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Old 13 August 2005, 04:15   #1
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1973 Flatacraft Force 4

As promised on another thread, a few photos of my 1973 Flatacraft.
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Old 13 August 2005, 06:52   #2
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That is in excellent condition you should send the photos to Tony Lee Elliott, he could do a nice article for Rib International!
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Old 13 August 2005, 07:54   #3
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She looks Fantastic should be in a museum.

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Old 13 August 2005, 08:12   #4
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She looks Fantastic Shaggy
Agreed!

I wonder what an appropriate tow vehicle would be? How about Ford Capri in bronze, with a black vinyl roof?

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Old 13 August 2005, 09:22   #5
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I never thought something could look so typically 70s even though it's a RIB - looks like it was styled by the same bloke as the Bond Bug!!!

Should definitely be in a museum or even an art gallery - sell it as Art Deco and you will make a fortune!!!!
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Old 13 August 2005, 10:46   #6
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It would be a shame to use it in anger, after its been kept so long undercover. Doesnt even look like she has had an outboard on! Perhaps an oldish looking one to complete the look and go with the capri. (although you would probably have reliabilty issues getting to the water and whilst your in the water with those additions) True classic
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That is amazing; those tubes look like new (or has it had a retube?)
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No to the retube: they are the original tubes (both of them !).

Fully agree a nice 70's retro car would be great to complete the package: the closest I can offer is my project car: a MkII Golf GTi...complete with towbar !

I'll post a few more photos shortly showing the 1973 Evinrude 25HP engine attached. The engine is also mint and looks like she did very few hours with the boat: I drained the lower unit oil out and it looked like it had just been put in! After an hour of mollycoddling the engine (oil down the plug holes and gently turning by hand, new plugs and a points check) I half-heartedly pulled the recoil start and she fired straight up and settled down to a very quiet idle!

The boat herself is so intact and so little used that there is a paper sticker still on the spray dodger from the British Design Council!

Like you guys said: I'm scared to use her in anger.....maybe a museum would swap me a Searider instead???

How do I get in touch with Tony Lee-Elliott to let him see some photos?
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No to the retube: they are the original tubes (both of them !).

Fully agree a nice 70's retro car would be great to complete the package: the closest I can offer is my project car: a MkII Golf GTi...complete with towbar !

I'll post a few more photos shortly showing the 1973 Evinrude 25HP engine attached. The engine is also mint and looks like she did very few hours with the boat: I drained the lower unit oil out and it looked like it had just been put in! After an hour of mollycoddling the engine (oil down the plug holes and gently turning by hand, new plugs and a points check) I half-heartedly pulled the recoil start and she fired straight up and settled down to a very quiet idle!

The boat herself is so intact and so little used that there is a paper sticker still on the spray dodger from the British Design Council!

Like you guys said: I'm scared to use her in anger.....maybe a museum would swap me a Searider instead???

How do I get in touch with Tony Lee-Elliott to let him see some photos?
He writes a lot here, I would contact HMS

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that is a minter without a doubt
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