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I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23450

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1954 or 1955, no engine, but a straight boat. needs to have two patches on it. the original engine set up was a DIRECT DRIVE flat head 4. i'm thinking about re-doing the original set up or close but that would take a ton of fabricating parts.

the quick solution to power, WITH a transmission may be a liquid cooled motorcycle engine.

definitely a neat boat. super low serial number of 113 or 115, i forget which but the plate is there.
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Re: I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23461

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Love it

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cool runnings Mr 88

Re:I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23464

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Great find.
Another one saved.
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Re:I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23539

Nice, despite the transom mods! Would have had a 4 pot Ford 100E in it, some are modded to pre-crossflow and some even had gearboxes, rather than direct drive..The best to get is the Coventry Climax engineed version.

Enjoy and if you need parts, ebay UK has a number available at any time, I think listed this week, and some of our CMBA club members ( www.cmba-uk.com ) can help with specs and badges, burgees, bowlamps that sort of thing. Check in Internet Finds on the site for marinising bits. We have one serious expert who has a list of most boat serials and an extremely quick series 1. Just be careful that they have a finite top end, given conventional shaft angle and propellors, so overpowering I believe causes the stern to rise out the water and the bow to dig in.

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Re:I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23565

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Definitely worth the LONG trip you made to get her Jon, nice find! Glad to see the trailer made it home okay. ;)

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Re: I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23584

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Jon you sure have come up with some interesting boats out there.

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Re:I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23623

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chirombo wrote:

Nice, despite the transom mods! Would have had a 4 pot Ford 100E in it, some are modded to pre-crossflow and some even had gearboxes, rather than direct drive..The best to get is the Coventry Climax engineed version.

Enjoy and if you need parts, ebay UK has a number available at any time, I think listed this week, and some of our CMBA club members ( www.cmba-uk.com ) can help with specs and badges, burgees, bowlamps that sort of thing. Check in Internet Finds on the site for marinising bits. We have one serious expert who has a list of most boat serials and an extremely quick series 1. Just be careful that they have a finite top end, given conventional shaft angle and propellors, so overpowering I believe causes the stern to rise out the water and the bow to dig in.


YES- i was lucky enough to bump into rod c. at a meet a week after i bought the boat and scrubbed his brain quite a bit on parts and possible engine combo's. coventry is too big for this boat as much as i'd love to do that.

a liquid cooled motorcycle engine might be the most cost effective way to get it back on the water in the short term but to quote a (in)famous US president, "i will not rest" until it has a flat head in it. the sound is too cool if the revs are too low.

i am very lucky that they DID NOT EVER bolt a motor to this thing once the hillbilly carving was done on the transom, no evidence of a transom board at all. there was no support network for outboard motor transom stress and i think even the back yard butchers realized that.

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Re:I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23625

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MarkS wrote:

Definitely worth the LONG trip you made to get her Jon, nice find! Glad to see the trailer made it home okay. ;)


hey mark- yes the trailer did great. thanks for your help w/ that. i wound up in dalton that night, couldn't make it all the way back in one gulp!

on that custom craft trailer- balanced tires will go a LONG WAY toward taking the wobble out of it. even w/ good shocks and unbalanced tires she'll wobble. i learned that a couple trailers back......

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Re:I captured an Albatross last week 11 years 6 months ago #23673

Well done picking Rod's brains, what he doesn't know about them isn't worth knowing...He and a guy called Pete G, whom Rod may have mentioned.

Am a philistine when it comes to Albatrosses, mainly as I struggle to get comfortable in them, being tall, but they are a blast and a delight to waterski behind. They're rare your side of the pond, so hope you get it on the water soon, regardless of chosen power plant.

Nick

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