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Page 3 - Preparing for the 2011 Vintage Circuit !!!
1929 Gold Cup Hydroplane
Designed & Built By -
Riding Mechanic - Jim Kondrat
Preparing for the 2011 Vintage Circuit !!!
running Scotty at the 2004
Detroit Gold Cup, then several years on display at our beloved
NH Boat Museum, then another year of storage, Scotty is now back in the shop
for some bottom detailing and refinishing. Jim Kondrat is also now back
in the shop getting the special Packard Gold Cup motor ready to run
again this summer. Scotty will be the featured Hacker
at our 38th annual ACBS boat show at Meredith this summer, will be
hauled to the Clayton ACBS boat show the following weekend, and will also be displayed
and run at our Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta.
join us, for all the adventure and all the fun !!!
ACBS Boat Show
ACBS Boat Show at Clayton
Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta
June of 2011, Scotty was hauled from winter storage back to the Vintage
Race Boat Shop for some special attention to the bottom, complete
refinishing and preparation for the 2011 Vintage Circuit.
The travel cover that Steve Rollins make for us several years ago
has done a good job of protecting Scotty during winter storage and
transport. It is made of Sunbrella material that breaths and keeps the
mahogany hull nice and tight.
1929 Gold Cup Racer has been well maintained through the years by very
thoughtful owners and remains in remarkably good condition. All the wood is
original and there has never been any wood replacement. A true timepiece.
Note the shift lever and the dash mounted throttle and choke cables were
setup for the required riding mechanic to control, allowing the owner/driver
to hang on and steer !!!
The lightweight Packard Gold Cup aluminum motor still runs beautifully,
and with 750 cubic inches running through a v-drive setup, Scotty still runs
well over 60 mph.
1929 Gold Cup Racer racer was made to be crane launched, and has vary nice
lifting hooks bolted right through the stringers. We used these lifting
hooks to hoist Scotty off the trailer and then lower onto shop
dollies to setup for work. We were much relieved when the boat was finally
resting safely on the dollies.
years ago, the traditional Gold Cup running gear was upgraded to a more
modern rudder design and a new technology 4-blade prop. Scotty now runs
better than ever, and here is a photo of Jim Kondrat driving Scotty
running some pretty hot laps on Back Bay here in beautiful Wolfeboro.
After some detailing, fresh paint in the aft bilge area. and a
lot of polishing, we hauled Scotty to the
38th Annual ACBS Boat Show
in Meredith where Scotty was judged and received the following
First in Class Award
Best Hacker Award
Best Historic Award
Here are the links:
38th Annual ACBS Boat Show - Awards
38th Annual ACBS Boat Show -
The week after our Meredith ACBS Boat Show,
we hauled Scotty to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY for
their 47th Annual ACBS Boat Show, where Scotty was displayed
and judged and again received two top honors. Many thanks to the Clayton
crew for a great event !!!
Best Antique Race Boat
Clayton Museum Staff Award
Here is the link:
Clayton Boat Show &
at the Clayton Museum and boat show, we also had discussions with our
friends Fred Schmitt, the Executive Director and Emmett Smith, the Curator of
Watercraft, and we have found a new home for
Scotty at the Clayton Museum. After fresh paint and varnish at our shop,
we will be hauling Scotty back to Clayton for display in the Gold Cup
Building in their
Quest For Speed Exhibit. This exhibition showcases the
history of boat racing, from the outstanding 1910 Gold Cup and Harmsworth Trophy
winner, Dixie II, to record setting Gold Cup fast steppers and hydroplanes
Packard, Liberty, Alison, and Rolls Royce airplane engines. The history of
power boat racing is presented with historic videos on multimedia kiosks.
The boats are well polished and are absolutely stunning with special
lighting, especially Juno suspended in
mid air !!!
Clayton Antique Boat Museum
Back in the shop, we removed all the hardware and spent two full days
sanding the hull with Scotchbrite Pads. The existing varnish was applied
here at our shop way back in 2003 and was by now very thin. So we took our
time and were carful not to burn-through the aged stain.
sanded between coats with Scotchbrite Pads using our DeWalt 5 inch random
orbital sander. The sander is connected to a Fein vacuum system that
provides for near dustless sanding. After the first coat of varnish was
allowed to thoroughly dry and cure, we continued with three more build
coats, and will follow with as many "final coats" as needed to get a pretty
much dust-free final coat that just flows out beautifully. We are actually
fairing the hull with varnish, and with each coat the surface gets smoother,
darker and deeper.
Then it was time to tape the water line, and thoroughly vacuum and tack
surface was then ready for the first coat of thick, amber tinted Epifanes
varnish. The first step was to thoroughly vacuum and tack the the hull, and
then prepare the varnish. We add just a titch of Epifanes retarder to the
varnish, to slow the curing process just enough to allow the varnish to flow
out, before the varnish begins to kick/dry. Using our rolling/tipping method
of application, the results loots like it was sprayed. After four coats of
thick Epifanes, the boat will look like it was dipped in a vat of varnish,
and the fumes are wonderful - we love to varnish wooden boats.
Stain & Varnish
- how we do it !!!
In the background....
At the recent
Tavares CRA Spring Fling Regatta this March,
we finally sold this 283 Chris Craft marine motor to
hydroplane legend Howie Benns for $1,200 cash. We
also agreed to store the motor in our shop until he
picked it up at our
Vintage Race Boat Regatta
After four coats of thick Epifanes varnish and a lot of polishing,
Scotty was hoisted back on the trailer and displayed in the hot pits at
Vintage Race Boat Regatta
After the Regatta, Scotty was hauled back to the shop, hoisted off
the trailer and setup for bottom sanding and two fresh coats of bottom
paint. The bottom was is excellent condition.
spent several days sanding the bottom with 120 grit paper using our DeWalt 5
inch random orbital sander. The sander is connected to a Fein vacuum system
that provides for near dustless sanding. Only a few screws had to be
refastened, and we got the bottom real smooth. Then we applied the first
coat of bottom paint, using our rolling and tipping technique - just like
We have many more photos to post, so please
check back often and follow our progress as we prepare Scotty for display in
the Gold Cup Building at the Clayton Antique Boat Museum !!!
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