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1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4370

Has enyone ever heard of this boat?
It has twin engines as well as an upper and lower deck.
I can't find any info on it.
Thanks
Dan

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4371

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Any pictures?

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4383

not yet.
I have no idea why i didn't take any over the weekend.
I am trying to contact the guy who has it for sale to get a couple.
Have you ever heard of this model?
Thanks for your help.
Dan

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4397

Tomahawk,
I went out and took some pictures.
Let me know what you think and if you have seen one like this before.
Thanks
Dan





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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4410

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Nice boat, err yacht.

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Mark

Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4443

Mark,
Thanks for the compliment.
Have you ever heard of this model or have you seen one before?
Dan

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4471

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No sir, I haven't. But then I'm really a rookie in this field compared to most others here. I really like the looks and lines of the old girl, though!

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4519

A very sweet boat!!! I was thinking it was a early 70's but was close. I bet that was the only one that size sold in New Mexico.

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4521

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Dorsett bought out California Boat Co. in Newport Beach, transferred production to Santa Clara. The Californian line was built in a building separate from the other Dorsett models. Mid 60's this occurred. Market was stalling, so not a high production boat.
This info from founder of Dorsett in January 2010.

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 5 months ago #4583

Bill,
Thank you for your help. Can you point me toward where i might find some more information on this boat. I would like to find manuals, literature, history etc.
Thanks again
Dan

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 4 months ago #4762

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That's all I know Dan, to my knowledge that's all anyone knows.
These were very low production boats.
Good luck.

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 8 years 4 months ago #4765

Well, I think I seen one up in Vermont....

there two people I think can shed some light on this, Alumaglass and Crosby, and there one more (god forbid forgot his name).....

al's I can tell yea is buy it buy it buy it if you can...and want to.

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 1 year 8 months ago #129716

I know this is an old post, but just found it. This boat was sold by Eddies Marine Center in Farmington. I'm friends with the son of the dealership owner. This boat was sold new to Bob Jones and put in a slip at Navajo Lake near Farmington. It was sold to George Hankins (maybe Hankinson) who was from Albuquerque. It was really a pretty boat when it was new it had white canvas top over the driver with clear side curtains and tail cover.

It was not the only Californian they sold there was another one it had a flying bridge. It was inside the show room at the dealership and if I remember right it was about $28k. It was sold and sent to the Carribian, I was to later it was sunk on a reef (not sure this is true). Eddie also had a 1966 Chris Craft 31' Commander it set on a wood cradle next to the shop. It also was sold and put in a slip at Navajo Lake it is still there.

The Californian in your picture was taken to Texas and was traded for a Chris Craft 35' Commander that boat is still at Navajo Lake. I think George bought the Chris Craft boat (traded in the Californian) in Corpus Christy but could have been Houston.

It was fun to see that boat it was really pretty I remember it being really shinny and white. There were alot of Dorset boats in our area including Ferlon and San Juan models. Eddie sold Silverline and T-Craft also Gibson house boats. They were a big dealer sold lots of boats during the 60s and 70s. Navajo Lake and Lake Powell (4 hours away) were new and just filling up. Everyone wanted a boat and Eddie was one of the smartest business men around.

How did the deal on this boat work out, where is it now? :laugh:

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 1 year 8 months ago #129718

Great story, thanks for sharing! Memories like that really bring these vessels back to life.

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 1 year 8 months ago #129721

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I agree - that is a super nice looking yacht and great story behind it. Would love to take a ride in something like that...I have only been in small speed boats of 21' or less.

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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 1 year 8 months ago #129764

Nice lines on her! How long? Looks like 25-27'. What's the power? I/O, inboard, V-drive or straight?
Larry
Mine. '69 Owens Concorde 27. Sort of similar looking.
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Re:1967 Dorsett Californian? 1 year 7 months ago #129833

I know that this is late, perhaps too late, but here is the catalog cut from the 1967 Dorsett catalog, along with the cover. Anyone need the specs?

Lee Wangstad
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1967 Dorsett Californian? 4 months 2 weeks ago #136137

I am interested in the specs for this boat, specifically the weight. Also if someone has more pictures or the brochure and options list. Thank you

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1967 Dorsett Californian? 4 months 2 weeks ago #136169

Here's the spec page.

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1967 Dorsett Californian? 4 months 2 weeks ago #136176

I have a 1966 Californian 28, it was manufactured by C&M Manufacturing. I noticed the spec sheet has a date of 1966 also. It is identical in every way other than the Dorsett tag on the side.

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1967 Dorsett Californian? 2 months 5 days ago #136934

I also own a 66 Californian Express Cruiser with all the same specs. I have only seen one other and that was down in Havisu. I have owned this one since 2002, but I don't know much of its history. It's good to find this site and see that there are a few others out there.
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1967 Dorsett Californian? 2 months 5 days ago #136935

Mark, I sent you a contact request. I'd surely like to know more about your boat and it's operations. The 66 that I have is newer to me and maybe you'd have some answers to questions. Is your boat build by C&M? I'm curious of the serial #, they couldn't have built many of these boats.

Gary in Oregon

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