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    Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    As some of you may already know, my name is Charlie McCarthy Jr. – my dad is Charlie McCarthy who founded Banana Boat Co. and used to race a boat called “Top Banana” and “Rums of Puerto Rico” in the 70’s.

    Long story short, when my dad sold the trucking business in 1995 and retired, he was toying with the idea of getting back in the boat building business but wanted to make larger boats. He went to see his old friend Bobby Saccenti in early 1997 and Bob sold him an old 38’6” Apache mold that had never been put into production. We had the mold at B&C Marine in Hollywood, FL for a couple of months but eventually had to move it to a storage area because of zoning changes etc. It was a difficult time for my dad and me as I had been working in the family trucking business since 1990 and after he sold it, I kind of wanted to do my own thing for a while. Now of course as some of you may know, we have recently “dusted off” some of the old banana molds and are planning to re-launch the company again for the 2006 model year.

    Anyway the Apache mold was loaded upright onto a triple axle white/grey Target trailer and placed into a storage yard in Ft. Lauderdale. If anyone is familiar with Lauderdale, then they will remember the storage yard right at the junction of I-95 & I-595 – that’s where it last was in 1997. We have never seen it since.

    I have been trying to keep this quiet for a while now – trying to locate it quietly – following every lead (one even led me to a landfill!) But now I figured I’d post a little info. on OSO in the hopes that someone might be able to help… I mean how can a 38’6” mold just disappear?

    Here are a few photos & measurements. This hull pictured here came out of our mold but was shortened by approx. 2 ft by blocking the transom. This hull “plug” is what Apache used to produce the 36’ molds.

    Please let me know if anybody out there knows anything. Does this boat look like anything being built out there at 38’6”??

    Thanks!!
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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    these go with first post...
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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    When is the first time or year you were actually aware it was even stolen or missing?


    Real sorry for you grief !!!!


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    And to much is just enough."
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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    that bites! hope you find it
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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    Which Storage yard are you referring to, Is it still there, I have seen a lot of molds floating around these parts, but couldnt tell one from the other.

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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    hmmm . . just thowing this out there, but where did Sonic get its 386 mold from ? Anyone know ?
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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    Good luck, I hope you can track it down.

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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie B.
    hmmm . . just thowing this out there, but where did Sonic get its 386 mold from ? Anyone know ?
    Not from a storage lot.

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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    Didn't Sunsation buy a Large Apache Mold, that they are making into a 42' boat or something?? I think I read i t in EBM.

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    Re: Stolen Apache Mold Story!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 27Fountain
    Didn't Sunsation buy a Large Apache Mold, that they are making into a 42' boat or something?? I think I read i t in EBM.

    WILL
    Wrong, They bought a Powerplay hull.


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