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Title: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on February 15, 2007, 07:40:17 AM
Saw this in the bowels of a boat yard a few years ago. You don't see too many Caribbean Catalina's like this.
Also Brett looks like he has one (below)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on February 15, 2007, 07:41:53 AM
Here's another one in the same yard, it's a Caribbean Crosby.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on February 15, 2007, 08:13:10 AM
here's another Crosby that I had for a while.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Boatleg on August 16, 2007, 11:42:40 AM
Chairman, How old does she have to be to be called vintage? EVery year helps I guess.

I have got the Cougar(1973) back in the water now after a bringing her back from the brink. The original Merc 1500 is running smoothly at the moment. I had forgotten how much fun being so close to the water can be.

Cheer, Boatleg.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on September 03, 2007, 07:34:16 AM
Hello Boatleg
Sorry for the late reply, I've been on holidays. Your boat certainly would classify as a 'vintage" The brochure sure depicts vintage hairdo's  the rules are subjective I'd say.
David


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on January 29, 2008, 11:35:27 PM
 ;D I have just purchased a crosby and want to restore her to her former glory.  where can i find information about them.  What  colours did they come in?  It is missing a few original bits.  Are they going to be impossible to find?What about the 1964 90 hp johnson meteor that powers her.  Are they any good and would that be the original motor for that boat.  seems about the same era.  Any info would be much appreciated. I will post some phots of her soon


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on January 29, 2008, 11:45:09 PM
Here is the pic of here as i bought it 8)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: oldenrude on January 30, 2008, 06:29:04 AM
Hello Brucie, welcome to the Board, is that the one that was on ebay last week in northern Nsw?.It looks to be in good original condition.
I am sure that the meteor would be original or at least the right era for the boat.A good motor but getting on ,most parts can still be got.Looking forward to more photos.

Michael.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on January 30, 2008, 09:00:28 AM
Yes that is the one.  Was a bargin. I am pretty happy with it although it is going to need a bit of work.  new floor get the motor going and seats and conopy re done.  I am torn about repainting it.  I would like to keep it original but don't like the colour.  do you think a custom colour scheme would detract from its vintage appeal.  I know a lot of guys in the states paint their old boats some great colours that really stand out and i really like them


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: oldenrude on January 30, 2008, 10:00:17 AM
I've always been a keep it original type of person but each to his own. Maybe paint it in another colour that was optional that model.

Michael.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on January 30, 2008, 02:19:43 PM
Hi Brucie,
Certainly is a nice boat, and I would assume that is the original engine. I'm a sticker for originality. Personally I love the colour, really suits the era. The other option is to make the colours deeper more pigment) keeping them original. If you were to change the colours I would stay with the same boundaries with the two toning. But you have something that hasn't been bastardised or painted with a brush so it would be a shame to change it. As far as the engine goes, the 90hp went well but was thirsty.

But it's your choice if you want an authentically restored boat or a user friendly classic. My personal choice would be the authentically restored boat and that always pulls the crowd.

The Crosby finished production in 1965, 16'7". Factory fitted with speedometer, back to back and rear seats. then retail price of $1490. That's all the information I have, no colour schemes mentioned.
Enjoy the classic, Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on January 30, 2008, 03:55:25 PM
Here here, Mark. :)
And I love the way you provide us with those interesting stats'.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on January 31, 2008, 08:17:52 AM
I had decided on a custom colour but you make a lot of sense and i do want to keep the retro look of the boat and its original colour certainly suits the era.  I have to put in a new floor so new paint is certainly on the cards. Decisions decisions.  The previous owner put in an extra gauge that doesn't look the part.  How do you think i will go finding old Johnson gauges to fill the hole but still keeep the right theme.  Another problem is my VHF and sounder.  They wont look right also so i have to come up with a way to mount them so they are useable but not always visable and without putting anymore holes in the dash.  I also thought about an old 60's radio perhaps out of an old holden or ford as it already has speakers fitted (hidden) Am i changing to much.  My last boat didn't confuse me so much.  I really want something special with this old caribbean.  What do you think.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on February 01, 2008, 01:39:30 PM
Hello Brucie,
If you are going to repaint your floor, may I suggest you use Flowcoat, check with your local fiberglass supplier of Chandler.
Our members Oldenrude or Mark S may be able to help you with info' on where to start looking for old Johnno gauges they just might even have some for sale?
As far as you old 60's radio is concerned, your idea about fitting one (I assume you mean in the dash) doesn't really grab me. I think you are on the right track with your VHF idea, why not hide your radio as well? By doing that you could even upgrade to a relative good CD player and no one will ever know!
To answer your question from the 29/01, your motor was more than likely fitted to that boat from new, given the approx age of the boat and motor.
We are looking forward to more photos.
What area are you in? 

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on February 01, 2008, 03:29:18 PM
Hi Brucie,
I take it the extra gauge you are talking about is to the left of the dash. It looks like an hour meter. They did look like that in that era. I would need a better photo of the dashboard to be sure. Genuine old Johnson gauges will be hard to find, and you might have to sought one from the States if you are keen. Non genuine period instruments (such as Aqua-meter etc) can be sourced on Ebay and at automotive swap meets.

I wouldn't cut any holes in the dash to mount the sounder or radio. I would make brackets That attach with self tapping screws from behind the dash to mount the radio and depth finder below that dash. You could make a depth finder bracket that swings up behind the dash out of sight for  displays. A period radio could be sourced at swap meets as well.

I just love that old "Ride-guide" steering wheel and those old instruments.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on February 01, 2008, 09:43:39 PM
Definitely not going to cut any holes any where in the old girl.  Just have to come up with a few innovative ways to mount some modern things without affecting the olden appeal.  I stuck my head up under the dash to have a look at mounting options and wouldn't you know it there is already an old radio and speaker hidden up in there.  Don't think it works but that is where ill put the replacement.

I don't have the luxury of having a boat for collections sake.  I really want something practical, for skiing, fishing and the family.  Sounder rod holders live bait tank lights esky, where to put them.I bought this boat on price and now feel i have an obligation to restore it into something special. I will do my best.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve.

Talking to everyone and listening to you guys has got me all excited. (my wife is sick of me already)
If anyone is interested I will keep you informed on the progress. 

Next thing on the list is to take her for a run.  Should be right to go for sunday afternoon.  Anyone want to guess at what speed it will be capable of


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Javelin on February 01, 2008, 10:00:40 PM
Hi Brucie

I think i can speak for all of us here that we would love to hear any and all updates, Keep em coming.

I'll put my money on 60KPH  ;)

Javelin


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on February 02, 2008, 10:29:01 AM
Hello Brucie
Welcome aboard. The Crosby I owned (Brown one) was very original I may have some more pics for you. THe canopy was original. The meteor is a great looking donk also I reckon. Changing the colour is your chioce, but I'm interested to know what colours you'd choose. Do you mean the whole hull or just the deck and trim. That colour is very suited to the era, I rather like it myself, better than the cacky brown. Maybe if it's in good condition try polishing it and it may look more appealing.
David


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on February 04, 2008, 07:55:55 AM
Had to postpone sea trials.  Had a few minor setbacks and the weather wasn't the greatest.  Will try again later in the week.  The more i have to do with this old motor the more i am impressed.  I will try to post a pic of it with the cowl off.  I have not seen such a clean old motor.  My 70's 25hp wasn't a patch on it.  I will be chasing a few things for it soon.  Fuel pump diaphram, water pump and thermostat.  Any ideas where to start chasing them up from?  The local marine shop laughed at me.  There records stop at 68.

I broke a few bolts trying to get covers off.  I bought a product called a GraBit from bunnings.  A little bit of heat and they came straight out.  Handy little tool to have. 

Can't wait to get out on the water


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: oldenrude on February 04, 2008, 08:30:24 AM
Hi Brucie, those old girls were well made & parts can be found.
I am working on a 68 model evinrude v4 at the moment & have ordered obsolete parts from the US from a few different suppilers.So far only the ignition coil has turned up. I am still waiting on head gaskets, gearbox seal kit & a water pump impellor.
I can give you the web addresses if you like but a can't make recomendations until the parts arrive.

Michael.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: oldenrude on February 04, 2008, 09:04:12 AM
Hi Brucie,I thought of something that might interest you. Go to www.fiberglassics.com  & have a look at the Dorsett boats., Caribbeans were lisenced copies.There are some great brochures of the boats & some restored examples to look at.

Michael.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on February 04, 2008, 07:38:40 PM
finally got her on the water.  Started like a dream, off i went then at full throtle it stops.  The fuel tank had a dodgy fitting and was sucking air.  $100.00 and a new tank later and we are off.  managed 35 mile/hour but it cruised nicer at 30.  I still need to iron out a few bugs.  The carbs are next.  It likes the fuel too much so i think there is a drama there.  An hour and a half and i'd run out of fuel (20 litres) Is that normal?
The choke is also a mystery to me.  It has manual and automatic settings which baffles me.

I had my daughter driving for me (11 years old) just putting up the river and some fisherman gave me the first compliment on the old girl.  They were mighty impressed as was my boating mate who saw me on the water as he drove past and had to come down for a run.

 ;D All in all I am a very excited kid with his new toy.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on February 05, 2008, 02:49:46 PM
Ahh the automatic choke that never works properly. On automatic setting the choke tends to hang on for too long, causing the engine to use extra fuel. As soon as the engine doesn't need the choke to idle smoothly open the flap and turn it to the off position, overriding the auto choke. Next time you perform a cold start remember to turn it back to auto again. Try this and see how it goes. The auto choke uses the same principal as older cars from the 60s, they never worked properly either! I still remember my 1967 Fairlane V8 giving 10mpg around town.

But these old big outboards were never brilliant on fuel economy, and will use a lot of fuel at full throttle. But worth it for its quiet smooth running qualities. Also check general tuning, points gap and condition, plugs, etc.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on February 05, 2008, 05:05:34 PM
Hi Brucie,
Mark has provided you with some very valuble tips indeed.  In Marks list of things to check (tuning),  the "etc" refers to: ignition timing, fuel pump diaphram, fuel lines (splits & cracks) and all fuel connections/clamps under the hood, float valve seating, floats and so on....
All these items can all lead to excessive fuel consumption (without effecting performance too greatly) if left unattended.

I'm sure either Mark or Oldenrude can help you with the factory settings, such as point gap            (or maybe even dwell?), plug gap and type..and timing.
Don't forget to check out the dizzy for wear and cracks as well.

What area do you live? 

MERCMAN. 


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on February 05, 2008, 05:59:39 PM
thanks very much for the info.  points look good and i will replace the plugs before next run.  the carb is also coming off for a service.  i kind of figured not to bother to much with the auto choke and have been using manual choke on cold start up.  fuel pump diaphram is stretched but still seems to be working.  I do think the timing may be a bit out though.  the timing marks don't line up like i think they should and the linkages o adjust it are opened to the max.  any ideas on setting timing?

I am in Brisbane north and run the pine river from either doles rocks or deep water bend.  There is always some calm water somewhere along there even on bad days

Brucie


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on February 06, 2008, 06:41:45 PM
Thanks Micheal I had a look at the fiberglassics website.   8) Some nice old boats and some strange looking ones also.  Couldn't pick which Dorsett was the same as the crosby, maybe the el ray.

Brucie


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on February 06, 2008, 08:02:57 PM
Hi Brucie,
Keep a watch on Ebay or secondhand book shops for a service manual. The "Glenns publication" Outboard motor repair manual for Johnson & Evinrude outboards is a good one to get and there is the odd one floating around. Genuine manuals are like hens teeth in Australia, You might source one in the U.S. Someone like Moby Marine in Sydney sell new aftermarket manuals and should have one for your model.

Failing that, I could photocopy you some of the relevent pages out of my manual and post them to you. Email me your address if you wish to do that at "kormar@dcsi.net.au"
Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on February 06, 2008, 08:49:06 PM
Hi Michael,
I'm interested to hear of your experience of purchasing parts direct from the US. How much did your impeller cost so I can compare the price of purchasing one here. Interested to know where you purchased them from.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Brucie on February 06, 2008, 10:21:15 PM
Hi Mark
I have bought parts out of the states through ebay and they were at least half the price of my local supplier.  He has part going back to at least 68 and only took a week to get them. 
The impeller for my 90 is $22 us plus freight which i thought was ok and he combines freight charges.  I bought 2 coils and 2 condensers and an impeller kit for the same price they wanted for 1 coil here

http://stores.ebay.com.au/MARINE-PARTS-WAREHOUSE_New-Johnson-Evinrude-Parts_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ104459619QQftidZ2QQtZkm


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: oldenrude on February 07, 2008, 06:42:23 AM
Hi Brucie, I see from your earlier post that you frequent the Pine. We'll have to meet up for a vintage boat run. I was planning on going to deep water on saturday for some sea trials.

Hi Mark. I usually buy my parts from Alan Downes & his prices on genuine are  much cheaper than the US especially when you include postage.
However in this case the coil & head gaskets [71.9 cu not 89.5cu] were NLA, so I decided to give buying from the US a go. So far the coil only has turned up & I am more than happy with the service. The coil cost US37.50, The head gskets US26.59 & the impellor US21.37.
An example of the genuine prices, I recently bought head gaskets for a 3 & a 5.5. The 3 cost AU4.68 & the 5.5 cost  Au14.80. No Us dealer can even come close to these prices.I will always give the local dealer a go first & only buy foreign when I have no choice.

Michael.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: caribbean on February 19, 2008, 07:13:09 PM
Start drooling boys.The project is almost complete
Regards
caribbean


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: caribbean on February 19, 2008, 07:16:18 PM
More Pix


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: caribbean on February 19, 2008, 07:18:13 PM
more drool


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: caribbean on February 19, 2008, 07:19:52 PM
much more


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: caribbean on February 19, 2008, 07:21:51 PM
please stop


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: caribbean on February 19, 2008, 07:26:51 PM
I can't take any more.
A lot of hard work went into this.With special thanks to The Board and Mercman for making it possible.
Regards,
Caribbean


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on February 20, 2008, 12:37:55 PM
Hey John, what a beautiful result.
The finish on the deck, hull and deck hardware all look sensational.
I see the new power plant and stereo has been fitted as well.
Even complete with the signwriting of name and rego. I Can't quite see name clearly, is it "Strawberry Whine"?

The whole rig come up a million bucks thats for sure! You must be very happy with the outstanding result John?
 
Wow, two completely restored Australian Classic Runabouts revealed on The Board within one week, who would have thought?

We're all looking forward to seeing shots of her in action on the water.

I guess Oldenrude will be next with his Caribbean?

Looks like we may even end up with an unofficial SJ and Caribbean competition?

MERCMAN.

 


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: caribbean on February 20, 2008, 02:13:19 PM
Strawberry Whine it is.Very happy with final result.Still have to get boat licence.
Mercman are you available for a test drive on Saturday 1st March?
Just a few issues with the boat.The original steering cable was shot so a new one was found which of course was not compatible with the old helm and steering wheel.Caribbean had to reach into the wallet again for a new helm and wheel.The wheel is just a cheapie while they try to figure out how to attach the old steering wheel to a new helm.Three weeks have gone past and no result so far.We are not reinventing the wheel here are we??Any clues appreciated.
       The new transom worked well and seems to have fixed all leaks below the floor.
Caribbean


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on February 21, 2008, 02:43:53 PM
Hi John,
I will be more than happy to attend the relaunching of Strawberry Whine on Sat the 1st of March.
The earlier the better, like 7.00am at the ramp if possible? I bring my Camera too.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on March 05, 2008, 07:45:33 PM
Hello to all,
I guess a few of you guys have been wondering about the relaunch of Strawberry Whine last Saturday. Well, it went off without a hitch! John elected to bring her over my way so he could explore the Port Hacking River.
The weather wasn't quite as good as it could have been, it was blowing a fair Southerly at about 20 bastards.
We launched her at Yowie Bay ramp. The new Tohatsu fired into life without hesitation and we made our way down the Bay straight into the teeth of the Southerly. The Caribbean gave us a dry and surprising very smooth ride indeed.
The 50hp Tohatsu is a very good match with the hull. 
John, I'm sure she has turned out beyond your expectations, you and your family will enjoy hundreds of hours of fun in the coming years.
Thanks again for the honour of being one of your first guests!

Below is a shot of a very proud owner of an Australian Classic Runabout and a shot of Strawberry Whine on the Port Hacking River.

MERCMAN.
 


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on March 05, 2008, 07:50:35 PM
Here is a shot showing off the tan colored carpet.
At first it kind of hits you, then after a few moments it grows on you real fast.
It is just the colour scheme that cars like Jags and Daimler's were trimmed in back in the 60's.
I love it. :-*

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: norma on April 10, 2008, 07:33:23 PM
I have been rebuilding a caribbean catalina and have just discovered what it is it has a mercruiser 165 inboard stern drive. can you tell me what year it was built and where?


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on April 11, 2008, 10:01:32 AM
Welcome to The Board Norma.
We have a few members that are very good at identifying the Caribbean range of boats from yesteryear. Perhaps you could post some pictures, that will help our members immensely.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on April 11, 2008, 04:08:26 PM
Norma, if you dont have a pic, does it look the same as the one at the start of this topic? probably about 1962 or 63 if it is, but others here will verify


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: norma on April 16, 2008, 08:56:56 AM
i am restoring a caribbean catalina. could anyone tell me when they were made. reply to normaglass@bigpond.com


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on April 16, 2008, 05:14:02 PM
The Catalina ceased production in 1966. I think they were first built from about 1958.
Length 16'0", Beam 6'8". HP range 65-100.
Vee hull cruisette with two berths, flying bridge screen, cabin lights. They came in inboard and outboard versions. Retail price in 1966 $1950.
If it has got the original engine on it, we can date the engine, and that will give you a pretty close idea of the year it was built, otherwise its an educated guess.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Des on May 08, 2008, 09:09:21 AM
G'Day Guy's,
My name is Des. I am a new member (never been a member of any of these sites before) and I'm looking for info on my boat. I own a beautifull little Caribbean - 3.9m (12'9") Carribean SEASPRIT speedboat/windscreen/runabout.  (they originately had a 15" transome) I have no idea of it's age and it's drivin me crazy not knowing.
Q: would any of you guy's have any info on the SEASPRIT range or be able to point me in the right direction? Also, on the dash of the boat there is the Caribbean name in crome and there is a space under that name for the word SEASPRITE but unfortunately it's missing.
Q: would any of you guy's know where I could get one from?
I sure would appreciate any info
Tks - Des
PS I could supply pics in a few weeks (when it comes out of the shop - merc) if that would help


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on May 08, 2008, 03:13:35 PM
Hi Des, welcome to "The Board,"

The Caribbean Sea Sprite was first produced in in 1966. Replaced in late 1967 by the "Wildcat." Last sales in 1971.
The retail price in 1966 was $785.
Length 13'1"             Beam 5'10"
Weight 475 lb
HP range 33-80
Deep V hull runabout with screen, upholstered back to back seating.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on May 08, 2008, 04:23:23 PM
Hey Mark
Back in the 70s I owned a Carribean Sprint. It was about 14ft and a great little boat. It was red and was an ex hire boat they used on the Eildon Wier at that time. I put my 95 merc on it and it flew. I have some pics somewhere. You know, I've never seen anothe Sprint since. Any ideas?
Chairman.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Des on May 08, 2008, 06:49:45 PM
G'Day Mark S,
Tks very much for the info on my little Sea Sprite.
I bought it off my brother a few years back. It came with an old 1969 55hp 3cyl Evenrude - long sharft (20") and a rusty trailer. My brother had built up the transom to take the evenrude so I guess it's no longer original. The Evenrude eventually died but produced 31.5mph one up with one full tank. I replaced it with a 1977 85hp 4cyl Merc - long sharft. It produced 43mph one up with two full tanks - thats movin in that little boat. the Merc is in the shop for major work but should be out soon. I still have some cosmetic work to do on her which I hope to do during winter getting ready for next season. Do you have any info on the chrome Sea Sprite word for the dash? Any info would be greatly appreaciated.
Tks again and I look forward to posting some pics soon.
Des


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on May 09, 2008, 03:26:19 PM
Hi Des,
The 55hp was probably the original engine. Marking the boat a long shaft is not a problem because it probably could have been ordered as a long shaft as well. Finding a chrome badge would nearly be impossible, being a short run model. As a long shot you could try International Marine at Scoresby, Victoria that built them and see if they have any left. Otherwise you might have to have one cast. Get hold of a "Restored Cars" magazine and you will find somebody advertising in there that does casting.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on May 09, 2008, 03:43:12 PM
Hi David D.
I can't recall ever seeing a Sprint. I'll give you the specs.
Built between 1969-1971.
Retail price in 1971 was $1191.
V hull runabout with back to back seats.
Length 14'1"                Beam 5'11"
HP range 33-80 (No wonder it went well with a 95 straight 6)
Weight 575 lb.
Looks like it was replaced by the "Caper" in 1971.
Mark S.




Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Des on May 09, 2008, 05:59:05 PM
G'Day Mark S
Tks once again for the info.
Just heard today from my merchanic that I should have my little Sea Sprie back in a week or two - not long now.
Cheers - Des


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on May 10, 2008, 04:25:27 PM
Thanks Mark Re the Sprint, I've got a pic somewhere and will post it in time
Chairman
 


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on June 20, 2008, 04:40:57 PM
Here it is at Eildon Wier in the mid Early 70s. Thats my daughter standing there. We must have been doing a little ouboard service. Note the empties all over the ground. SHOCKING!
How do you like my tow car? MG TF.
David


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on June 22, 2008, 09:17:54 AM
Hi Dave,
Your Sprint certainly looks longer than 14'-1" in that photo. Very deceptive indeed.
I love the TF, how did it go draging the Sprint out of the water, could you smell clutch? Those little cars must have been ballsier that I thought.
The ute in the back ground also depicts a wonderful era gone by.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on June 22, 2008, 11:43:58 AM
It was shorter than the Electra. Never a problem dragging it out, The car was gutless really, but the gearing was OK and there was a fair bit of weight in them with the solid chassis so it didn't slip especially with a full tank of leaded. I'd just pull it out slowly. My other car was an FB Holden and they were on par towing out, but going up long hills really took it out of the TF. It'd get quite hot so I'd have to roll down the other side to cool the motor.
Them were the days.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: senojn on June 22, 2008, 05:17:06 PM
I,ve mentioned before on this site  but the TF is my favourite motor vehicle (primrose in colour).
Noticed the ute also Guy.Seems like an early fifties Ford spinner or mainline or maybe a Chev. ?
I think I left all the cans there but a little girl said I was naughty so I did clean them up later :-[
Neil


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: bootlegger on June 22, 2008, 08:06:50 PM
Its a Ford Mainline in the background. :)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on June 23, 2008, 11:58:40 AM
Don't start me on MGs Neil, they were my passion along with boats. Total rebuilds including replacing rotted wooden frames.
David


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: senojn on June 23, 2008, 06:20:25 PM
I understand TTFN,
Neil


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: in003064 on August 02, 2008, 02:43:22 AM
Hi
Just joined since I was looking on the web for info around a Caribbean Belmont 1961-1963. I have one, fully restored and only look for new logos. I looked to get them reproduced since i have one, but that one does not look good anymore.

Any know where to get them or to get them reproduced?

Mark
(Sunshine coast)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: oldenrude on August 04, 2008, 10:41:03 AM
Hi Mark. Member "Caribbean" was looking into having some badges made for his early Belmont at one stage. I am not sure if he was sucessfull or not. It would pay to send him a personal message as I don't think he checks the forum pages too often & he might miss your post.
We would love to see some photos of your boat, particularly before & after the restoration if you have some.

Michael.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Fido on August 19, 2008, 08:48:56 PM
This is probably going to answer my question. I believe these boats were around in about 1962. There is a difference . One is a 17 footer and the other a 19 footer(see toilet/water outlet).

I was always under the impression that the 17 was a Catalina and the 19 a San Juan. Both carribeans.

Can anyone please confirm


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on August 22, 2008, 04:37:04 PM
That is correct Fido.
Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on August 06, 2009, 11:21:19 AM
Greetings to the Board,

Thank you all so much for taking the trouble to put this site together.
I have owned an old Caribbean runabout since 1995 and used it every day since as a commuter for 8kms a time. It has outlasted two other new boats under the same conditions. It has worn out 2 new Johnsons. The original motor was a 110Hp Merc that I gave away in 1995 (bugger). The hull is still in perfect condition apart from the usual residential pontoon dings. I figured it had earned a refurb and am close to finishing.
She is called Razzledazzle and is Cherry Red and White. She was built at the International Marine factory at Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne in 1967. Her model number is V167 and is classed as a Galaxy by the brochures of the time. The location of the factory gave rise to the name Caribbean and it was during this period that the relationship with Bertram Yachts in Florida was forged. So her badging is Caribbean Bertram. She is 5.3m (16').
I am missing the White Steering Wheel (stolen during a service at a boat dealer). I have the original Windscreen frame and will be replacing the curved perspex, unless someone has a pristine one sitting under the house. I am also after the chrome nose fitting, although I may have located one. I can have them rechromed so it doesn't matter what condition it is in.
I will post some pictures next week when we will be 3/4 towards a finished product.
If anyone has a photo of the original Decal that was on the stern hull sides of that series I can draw them up and have them made.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on August 06, 2009, 12:48:20 PM
Riverrat, it's a pleasure to have you on board. Where are you situated. Also if you could post some pics of the bits you are missing. I have an early nose thingy knocking about somewhere you are welcome to if you are desperate, but you'll have to wait till I find it. So post us some pics.
Chairman


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on August 06, 2009, 02:43:32 PM
HI and Thank You,

I am in Berowra Waters NSW. I will post pictures next week. Likewise if you find that bit, let me know.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: senojn on August 06, 2009, 05:32:44 PM
Hello Riverrat ,
Iv'e mentioned on this site a few times but I had polycarbonate cut to shape and then curved it by hand pressure and secured to frame.\
It can be  in tinted tones and also a lot cheaper than molded perspex.
Cheers Neil


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on August 06, 2009, 05:48:46 PM
Hi Riverrat,
The Galaxy is one of my favourite Classic Runabouts, it was built like a rock and even came in a hard top version! The  " > " shape colour scheme on the sides of the hull was also popular with the Savage Pursuit of the same era.
I'm sure I have an old Modern Boating mag with the advert for Caribbean vessels inc the Galaxy depicted.

I'll have a dig around next weekend as I'm off to Adelaide tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to seeing your pics too!
Dave, perhaps it might be a good idea to move Riverrats posts under their own heading, I think these last few posts are going to become popular and grow?


MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on August 06, 2009, 09:19:11 PM
Hi Senojn & Mercman,

Senojn, Thanks for the tip regarding the polycarbonate. How thick can that be worked?

Mercman, International Marine used a local foundary to produce all the Hull and Gunwale chrome fittings in the 60's and 70's. That foundary closed down when the owner retired and did not pass the business on to his sons and did not sell it.
All the patterns, except for a handful that International had made themselves were lost. If a catalogue of all those parts does not exist, it should. If someone can compile a Noahs Ark of one of each, then I know the small foundaries in China that can make them.

Likewise the old Steering wheels which seem to be the hardest things to keep in good order. All these things can be scanned and then made in a 3D printer. Its a bit like clonning from DNA, but nothing is really lost if we can find a picture of it.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on August 07, 2009, 07:24:54 AM
I seem to recall the steering wheel on those Galaxy's & Donzi's was just a standard white Quicksilver wheel off the RideGuige system, nothing too fancy. I've seen them pop up on ebay Aust & USA from time to time. I'm sure there are plenty left in the world.

Try posting a notice on The Board under "Wanted". That may help, as you just don't know who has what stashed away.

MERCMAN.

 


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on August 07, 2009, 07:50:55 AM
Hi Mercman,

I shall follow your advice.

Thanks,


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on August 07, 2009, 07:54:36 AM
Hi again Mercman

Yes I have a picture of the steering wheel and you are spot on.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: senojn on August 07, 2009, 12:03:36 PM
Hello Riverrat .
My screens are 3mm . (see postings under SX-2)  I would'nt go any thicker but thinner would be OK because it is as tough as !
Also depends on your frame set-up with which I am not familiar.
Regards Neil


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on August 07, 2009, 05:30:11 PM
Hi everyone,

Just to keep the record straight. The colours on this Caribbean Galaxy were Caribbean White and Firebird Red, not Cherry Red as I originally posted.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on August 07, 2009, 10:37:37 PM
Don't worry to much about specifics,  riverrat, content is sooo important.
You are keeping the posts active ...

Chairman


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: vansman on August 24, 2009, 08:59:14 PM
Can you please email me a picture or post a picture of the Galaxy. Is the Galaxy a Tri Hull.......if so I think I have a very good example. I'll put up some pics.....


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on August 25, 2009, 08:41:42 AM
Hi Vansman and welcome to The Board.

No, the Galaxy was not a Tri as far as I recall.
Here is a link to a pic of what we believe is a Galaxy.
http://board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=953.msg5596#msg5596

Caribbean had a Tri called a Flipper, I'm fairly sure.
I believe it was named after the TV series as the Hull resembled the Boston Whaler on the show.

We are looking forward to seeing your pics.

Glastron had a teriffic Tri called a GT160.
See http://board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=552.0 and read all posts.

MERCMAN.



Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on September 07, 2009, 02:32:51 PM
Hi Again,

Mine is a Galaxy. I found the 1996 Video 8 footage and had it transfered to DVD. The Transfer decal on the sides clearly says Caribbean GALAXY.

From that earlier footage I now have the details to reproduce those decals, as well as see the proper colour and all the small chrome fittings clearly.

Can't emphasise enough how important a properly documented photo record can keep these babies pristine. If you haven't taken a set of everything up close, do yourself a favour.

Just noticed another Caribbean Galaxy on ebay today. Cheap as chips.

Cheers

rr.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: BEGME2 on October 18, 2009, 08:08:39 PM
Hi all,

I was just wanting to know if the Caribbean Crosby is any good as a boat for the bay ie. Port Phillip Bay or it is only good as a river boat? Was its intended use a runabout or ski boat?



Thanks


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on October 21, 2009, 07:18:03 PM
Hello BEGME2
I owned a Crosby for a while and forund it to be a safe boat on Port Phillip Bay.  It is very stable with the flat bottom, but expect some pounding in choppy or rough water. A very roomy boat and it has a classic Vintage look if that's what you're after.
Chairman


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Galaxy on October 26, 2009, 05:55:52 PM
Just thought I would post up a pic of my Caribbean Galaxy, she's basically original apart from the engine and im in the middle of doing a little bit of a tidy up. I havn't seen to many of these around so if anyone has some more photos or a little bit of history that would be great (ive also started a thread in "information wanted" about this boat"

Cheers Matt


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Spritely on January 22, 2010, 01:55:49 PM
Welcome to The Board Norma.
We have a few members that are very good at identifying the Caribbean range of boats from yesteryear. Perhaps you could post some pictures, that will help our members immensely.

MERCMAN.
Hi All, I am considering buying a Caribbean Galaxy. Seems in ok condition. Mercury 115.

Were these boats good family Ski / Runnabouts ? Are there any pitfalls ?

This one is White and red. Any pictures would be appreciated.
Thanks
Thanks


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on January 25, 2010, 02:12:41 PM
I'll send a personal message to our member "Galaxy" on your behalf.
I really feel he would be best to answer any questions about the hull.

As far as the motor is concerned..at least make sure you do a compression test. I assume it's an inline 6 on the boat and not the newer 4 cylinder 115hp. Those old 6's will nip up a piston real quick if the wrong fuel and a poor quality oil is used.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Spritely on January 27, 2010, 10:46:53 AM
Thanks for that Mercman, I believe the Mercury 115 is a 4 Cylinder.

I was looking more closely at the condition of the Hull etc. It appears quite original and comes with 2 outboards (1 Spare)

I think it will be a good classic family boat.

Simon


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on February 09, 2010, 03:32:34 PM
Hey Simon,
Do you have any pics for us yet?
How about a pic of your "spare" motor?

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Spritely on February 11, 2010, 08:18:56 PM
Sorry Mercman,

No Pics as yet. Will post some early next week. I was also wrong. It is a 115 Blue band Straight 6.

I will pick it all up tomorrow.

Simon


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: rangerboy on March 14, 2010, 12:59:28 PM
Hi there,

I have a genuine 1966 galaxy. Its in near original condition and has never been restored hull wise or repainted and looks like new still. the hull is solid as a rock and has just been re powered with a 90 etec 2 years ago. Great hull for water skiing. They used to be used a competition ski boats back in the 60's and are an excellent smooth water boat. A bit of a harsh ride in choppy weather but still handle it with ease. The original 100hp evinrude 1966 model was retired a couple of years ago now but was still running. Something to be said for these vintage models. My father passed the boat onto me and he owned it from new. It spent the first 15 odd years every weekend on the dams water skiing from sun up to sun down. would off loved to now the hours it had on it after 40 years of use. The boat has only had a new steering wheel fitted and new removable carpert fitted as well as seats re upholstered and new motor. Still has the original steering fitted and windscreen although a little milky looking. Brand new with a 100hp it would max out a 38mph now with a new 90hp it maxed out 42mph but uses lots less fuel. thank god.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Spritely on March 15, 2010, 03:45:00 PM
Hi Rangerboy,

Glad to see yet another Galaxy on the board.

I recently purchased a fairly original Galaxy also.  Has had much polishing andgeneral tidy work done.

It had its first ski day out with the family yesterday.

Great fun all round. The old 115 Blue band ran a treat. 

Spritely


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: riverrat on May 21, 2010, 06:36:55 PM
Hi Boarders,

I have been away for a while. The 1968 Caribbean Bertram Galaxy that began to be restored last year is very close to going into the water. A couple of wires and she will be ready. Many hands and minds have been involved and she looks like a million dollars. Photos will be forthcoming when she sails.
There are many very talented people to thank, and I will get to that list as well. June long week end is the target.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Spritely on August 05, 2010, 02:42:37 PM
Hi Riverrat,

Just wondering how the resto is going ?? Been in in the water yet ? Any photos ?

Spritely


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: dave on August 07, 2010, 09:18:46 AM
Hi to all. New member here. Have purchased a Carribean Crosby. The one previously owned by "chairman". Want to keep boat original. Am wondering if any one could help with the original way the rear seat was fitted. The boat I have I think has the rear seat modified, there is no back to the seat. Any photos or info about the fitting of the base and back would be helpful. All so the emblems on the side of the boat have deteriorated any help with sourcing these would be good. Cheers Dave.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Dannyj17 on January 29, 2011, 03:15:49 PM
Can anyone tell me what Caribbean this is? I've been told it's a moomba. Also what year it is? It also is original stern drive. It's on eBay ATM and the link is
 http://cgi.ebay.com.au/CARIBBEAN-MOOMBA-1960s-/190493989915?pt=AU_Boats&hash=item2c5a539c1b


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on January 29, 2011, 04:38:31 PM
Wow, what a rare item, Never seen an inboard carribean like this. Now to identify it. Could it be a Belmont?
Chair


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Dannyj17 on January 29, 2011, 05:03:38 PM
Could it be a one of special for the 1960s moomba masters?


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Selfyskipper on February 02, 2011, 01:49:28 PM
I know of a Caribbean Crosby. I just didn't know what model it was but now I know it's a Crosby.

This particular Crosby was used for Miss Australia to attend the Royal Hobart Regatta Flagship sometime in the 1950's It featured in a photograph on the internet in 2008. It was also winner of a bridge to Bridge event in Hobart one year.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: buzzook on August 26, 2011, 11:39:51 AM
Hey, all

I just picked up a 'baby' Caribbean off eBay for a reasonable price. It's a bit weathered, but seems largely intact apart from the missing windshield.
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280723666458&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:AU:1123 (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280723666458&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:AU:1123)

Can anyone advise me as to when it was produced, and if it had a model name? Although advertised as a 12-footer, it is actually only 11-foot long and 5-ft wide (3400 X 1500) and it has a straight transom with no 'motor well' which appears to be original.

It also has (intact) forward steering, with all pulleys and ropes in place (although currently non-operational) plus it came with what is probably the original fitment Evinrude control levers and cables which, remarkably, still work.

I also noticed it has odd shaped bronze fittings outboard on the transom, which I suspect may have been for a 'ski yoke' with the rope attached either side of the transom, although it would never have pulled up a skier with only a 20HP, but maybe a tow-rope for a tube or similar?.

Alas, I could not get the original condition, round tube trailer the boat came with, as the vendor had purchased it for the trailer, and the boat was surplus to his requirements. I even offered to swap my much better quality 'modern' galvanised trailer but he would not be in it, as he was restoring an old tinny runabout.

He claims the original motor was a 20HP, and included with the boat was a good condition steel fuel tank, the older style with the domed top, which has no rust but has lost most of its paint, but I assume would have originally been badged Evinrude, if (judging by the controls) that is what was originally fitted.

Can anyone assist with info about what the boat is, when it was made and so on. It still has the original rectangular 'International Marine' sticker on the dashboard, as well as the Caribbean 'script', so there is no doubt about it being a Caribbean and produced by IM in Melbourne.

Can anyone help?

Cheers
Mark


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Mark S on August 26, 2011, 12:43:01 PM
Hello Mark,
This boat would have been made by International Plastics in Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby, Victoria, which later become International Marine.
There is a model called the "Sea Nymph" that ceased production in 1964. It was 11 ft, 3 inches long with a 5ft beam. It came out with windscreen and forward steering. The recommended HP range is 10-25. This is probably the one that you have.

Mark S.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on August 26, 2011, 02:45:35 PM
Nice pick up Buzz and still change from 200 clams.
It's not too far from me  if you need assistance with collection or anything.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: buzzook on August 26, 2011, 06:23:44 PM
Hey, Mark
Reckon you might be right, as it's 3400mm which is exactly 11.3-ft - near enough!

Already picked it up MERCMAN, but I'm often down that way, have mates in Berry, Nowra and Bawley - where you at?

Climbed into it today and put my weight on the  transverse floor boxes. Ooops. Ply's gone under the glass, so will need new floors.

But still a cheap boat, for what it is.

And I checked all the cables and - bugger me - they ALL work! Steering, throttle, gearshift, the lot. Ok, a bit stiff, so they'll need lube, but I figure the Evinrude Simplex shifter is worth $100 on it's own, and the steering wheel, boss and cables is worth another $150, and the vendor gave me a steel OMC fuel tank worth around $40, which I 'think' is a pressurised tank - it has an odd looking fitting. So all up the bits that came with the boat are worht more than I paid for the lot, so it leaves me some 'slack' for new floors, paint etc.

Pre-'64 makes it almost if not exactly the same age as my '62-model hide! Cool. :)
Cheers
Mark


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: buzzook on August 27, 2011, 03:33:27 PM
What's that old saying about "never seen one but now you've got one, they're everywhere..."

This looks like another near identical boat to mine....

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/boat-fibreglass-hull-motor-/290601687947?pt=AU_Boats&hash=item43a935db8b (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/boat-fibreglass-hull-motor-/290601687947?pt=AU_Boats&hash=item43a935db8b)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: andrewallan on August 27, 2011, 08:02:30 PM
Buzzook, it looks like you may end up with a fleet of them!

Be careful.........

Last year I bought a Swiftcraft runabout for $100, which needed new floor, transom, windscreen, motor, etc etc. Was thrilled by my purchase. Spent a few hours cutting out the old transom, then found another boat on ebay. Sold the Swiftcraft for $50 ($40 advertising costs from that), to a guy who already had one, but wanted to do a "mock" repair on a cheap hull before he tackled his own boat.

It's a dangerous world out there doing up old boats. They're cheap to buy, and good involved projects. I would have thoroughly enjoyed doing up the Swiftcraft, but, with the benefit of hindsight, I am so glad I got the other boat, as it was ready to use, and we have had a huge amount of fun as a family with it.

Might be worth visiting Albury,  Buzzook. (even allowing for travel time).

A


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gldfvr on August 27, 2011, 08:55:06 PM
Buzz I live in Wodonga if you buy boat I will go and pick up for you and store it for a few months for you at no cost .
You will need to pay for boat first as I am not that rich .

Doing up a 1968 Savage Viva at moment .

  Steven


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: buzzook on August 28, 2011, 12:04:39 PM
LOL!!! Nah, it's safe from me - one is enough.

I'm involved with a bunch of British Seagull collectors, and as you probably know they are somewhat lacking in the horsepower department, so I have been looking for a small runabout that I could use with my Seagulls - and the Sea Nymph fitted the bill perfectly.

Gldfvr - won't be visiting Wodonga this time, alas, but a bunch of us Seagull loons is seriously contemplating a run down the Mighty Murray sometime in 2013 - from Khancoban to Goolwa, about 2500km, and probably a bit over a month at a Seagull's max of around 6-7kts.

Might see you then! :)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on August 29, 2011, 08:10:50 AM
Hey, Mark
Reckon you might be right, as it's 3400mm which is exactly 11.3-ft - near enough!

Already picked it up MERCMAN, but I'm often down that way, have mates in Berry, Nowra and Bawley - where you at?

Climbed into it today and put my weight on the  transverse floor boxes. Ooops. Ply's gone under the glass, so will need new floors.

But still a cheap boat, for what it is.

And I checked all the cables and - bugger me - they ALL work! Steering, throttle, gearshift, the lot. Ok, a bit stiff, so they'll need lube, but I figure the Evinrude Simplex shifter is worth $100 on it's own, and the steering wheel, boss and cables is worth another $150, and the vendor gave me a steel OMC fuel tank worth around $40, which I 'think' is a pressurised tank - it has an odd looking fitting. So all up the bits that came with the boat are worht more than I paid for the lot, so it leaves me some 'slack' for new floors, paint etc.

Pre-'64 makes it almost if not exactly the same age as my '62-model hide! Cool. :)
Cheers
Mark
Hi Buzz,
I'm in Berry too!

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gusto on October 10, 2011, 11:11:42 AM
Hi everyone
I hope someone can help me identify my Caribbean. It is 14 foot by 5 foot and is in real good condition I hope to restore her in the near future. It is used regularly at the moment it has a 1966 Johnson 80hp electramatic on it and still has stickers on the back for Lawton agencies in Adelaide which i think originaly sold the boat. I can't work out how to shrink the photos to upload them but i have a pic on my profile if any one can help it would be great
Cheers chris


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Cherry_crosby on October 10, 2011, 11:53:33 PM
Hi Chris,

Welcome to the board, your Caribbean looks to be in really good condition. I'm just starting a restoration of an old Crosby. Hope this board is as much help to you as it already has been to me.

Cheers Will,


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Spritely on October 11, 2011, 02:08:57 PM
Hi Chris,

Is there an ID plate anywhere on the boat?
usually on the upper deck near the fuel well.

Spritely


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gusto on October 11, 2011, 05:14:08 PM
Hi there thanks for the welcome
I havnt been able to find any old id plates anywhere only new looking ones that have been done recently. Any other ideas on how to identify it? I have searched on the net and found nothing like my boat.
Thanks Chris



Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Spritely on October 12, 2011, 12:06:49 PM
Hi Chris,

Sorry it does not have an ID Plate. I would think 1966-67 would be fairly accurate as your hardware is all the same as my 1967 Caribbean galaxy. Front handle Bimini brackets etc.

I'm sure you will get more info when you can post some more pics.

Spritely


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gusto on October 12, 2011, 07:07:11 PM
Oh yes I i see the same handle, must be about right for the year then same as my engine. It looks original to the boat. Hopefully I can post some pics up soon because I would love find out its name and see any other pics the same.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gusto on October 13, 2011, 12:11:57 PM
Worked out how to post pics


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gusto on October 13, 2011, 12:12:42 PM
Some more


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Cherry_crosby on October 14, 2011, 11:50:35 PM
I've been searching for an outboard for my Caribbean Crosby that I am restoring, and it occurred to me, I have no idea what the max power the Crosby should have. If some one could help me out I would be much appreciative.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gusto on October 21, 2011, 07:29:09 PM
Hi everyone
Does any one have any clue to the name of my boat yet
Cheers Chris


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on October 22, 2011, 07:00:56 AM
I've been searching for an outboard for my Caribbean Crosby that I am restoring, and it occurred to me, I have no idea what the max power the Crosby should have. If some one could help me out I would be much appreciative.

Hi Cherry Crosby,
I was hoping Mark S would have had the answer for you. Seeing he hasn't responded, I'll have a go.
The largest outboard I've seen on a Crosby was a 100hp Merc. The motor was the same year as the vessel, so you can almost bet it was not an after thought.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Chair on October 23, 2011, 07:37:47 AM
I agree Guy, but from my memory the Crosby transom was wide enough and capable of supporting twin engines so maybe 2x65 wouldn't be out of the question, so it should handle that bit extra. I wouldn't like to pound it in too choppy seas as the hull has a flat bottom.
Then again 100 hp rating of later engines would give more umph anyway.
Chair


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: sloth on October 25, 2011, 08:51:06 PM
i have same boat but has 70 hp six cylinder white mercury on it but cant help with id i tried to id mine had no luck


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: gusto on October 25, 2011, 09:03:43 PM
Hi sloth
Do u have any pics u can post up. I would be interested to see another the same as mine. Do you have the original seats in it mine hasn't got them but I want to put the same ones back in
Cheers chris


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: sloth on October 28, 2011, 01:02:14 AM
i cant seem to get pics on site email me i will send some mine had back to back seats but former owner removed them


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on October 28, 2011, 09:51:11 AM
Posting pictures is easy, just click on the link below and follow the directions. :)

http://board.net.au/yabbse/index.php?topic=365.msg2154#msg2154

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: sloth on October 29, 2011, 09:28:43 PM
helps if i put in correct spot


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Moggy on December 15, 2011, 08:25:19 PM
Me and a mate of mine are going to pick up this boat tomorrow, which he has purchased.
Still has the Internation Plastic ID plate and would be about 15.5 to 16 ft long.

The question is, what did they call this type of Caribbean boat. :)

(http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af26/Moggy23/other/Caribbeana.jpg)

(http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af26/Moggy23/other/Caribbean.jpg)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on December 16, 2011, 06:31:08 PM
Hi there Moggy,
Up the top of the page you will see a button named "Search". Click on that, then type:  Belmont.
I feel that will give you the answer when you take a closer look at ALL the posts there.

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Moggy on December 16, 2011, 10:28:07 PM
Thanks MERCMAN, thought it might be, but wasn't sure.

Got it home home today and gave it quick clean up, dead rats etc.
A closer inspection will be done over the weekend on how he will tackle the project  :)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: senojn on December 17, 2011, 06:21:44 AM
A Moggy and dead rats ? Sounds about right . ;D


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: MERCMAN on December 17, 2011, 06:41:32 AM
Nice pick up 8). I feel as if I've seen that vessel previously. The big light mounted on the bowrail reminds me of something?
No, it's not the PT73 either Neil! ;D

MERCMAN.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: senojn on December 17, 2011, 07:03:15 AM
Could be JFK's PT 109  ;)


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: Moggy on December 17, 2011, 07:39:52 AM
Could be JFK's PT 109  ;)

LOL, Didn't quite dig it up from the ocean floor, but the owner would fit the bill with PT73 :D


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: POTTSY5297 on February 13, 2012, 09:43:06 PM
Hello everyone, i have the same boat as @sloth and @gusto and was woundering if anyone has found out what the model name is? And if anyone knew where to get parts for this boat. Thankyou for your time!


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: thedavemiester on April 13, 2012, 02:48:35 PM
Hi knowledgeable people.

I'm trying to help my dad sell his pride and joy. He's had the boat for as long as I can remember, and unfortunately doesn't know much about it. So I thought someone here might be able to help.

As far as we know, it is from 1968. It has a 'bertram v19' sticker on the side. From the brief research I have done, this could be a type of carribean?!

Here's some pics. Any help would be much appreciated.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: thedavemiester on April 16, 2012, 02:13:02 PM
Anyone able to point me in the right direction for more info? I've just realised that this is a thread predominately for vintage outboards moreso than vintage boats.

The information in this thread in particuar is very useful though.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: propshaft4u on May 05, 2012, 08:10:24 PM
In regard to the colours available at that time,they were not very interesting. An olive  green shade, a light powder blue, gold, white and red
i think there may have been a turquoise to They gelcoat seemed to fade very quickly too but can be restored. I had a vast collection of Australian boat brochures and memorabilia but donated it all to the Sydney Maritime Museum when I moved to Malaysia to live. Still have great mental recall and will and to this site as  from time to time.o. I agree that boats as cars should be kept as original as possible. I remember a Caribbean Crosby being put around the course at Cabarita in Sydney. The soft chine certainly had it up on it's side at the Ryde end turnbouy. I think with a 100H.P. Merc they were Good for about 40 m/p/h.
I remember the colours quite well because a lot of the first generation Caribbean V bottom boats were sold by Toby Nichols at Belmont south of Newcastle. The first v boats The V14 and V15 were flopped off the American Glastron but the 16 was an American Dorsett Hull like the aerier  Belmont, Catalina and SanJuan. Lots of these boats and early Pride boats were on on the water up there and  Central coast where I lived.


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: penguin on July 11, 2013, 07:46:05 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: Vintage Caribbean boats
Post by: True blue on March 15, 2021, 11:28:27 PM
Saw this Caribbean boat on ebay, and thought I would add it to the list.