1955 Alumacraft 14' Model A rescue, of sorts.

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1955 Alumacraft 14' Model A rescue, of sorts.

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Too much?
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figurehead on model A     Mick with groundhog 002.jpg
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1955 Alumacraft Model A
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1959 Alumacraft Model F
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1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
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1956 Alumacraft Model RB
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1955 Alumacraft 14' Model A rescue, of sorts.

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Perfect companion in the boat, sits in front nice and quiet. Keeps the front end down. I used to have a fishing buddy just like her, his name was rock.
Tim
16ft 1989 Fisher SV-2 w 1988 48hp SPL Johnson "CIGAR BARGE"
(engine looks like a wreck but runs great)
Used to have 1972 14ft Lund w 1977 15hp Mariner
(engine looked great but always ran marginal)
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1955 Alumacraft 14' Model A rescue, of sorts.

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Some progress on a simple rescue achieved. It seems sterile, but it's functional.
Model A floor scoured and painted and floor with bread box 10-19 001.jpg
Deck is 1/2" exterior grade, spar varnished. Carpet is a section of desk runner from Wal-Mart.
Between decking and hull is a section of closed-cell pipe insulation, which compresses with shims; separates wood from floor and maintains tension to shims.

Still not sure about bow flooring. Hate to give up foot space, but as it stands, everything else is above the ribs and less susceptible to casual water. Putting support for carpet with angle of bow would steal space. Thinking on it.

"Possibles box" is not originally marine gear, but I couldn't resist a bread box in the boat. It is bolted to flooring, which is wedged in place and doesn't move during transit or on water.
Model A floor scoured and painted and floor with bread box 10-19 007.jpg
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cropped scoured painted and floor and breadbox in.jpg
Kis
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1955 Alumacraft Model A
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 08&start=0
1959 Alumacraft Model F
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1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35326
1956 Alumacraft Model RB
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=39249

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1955 Alumacraft 14' Model A rescue, of sorts.

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Finally weather warmed up enough to start poking around on the Model A!

Put a used Wise seat in place in back, currently looking around for a similar/duplicate single, or a pair of used, but nice, seats. Got the trailer welded and new bearings installed, then sanded down and painted the ?1950's-1940's? trailer with implement paint--used by farmers for equipment that is out in the weather.

Think I'm just going to put some carpet up front, tacked with Shoe Goo. Don't often have a passenger, and want something for the dog to have purchase on when he goes up there to scout for...well, whatever he wants to scout for.

The decking has proven to be stable and easy to manipulate. I'll tidy up the shims that keep it in place and call it good.

One Winter, stored, and the shiny hand-polished hull is oxidizing evenly.

I could see this being a favorite light boat.
Kis
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1955 Alumacraft Model A
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 08&start=0
1959 Alumacraft Model F
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=25386
1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35326
1956 Alumacraft Model RB
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=39249

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1955 Alumacraft 14' Model A rescue, of sorts.

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Well, it is finally done, and figuring up costs, but not my labor, it is going to be more expensive than the other 14' boats folks are just dumping as they clean up their sheds. :( It is a sweet little boat and I can see why Alumacraft kept the model from '47 to '83. The trailer was a money pit for me, but I couldn't sell the rig in good conscience with the trailer in the condition it was in.

We'll see. I wasn't in this for a profit. Wish me luck



ALUMACRAFT 14' with trailer. Last year's rehab. project. -
condition: excellent

Fourteen foot Alumacraft Model A was last Fall's old man's clean-up project. Exterior hull given an acid bath, then scoured by hand with Brillo pads. New transom wood inside and out. Carpeted, removable wooden 1/2" exterior plywood floors which don't rattle or slide. Matching swivel padded seats. Fresh paint on floor like original. New logo decals. Registered until 2016. I'm still going to tinker with it, but its ready to go, really.
Trailer professionally welded and new bearings installed last Fall. New coupler, chains and tongue support post & wheel last Fall. New bunk brackets and wood.

This boat has all the stuff done to it you'd need to do if buying a used boat.

Alumacraft sold the Model A from 1947 to 1983. Weight 130 lbs.
I am selling it for what I put into it, not counting my labor. A sweetheart of a fishing boat. firm.
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model A shot with new camera 2 seats in 005.jpg
model A shot with new camera 2 seats in 004.jpg
model A shot with new camera 2 seats in 003.jpg
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1955 Alumacraft Model A
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 08&start=0
1959 Alumacraft Model F
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=25386
1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35326
1956 Alumacraft Model RB
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=39249

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1955 Alumacraft 14' Model A rescue, of sorts.

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spring new camera test shots for loading 010.jpg
Well, the Model A went down the road. Nice couple bought for their cottage and nieces and nephews. I added a trolling motor for the kids.

Odd though, I could not have had a decent boat for sale at a lower price, even without charging for my labor. The welding and bearings had to be jobbed out, and that just took any profit out of the deal. As it was, put $75 more into it than I asked for it.

You folks who build decks and cabinets must make substantial material investments, plus your expertise.

Looks like if I do any more, it will have be a philanthropic venture, 'cuz I dam-sure aren't going to make any money out of it. :? Also, as the years go by, takes more to get the effort up. :)

But it was neat bringing that old jewel back to the water.
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Kis
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1955 Alumacraft Model A
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... 08&start=0
1959 Alumacraft Model F
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=25386
1980 Alumacraft Model F7, 1955-56? Johnson 10hp
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35326
1956 Alumacraft Model RB
https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopi ... =3&t=39249

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