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    Default 1965 COBIA sSEA QUEEN

    I have a 1965 Cobia Sea Queen and have not been able to get much info on its origin, what it looked like new, etc. I am debating about whether to put more money in it or not. There are some stress cracks on hull around where the motor clamps on. The clear coat is dull. The moter looks like it could use some wires. 4 years ago the motor checked out good, now the wiring is showing wear. It has a merc thunderbolt 1000. Any one ever seen one of these? It landed in Arkansas some how.
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    they were built in Sanford Florida, the Cobia builders are still around, still building quality boats. the were the top of the line in. you are probably due for a transom rebuild, if you are getting stress cracks. the merc 1000 is a great motor, seawaymarine.com had the wiring harness for them 2 years ago. when i had my 1350 merc. i have own 3 Cobias over the years.
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    thanks for the info.


    I hope that I can justify the money spent vs. the availibility of good open water here in Arkansas, As i get into the repairs I will be needing some solid advise. Do you happen to know the best ways to bring back the shine to the fiberglass?

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    Use the search function on the forums here.Look for gelcoat restoration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam C View Post
    I have a 1965 Cobia Sea Queen and have not been able to get much info on its origin, what it looked like new, etc. I am debating about whether to put more money in it or not. There are some stress cracks on hull around where the motor clamps on. The clear coat is dull. The moter looks like it could use some wires. 4 years ago the motor checked out good, now the wiring is showing wear. It has a merc thunderbolt 1000. Any one ever seen one of these? It landed in Arkansas some how.
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    Built by Southern Fiberglass of Orlando Florida. Cobia was a model name and later the company name was changed to Cobia. I have a 1965 Cobia SeaQueen...totally rebuilt it a few yrs ago and owned it for 20+ yrs. These are tough boats with thick glass layups and rated for 110hp. There was a clone of these hulls in the name of Space Craft but their cabin windows were slightly different.

    What color is yours? Do you have pics? Please, pretty please.

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    Good Morning, Bill and Barnacle Bill,

    I have viewed this boat for 4 years I think. In the second picture you have on line, it appears to have a bay area in the front where one could sit??? Mine has a hatch to go "down below". She is pea green. I have the top and the quarters entrance canvas. They need new zippers other wise fine. I do not know if the seats are the original style. Need a pic. I want to try to keep it original. My wires in the cab need replaced they are cracked. I looked inside the engine and the internal harnass has bare wires and the fuel line is rotted. This just in last 3-4 years. I am anxious to try it out. Have only ridden in it 3 times. in 4 years. I will take some digital pix and put them up on the page by the week end, ok? It is so wonderful to meet someone finally with a Sea Queen. I call her Queenie. Thanks,Bill. May need your advise on the hull and some wiring.

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    look at the classic style of the hull, they are still using the same basic hull.
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    Hello,

    The hull is beautiful. Any way of determining value of one of these? Or any antique boat?

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    Hey, pea green is one of the original colors! They have two bunks in the cabin with storage under. Helm and passenger seating was fold downs on each side but finding originals will be hard or impossible. I was able to find a new old stock bow light on ebay for $10 and "almost" original cleats are still made...but they are zinc plated open base cheapies by attwood...originals are the same attwood cheapies but have solid bases. I found 50-60s type "streamline" cleats for the bow on ebay and plan to find two more for the stern.

    Mine is registered as an antique in Florida but I don't think they have "collector" value. I looked for a SeaQueen about a yr before finding one and bought it on the spot for $500 with motor and trailer...a usable project at the time with good running 75hp Johnson and decent trailer. That was around 1985 though and it's one of my "never will sell" boats.

    Wiring is sparse...one lead up to the bow light and one to the stern light...both to a three pole pull switch on the dash. One spotlight. The rest is in the motor wiring harness.

    Here's a tattering of pics...the newest are launch day of the latest paint job.
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    beatiful job.
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    I will get my pix online this weekend. My cabin has custom cushons and somebody has put green carpet in it. My cleats are in good shape. I am sending the canvas to a shop tomorrow. I will try to find somebody around Little Rock to resote the clear coat, etc. I worked 40 hours on it last year and it never did shine up. Have not found a wiring harness instock yet. I may need to just putter with this the rest of the year as winter will soon be upon us. Would be biting at the bit to put her in the water if I got done in the dead of winter. I also had to seats in the back.. I had the trail fabricated. Made it into a duak wheeled and reinforced the I -beam. I have $3400 in it already. Wooo.

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    Bill P- that is one nice looking boat.
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    Bill, here are the pixs if I can get them to go thru, Discovered transom and flooring damage this weekend. It was a shocker to me. Will need to weigh this one out. It is a beautiful boat.



    can not get it thru. How do you do it?

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    Default Re: 1965 COBIA sSEA QUEEN

    does anyone need parts for a 1965 cobia sea queen?

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    don't get discouraged yet. here are Pam's Pics. it is definately salvageable. it's going to take some work, in the long run it will be worth it. there aren't many around.
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    ok this is what has to happen to restore it. you take the rub rail off and split the top and bottom. lift the top off, then you can get to the floor, and transom. a bunch of dust, dirt grime, cussing, many jack and cokes, and it's a new boat.
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    Thanks for the encouragement. I could hardly believe it when the guys at the marina and the fiberglass place said it was not worth fixing Even when I said I was willing as long as I did not have to sell a Grandchild for it. This boat is soooo cool. You would not figure it to be ruined. The cosmetics are great.

    HERE IS WHAT THESE GUYS SAY....Of course the transom and partial strings and floor. The water sat in the back 3-4 feet of boat for 6 months. My neighbor left the plug in it. Also there are some cracks in the glass where the sides meet the bottom. They are not deep ones and just in the back 3 feet. He says the water probably did it and it would cost thousands to fix. He would not give a price. I think he was not interested.

    There are no floats.

    Would it help if I took pictures of the hull for you?

    Thanks again.

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    send pictures of all the problem areas.
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    ok, thanks! it has been down pouring for 2 days. First rain in 21 days of 102 temperatures, of course I took time off work. Am I supposed to send all pix through you?

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    That boat is beautiful and it would be a shame not to fix it!

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    Pam,

    The exterior looks great...windshields are clear and the markings are factory original. Unfortunately, transom, floor and stringer rot is to be expected on a boat that old. That construction is among the easiest to rebuild and you won't have to take the deck off. I cut the splashwell out to do the transom. Floors and stringers can be done without cutting the splashwell. I did it all on mine. The job is dirty and a hassle but technically very easy.
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    Hey,
    I have found a guy fairly close from here that is willing to take on the challenge of restoration this winter. I do not have the space to try it. I was trying to replace the internal wire harness yesterday and the part they sent me has an extra wire It looks orange but think it is called salmon. I have a thunderbolt 1000 100hp #2485717. I am going to try to call the place tomorrow and ask them to make sure it is the right harness and/or tell me where the wire goes. I may need to take a pic and show you guys.

    I would love to share more pix but I can't seem to send them.

    Thanks Bill, I will keep your info in mind when I take the ol' girl to discuss her repairs next month.

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    sent you the wiring diagram for the 1350 but it's the same for the 1000. Glad you found someone to help you. it will be worth the trouble.
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    Pam,
    Our boats were made the same yr so the construction is probably the same. They cored the bottom from transom to 8' forward with a sheet of 4' x 8'x 1/2" ply. It was glassed down to the hull and 3 stringers glassed on top. Few to any boats were done this way back then but it has proven to work fine and gives a bullet proof hull. I removed the core and it was the hardest part of the job...every bit of the core was in A1. If yours has the core just have it drilled with 1/4" dia holes to check for moisture and rot. If none, glass over the holes and mount new stringers...it will save a ton (days) of extra work.

    Here's pics showing the core as it fit into the boat with stringers on top at the fwd end. The other pic is the ply sheet scored lengthwise so it would bend and conform to the hull shape. I set the core down in thickened epoxy and used car batteries to hold it down. Then glued the stringers down and glassed the entire deal with alternating mat and roven woven. You have to look hard to see the stringers. Center one is 2" x 12" x 20' dimensional lumber cut to shape and the side stringers are 3/4" ply (which replaced the original 2" thick dimensional lumber). Everything is cca pressure treated wood which was air dried for months and months before glassing.
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    with respect to your subject you getting some of article on
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