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Old 31 March 2016, 16:17   #1
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Callegari advice needed

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Does anyone have experience with older Callegari inflatable boats, made of hypalon (eighties)? And more precise: what about the (Super) Alcione series? It seems to me these boats are of rather good quality, but am curious to know your stories! Is it hard to get new/used parts? Thanks for any input.
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Old 11 April 2016, 02:14   #2
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Couldn't resist it (it's a desperate hobby, I know). Bought a Callegari Superalcione America. Was just lying there and whispering to be used again. Tubes holding air quite well, though they will probably need a latex inside treatment. I guess the Callegari is from around 1980, not sure. The beauty of this boat lies in the wooden structure that is built underneath the wooden bottom plates. Brass parts here and there, so some polishing to do. If anyone of you has some more info about Callegari in general or these boats... much appreciated!
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Never seen an inflatable with 'an inflatable bow dodger support'. That's quite something. Zodiac from the same era used a piece of plastic that slotted in on either side of the sponsons.
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It's something indeed! And the bow dodger support becomes hard enough to hold it all up. I'm discovering more and more about the boat. Even came with the original air pump. A manual one, that is.
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I mean: all this woodwork and brass is coming close to (Italian!) art, isn't it? The number is inscribed in the wood. Don't know what it means. Yet.
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That is one sexy boat! Congratulations on a good find. It seems to be in great shape!
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Thanks!
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Well, it's been some time since last posting. The Callegari has received some reinforcing hypalon strips on top (in the same orange colour) and holds her air excellently now. As soon as the weather clears (hmmm, will summer ever come?) I hope to take her out for a ride. Assembly will take some time, but really worth the time!! In the meantime I'm still looking for any information I can get on this beautiful SIB. So, if any of you have a general brochure about older Callegari's or even a manual... I'd be much obliged. And: I'll keep posting
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