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not identical

February 12 2011 at 5:57 PM
mercrewser  (no login)

Response to Roger the identical hulls...but

Just wanted to clarify, these hulls look similar, but are entirely different.

Like the 233, the lancer series was popped by at least one other builder, AMF Crestliner. They offered a 17, 19, and 24.

The 233 was offered with a variety of different powerplants, some pretty wild for racing purposes. I think one even had tandem 427 inboards sharing a single propeller shaft.

These boats are all pieced together. The 233 shares a Nova's transom, (the 233 was first) and was a modified from another boat, a SeaBird (I think??). BTW, the 24 Seabird is an interesting boat that looks like a cross between a Lancer and 233. One near me with a 318 and Paragon v-drive.

The history of how these boats came to be is interesting. Alan "Brownie" Brown is the man that was there, working and racing with Aranow. He has all the answers and stories and he frequents other forums.

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