I have to say over the last few weeks reading these boards as I planned a new project was the best research I could have EVER done so to all of you who have shared your knowledge and amazing information, insight and creativity I say thank you and I am truly thankful for all your assistance. I have been a boat owner in the past but never a boat restorer lol.
The wife and I had been looking for a small fishing boat here in Ga but wanted something we could we could work on together and fix up from the start. So after several Craig's list and Boat Trader listings as well as a trip to Lanier Marine's "Boat Graveyard" we settled on an old Crosby 14ft that was picked up for cheap. Not sure of the year but the first two numbers of the serial number are 63. It was previously registered in our state so I am sure the DNR will be able to help me pin it down. The owner said it was a 74 but after a lot of my own research I don't think he is right. The boat looks older and also has the old Crosby chrome script logo on the side of the boat on both sides instead of the plastic "Crosby Sled" logo I have seen on others. The trailer was actually on very good shape but needed tires and some bearing attention. The boat has a Johnson 20 horse on it that crank and ran right off the bat and surprised even the owner. We setttled on a price and a quick trip to Wal Mart for tires and wheels and we got it home without a problem. So now we begin. I will post pictures as we go forward as I am sure there will be many questions about what should we do next. Thanks again to everyone for their help and inspiration!!