16' Gentlemans Runabout #15: Front Deck

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by ashgrove posted 04-10-2013 11:55 PM 5589 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Rear Deck Part 15 of 16' Gentlemans Runabout series Part 16: New Engine »

Installed king plank.

Completed planks for front deck.

Fabricated carlin for engine hatch.

Super imposed a 1943 Ace Flathead engine into drawings, still can’t decide whether to use an antique motor or a 3.0L Merc engine. Any suggestions?

7 comments so far

View hotbyte's profile (online now)


1045 posts in 3981 days

#1 posted 04-11-2013 12:27 AM

Just now seeing these blog entries. WOW, very nice boat you’ve got coming along. Like others have said, can’t wait to see it finished and on the water.

Tough call on the engine. A antique/vintage motor should would look fitting but the reliability and efficiency of a 3.0L merc (with EFI) could make using the boat much more relaxing. I’m assuming there will be some upkeep/maintenance on the hull anyway so a nice, new, reliable engine might be the ticket. Wonder how much performance and fuel efficiency would differ?

View Bigrock's profile


292 posts in 3968 days

#2 posted 04-11-2013 02:54 AM

For me after building two runabout boat, I would but the Mer. in it and not look back. Safety on the water.

View shipwright's profile


8678 posts in 3803 days

#3 posted 04-11-2013 05:14 AM

Looking good.
I’m a traditionalist and would go for the vintage engine every time.
I’d make sure it was completely rebuilt though.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

View rustynails's profile


946 posts in 3534 days

#4 posted 04-11-2013 11:31 AM

I would use the new motor for dependability reasons that way you have more time using it on the water especially if you need parts during the boating season. The build is looking good.

View jap's profile


1251 posts in 3059 days

#5 posted 04-11-2013 12:13 PM

it’s looking very good,
I vote for the merc since it would suck to have a motor break in the middle of a lake.

-- Joel

View Bluepine38's profile


3388 posts in 4091 days

#6 posted 04-11-2013 03:43 PM

If this were a vintage Chriscraft restore that would be entered in judged contests, I would go vintage, but
the pains of buying several engines to get one good block and getting the original parts including carburetor
parts for a perfect engine is in another class of self torture. I have played with the old flatheads also, putting
them in 32 Ford coupes with the 50 Ford police heads and the Merc crank stroker kit. It was fun in the 50’s
when I was young and did not mind pulling blown up motors and rebuilding them, but you are building a
boat that is supposed to make anything except a newer racing hull look slow if I remember correctly. I would
opt for a newer engine that is going to reliable and last when you give into that urge to find out just how fast
it will go when the day is nice and the sailboats are setting with their sails limp waiting for a breeze. I could
be wrong, since I tend to have strong opinions, so think over your own thoughts and habits and tendencies.
If you are the type that thinks cruise control on a motorcycle is locking the throttle wide open and going, do
not put an old engine in the boat.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

View ashgrove's profile


33 posts in 3650 days

#7 posted 04-11-2013 04:56 PM

I found a 1943 flathead, the block has been checked and the cylinder is deglazed, new bearings, new carb, new fuel pump and water pump, and all new copper lines. It looks good and fits the boat but I’m worried its not powerful enough.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics