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Finless Bob

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This "still-in use" Glasspar is in Mt. Olive Illinois.   The owner worked it over with brushed paint and replaced interior.   He doesn't like running in our local lakes in years when they re shallow, so drives the boat 40 miles to the Mississippi River pretty often.   He says the boat handles the big waves and the river real well.   He thinks it's a '62 or 63?  Loves the boat - so wouldn't sell for less than 3K.   Good motor Johnson or Evinrude, good, no name trailer. 

I just thought Terry might like to see it.

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Thanks for showing that Bob,

Although I have never seen one like that. Definitely not a 62 or 63. Also does not look like a post 67 Larson Sedan. Nice boat but Glasspar???????

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Thanks for posting that Bob,

Although I have never seen one like this. Definitely not a 62 or 63 and not a post 67 Larson Sedan either.
Nice boat but Glasspar????????

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He has paperwork but couldn't remember what it was for sure.   He's probably the second owner.   Sure kinda looks like a Glasspar and I have seen other Glasspar wannabees.   Had me wondering about it.   We did miss our chance at a real SeaFair in-use boat years ago but didn't have the extra cash at the time.  There are a few real nice ones still in use in our area that I've seen but never tracked down.
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Bob,

Gonna put it over on FG and see if some of the experts over there know what it could be

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Hello Bob,

Larry Forget was able to identify this boat for us.

It’s a 1962 Owens Exeter. Now you can let owner know what he actually has.

What I find interesting is the print ad shows that boat on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue and that’s the Wrigley Building you see in the background.
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From what I see in these ads The Owens Yacht Company was based in Baltimore although their subsidiary Cutter was building the smaller fiberglass boats in Tell City IN. In 1960 they had been acquired by Brunswick whose Headquarters was in Chicago at that time.

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I have this same boat , I bought it about 5 years ago and we use it amost every week end i summer we boat in evansville In. mine is title as 1971 owens , thats around time when brunswick sold owens . dont know if tited wrong year or kept the same boat dis. that long?
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Thanks everyone.  I'll mention what this boat is to the local fisherman who loves this boat a lot.  There's some irony here, since my wife and I purchased an OWENS version of the Sea Lark 2 years ago we plan to sell.  Our boat's upper deck, dash and accessories were designed by Brooks Stevens who did work for Owens/Cutter in the last few years.  The design features are similar to the Cutter DeVille and the Sea Lark detailing. BUT, the hull on our boat was designed by the son of the Owens Co. founder, a marine architect.   Our hull is way faster than the bulky hulls on the DeVille and Sea Lark.  

The (solved)  mystery day cruiser sure seems to be a hull design stolen from Bill Tritt.  Whatever else you say about OWENS, they really had the intention of using great designs.


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Hi Bob,

What will you be asking for the Owens? What year is it and condition? Nice looking boat.

Do you still have the 1970 Glasstron Contender you told me about at Beloit last year? I have a friend who is interested?

Thanks, Gene
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Gene,

I finished setting up a specially purchased vintage tilt trailer for the Glastron/Carlson tunnel hull.   We don't have a lot in the boat, but went to quite a bit of work to find and modify the right trailer for it.   So, $500 for the pair.  Trailer is set-up and should travel well but I haven't wired it so buyer would need a 4 bolt spare and some magnetic lights. I found some unusual 9" wheels and tires that suit it perfectly but you would need newer tires for a really long haul.  No titles

The OWENS is in very good condition and comes with a good original 35hp Johnson motor and a matching spare motor.  As with the Carlson, I took great pains to find the perfect trailer.  The boat is now on that modified Holsclaw tilt trailer (converted roller bars to slider board with carpet) but I haven't had time to do a cosmetic restoration on the trailer.  I have an old windshield the right size but a new one would be easy to fit on this boat' level mount from Taylor Made.  One of the handles for the Stevens designed "rear compartment hatch" is missing.  I'd put the boat in and run it, if it had seats. The original Johnson control and motor ignition plate are in very good condition also.. and the speedometer as well.  Title and original owner's manual for the OWENS.  No title for the Holsclaw.  Generic trailer titles are no longer simple to get in Illinois, so that accounts for the bargain basement price.

By the end of the summer I would have the trailer blasted and painted, the boat buffed out and at least preliminary versions of the bench seats.   The original upholstery pattern is pictured in the included OWENS brochure.  This will increase the price point drastically, especially if I apply for ownership on both pieces.

OWENS Boat (with 2 good motors)   Fitted Holsclaw trailer  $1000
If you want the brand new "0" miles traveled tires on collectible, 12" hub clip wheels - add $250 or bring your own 4 bolt wheels. 
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Hi Bob,
Sorry for the late reply. I'm thinking about both boats and working on transportation. My friend had a contender and got rid of it because it was water logged, is this boat dry? and hows the transom?
You did not say what the year is of the Owens.
More later, Gene

P.S. I should have jumped on the Glasstron last year when you only wanted $375 for it. LOL
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Thanks or getting back.

The OWENS is a 1959.  This is the brochure from the original owner of the boat.
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The floor of the Carlson is wet but feels mostly solid.  The transom felt unexpectedly solid last year.  They only made the contenders for 2 years.  There aren't many short tunnel hulls around (especially ones designed for a single motor).  As you know, if a boat is cool enough and a bit rare, it's probably worth typical reworking.  This one has been painted and would just need sanding and odd hole filling to make ready for a final finish.  If I were doing it, I'd pour a solid transom and put in a synthetic floor because of the temptation to put a very large Mercury on it.  Fact is, you could have had the boat for cheaper than that, but I went to a hellofalotta work to customize a trailer for the tunnel hull.  New carpeted sliders tailored to the height of the tunnel that allow the added-on rudder fin to not get broken off (somebody liked to go fast without losing control).  Lot's of grinding and priming, etc on trailer.

Boat AS-IS without trailer  $200.00  
With Trailer - price as previously quoted.

Buy both packages and we'll talk.
Boats getting Craig Listed in a week or two, depending on when the ground dries enough to get at the boats.



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Hi Bob,

 First can I introduce myself, I am Carl Minshall from the UK, I also I have an 1957 Owen's and I was just hoping if there was any chance that you could scan any information that you have on the 1950s owen's and please Email them to me.

many thanks
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I have the 1959 folding pamphlet that has a photo and stats for all the models offered that year.  I'll scan it this evening and post the link here.  Beautiful boat and car (especially for overseas).  What part of UK?  
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Hi Bob

Thanks for the kind words about my Chrysler and Owens, I live just outside Crewe in Cheshire, you sent me a copy of the Boats in the belfry DVD a few years back.
Thanks Carl.

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