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Ianlind

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Identification of F/Glass hull
« on: June 22, 2016, 05:31:18 AM »

I recently bought a couple of cheap hulls off Fleabay, one being a Plywood hull which has been listed under Unknown Fast Boat, and which is now just waiting for the weather to improve to allow painting, the other being a Glass hull of a very attractive shape, but I have no idea what it is or what it could turn out to be.
Now that my lady has taken over the Unknown Fast Boat and is really enjoying it, looks like I need something to keep up with her!



Specs are
895mm long o/a
305mm wide at flare
260mm wide at Transom
113mm deep at transom
80mm deep sides.


The hull looks a lot like the Kingston Tarpon Cruiser line drawing on the Kingston website, but this is a few inched longer. And no matter how much searching I do, I can't find any images of the Kingston Tarpon as a completed model!


Any help or suggestions is and are appreciated.


Regards from down under,


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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2016, 07:38:07 PM »

if my memory serves me right, a Tarpon was ,I think , a Vic Smeed design from years ago. On the lines of a Thames river launch. Made up to a very nice boat as well. On the other hand I could be completely wrong. nemesis
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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2016, 08:58:29 PM »

Tarpon...99% sure it is, used to have one

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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2016, 09:52:42 PM »

Tarpon was originally a kit issued by Veron, based on a fibre glass hull. That being so, it is more likely to have been designed by Phil Smith.

 Plans for most of his designs can still be obtained from Phil's son. I had his contact email address somewhere. I will try and find it and post it on here
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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2016, 10:00:55 PM »

Just found it. It is csmithbmth@gmail.com
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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2016, 11:28:36 PM »

Thanks for all your inputs.


I should have mentioned that there were two totally different Tarpons from the searching I did, and the Veron version sounded like it would be the closest, as the Vic Smeed version was a displacement hull launch, of which there were plenty of images available, but nothing on the Veron version!


Spearfish99, Thanks for the email address for Phil Smith's son, and I'll send him an email and see where it goes from there.


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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2016, 07:09:11 PM »

I have a hull 130cm long very very much like this one...very interesting...
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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2016, 11:32:41 PM »

I did get in touch with Phil Smith's son and he sent me an image of a Veron Tarpon, but it's not one of those, due to the Veron's extreme flare right around the perimeter of the hull to allow the deck fixing.


It's probably some local hull from many years ago. It'll be a case of finding a model that looks a lot like it and go from there. Problem I have is, that I can't look a hull and visualise what it might look like with an upperworks!


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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 11:44:20 PM »

Wouldn't the upper works of the Veron Tarpon look OK on your hull with a bit of massaging?  If I remember aright, it was a sort of American sport fisher look

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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2016, 12:45:11 AM »

G'day Spearfish,


The Veron/Kingston was a bit shorter, and the image that Colin sent me was not really attractive, to me at least! That was an unfinished project on Ebay.
I guess if you stretched that sort of cabin to suit the longer hull it might look odd!


I'm a tug modeller and can't visualise what this thing should look like. If it was shorter and fatter I think I could manage that, but this is quite long and slim.
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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2016, 02:44:29 AM »

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Re: Identification of F/Glass hull
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2016, 08:37:08 AM »

G'day Mudway,


Thanks for the suggestions, but I'm still worried about the length/breath ratio. If it was about 100mm shorter it would be easier!


I guess one day there will be the light bulb moment that will make it all clear. But for now it's just resting on the shelf!


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