project 60's skeeter rescue

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Markwade
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project 60's skeeter rescue

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Recently I was given the opportunity to rescue a vintage skeeter super c-1500. It had sit in the water of a private lake here in southern OK since it was bought new sometime in the 60's, on the ranch my father in law works. It's owner had put it in his dump when I scooped it up...

Been working on it a week or so and am very happy with the results so far. Received my kit Wednesday and got it together after hours the following night. Put it on the water yesterday and was pleased overall. I've still got a little dialing in to do and its definitely not gonna win any races (used a small hp motor ive had sitting on the shelf just begging for something to do) but these little kits are fun as hell. I realize this boat is not the ideal candidate for a longtail...but it performs and is gonna serve it's purpose just fine.


Big thanks to sps and an even bigger thanks to my daughter Charley for the help with camouflage paint design
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How it looked the day I brought it home
How it looked the day I brought it home
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My favorite little helper and fishing/hunting partner
My favorite little helper and fishing/hunting partner
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Re: project 60's skeeter rescue

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Its great that you were able to restore that old boat. It looks really good from the pictures. Tell your daughter that she did an awesome job on the camo!
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Re: project 60's skeeter rescue

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Sweet! Any water logging having sat in the water that long? How long is it? I love old boats. It might could handle more motor from the looks of it.
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Markwade
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Yeah I didn't want to tear into the floor just yet but I'm sure there is. It's first on the list when summers over and of course it could use more motor but they always can, right? It's 15'
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Had the chance to take the boat to one of my favorite spots today. It performed well again, but I will definitely be upping the motor at some point. Having fun with this thing and loving the longtail
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Re: project 60's skeeter rescue

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Your boat looks great. Glad to hear you are enjoying your longtail. You might consider a couple of small upgrades before going with a larger motor. How much of a draft does your little setup have?
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Markwade
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Yes sir I plan on doing the stage 1. Got a pipe and filter in the mail today. Gonna have to rig the filter a bit and do some research on jetting.
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Great post Mark!
I love those old duck boats.
I think that design was produced under several names.
Good seating and the high sides give it more freeboard than most.

That long, narrow, flat bottomed hull is perfect for a longtail.
The only drawbacks you might have is weight due to moisture.
Based upon it's age, the boat was most likely constructed with some plywood (transom,floors, seating), covered with polyester resin which is porous.
Polyester and vinylester resins are not waterproof. Water can permeate them and get into the wood.
Back in the day builders also had a tendency to overbuild, which made hulls a little heavier.

If you replace any rotted wood, I would recommend using epoxy resin to seal everything up.
Unlike polyester and vinylester resins, epoxy is 100% waterproof.

Great job on the boat rescue! :rockon:
You certainly breathed new life into the old girl.
I hate to see old hulls like that discarded.

Your daughter should consider opening her own camo business.
If she was close by, I'd pay her to camo my stuff.
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Lots of nice lakes and rivers to run in Oklahoma.
I'll bet the 1,300 mile long Red River would be a fun river camping trip.
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