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Elco Marine Cruisette series and Lindberg

elco boat builder cruisette cruiser boat yacht seabuddy image photo

Looks like it came from a PT boat builder from this angle

Elco made both electric and gas powered boats in its history of boat building. Elco made launches. They made cruisers which they often called Cruisettes. They made PT boats.

Charles Lindberg, the “Lone Eagle” bought a 38 foot Cruisette cabin cruiser from Elco for his honeymoon. Prior to his marriage he had the aft twin beds reconfigured to a single large bed. He and his bride, Ann Morrow used his boat. He had named his Elco cruiser “Mouette”. Similarly, other well-known successful people like Thomas Edison, J. P. Morgan, John Jacob Astor, among others, wanted these popular Elco boats.

Elco Cruisette proved to be a very popular model cabin cruiser since the title that goes back as far as 1915 when they advertised one of their cabin cruiser models in1915. Thomas Edison, J. P. Morgan, John Jacob Astor, the Grand Duke Alexander of Russia are among the others wanted these boats. They came in different sizes, such as 26’, 32’, 34’, 38’ and 40’ over the years that Elco used the Cruisette model name. The early ones were round chine boat designs. Only after W.W. II did the Elco company build hard chine pleasure boats. By the way, Elco built other or non-cruisette models from as small as a 18’ tender up to a 127’long yacht.

Elco bought a Hubert Scott-Paine design for a 70 foot British torpedo boat to use as the beginning basis for their PT boat design. They also used much of its design as the starting point for their entry into the Navy’s “Plywood Derby”. Most boats in this design contest were triple engine powered but one company used a quad engine boat in these tests. Neither this design (with its improvements made by the Elco designers) or the others won the competition for the US navy PT boat design in this series of sea trials, but the Elco boat was reported as first across the line. Elco did get a several contracts from the Navy for about 350 PT boats out of their results in the Derby.

The seabuddy photo images here show a post War 1946 Elco Cruisette that is 40’ by 12’5”. She is a rare boat as she was only made in a couple of model years before the company closed its doors. This cabin cruiser boat uses a v-drive system (or v drive) to get her under-the-aft-deck twin engine power to her propellers. Unlike earlier Elco Cruisette power boats, this boat shows the a PT Boat style vee bottom, hard chine planning hull.

electric launch company Elco yachts seabuddy boat photo image

She is an express yacht with her engines aft under the cockpit

Luxury 50′ Center Console boat goes 60 MPH

center console fishing boat from Nor Tech boat photo image

Bow on view of the new 2012 center console fishing 50' boat

She is a center console fishing boat that is 50 feet long and goes 60 MPH with twin engines. That is different. Now, part of the speed comes from the racing heritage of her boat builder. Some speed comes from their Nor Step ventilated hull bottom. The final component of this performance center console fish boat is the high tech hand laid fiberglass construction using tri directional and bi directional fiberglass materials.

Nor Tech Hi Performance Boats uses only 960 total horsepower (twin 480 Hp. diesels) to get the sixty mph top speed. That kind of performance in a full fifty foot boat that weights in at seven and a half tons and in a fully found luxury boat is amazing! Yes, the beam is narrow (9’) for good offshore rough water performance at speed, but the speed numbers verses the size and weight numbers speak for themselves.

Is more speed possible? Yes. Add more horsepower. Heck, even add another engine. Nor-Tech Hi Performance Boats has done this hull with triples. They can do it with outboards. They are a custom boat builder. Name it and they can do it, and will do it with a routine that will startle you on how easy it is during the boat build with them. Just ask that they use their Nor Tech vented boat bottom. The proper coring and reinforcement is an important part of the culture of their Hi-Performance boat building.

Is this one too big of a center console fish boat for you? Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats builds center consoles in many other boat lengths. Call them.

cockpit of the 60 MPH center console Nor Tech Hi Performance 50' boat

Looking back at the Center Console of the 60 MPH Nor Tech 50' boat

2013 Post Sport Fishing Yacht coming

mold to make a Post yacht deck house upside down in travelift

Deck House Mold for Post Yacht, check the man for a size relationship is the web site as news becomes available.

In what step is the company and its flagship model in right now? The 56 foot Sport Fishing Yacht molds are in Maryland now. All but one of the boat building buildings is complete and that last building is well under construction. Seabuddy saw more than a dozen workers in the yard working on boats and that building during a late winter Friday afternoon visit.

It was in just before last Christmas that John Patnovic, owner of Worton Creek Marina bought the assets of Post Yachts. He is famous up and down the East Coast for his top-shelf manufacture (or remanufacture) of tired Bertram Yachts, particularly making Bertram 31s all new again and repowered with diesels to make fishing and cruising an up-to-the-minute experience. John has the confidence of experienced yachtsmen in his talent to get big things done. If you do not know him, just check out one of his boats. Seeing one of them is often the reason that folks sight as the reason that they brought their harder marine jobs to Worton Creek Marina for John to work his magic on.

The original Post Marine got caught in the downturn in the boat business. They closed the doors of a boat builder that had been making yachts since 1957. Russell Post, the founder of Post  Marine, had been a lifelong boat builder and was, in fact, one of the four original founding partners of Egg Harbor Yachts in back in 1946. Once Mr. Post retired, other long time employees ran Post Marine. Then after all those years of building those sweet-running boats a modern business recession got them.

While Post started out in the wood boat business, the company transitioned to pretty much all fiberglass boats years ago (the last boats had some mahogany wood incased inside their fiberglass engine beds). Now the latest in proved fiberglass materials are slanted for the 2013 yachts.

boat builder building being framed photo

last Post Yacht building under construction

30’ fishing boat coming for 2013?

Levi boat photo image coming for 2013 model year

Coming for boat model year 2013 is a Levi Corsair as an Fishing boat, Open Limousine, Yacht Tender. This is is a new use (via a new cockpit and deck) on a hull shape that was reintroduced to small run production boat building early in this century. That hull shape was based on an late 1960s – early 1970s design from noted boat designer Renato ‘Sonny’ Levi, using the Sonny Levi  race-bred deep-V hull.

Get the story here? This is a boat proposal set for 2013 production based on a modestly updated boat hull shape that was raced about 40 years ago.

It IS a great performance boat hull design for open water and rough, choppy water while running at a fast pace. She has proved to be quick to respond to driver steering wheel inputs, slices rougher water bumps, and when she does get hit with the big stuff; has a very sharp bow that takes to the sea like a few boats can.

While one could buy one of these hulls as a raceboat or fast family commuter in the late 1960s to 1970s, only a few boats (maybe 25 boats) made it into retail customer’s hands. Those boats were made by Viking Marine.

Fairly recently, Renato Levi’s son, Martin started anew with an almost clone of his dad’s original design for a fast off-shore cabin cruiser. He formed a new boat building company for this. It is located in Italy. Again, it is set up as a small run production boat company. Martin uses modern fiberglass composite boat construction with vinyl ester resin and some unidirectional fiber cloth for these cruisers. These are the Levi Corsairs.

For the 2013 Fish boat, figure on a $250,000 Italian boat that weights just shy of seven tons and is 29” 9’ long with a 9’ beam that goes 50 mph wide open in rough seas.

cutaway drwaing showing cabin / cockpit details

cockpit drawing Levi fiberglass boat

another view of Levi boat fiberglass tender

Volvo IPS wood Spencer Yacht does 46 mph

wood yacht sportfisherman with Volvo IPS

Take four fisherman plus two to four crew at and back some 250 miles offshore in a wood boat in comfort using a custom boat powered by Volvo IPS to get this performance.

The room created by the IPS system allows for two double berths under the salon deck for the crew while two luxurious staterooms accommodate the owner’s party with two large heads. So it’s a three stateroom / two head boat.

She is all about good fuel economy, offshore high performance, quick maneuverability, ease of handling, and big fish fighting ability. “Spencer Yachts has taken the Carolina style and tradition of boat building with a unique look and transformed it into a World Class and high performance Sport Fishing Yacht”

 She has South Carolina flair, outstanding styling, and the world class fit and finish of the highest class custom boat.

 This sportfisher is 57’ long with a beam of 16’ 10”. Her engines are Twin 1200 model 900 Hp Volvo Diesel D 13s. Fuel capacity is 1450 gal. Her draft is 4’ 5”. She weighs 26 tons. It has been said that it’s the most maneuverable boat of its size on the market. It certainly has  outstanding looks.

Spencer yachts are in Wanchese, NC at 252-473-6567, with their hull boat building plant at Manns Harbor.

One final quote…. “Amazing is the only word for (the boat’s) handling, maneuverability, spinning and backing down on a blue marlin.”

wood boat layout photo by Spencer Yachts

wood composite yacht image with Volvo IPS

Sea Ray 540 Queen of the Boat Show

getting ready to be the queen of the boat show

The oldest (since 1905) boat show has traditionally had a “Queen of the Boat Show” cabin cruiser power boat.  This year it’s the 54’ 9” Sea Ray Sundancer express cruiser.

Sundancer is a name that Sea Ray applies to their boat models that have an extra bed under the mid-section of an otherwise express style cabin cruiser. The first boat that came with the name “sundancer” was a 24’ 4” SRV 240 Sea Ray in 1975. That boat had a trailerable beam, not the 15’ 3” beam of this year’s Queen.

If they did not invent the mid-cabin boat design (some say that Skipjack boats is also in contention for that recognition), Sea Ray boats certainly has made it a runaway success story among boaters and also within the boating industry.

C. N. “Connie” Ray started building outboard powered 16’ runabouts in 1959 in Oxford, MI, which is north of Detroit. The 2012 queen of the boat show uses twin Mercury Marine Mercruiser Zeus drives.

Today’s boat has up to 1,430 Hp using diesel fuel, not the 25-35 Hp using gasoline as a fuel that the 1959 runabout was powered with. The Sea Ray Queen’s engines are made by Cummins.

The master stateroom is the one that is amidships and not at the bow. It has a TV as big as the main salon, not the smaller one that the forward bow stateroom has. Both staterooms have a “dry” head; that is a bathroom with a separate shower stall so that the entire bathroom does not get sprayed down when the shower is turned on.

By the way, the generous luxury space of the master bedroom can be ordered configured as two small staterooms so this cabin cruiser has three private staterooms if that is what your family needs. In that layout, the Master Stateroom would then be the forward bow stateroom by default.

Note my boat photo of the thru-bolted bollard style cleat that Sea Ray uses as standard equipment on this yacht. It is one of eight onboard, and they are very impressive!

bollard style cleat on Sea Ray boat show queen

Queen of the Boat Show underway

Midnight Lace 52 with a Wood Transom overlay

No discussion about this yacht should happen without a mention about its yacht designer, Tom Fexas. He used some extra ordinary design skills, grand style, and technical acumen to create a special yacht in the Midnight Lace boats. He first used his thoughts about fast power cruising using modest power in his 44’ Midnight Lace model. I have driven an example of one of those cruisers in the Pacific Ocean. A very nice boat, but somewhat under powered as that one had twin small Renault engines under its cockpit. The Renaults also were smoky engines on that 44’ boat cruise and that was a fairly big issue to me at that time.Tom Fexas made a fast yacht in the Midnight Lace 52 by watching the hull weight and its balance along with a easy to push, narrow beam hull shape.

He has said that the design was “inspired…by the slippery old hulls…of the rumrunners” and the yacht designs of Consolidated and Elco boats.

She is a 52’ yacht with less than 10 tons in displacement! Her 13’ beam makes her narrow compared to other boats of this length. Yet the boat has a double berth master with its own head (with a short bath tub). Plus, a private guest stateroom that has two single berths and there is also a fully found second head.

Cheoy Lee built this yacht in 1983 using the latest fiberglass construction with coring for a light weight composite hull. They constructed a glorious interior to match her exterior design. She has since been updated and her equipment has been generously replaced as needed by an attentive yacht owner.

Oh yah, I saved the best for last…a Midnight Lace is a bow rider.

The photos are from that has this yacht currently for sale.

Volvo and Tiara Yachts come with outstanding performance

the Tiara Yachts 4500 Sovern underway

At 4.4 mph a 4500 Tiara Yacht is estimated to get a range of 1951 miles from its tankage.

At 19.6 mph the same boat and power (870 Hp total) gets a range of 255 miles.

At 30 mph she gets 280 miles in her range.

At 36 mph (WOT) she still is estimated to get a range of 256 miles.

These are the numbers for Tiara Yachts new 4500 with about a 1,000 lbs of gear on board.

Look for a new Tiara 4500 Sovran powered with the twin Volvo IPS 600 package, which is her standard power.

To get 255 miles to 256 miles from her standard tankage from as slow as 19.6 mph to as fast as 36 mph shows a very well developed hull shape, running balance, prop set, and power package combo.

She is a nice express cruising with a hardtop boat that comes with top shelf back-up support, too. And take a look at her standard teak wood interior.

next boat auction coming up for

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Mercury, Merc Cruiser, VW join together on Marine Stuff

…Marine propulsion systems manufacturer Cummins Mer Cruiser Diesel and Volkswagen have announced a long-term alliance to co-develop marine engines below 5 Liters that will be marketed, distributed and serviced under the CMD brand.

Key to the alliance is the planned joint development of marine engines below 5 Liters that will comply with future emissions standards. Volkswagen, a leading manufacturer of diesel marine engines up to 350 hp (258 kW), will manufacture the new engine line at its plant in Salzgitter, Germany. Additionally, effective January 1, 2011, all current Volkswagen marine engines will be sold exclusively by CMD and marketed under the CMD brand.

The EPA Tier 3 emissions standard will take effect in 2012 in the United States, and the RCD2 emissions standard takes effect in 2014 in Europe for this range of engines. The new standards prescribe significantly lower thresholds for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other pollutants and require the development of next-generation diesel combustion technology.

“We are delighted with this union,” said Alex Savelli, president of CMD. “It brings together the best minds and capabilities in the field of marine propulsion systems. For engines below 5 Liters we are convinced the relationship with Volkswagen will put us in an excellent position to meet the requirements of the new exhaust legislation for the marine industry…