My new 1960-61? AlumaCraft FD

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Not 100% sure on the year. It's S# is FD 10195
It has been under a car port since 1994.
Pretty clean considering it's age. It appears to have The bow platform and side steering options.

If any of yall have any cool or good info on it I'd love to know.
 

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Very cool old boat !! Remember them from my youth working at a small marina. If you decide ro bring her back to like new condition, be sure you have pics for us to drool over !!
I definitely plan too. My goal as of now is a 50-60s red white paint scheme, same with the interior. But mechanically I'm going with modern steering, a modern 4 stoke (Yamaha, Tohatsu or Suzuki.) Bluetooth radio, nice amp and speakers, Bimini top, fish finder etc. I will absolutely share my journey. It's my 4th boat. My previous was a 1982 22 foot Wellcraft V20. I just didn't like spending 200$ on gas every weekend.
 
Great find! That looks like an original SC....VERY cool! That's going to be a FUN project. It appears so original....try and keep as original as possible.
Share your pics along the way and reach out here if you need any help in spending your money....we have experts on that subject readily available!
 
Great find! That looks like an original SC....VERY cool! That's going to be a FUN project. It appears so original....try and keep as original as possible.
Share your pics along the way and reach out here if you need any help in spending your money....we have experts on that subject readily available!
Thank you. After finding the Serial number and getting with Alumacraft is a 1959 FD.
I am going to keep it all original minus the engine and electronics. The boat itself I am keeping as original as I can.
I am looking for a couple parts. The Bow Hook is missing and I really need to find one. I can 3d print one then cast one but that would take a lot of time.
 

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Nice FD! I love the steering pods.
As a heads-up, I can offer some experience with the Aqueduct transom.
It's likely you'll need to to replace both the yoke and the pad as one does on these old girls.

The path of least resistance is to remove the two center brackets.
Putting them back can be with more solid rivets or just stainless bolts will work fine in this location.

Many folks make the mistake of removing the corner brackets. There are screws there and it seems logical, however removing these becomes a gigantic headache. Putting them back has a high failure rate as they are cast items and spring-loaded into the gunnels. It's also likely the top transom plate is spot-welded, as well.
 

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Nice FD! I love the steering pods.
As a heads-up, I can offer some experience with the Aqueduct transom.
It's likely you'll need to to replace both the yoke and the pad as one does on these old girls.

The path of least resistance is to remove the two center brackets.
Putting them back can be with more solid rivets or just stainless bolts will work fine in this location.

Many folks make the mistake of removing the corner brackets. There are screws there and it seems logical, however removing these becomes a gigantic headache. Putting them back has a high failure rate as they are cast items and spring-loaded into the gunnels. It's also likely the top transom plate is spot-welded, as well.
Thanks for the heads up. Someone has replaced the wood at some point. Probably back in the 90s. They used long stainless hardware. But the wood is pretty rough now. I plan on using starboard as it gives a clean look. It's kinda pricey compared to just using a good solid wood, but it will last much longer.
That was the reason I wanted the boat was the steering console. So cool.

How many people have you had in yours? How stable are they?
 
Thanks for the heads up. Someone has replaced the wood at some point. Probably back in the 90s. They used long stainless hardware. But the wood is pretty rough now. I plan on using starboard as it gives a clean look. It's kinda pricey compared to just using a good solid wood, but it will last much longer.
That was the reason I wanted the boat was the steering console. So cool.

How many people have you had in yours? How stable are they?
In general, you'll find Alumacraft very stable boats. Built like tanks. The stretch-form construction (part of the reason for avoiding the removal of the corners) along with the heavy gauge material make for a lifetime boat.

As for my current Alumacraft, it's a Deep C, so built a bit different than your FD. The Deep C is a 15 footer with a ton of freeboard.

In the case of the FD, it's rated for 4 people, but that's a bit misleading. The actual capacity is based on weight.
For 1959, the FD is weight capped at 725lbs. That includes motor, fuel, gear, and people. You'll have to do the math and the balancing.
*also, at 725, beware that your 4-stroke choice doesn't eat up the majority of your capacity. By the time you counter balance bow weight with everything you can throw up there, you'll have no more cap for friends. lol
 
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Thanks for the heads up. Someone has replaced the wood at some point. Probably back in the 90s. They used long stainless hardware. But the wood is pretty rough now. I plan on using starboard as it gives a clean look. It's kinda pricey compared to just using a good solid wood, but it will last much longer.
That was the reason I wanted the boat was the steering console. So cool.

How many people have you had in yours? How stable are they?

I have used starboard and think it is great stuff for certain applications. However, it would not be my first choice for a transom. The big benefit would be it is waterproof. Otherwise, it is heavy, expensive, cannot be glued, I suspect longer spans are subject to maintaining a warp if under constant load, and it is slippery (bolt or use a tether on your outboard).

Being aware of all of that, I think with the two middle braces, it would work for your transom.
 
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