Original Aerokits Sea Hornet - Posted: 7 years ago by john saunders
I had always admired the lines of 1950s American wooden runabouts and built this Aerokits model when I was an apprentice at Jaguar Cars and It had stayed In my loft since completion nearly 40 years ago. Recently dusted off and upgraded with a Graupner Speed 500 and Mtroniks 40Amp controller and P35 prop. Seen here at Knightcote Boat Club on 25 October
Restored 1960s Aerokits Sea Queen - Posted: 7 years ago by john saunders
Original 1960s boat aquired this summer from the family a deceased former club member In scruffy, non running but basically sound condition. Was petrol powered at some stage and still had original vintage mechanical speed controller from a later electric power set up. Restored with two (secondhand) MFA850 motors In tandem driving a new single 20 In M5 shaft. . Using a 50 Amp Tornado speed control and plastic X55 Graupner prop.
Sprayed (Volvo) Flash Green Metallic with orginal decks stripped back and restained (using tea bags!) and relaquered
Planing gently on our club sailing water at Knightcote, Warwickshire on 25 October
Is she listing to starboard or do I have my head tilted to the right, Hum?
restored Sea Commander on speed 600 - Posted: 7 years ago by dbninja
ok, my first ever attempt at posting a video on here and youtube..
my Aerokits Sea Commander restored but not finished running a direct drive graupner speed 600 8.4v on 40mm std 2 blade plastic prop. battery Is 9.6v 8cell 3300mA nimh. sailing Sunday 15th August 2010 at Taylor park st Helens mbc
HI dbninja. I have recently aquired a sea commander, and If I can get It go using the same setup as you, I shall be well satisfied. There are two questions. (1) whereb exactly Is the waterline, and (1), where does the batteries go. there appears bto be sufficient room In the after compartmnt, or Is this too far aft.
Hi I use a single 8cell Nimh pack, and cut a hole In the main vertical bulkhead (the one at the back of the main roof below the windscreen) so my batterry pack sits under open deck area floor - midships
my sea Commander Is fairly light at 4 3/4 lbs without battery. the battery adds another 1 lb bringing the total to 5 1/2lb.
it balances (fore-aft) at the back of the aft main cabin window.
waterline... I just guessed what "looks right" and Its 70mm from the top of the deck at the bow and 60mm from the top of the deck on the side flank of the hull at the stern.
do make sure you fit the spray rails along the chine of the hull and keep them sharp! they do a tremendous amount of work lifting the hull and clearing the bow wave, and will greatly Improve the boats performance
many thanks to you both. At this time I have no Idea of the weight except to say that from what I can gather from looking at the rudder that this boat seems to from the sixties/seventies, and Is quite a substantial vessel. She Is undergoing a major refit.( spent the day rubbing down the Inside of the hull, and removing paint from the toerail to the carlings. This looks like being a long job.
if Its "that old" and Is a 60's/70's built model that had an I.C. engine fitted.. I would recommend you "glass-cloth" the outside of the hull..
models built during this period tend to have been built with bio-degradeable glue! (cascemite/ boneglue. etc.) show It water for the first time In 40 years and your boat will revert to kit status and basically become unstuck! If the wonky glue doesn't do It then the diesel/glow fuel used In the 60's will have undone all the joints from the Inside-out anyway!
enjoy your restorations and read as much as you can on here
Two Nor-Star Boats at Crealy - Posted: 7 years ago by ianed57
Two restored Nor-Star boats- a Wave Princess and Wave Rider having a run at Crealy Park In Exeter.
The boats are E-Bay rescues bought back to life by Kalamunda. The video was made by Ianed57.