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KevFin

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BIG NEWS! 

There has been some speculation recently that a new project was underway, and what it might be.  Well the rumors are true!  There is a major new project which has been in the works now for more than two years, and it is finally beginning to come to fruition.  There will be updates as it progresses here on the Fin City Forum. 

We will start the Project X thread today with this post.  The first thing we will need is a Logo.  Below is what I've come up with, using a part of the project it's self as the X.  Can you ID it from this tiny clue?  How 'bout it Del, Bill, others?  what are we making?

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That is an  "X" cellent clue..can I guess !!!  Brad Lake
KevFin

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Sorry Brad, anyone can guess but you! 

Say, are you wearing your plaid shirt today?!

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Split

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Making Vintage shaped HULLS from the MOLDS you located , years ago.!
  These were the Glass  Slipper molds. ?
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Hey Split, good guess, but that isn't it.  Please try again! 

Ever seen that plaid shirt before?  I cut it out with photo shop.

-KevFin
thetudor

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A Glassic Guggenheim?
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LOL!  Good guess Tudor.  Here's two more clues...

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Split

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"K",  I think you are making it too easy on us veterans..That sailboat guy from CONN is getting pushed Off Course with the wind.. Dont think it has to do with clothes like the ACBS logo hobby. stuff..  Lake "X was Merc where my son went.
   . You have some hardtops like for the Custom Craft boats , that was talk off re-making tops (?), but I dont think there is that much of a market for one model........you said I was CLOSE, but Molds is not the correct item , so Splash is a Copy of a legend.  Like red fish did to Glastron..  SO somebody want to make a copy or two of some hull.  You just got a 60 Reinell & chevy fins. ? or
 maybe like your site / video LOGO with the biggest fin Cadillac / Evinrude New York City boat show prototype.?
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We have a winner!  Congratulations and the gold medal go to Split!  (Gold spray paint anyway).

-KevFin

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thetudor

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Split may be on to something. Repro Sea Lark?
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Project X is nothing short of the complete reproduction of the Holy Grail of finned boats.  We are in the process of making a mold set from the Cadillac Sea Lark, for our "Canadian Investor" Brad Lake! 

This project began over two years ago with the realization that the original plywood hull was too impractical to repair on my boat.  My Sea Lark was the only one originally powered by a 75hp Evinrude.  The hull is only about 3/8 inch plywood, and it is badly rotted.  I will restore my own boat with a perfect copy of the plywood hull done in fiberglass and a complete reproduction of the boat will be made for Brad.

The mold set is being professionally done.  People often say "just make a splash and pop out a few copies" of whatever boat is being discussed.  Well, I can tell you, it ain't that easy!  This is a major undertaking and it will be detailed start to finish right here on the Fin City Forum.  with posts starting later today.  (I'm supposed to be working right now!)

Congratulations Split, you guessed it!

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KevFin

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...and the silver goes to Tudor!
john gibson

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really cool kevfin,i love that boat,i have never seen one,only drawings,john
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Thanks John.  Here are a couple of photo's, the first is of the day I picked it up in NY state.  On the Left is the late Steve Hondorp who's uncle Don purchased it new at the insistence of his son who is remembered to have exclaimed; "Hey dad!  Over Here!  Look at this! This one's a real Dilly!" 

This boat was sold as a close out of unsold inventory from the Wagemaker corporation. 

To the right of this photo is old boat historian Jeff Beard who lived in Maryland and met me there. 

The second shot shows it home in the driveway at Fin City.  I also took some detail shots prior to dis-assembly. 

The third picture shows the tear down beginning.  Laying on the rear deck is a piece of side trim.  There are many different Fiberglass castings that make up the boat.

-KevFin

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The windshields are reminiscent of the 1955 Ford Futura which became the BatMobile under the artistry of George Barris.  These Sea Lark windshields were simply attached with haphazard angle wood screws. 

The original boat will be restored with some kind of aluminum trim, while Brads boat will be modified to include domed blisters within the windshields and a drivers side instrument pod with aluminum windshield trim as well.  

The inside of the hull shows the many machine screws used to hold the deck and hull together along with the trim pieces.  This is the left inside bow.  The last photo shows the floorboard area with engine control mount and my missing roll of duct tape!

-KevFin

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