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18 foot SUN-CRAFT Runabout 3 months 1 week ago #130866

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Friends,

I've found a 1965-66 vintage Sun-Craft Lapstrake runabout on a decent trailer here in South Texas.
It has a solid hull & an Eaton Powernaut Outdrive.
(The engine was a 2.6L Interceptor (English Ford) V6 of unknown HP & has been junked as "unrepairable".)

Here is what I've learned about the runabout, its maker & its builder:
1. It was built in late 1965 or early 1966.
2. The company was then located in a small village several miles South of Lake Sebago, ME.
3. The owner of the company was the late ELIOT HUBBARD, a former employee of Grady-White Boats, who returned to Standish, ME about 1960 & thereafter built a "clone" of the G-W 18 foot runabout.
and
4. I discovered on another site that the builder first used a 4-cylinder, dual carberated, 110HP Volvo-Penta as power.

Do any of our members have other information about Sun-Craft Boats, the builder and/or the engine that was originally installed therein??
(I don't even know the rated HP of the original engine.)

yours, satx

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18 foot SUN-CRAFT Runabout 2 months 4 weeks ago #131006

Very interesting. Never heard of that brand. Grady-White Boats did not start operations until late, late 1959 and their first boats were shipped in 1960. So I am not sure if the timeline fits with Mr. Hubbard departing GW in 1960.

Andreas

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