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Old 11-30-2006, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Bulldog
Larry Smith hulls have TSC (Team Scarab) in the hull ID
Does that mean that the HIN# starts with TSC instead of WEL or is it in with the number or just stamped underneath?
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Old 11-30-2006, 08:02 AM
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Motors are finally in here is a pic of the new setup

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Old 11-30-2006, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kvscarab38
Is this boat a larry smith boat??

http://yachtworld.com/boats/1463462/0
That one brought back enough memories to get me to reregister here. NOT a Larry Smith Scarab but still an unusal boat. I bought one in very similar circumstances and it was rigged right beside that one in the race shop that John Connor, Don Pruitt and Gus Anastasia set up right down the road from Wellcraft in Sarasota. Both my boat and this one were built by Wellcraft with interiors, instrumentation and paint but no other rigging. Connors shop then did everything else to race boat rigging standards. Mine was also tabbed hull to deck as I asked for it, not sure about Rick's. Extra care was done at Wellcraft to scrape resin out of the molds on these two. Rick's was done in Kevlar but I chose glass. Connor did not like Kevlar back then as he had some bottom splintering on Betty Cooks boats. So I listened to him. He also tipped me to the fact that Wellcraft Kevlar boats were only 400-500 lbs lighter than glass boats as they used only a few very thick heavy layers of Kevlar as opposed to the 14-15 very thin layers in a Larry Smith boat. He assured me I could get the same 40 pound out by them gong to the plant and making sure all the extra resin got scraped out.
The one pictured of Rick's was a standard 575 Merc with #4's at the time it was new. Mine had Arneson ASD8's and Connor built 540's with about 650HP. Rick's boat ran about 80 and mine closer to 85. Unfortunately Rick's boat looks like everthing is still the same so I can't imagine what kind of shape the motors and drives are in, it looks like it still has the original merc bypass mufflers that caused so much water to get in the engines they were discontinued after a short run.
One more fact, you could get a full interior in a Larry Smith, VERY nicely done and simple and light weight. I priced one out before going with the Wellcraft and that is exactly what it looked like as far as the other boat pictured here.
Rick's boat was NOT a brochure boat either, mercury did use a shot oif the engine compartment in many boat magazines to advertise the 575's.
Sorry for the long blast from the 80's but it's amazing to see a boat pop up that was right beside yours for many weeks. And no, I have no idea where my boat is, I sold it to a guy who boated on Lake Superior in the mid-1990's. If anyone ever encounters an 87 38 KV with ASD8's on it I'm sure that is it. 1988 was the last year for that model and I was later told I was the only one who ever rigged a Wellcraft boat that way. There are some Larry Smiths out there with Arnesons though.
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Motors are finally in here is a pic of the new setup
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by LeeS
That one brought back enough memories to get me to reregister here. NOT a Larry Smith Scarab but still an unusal boat. I bought one in very similar circumstances and it was rigged right beside that one in the race shop that John Connor, Don Pruitt and Gus Anastasia set up right down the road from Wellcraft in Sarasota. Both my boat and this one were built by Wellcraft with interiors, instrumentation and paint but no other rigging. Connors shop then did everything else to race boat rigging standards. Mine was also tabbed hull to deck as I asked for it, not sure about Rick's. Extra care was done at Wellcraft to scrape resin out of the molds on these two. Rick's was done in Kevlar but I chose glass. Connor did not like Kevlar back then as he had some bottom splintering on Betty Cooks boats. So I listened to him. He also tipped me to the fact that Wellcraft Kevlar boats were only 400-500 lbs lighter than glass boats as they used only a few very thick heavy layers of Kevlar as opposed to the 14-15 very thin layers in a Larry Smith boat. He assured me I could get the same 40 pound out by them gong to the plant and making sure all the extra resin got scraped out.
The one pictured of Rick's was a standard 575 Merc with #4's at the time it was new. Mine had Arneson ASD8's and Connor built 540's with about 650HP. Rick's boat ran about 80 and mine closer to 85. Unfortunately Rick's boat looks like everthing is still the same so I can't imagine what kind of shape the motors and drives are in, it looks like it still has the original merc bypass mufflers that caused so much water to get in the engines they were discontinued after a short run.
One more fact, you could get a full interior in a Larry Smith, VERY nicely done and simple and light weight. I priced one out before going with the Wellcraft and that is exactly what it looked like as far as the other boat pictured here.
Rick's boat was NOT a brochure boat either, mercury did use a shot oif the engine compartment in many boat magazines to advertise the 575's.
Sorry for the long blast from the 80's but it's amazing to see a boat pop up that was right beside yours for many weeks. And no, I have no idea where my boat is, I sold it to a guy who boated on Lake Superior in the mid-1990's. If anyone ever encounters an 87 38 KV with ASD8's on it I'm sure that is it. 1988 was the last year for that model and I was later told I was the only one who ever rigged a Wellcraft boat that way. There are some Larry Smiths out there with Arnesons though.

my step dad use to own that boat, it is still around our area and still real clean....That boat ran a honest 83mph on lake erie in 1990 with the 575 set up....The guy who owns it know i ran into at a bar in monroe mi. called clamdiggers..Still in nice shape..................could use a detailing some of the stripes are wiped off from years of cleaning............My step dad sold that boat for a song,,,i think like fifty grand......Last i heard he was in england somewhere and now has a 47 apache................
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by LeeS
That one brought back enough memories to get me to reregister here. NOT a Larry Smith Scarab but still an unusal boat. I bought one in very similar circumstances and it was rigged right beside that one in the race shop that John Connor, Don Pruitt and Gus Anastasia set up right down the road from Wellcraft in Sarasota. Both my boat and this one were built by Wellcraft with interiors, instrumentation and paint but no other rigging. Connors shop then did everything else to race boat rigging standards. Mine was also tabbed hull to deck as I asked for it, not sure about Rick's. Extra care was done at Wellcraft to scrape resin out of the molds on these two. Rick's was done in Kevlar but I chose glass. Connor did not like Kevlar back then as he had some bottom splintering on Betty Cooks boats. So I listened to him. He also tipped me to the fact that Wellcraft Kevlar boats were only 400-500 lbs lighter than glass boats as they used only a few very thick heavy layers of Kevlar as opposed to the 14-15 very thin layers in a Larry Smith boat. He assured me I could get the same 40 pound out by them gong to the plant and making sure all the extra resin got scraped out.
The one pictured of Rick's was a standard 575 Merc with #4's at the time it was new. Mine had Arneson ASD8's and Connor built 540's with about 650HP. Rick's boat ran about 80 and mine closer to 85. Unfortunately Rick's boat looks like everthing is still the same so I can't imagine what kind of shape the motors and drives are in, it looks like it still has the original merc bypass mufflers that caused so much water to get in the engines they were discontinued after a short run.
One more fact, you could get a full interior in a Larry Smith, VERY nicely done and simple and light weight. I priced one out before going with the Wellcraft and that is exactly what it looked like as far as the other boat pictured here.
Rick's boat was NOT a brochure boat either, mercury did use a shot oif the engine compartment in many boat magazines to advertise the 575's.
Sorry for the long blast from the 80's but it's amazing to see a boat pop up that was right beside yours for many weeks. And no, I have no idea where my boat is, I sold it to a guy who boated on Lake Superior in the mid-1990's. If anyone ever encounters an 87 38 KV with ASD8's on it I'm sure that is it. 1988 was the last year for that model and I was later told I was the only one who ever rigged a Wellcraft boat that way. There are some Larry Smiths out there with Arnesons though.
LeeS do u have any pix of your old boat im sure everyone would luv to see them maybe u could post some..
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:50 PM
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Ready to go back in the water after the repower. 89 kv

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427 sick boat. you got one of the best deals of the century when you bought Jody165s boat.
what do you plan on doing w/ her?
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We are just testing with the new motors. I want to run bridge to bridge next year on the delta to see how fast she is now, looking for 125 mph. Mainly I just like to run. The boat is set up for low rpm/high mph. 70 mph is onlt 3600-3700 rpm so we run alot in the 70-80 mph range. Like to run up and down the coast in so-cal. Will be out again next weekend for the SCOPE run. This one is definitely a keeper for a while . One of the best balanced v-huls I have ever been in. Did you know Jody?
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