Story and photos by Paul Scorza
   
My wife (and kids) think I am nuts.
 
My “fleet” ranges from 10-14 boats depending on when you catch me.  I have loved boats since I was a little kid.  Below is a pic of a 1960 Glasspar, owned by family friends, in 1969 with me riding in it on the Hudson River in Red Hook, NY.  
 
 
I loved boats then as I do now, and boats from that time period hold a special place in my heart.  Hence the reason all the boats I buy and restore are from those years of growing up on the river. 
 
My first restoration was when I graduated from college and wanted my own boat.  I loved Sea Rays from when we used to visit lake George every summer and the lake was full of them.  I found a 1970 Sea Ray, 24ft cuddly full of tomato plants in a field.  I bought it and proceeded to restore it over the next 9 months.  I used it for a few years and then traded it for a newer boat.  We then always had a family boat for the wife and kids.
 

 
My next restoration was many years later when my dad passed away and I needed something to keep busy.  He loved Chris Crafts, so I figured why not find one that needs restoring and take it from there.  I restored a 22ft 1955 Continental which I still have and will always have.  I named it after my dad. 
 

  
Next, I actually found that exact yellow boat in the picture below from 1969 rotting away in an owner’s backyard and offered to buy it.  I restored it and still have it.  That really got me going on finding old boats and bringing them back to life.  Sometimes I sell a few of them, but mostly I have my favorites and keep them.  They have to be seaworthy and run, as every one of my boats goes out for a cruise at least a few times a year.
 

 
Below is a picture taken on a day when the whole fleet was afloat. It looks like a lot of friends and family having lots of fun!
 

 
“My favorite thing to do is go out with my wife and take a nice early evening cruise on one of my restored oldies.”
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boatracer replied the topic: #148647 1 week 7 hours ago
Hi does anyone know were to find Homelite/Bearcat water pumps or impellas
100disabled vet replied the topic: #148639 2 weeks 1 day ago
I have picture but do not know how to post them here.
100disabled vet replied the topic: #148638 2 weeks 1 day ago
I need help to ID a boat
Walter.Legett@pbrc.edu replied the topic: #148572 2 months 5 days ago
When I was young ( born in 1940 ) about 1955 my father purchased a Red Skin mahogany plywood 16' boat that was made somewhere around Dallas Texas. Great boat but it was put together with steel screws and I lived on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The salt water played hell with the screws and by the time I finally got rid of it I probably had removed and refastened most of the steel screws with brass screws. I guess it was just the way things were made that ususally would not be close to salt water.
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captainirwin replied the topic: #148479 4 months 3 weeks ago
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mbb3 replied the topic: #148346 6 months 22 hours ago
Here is the info I have about the 1959 MFG boats
boatracer replied the topic: #148344 6 months 2 days ago
looking for homelite/bearcat impellers or info about making them thanks
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Carloscat replied the topic: #148339 6 months 3 days ago
Hello Im New to this site, i have a 1984 Cobalt for sale. Engine replaced 2yrs ago current hr meter 144 hrs ran Tower rack with new speakers, however it needs the upper unit outdrive (alpha one Gen one) $3000 obo Thank you all
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grasshopper replied the topic: #148293 6 months 2 weeks ago
Grasshopper is for sale. Yeah I am too old for taking care of her.
She comes overlooaded and ready to hook up and go fishing TODAY.
Henry 530-268-3401 oe cell 530-344-2059 for more info.
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mikes@w4sg.com replied the topic: #148030 8 months 4 days ago
I'm looking for a 1965 Merc 500 outboard to buy. Interested in rebuilding the entire motor to put on my 1957 Seafury. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I really need a lower unit that would fit on the motor I have.
Bgitthens68 replied the topic: #148005 8 months 2 weeks ago
I have a 1959 evinrude fifty hp four cylinder outboard motor last in the water in 2006 it still turn over but might have replace gaskets I would like to sell it if anybody is interested. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tbarnz60 replied the topic: #147919 9 months 2 weeks ago
Hi everyone! I have a 78 tri sonic 1900 riviera sst that I'm trying to find a manual for. If anybody can help out I would appreciate it.
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liebel15068 replied the topic: #147862 10 months 2 weeks ago
I am looking at a Dorsett El Dorado, and need help determining the year. There is a number stamped into the metal transom - BD40M461. What does it mean? Dan
Kottke75@centurylink.net replied the topic: #147833 10 months 3 weeks ago
Is there anyone out there with information about a 1963 Larson/Brunswick Tahiti Comboard boat?
shelton replied the topic: #147763 11 months 1 week ago
Lighting company used on Wacanda boats? I'm stalled on identifying the "art yard" boat "Starfire" I purchased but I haven't given up and want to learn more. The bow light is missing. Does anyone know what kind of lights were used on Wacanda boats? Perko? I've viewed all the pictures of Wacanda boats (late 50's) on this site. Thanks. Shelton
shelton replied the topic: #147737 11 months 2 weeks ago
I contacted the state boat registration agency with the registration /number on the boat but the records only go back 10 years. I posted pictures that appear at bottom of this thread. I reviewed all the library information about Wacanda and I really think it is an a Wacanda made in early 60's. I know the company doesn't exist anymore. I have reviewed everything on this site and iBoats so I'm hoping folks with any information see this. Such a beautiful boat.
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63 Sabre replied the topic: #147736 11 months 2 weeks ago
Not much info in the library. Does it have a registration number on the bow area. If so you might be able to trace it through the state.
www.fiberglassics.com/library/index.php?title=Starfire
shelton replied the topic: #147734 11 months 2 weeks ago
I'm new to this site. I need help identifying this "yard art" find on a hill near the Clinch River/lake in E. TN. "Starfire" emblem on each side, no hull ID that I can find. 14ft 4 inches long. Port side steering (pully system), 2 seats in front, ?bench seat rear. No outboard motor. Pale blue color with white stripe on top bow, 3 windshield metal pieces, glass missing. 5 or 6 bullet holes above water line. Is this a Wacanda? What year? What kind of motor and hp would have been used. Restorable? Any help appreciated. I have pics if I can figure out how to post.
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57SportLido replied the topic: #147678 1 year 5 days ago
Terrific article!
I'm from Orange county NY. My love of boating was also born on the Hudson.
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Doug Reeve replied the topic: #147658 1 year 1 week ago
Not sure about Glastron, but Hull Identification Numbers were not required by law until 1972. It may not have one.
raquette replied the topic: #147657 1 year 1 week ago
Does anyone know where Glastron would put there serial number on a '68 GT160?
Thanks!
jcupples replied the topic: #147420 1 year 2 months ago
I am looking for someone that would have some knowledge on Sea Sprite boats. My title says it is a 1972 14ft with no model type. I would love to understand what model it is. I rebuilt it and I am totally in love with it and just want to understand what I have. Thanks
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jeheiderich replied the topic: #147273 1 year 4 months ago
Boats were made in Miami Fl late 60"s only made for a year or two. They were made for the resort industry and rental industry mainly.
they had a 5 1/2 hp Johnson outboard engine converted to a inboard under the hood. the hole you are talking about is for the pull cord, only forward. I had two recently sold them. one was orginial the other I converted to electric by replacing the rudder with a trolling motor. hope this helps
John
baron757 replied the topic: #147250 1 year 4 months ago
What is procedure for uploading Brochures?
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owens owner replied the topic: #147248 1 year 4 months ago
I'm after some letters that say " OWENS'' for my 1961 Owens runabout. Any help would be appreciated.
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