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PHOTO - 1. (Above) Self contained with coil, this unit gives enough spark to increase plug gap 2x !!
PHOTO - 2. (Above) Jeff Schiro scores a new 55-foot Commander !!
PHOTO - 3. (Above) Craig Lindberg discovers Avery high-style and more power in a familiar Wynne-designed hull !!!
PHOTO - 4. (Above)When the going gets tough, THE TOUGH get going !!!
PHOTO - 5. (Above) Rob S shows us how boating is supposed to be done right !!!
PHOTO - 6. (Above) Jerry splashes another restoration on Chesapeake Bay !!!
PHOTO OF THE DAY ! ABOVE LEFT !
PHOTO OF THE DAY EDITORIAL:
The 23 Lancer is known far and wide today, thanks to members of this forum, for being a formidable big-water hull with a 24-degee deadrise that came directly out of the offshore boat racing world. Hull designer, Jim Wynne, won the World Championship in the offshore racing circuit in 1966, and it was 1966 when this hull was first produced by Chris-Craft after having Mr. Wynne and his partner, Walt Walters, provide the design. The deadrise on a deep-V hull is critical, because some of the boats Chris-Craft attempted to design for themselves had a tendency to flop over on one side or the other, and the experience Jim and Walt gained through years of building and testing offshore hulls was directly applied to this 23-footer. In addition to the hull profile, weight distribution, etc., Jim applied his patented lifting strakes which lift the hull farther out of the water as speed increases, thereby reducing friction but still allowing the hull to keep the knife-like bow in position to slice waves. It was a fabulous package back in 1966 when it was first introduced with a Buick V6 engine, and it remains a great package as it has evolved through various versions over the years.
Forum regular, Pierre, is restoring this particular 23 Lancer, powered by a 307 QLV with 200 horsepower. With the efficient outdrive this is plenty of power for this hull. About 20-pounds of nuts and nut shells were removed, the moldy upholstery was removed but will be used as a pattern, and the motor was pulled for a complete rebuild. All the floors were replaced, and the wiring is in the process of being replaced now. Hey, a boy has to have a hobby, and this boat will surely put smiles on a lot of faces when it is done. For more photos and details check out the following link. ..
Pierre shows us how it is supposed to be done !!
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