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andrew
Posted on Friday, July 05, 2002 - 07:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe someone can assist Mike:


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First of all really super web site, thanks very much!!!!

I'm building a 21' Smith Island Powered Crab Skiff. Got the plans from the St Michael Museum.

I understand these skiffs were built in the '20's, some for crabbing and some for racing,

and were powered by a large-bore, water cooled, horizontally opposed 2-cylinder gas engine.

Any idea who made this engine, and where I can start looking to find such an engine so that

I can make this sharp little skiff an 'original'.

Any help much appreciated.

Mike Anders
wisdomfound@hotmail.com
Laurel Maryland




Mike... isn't the skiff at the musuem powered by a single cylinder US Marine or Universal? The only horizontally opposed twin I can think of is the Gray that we have seen pictures of here on the site. Anyone else...?
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Richard Day
Posted on Saturday, July 06, 2002 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am curious! The twin horizontial apposed marine engines sort of died out by 1912 from all the material I have researched. Seems to me the classic one lunger of the period would have been a US Marine, Palmer YT-1. or C. Universal Fisherman, or similar engines of that period. Surely if they were used as crabbing skiffs gas consumption and low idle speeds were paramount not speed. Any thoughts??
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andrew
Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2002 - 09:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mike does mention that some of those skiffs were used for racing... although I have never heard of that before. I wonder what the plans show for power?
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Richard Day
Posted on Tuesday, July 09, 2002 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nothing on the plans. I am meeting with Mike at Tuckahoe on Friday. He is bringing the plans. From his discription they show a heavy displacement hull. Low freeboard and a skeg extending from Stem to stern. Makes sense as crab scrapes were used for trot lining in creeks and they wanted the skeg to hold the boat on a straight course at very low speeds. Would like to know the source stating the engines were two cylinder horizontal apposed. Will let you know what I can determine from the plans.
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andrew
Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dick,
Did you ever find out what the two cylinder opposed engine was for that skiff?
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Richard Day
Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 03:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No I didn't get to Tuckahoe and what further info Mike may have come up with I don't know. For the life of me I cannot think of any horizontal apposed that would be common enough for racing in the 20s in a crab scrape. These hull could be used in shallow water to drag for crabs or trot lining. Sounds more like lore than history. Have not given up on it will keep it on the back burner. If you find out anymore please fill me in. Thanks
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Ira Dorey
Posted on Tuesday, September 03, 2002 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi,

I have a 5hp Acadia in my 20' motorboat.

There is a crack at the back of the water jacket and water seeps out when she's running, not a lot, just enough to put off a little steam.

Is it safe to run the engine like this, it still runs perfect and gets lots of water.
Also, can I get the crack welded?

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Ira Dorey
Little Burnt Bay, NF
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Peter Silverman
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Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 08:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi,
Can anyone tell me what size engine, ( what name/manufacturer) would have powered a 1930s wooden Cape Islander fishing boat.

Many thanks
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henry thomas
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