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Another - What do I have?

Postby abbottep » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:52 pm

Thompson - 13513
16 ft long
58 inch wide at transom
72inch wide at dash
13 ft transom along keel forward to where bow turns

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Postby LancerBoy » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:31 pm

Welcome aboard!

What company built the boat and at what location?
Is this the hull ID stamped into the wood of the transom or is it the serial number on the metal builder's tag?
Do you have pictures of the back of the front seats and of the windshield frame?

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Postby abbottep » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:36 am

I bought from a guy who said only its a Thompson SeaCoaster. That was all he knew.
Number is etched in the wood. There was no plate i could find.
I will get the pics.
Based on some other posts looks like built in Cortland NY. Early 60s.
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Postby LancerBoy » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:58 am

Based on the ribs alone, I beleive she is a boat made by Thompson Boat Company of New York, Inc. located at Cortland, NY. She'd be the Sea Coaster model at 16 ft. length.

The ribs do not meet at the center of the boat but extend to the opposite stringer. That was a feature unique to Cortland built boats after circa 1960.

I have a Sea Coaster from them as well. Her hull ID is 14017 and I beleive she is a 1961? model year. Your 13513 hull ID is probably 1961 or maybe 1960.

Brochures for Thompson Boat including Thompson of NY are available for purchase on a CD-ROM at www.wcha.org

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Postby abbottep » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:04 am

Thank you. I would love to see photos your similar boat?
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Postby LancerBoy » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:09 am

Here are some photos of the circa 1961 Cortland built Thompson Sea Coaster I have. Nothing has been done to her since obtained in this condition.
http://www.thompsondockside.com/views/v ... php?t=3336

There is one for sale listed on eBay or is it craigs list? as a 1957 Thompson Sea Coaster. It is later than that, probably 1960 or 1961. Lots of pictures posted of this one. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1957-Tho ... 19d5091d3c

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Postby abbottep » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:26 am

Awesome. My boat looks these, but I seem to be missing a lot of stuff. Like the toe rail around the foredeck, all those spot lights, the gauges in the dash, the Thompson signs on stern quarter panel. I sure hope I can get this stuff in the future. When I am ready for it.
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Postby abbottep » Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:39 am

Can anyone tell me if I should be worrying about being able to find these missing pieces? I feel like spending time to restore and not being able to find these missing pieces will limiting factor in the restoration project.
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Postby Phill Blank » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:23 pm

Abbottep,

A lot of the deck hardware, etc. was after market and installed by the dealers. Watch Ebay and go to boat shows and look for the items you want or need. Also ask if you do not see it out at a boat show or swap meet. Many times the guy may have it but not out or he may know someone to contact who might hae it. They are out there but one must keep an eye out and be ready when the right item comes along.

The Thompson side plates come up every once in awhile, but if you do not have them that should not stop the restoration. Sonner or later you will find them somewhere.

Good Luck,

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Postby abbottep » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:12 am

Thanks I feel a renewed sense of purpose. Now i will start asking a lot of questions about diy garboard/lapstrake fabrication and installation.
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Postby thegammas » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:00 pm

Always like seeing another Cortland boat being brought back. If you have any more pictures of the her with the garboards off I'd like to see them.

I may be wrong about this, but our Cortland boats were framed differently than most boats of the time. The frames (ribs) extend under the main keel to the sister keelson on the other side. All other boats I've seen, the frames end at the keel.
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