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Another "poor mans XK-19" (perfect companion for a Commander cruiser)
August 13 2012, 9:33 AM
This one is a 19-footer (EDIT: oops it's actually a 17) and it is likely powered by a V6, which makes it a PERFECT candidate for someone with basic skills an a few loose screws upstairs like me or perhaps Jim Peters, to do a V8 bolt in conversion. This is the same exact wetted hull as the 19' Commander SS or the XK-19 boats that followed. Cosmetically it looks very nice.
I ran a 17' boat for many many years. It was fine for water skiing and general boat riding, and this one at 19' and the outdrive like it is will give a LOT more room inside, with the benefit of being a far superior ride when compared to my 17' Chris Craft with the dead flat deadrise at the transom. With a 283, 327, or a 350 converson (they're all externally identical in physical size) this boat would be a real sleeper, and a lot of fun. Jim Peters got a complete motor and outdrive combination for his 19' Commander repowering project and this could be done for this boat too.
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Re: Another "poor mans XK-19" (perfect companion for a Commander cruiser)
August 14 2012, 3:51 PM
Believe that you took a very quick look at the ad, because its actually a 17' Lancer, in as it seems a very nice condition! The undivided dashbord gives it away otherwise its just as nice and very similar looking to the 19'. Should move really well with the Buick V6!
Well I need to study up on my 17' Lancers, but the fact of the matter is even though I have been on the international board of directors of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, and have been at (or helped organize) a LOT of boat shows around the country and in Canada, I don't think I've ever even SEEN one of these. Now I know I've lived a sheltered life compared to someone like Mark Weller or John Kloka, for instance, both of those guys have pristine boats, everything is already fixed and working nicely, they are out dining with the rich and famous every evening, and the last time I think Mark Weller actually got his hands dirty was when he rebuilt the Q motor but that only took him 28 minutes; or it may have been the time he convinced that guy to sell him the nice little Chris Craft runabout he is driving now. Kloka, on the other hand, finds a way to buy boats that apparently clean and wax themselves, sheesh!
I agree the 17 with a V6 would be VERY entertaining, no lack of power there. Still, one wonders about the V8 knowing it would be a bit more of a drop in but still possible.
Many thanks for the correction, I'll go back and edit some of the previous notes so people don't think they're looking at a 19.
Paul, I know you might not be the best one to ask on this topic,hahahaha. My 17 is missing the starboard and center sections of the wind screen thingie. I noticed that they have a bit of a curve to them. The pic from this ad shows it clearly. Is this going to be an expensive problem? If so, she may go topless. I know you would approve.
Heres what I can tell you about the glass on my 19 which seems to be the same. The glass is convex port and starboard. It seems to be flat in the center. The frames however do have a bow to them in all three positions. In addition to the bow, they also have a slight arc to them to fit the contour of the top deck. I guess you would call it a compound curve? The glass all seems to be by Taylor. Not sure on the frames. I always thought they would look nice in polished stainless or chrome like many of the Century boats had.
Hope that helps.
This message has been edited by craigjudge on Aug 14, 2012 8:13 PM