day cruiser that is the only one of it's kind known. A 56 Mobilcraft that looks much like the Dorsett. But, I'm havin' some trouble uploading the pics without a better idea of what the upload process is. I'll add more when I get time to resize them to FG limits. Nice Jeep.

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40955

Ok then, Here's my 1960 Glass Magic Ranger powered by a 1961 Evinrude Starflite 75hp. A friend and I are planning a run down the Trent/Severn waterway next summer from Georgian bay to Peterborough. We hatched this plan over a few shots of Crown Royal so it has to be a good one!
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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40973





1958 Wizard Marlin 17ft

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My 1961 Power Cat 18DC.
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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40985

Here's a Glassmaster. Can be bought cheap (in CT)
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1964 Custom Craft Aqua Ray
1959 Glastron Seaflite
1959 Tomahawk Spirit

Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40989

tudor,

Where in CT?

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40990

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Al Lockhart.
Not to hijack this thread but I have a full 1961 Starflite 75 that I just took off a parts boat. The engine is complete! Brass/bronz prop. I will part it out if you are intereste.

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #40991

1959 Thomspon Bros. Boat Mfg. Co. Peshtigo, WI 18'-8" Off-Shore Cabin Cruiser. She has baby fins!

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41050

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Not mine. Saw it at the lake this weekend.
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Neil and Mary Ousnamer

Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41070

Here are a few day cruisers at the LaConner boat show this last Saturday. The Skagit 31ft was there in the water. A really beautiful boat
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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41161

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As long as the topic is up. Where do you draw the lines between a cruiser, day-cruiser? I'd say an actual cruiser has an aft helm and second windshield on top of the cabin. Although many of these smaller ones would be hard to actually live in for very long. The difference between a day-cruiser and a hard top runabout, would be if the seats can be converted to beds or not. Thoughts?

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41163

Ya i guess the Wizard would be a hard top runabout....but the seats do convert to bed!!!lol :P

You did say hardtops also:

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Anyway, the reason for the thread it to ask for photos of day cruisers. If you have a hardtop boat, please post up a picture.

Todd


You can sleep on the Wizard, but prob not for many nights.
Id say it depends on what kind of conversion you were going for?! :dry:

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I have 2. The Cottage is my Main boat although I have not done any boating this year bar any lake tests for other people. The 25 foot Barnegat I got last year needs a paint job and fresh varnish.
They are both on the mkt I really love The Cottage (20 foot Seacamper 570).
That Skiff Craft is real sweet. I was looking at those before my Cruisers Inc. That Marlin is cool as well.
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space.ace wrote:

Ya i guess the Wizard would be a hard top runabout....but the seats do convert to bed!!!lol :P

You did say hardtops also:

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Anyway, the reason for the thread it to ask for photos of day cruisers. If you have a hardtop boat, please post up a picture.

Todd


You can sleep on the Wizard, but prob not for many nights.
Id say it depends on what kind of conversion you were going for?! :dry:


Actually your Wizard is more what I call a "day" cruiser. Those with and actual cabin closed in with doors seem like cruisers to me. At any rate, my Thunderhawk conversion is going to be a hardtop runabout, in the terms now outlined. (relax Lee, I'll just bolt or clamp the roof on so it can be undone)

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41177

The Glasspar Seafair Sedans made between 1959 and 1967. They are lightweight so you can pull them on a trailer with most any vehicle, easy to maintain, fast with mininum power, good on fuel and they ride and cut the waves like a dream. Only 17 1/2 ft they have sitting headroom in cabin large enough for two adults to sleep comfortably in closed weather proof cabin. I own 14 boats and the Sedan is the one I use and enjoy boating in the most. Great boat.
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Actually your Wizard is more what I call a "day" cruiser. Those with and actual cabin closed in with doors seem like cruisers to me. At any rate, my Thunderhawk conversion is going to be a hardtop runabout, in the terms now outlined. (relax Lee, I'll just bolt or clamp the roof on so it can be undone)

well then aren't all runabouts/day boats/open boats "Day Cruisers" then??

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41195

This is crazy......How about say...hardtop with enclosed cabin, or hardtop with open cabin.

Either way these "hardtop" boats are my all time favorites and asking for pics of these has selfishly been awesome for me.
I'm enjoying this thread just for pics of my favorite boats!!

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I like your boat. I like mine too. I just don't understand breaking the topic as far down as it appears to be broken down to. Open Boat/runabout/ cuddy cruiser/cabin cruiser.
They are all cool.

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41205

I agree now lets get back to the conversion.
Can i see a pic of the boat to be possibly converted?

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41212

just purchased this project
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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41213

not sure if I am going to "restore" or just try and purchase a "nice"one.

Really want to find a 18' Wizard Baronett if anyone knows of one??

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41226

Good luck with that ,,,don't really see too many Wizards on the water...well at least i don't!!!

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 8 years 1 month ago #41228

That sedan is NICE!!

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space.ace wrote:

I agree now lets get back to the conversion.
Can i see a pic of the boat to be possibly converted?


I'll work on that. I have to get the junk out from around it first.

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 7 years 11 months ago #47174

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I think I found (yet another) boat I want. Larson Sea Lion hard top.

Here is a link to a photo elsewhere on the site.

www.fiberglassics.com/wiki/images/5/54/1960larson07.jpg

Todd

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 7 years 11 months ago #47180

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We have made a mold from an after-market SeaBreaze Hardtop.
Here's what it looks like on a Thunderhawk Jr & a Lake n' Sea

Larry
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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 7 years 11 months ago #47185

Most of the pics are coming up as 404 errors.

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 7 years 11 months ago #47186

Larry wrote:

simply gorgeous.......

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 7 years 11 months ago #47192

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Turned out really nice Larry, I love it!

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That is very interesting. Very nice top! I was just debating today whether the rear should be positive or negative slant. The negative slant looks nice. Thanks for posting those.

Todd

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Say, those of you who have the under 20' cruisers, how are they set up? The Sea Lion claims availability of a, cabin bulkhead, and a head were optional. I'm not sure where the head would be placed. I'm curious where I might fit some simple cooking facilities in a small cruiser like these. With all the great, efficient, appliances invented in the last 10 years, coupled with solar power and an inverter, the possibilities are exciting.

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Re:Calling all Day-Cruisers! 7 years 11 months ago #47237

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Hey Tudor,

That Glassmaster is beautiful. Any more info on it?

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Todd,
Heres a couple pics of my 1960 Owens Exeter 19 footer. Its patiently awaiting restoration. The Whaler is my Dads disco era '76 Revenge 21 cuddy cabin. Its been an ongoing restoration for over a year now, but its almost done.

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