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Photos of the MORSE gear selector assembly

December 16 2006 at 6:19 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to * Update on the 20' fiberglass Sea Skiff project (an "almost Commander")

I am not a big fan of a single lever to control a boat, but hey, this is original equipment and I plan to restore it accordingly. I am comforted that the torque of an idling 327 will easily manuver this boat to the dock. Looking at everything about this hardware, it looks solid as a rock and therefore it's worth the expense of replating.

Here is a photo of the selector in place, taken under the blue shrink wrapping

Here you can see the pitting on the casting. 40 years of humidity have taken their toll.

Here's what the inside of this puppy looks like, still as good as the day it came off the assembly line.

I don't know about the Commanders that were built in the Cortland, New York plant (two years after this boat was built) but I suspect there are a lot of Lancers and Corsairs out there using this same MORSE hardware. It's a pretty nifty assembly, and it should clean up quite nicely. I think having period hardware like this will add to the allure of the boat, especially if someone who knows the vintage well sees it. Hmmmm, I'll bet the boat show judges have never seen one of these boats???

I took a series of documentary photos to assure I can get all of this back in place properly. Lots of "under the dash" photos, and lots of the windshield and steering gear too.

Regards, Paul

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