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1961 Crosby Runabout

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  • 1961 Crosby Runabout

    Over the last few years, I worked as a dock hand during my summer breaks in high school. Last year, I was talking with a boater at the fuel dock about how i would love to have a little runabout project. He then offered me a 1961 Crosby runabout for FREE! The boat needed A LOT of work, but I couldn't beat the price. It has been the best tip I have gotten there in all my years on the fuel dock.

    I wish I had thought to take pictures when I first got it. I was too excited to get started and get out on the water. This is her now, she has an Evinrude Lark III 40HP outboard.





    When I first got the boat, the engine actually ran! Pretty good after setting for over ten years. There was a rat's nest that had to be removed and the fuel/oils replaced but that was all. We put it in a dip tank and she fired up after a little tweaking. I had some of the mechanics test the compression for me, it wasn't the greatest but I was happy it was running. (I think it was around 90 something, the mechanics said I would be good with over 80). The paint was almost completely gone from the cowling so I painted it with some OMC paint my boss gave me. (Bonus of working at a marina I guess). It originally had a red trim and I plan to restore it. These are both recent pictures as well, as you can see I NEED a new propeller.







    I also wanted to note that I think I found a propeller through iboats for under $100. The next cheapest propeller I found was $145 and that was with my employee discount at the marina. Thanks iboats.
    1961 14' Crosby Runabout http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=365064


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    Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

    Welcome to iboats.



    Sounds like a great boat and it has a great story attached.
    This is a great link to boat specifications http://boatspecs.iboats.com/
    Please, shop iboats first!!

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    • #3
      Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

      After realizing the boat would definitely run, my dad and I rewired most of the electrical system. After that, the real fun began: fiberglass repairs. The 1/2" plywood floor installed in 1961 didn't quite stand the test of time. In other words, it was basically non existent. I took a few different power tools and the floor was gone in an instant, leaving nothing but the stringers. The outside structure and stringers were in surprisingly good shape. All we had to do was replace the floor. After hours and hours of applying fabric, resin, sanding, sanding, and sanding, (notice the emphasis on sanding, fiberglass is very itchy) we were done the floor. It was definitely a learning experience and I had fun. It was my first experience with fiberglass and hopefully my last. Now I must state: I plan on doing more work to the aesthetics of the boat, but at the time I just wanted to get the boat into the water. So, it may not be the prettiest boat, but it is safe and works. (Well worked for three months, I'll explain that later). This is a picture of the bench seat being installed and a picture of the floor after she was launched and in the water.



      1961 14' Crosby Runabout http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=365064

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      • #4
        Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

        So, the boat was mechanically and structurally sound, for now. I wish I had taken more pictures to show the full process. I was given the boat in August 2008 and worked on it over the winter. Between school and sports, I only touched the boat on weekends. It was June 2009 when we launched her. She ran like a champ for June, July, and most of August. I took her out at least once a week with friends and had a lot of fun. When I tried to start her one day, she cranked over but would not start. I plan on replacing the points, condenser, and reed (leaf) valves. Hopefully, this solves it. These are pictures from the maiden voyage:







        This was our first setup. We later rigged a pulley system which worked much better.

        Now, I plan to begin working on her again soon. I am away at college currently, missing the water a lot. Hopefully over winter break, I will be able to replace the propeller and find a solution to my engine problems. In addition, I plan to make the boat more aesthetically pleasing, try to do something with the floor and inside walls.
        1961 14' Crosby Runabout http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=365064

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        • #5
          Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

          Really sharp looking classic ride. Is the windshield original? If so, it's in phenomenal shape. Good luck with it.
          1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
          Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
          1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
          Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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          • #6
            Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

            Yes, that is the original windshield. Another bonus of working at a marina is that I have access to a lot of information and the tools to utilize that information. Our fiberglass repair guy told me about a bucket compound (it comes in a 5 gallon bucket) that will restore just about anything made of fiberglass or plexiglas. I took a buffer and some of that bucket compound and the results were phenomenal. It took a couple hours of reapplying and going at it with a low rpm on the buffer but it was definitely worth it.
            1961 14' Crosby Runabout http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=365064

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            • #7
              Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

              great job- looks like new!

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              • #8
                Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                Thanks guys. Any suggestions on what to do with the floor. The fiberglass look isn't so appealing. A few suggestions I've received so far: paint it or carpet it. Any other ideas?
                1961 14' Crosby Runabout http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=365064

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                • #9
                  Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                  i had carpet in my last boat. Hated it. It was always filthy. One time stepping into it from the ground was enough to make it look bad. I'd go with either a rubberized non-slip floor covering product like Durabak (******** has a similar product under their own brand) or marine vinyl. I'm currently torn on which I'n going to use on my project.
                  1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                  Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
                  1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
                  Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                    That's one cool boat.
                    sigpic1982 Baja 16ss

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                      Originally posted by ezmobee View Post
                      i had carpet in my last boat. Hated it. It was always filthy. One time stepping into it from the ground was enough to make it look bad. I'd go with either a rubberized non-slip floor covering product like Durabak (******** has a similar product under their own brand) or marine vinyl. I'm currently torn on which I'n going to use on my project.
                      Thanks for the suggestions. I took a look at your projects (very nice Star Crafts btw) and see what you mean about the carpeting. Even if you had switched the blue and grey, the dirt would always be there. I cleaned boats when I wasn't working the fuel dock, somehow boats attract dirt and spiders like nothing else. I never thought about a product like Durabrak, let me know what you decide. Do you know of anyone who has used it? I was trying to find images of it in boats but had no luck.
                      1961 14' Crosby Runabout http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=365064

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                        Great looking little boat...

                        Use her till you have to rebuild her I say.
                        My restoration - 1968 Starcraft Mariner V

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                        • #13
                          Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                          Originally posted by 61crosby View Post
                          I never thought about a product like Durabrak, let me know what you decide. Do you know of anyone who has used it? I was trying to find images of it in boats but had no luck.
                          Yep! http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=292511&page=2
                          1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
                          Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
                          1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
                          Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                            I would Paint the Floor Black, lay a Slatted Mahogany Wood deck, with three coats of Epoxy resin, sprinkle some sand on the last coad for a non skid finish and finish the interior sides in Mahogany plywood. .
                            1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
                            Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
                            Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint

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                            • #15
                              Re: 1961 Crosby Runabout

                              Are you sure about that outboard year? The '61 Lark III cowling is much different than your great pix. Love the tale, even moreso the price! Great little boat you have...

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