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New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 1 year 5 months ago #140518

I'm the newly appointed custodian of a 1963 Westfield Custom with Evinrude Lark V on Canandaigua Lake in upstate New York. It's in great shape having been lightly used and stored indoors its whole life. It came with the lakefront home my parents moved into in 1985. The previous owners built the house not long before the boat was built, so I'm thinking they bought the boat new, which makes me the third owner. It hadn't been wet since 2013 when my dad, sister, and her husband took it for a spin. Until today, I hadn't been in it since 2011. I had the pros give it the once over, and she's been declared fit as a fiddle. The horn works (lights not so much) and the motor runs like a top, pushing it along at a hair raising 24mph! :)

The canopy (bimini?) is shot (mice!), but it might be good enough to use as a pattern if I can find someone to make a new one. How hard is it to replace the worn white rub rail? Any advice for refastening the seats, because at least one set of bolts is stripped out. I'm sure my to-do list will grow longer as I look it over more closely.

This is actually the second MFG my dad left us. We also have a '57 Erie in Vermont, in much rougher shape.
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New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 1 year 5 months ago #140522

Wow, wonderful boat!

My Dad's first boat was a 1963 Westfield in red, just like yours - brings back the memories! He also had a 1960 Corry Carefree (aqua), 1966 Westfield (blue), and a 1965 Edinboro (green). Long story why so many.

Canvas must be custom made. I suggest getting one made with the top raised like a bimini, but still a convertible top that attaches to the top of the windshield. Just had one made for my 1962 Edinboro (red) and will post a picture in a day or two.

White rub rail is no longer available, but black is. I went with the black for my Edinboro restoration.

The seats use well nuts that are available from West Marine and other sources. Had to replace them on the Edinboro.

I've included pictures of the Edinboro plus my original and unrestored 1966 Niagara. The latter was at the Keuka Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show two weeks ago. The seat upholstery is original in both, as is yours in your Westfield.

I'm active in AOMCI (Membership Services person) and president of our local (North Coast Ohio) chapter of ACBS. You should join both to plug into sources for info. See aomci.org and acbs.org.

Welcome Aboard!
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Dave Nau - 1966 MFG Niagara with 1963 Mercury 350 (35hp) outboard and 1966 Tee Nee trailer. Second boat is a 1962 MFG Edinboro with a 1984 Evinrude 70hp and Holsclaw trailer.

New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 1 year 5 months ago #140524

Thanks for the kind words and advice. That is truly a lot of MFGs for one guy. :)

I've just joined the two organizations you suggested. Any idea what light bulb will fit the stern light? I bought what looked about right at the auto parts store, but it won't push down far enough to twist & seat. The bow light is working--maybe I should pull that bulb, see if it's a fit for the stern, and then try to match it.
Nevermind, I found debris in the socket. Bulb fits now. Hopefully I’ll get better at this.

Thanks,
Dan

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New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 1 year 5 months ago #140533

Just checked. My ‘62 has the same stern light.

It is a W90. #1142 should work also. West Marine and likely others have an LED equivalent for $17. Expensive. But no filament to break or burn out.

Update: I now see you got it fixed. Yay!

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Dave Nau - 1966 MFG Niagara with 1963 Mercury 350 (35hp) outboard and 1966 Tee Nee trailer. Second boat is a 1962 MFG Edinboro with a 1984 Evinrude 70hp and Holsclaw trailer.

New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 1 year 5 months ago #140698

Nice boat whizfish!
I will have to make my own introductory post with pics of mine, very similar to yours, a 1964 Westfield Deluxe in teal (as you can see in my avatar.)
I cheated though since I installed a recent motor on it, but I will elaborate on this in the post.
Cheers and enjoy the Westfield!

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New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 4 months 2 weeks ago #143194

davnau6345 wrote: ...
White rub rail is no longer available, but black is. I went with the black for my Edinboro restoration.

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Hi Dave,
Can you point me to a source for replacement rub rails? Maybe this is what you used?
tacomarine.com/rub-rail-vinyl-inserts-v12-0334

My boat actually has two sizes of rub rail, but that insert might work for both. It looks like a pretty good fit for the gunnels. I also have rails on the sides of the hull but that extrusion is about 1/8" taller inside and out, with about 1" interior dimension (vs about 3/4" for the gunnell), and a slightly narrow gap. The lower inserts are in pretty good shape but a little shrunken and probably stiff. I need to get them out anyway to replace the through bolts that hold the storage shelf inside the hull--they've all broken and the shelf is dangling! So I guess I would go with black on the gunnels and keep the white down below, assuming I can get them out and back in again without damage.

Thanks,
Dan
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New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 4 months 2 weeks ago #143199

Yup, TACO Marine is the way to go.

My 1962 Edinboro has a wood spray rail painted white. 1963 was the first year for the extruded aluminum/vinyl insert-type spray rail, which was really just for decoration.

My 1966 Niagara is the base model which did not include that.

Going to look great on your boat!
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Dave Nau - 1966 MFG Niagara with 1963 Mercury 350 (35hp) outboard and 1966 Tee Nee trailer. Second boat is a 1962 MFG Edinboro with a 1984 Evinrude 70hp and Holsclaw trailer.

New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 4 months 2 days ago #143288

Taco Marine sent me samples of V12-0317 and V12-0334 rub rail inserts. The latter is available only in black but the former is available in both black and white. Lucky for me it seems like the one available in white is actually a closer match to original insert, and white is the original color. If I measured correctly the 50' roll should just barely do the whole boat, both gunnels and spray rails. Maybe I'll get it done before I button up the boat for winter and head back to California. If not, I'll know where to start in the Spring.

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New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 3 months 3 weeks ago #143310

Did not know about the former. White works, but gets scuffed more easily. I had white on my Edinboro originally, but was thinking of giong with black even if white was available, which it was not at the time three years ago. It's a personal preference thing and both look good. White keeps it original.

Please post pictures when done!

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Dave Nau - 1966 MFG Niagara with 1963 Mercury 350 (35hp) outboard and 1966 Tee Nee trailer. Second boat is a 1962 MFG Edinboro with a 1984 Evinrude 70hp and Holsclaw trailer.

New member, new boat: '63 MFG Westfield Custom 1 month 3 weeks ago #143596

Whizfish, for my 64 Westfield Custom I had a new bimini (w wrap storage cover for laying down on dashboard), vinyl side curtains, stern mooring cover, under-splashwell cover, and towing cover made by a guy in Bath, NY. That is not too far from Canandaigua. He did an excellent job, but to be honest he took much, much longer than he said he would. He had some family issues + all the COVID impacts, but almost a year vs a month is too much. I had him create more headroom than the original bimini. It does not look racy anymore but is more practical (dry and comfortable) for the rear seat passengers. If you are interested in his info let me know.
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