Just a newbie with an interesting project. Having searched through your extensive Library and other sites, I'm stumped to what I was just given. I want to say it is a Bee-Line Sapphire but the aft sponsons say it isn't so. The old fellow that gave it to me, couldn't remember the name but did say that it was a prototype. Of course, there are no documents, capacity plate or HIN anywhere to be found. Sorry for photo, I will add some more later.... but what on Earth did I just find?
Wow... that's an awesome glassic for sure! The boat parting lines look like a Fleet Craft / Sea Fury etc... But the fins certainly set it apart from those. The molds could have been based of either of those boar hulls, then modified. GREAT score.
Thank you all for your encouraging replies! I had no idea so many of you have such a deep affection for these important pieces of marine history!
@bruce Gerard - thoughts about the molds never entered my mind. But now, however, you've given me a new direction.
@bilnan1 - I agree it's not a BeeLine. interestingly, I found it in Ontario. So a Canadian boat for sure. I WILL get-er done!
@STN19 - I will research Baytone. Because of your thoughtful comment, I have discovered someone with a Baytone 14' in my home town...Thank you!
@63 Sabre - It has to be 57-59...the fins are as big as the photo of Billan's...lol
I promise you all that I will see this through to the end and post images when complete in a year or so. Here's to FiberGlassics everywhere!!!
Thanks STN19, you must be near me. That is the boat I mentioned in my earlier post. The owner is allowing me to photograph it so I can study for comparison. I might even buy it to twin with the other boat. What a coincidence! If you ever see the boat below, stop me and say hi! (my home built - I will post the story on wooden boats at a later date).
I had the opportunity to examine the boat posted by SNT19 today and have added a photo of what appears to be the model name. Upon examination, the name is a Bayton (minus the 'e'). I have asked the local Librarian to perform a world search for this boat and hopefully we can find who manufactured it. Oh, the joys of saving history...
Hi Handy Andy , yes, was found in Ontario up north. The photos you added are the same boat (different colour). I will investigate the Mr. Mueller's Belfry e-book. Thank you.
Update: we now have both the boats (bought the kijiji one too) ...my first "collection" LOL
Well, I'm getting a bit closer to finding out what I have... that red boat was licensed in Stratford Ontario (45E was Stratford Port ID before 2007 when Service Canada took over). Am I going to have to drive around Stratford for days until I find it - just so I can knock on the door and say "hi, what boat is that in your back 40"? No way, I'll ever become a Gumshoe...LOL!
you have one cool boat there.
But be careful of question #2 when you find the red/maroon boat. Especially if you take the wife.
Question #1 What boat manufacturer is that ?
Question #2 Is it for sale ?
At that point of question two, I have to ask, how long were you in a coma from the wife knocking you out ?Ha-Ha-Ha !