Fibercraft

Discussion in 'Blast From the Past' started by Brett, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. Brett

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    The earliest reference I've found to FiberCraft Mfg, is back in 1958.
    Fibercraft hulls were used by many of the original guides as flats boats.
    Flat bottom hulls with a vee entry to cut the chop.
    Stu Apte's "Mom's Worry IV" is one of those.

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    Apte worked with the FiberCraft boat company designing boats.

    Vic Dunaway, outdoors writer for the Miami Herald Newspaper, had one of the early fishing hulls.
    Pictures of that boat showed up in many of his articles.
    These photos are from 1961.

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    1961 and already the setup of the basic flats skiff is apparent.
    Small side console, bow casting deck, stern casting deck and horizontal rod storage.
     
  2. iMacattack

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    Thanks Brett! I heard from a good friend/mentor of mine that Capt. Ken Collette also ran about the bay in a Fiber... Trying to get more info on that.

    There is a great article by Jan Fogh about the Evolution of the flats boat... Trying to find a copy and get permission to post it here...
     

  3. Brett

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    This is a 1962 FiberCraft, images captured from craigslist.

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  4. Brett

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    This link is to a 1968 Fibercraft restoration:

    http://www.classicseacraft.com/forum/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Number=32647&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=11&o=
     
  5. Brett

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    And then there's this item of boat porn that is amazing...

    http://www.classicseacraft.com/joeyfibercraft/index.html
     
  6. iMacattack

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    That last one is one that Karl built... The toerail is one piece of teak!
     
  7. Brett

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    From a story I read on Capt. Karl's website, NativeSkiff.com (now gone)
    he was going to produce a line of custom flats skiffs from a mold taken from his old boat.
    The model was going to be called the Flamingo Skiff.
    That was back in 2004, but health issues interfered.
     
  8. iMacattack

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    Here is a picture of one of the original "Natives" 1965 Fiber Craft

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  9. billhempel

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    Karl's love is alive and now produced by Ankona as the Native Skiff. Challenger front end and Fibrecraft aft. Truely a great skiff offering. Mr Gloekner put his love of all is good into the design.

     
  10. iMacattack

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    I've been in contact with the son of the man who started FiberCraft. He sent some great old pix and wanted to share. I'm trying to get him to join and share his knowledge.

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  11. backlashnpcola

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    I own a 1958 fibercraft I gutted it added 8" stringers foam filled it (2pt foam)Glassed in a new marine grade plywood floor Sank a 12gal tank up front under the casting platform and built a center console for it I use it to fish pensacola bay as much as I can great stable fishing platform
     
  12. anytide

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    this thread has some great picts.
    got any picts. or your sled ,backlash???????
    -anytide
     
  13. franklin.howell

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    Those are very cool pictures . Remind me of a gentler time here in South Florida.
     
  14. billhempel

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    To bad that more people have not gotten a ride in the old style hulls. They ran much better than one may think. I'm still tuned in to them via my memories of using them in the seventies. The new high tech build materials and few tweaks to one of these old hull designs would produce a unbelievable package. The greatest accessory item that came down the pike has been trim tabs and they have helped many fairly good hulls such as the Challengers, Fibercrafts, etc, to become shining stars.
     
  15. james_bingham3

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    just out of curiosity does the 15 johnsen share the same mold or just a lot of common design features like alot of newer boats when compared to the older models
     
  16. billhempel

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    Just maybe, Jan can find that out through his aquaintence with the FiberCraft folks.
     
  17. intowishin

    intowishin fish, eat , sleep...

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    My old Fibercraft '19
     
  18. lularuth

    lularuth I Love microskiff.com!

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    I have a 1955 or 56 14'6" fiber craft like the white one in the 2 nd pic also the model in the last pic the one in color. I am looking for info on it from these story's there are only a few left in Florida I would like info on how to date it. Any help would be great.
     

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  19. lularuth

    lularuth I Love microskiff.com!

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    I have a 1955 14'6" fiber craft back water boat that rides like a dream! I am getting the date from pictures only. I would love info on it, people are saying there is only a few left and I would love to be able to date it and value it. I am looking for help with either of those questions. Thank you. I am attaching a picture of the model I have.
     

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