I am Fred McCarthy's nephew and I am nearly finished restoring a 16' Sea Mac runabout. Uncle Fred is still alive and well (in his 80's). He founded Jersey Yachts as well. But I have original black and whites shots, some spec sheets and other information. I am amazed that I located 4-5 Sea Mac owners via the internet. Perhaps you are one of those contacts.
Make me the 6th SeaMac owner you've found! DH just bought me a 1958 Sea Mac for my birthday. Is he wonderful or what! She is is great condition, really just needs sanding and varnishing on the brightwork and I'm going to paint her. It looks like she was originally a pale blue. She even has her original canvas top! I am SO excited! Any info and photos of what the 58 looked like would be greatly appreciated.
Would also like to get permission to copy the logo on to a few shirts so when I take the newly restored girl to ACBS shows I'll have a matching shirt to wear. (o.k. guys.... it's a girl thing!)
I'm out of town this week, but will post photos when I get back and dust her off. We found a vintage gas can on ebay this week, so now I just have to sand, sand, sand, varnish; sand, sand sand paint! I'm a member of the Antique and Classic Boat society (ACBS) and there is not one other SeaMac listed. It's great to find someother owners out there.
'nother question. On the hull of my SeaMac is stamped the roman numerals: CCLXXVIII which should be 278. (My math teacher would so proud!) It's in front of where the gas can will sit. Do you all have this and should I assume this to be my hull number?
Almost forgot.... Just ordered Fred McCarthy's book on Amazon, should be a fun read.
Looks like she's in pretty good shape Jerri, congratulations! Looks complete too, deck fittings and everything still there!? Sweet. I see GA registration numbers, where are you located? (I'm in Jackson, just south of Atlanta about an hour's drive.)
Yes I feel quite lucky that she's in such good shape with everything pretty much original. I'm going to have to start looking for a Sea Mac emblem(s) for the sides, those are missing. I live at the other end of the state in the North Georgia Mtns. (Ellijay) We are about 1.5 hours from Atlanta. There is going to be a Blue Ridge Chapter ACBS boat show in April at Lake Sinclair which is about 1.5 hrs. east of Atlanta. DH and I are definately going but not sure which boat we will be bringing. I feel pretty certain the Sea Mac will be ready by then. Would LOVE to see your boat!
PS. Looks like you have a gold boat. I'm on the search for gold marine carpet for our 72 Aristo Craft Nineteen. Do you know any sources?
My wife and I were just talking about towing the boat up to LaPrade's on Lake Burton next weekend to cruise around and look at the leaves! Fall is beautiful up there, I'm jealous. (We went there on our honeymoon.)
I'm familiar with Lake Sinclair, my neighbor goes over there a lot. It's only about an hour or so east of me. I'd love to make it to the show in April and meet you and DH, check out whatever you decide to bring. Mine's nothing special, but I LOVE cruising around in it, working on it, etc.. Here's the link:http://www.fiberglassics.com/glassic-forums/the-70-s-disco-fiber/1973-glastron-v178-starflite-project
Mark, That would be WONDERFUL. There are 2 events in the Oconee/Sinclair area each year. The April show at Sinclair where we get to show off the boats, drink beer, have fun with the best folks in the entire universe. And then in Sept/October we have a one day event that we take families out from the Brain Tumor Foundation/Starlight foundation. It is a major blast. I would love to see your boat. The carpet it more tan than I am looking for. If I can't find any gold I just may buy something close and dye it. The Aristo Craft has turned into a very long term project, we have some issues that have developed on our Sea Skiff that must be fixed before 2011 boating season.
Burton would be wonderful this weekend, looks like it will be pretty close to peak color. HAVE FUN.
I haven't checked the site for a while but wow! I am excited for you. I cannot believe a Sea Mac made it all the way to a mountain community in N. Ga! I was born in Albany, Ga, left early on, then wound up in College for my first year in a small college in Rome called Berry College.
I am sending you two original pictures from around 1957,58 of some Sea Macs. The Magazine cover of the 2 with the big Merc engines are my Uncle Fred (founder) and my Aunt Etta showing off the boats. The one from the aerial shot is a brand new 16" just off the line. Yours looks like a 14'. I will send you some pics of other who own Sea Macs similar to yours. It may be easier via email.
I will file the carpet info for when she's closer to being finished. I'll have the Blue Ridge Chapter calender by mid-November and will gladly post it.
Daryl, How great to hear from you. I send my email to you in a private message. It is my understanding that this boat has been in Georgia for a long time, most likely the original owner was from Georgia. We purchased her from (we think) the second owner who purchased it from the family of the first. If I recall the trailer's county is Clark County GA.
Any photo's would be greatly appreciated. And other owners would be FANTASTIC. I'm an information junky, so I love to see it all. Maybe they can help me find some elusive information. I'm currently reading your uncles book and LOVING it. And from what I'm reading, Etta is a gem. If you talk to them - tell them how much the book is appreciated.
What part of the country are you in? Maybe we'll see you at a 2011 show.
I just got willed my fathers 1962 Sea Mac and am hoping to get it out this summer. I'm pretty new to this boat ownership stuff so I hope I do ok. I was happy to find this site. I may have questions later. Happy boating! I'll submit a pic once I get it cleaned up a bit!
Jerri (motherofdog) and her husband are members of the Blue Ridge Chapter, but haven't dropped in for a visit here in a while...... Great folks, think I'll drop them a line to see how they've been doing.
I am so sorry for my absence. It's amazing how busy I have gotten. It is true, we are members of the Blue Ridge Chapter ACBS. We have lots of fun with the group. I have started restoring a Red Fish Shark. With it being fiberglass you!ll be hearing more from me! Isn't it wonderful that more chapters of the ACBS will be opening up to the Fiberglassics? Jerri