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General Mark Twain Discussion / Re: Hull construction question
« Last post by MikeL on November 14, 2017, 09:45:03 AM »
I'm not sure actually. All I know right now, is that I can lift the cleat about an inch, effortlessly with my finger.  I assumed loose nuts on bolts.  But I will be able to take some pics Thurs night.  Thanks for the advice.
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General Mark Twain Discussion / Re: Hull construction question
« Last post by Boscovius on November 14, 2017, 09:30:45 AM »
Are you positively certain those cleats are fastened with bolts?  I found mine were fastened with stainless steel wood screws.  Pictures might help.
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General Mark Twain Discussion / Hull construction question
« Last post by MikeL on November 13, 2017, 09:21:21 PM »
Hi.  I am the proud new owner of of 1978 Mark Twain tri-hull bowrider.  The left front cleat is very loose, and am unable to reach anywhere NEAR the bolts when I remove the seat cushion pads.  If I try to pry the VERTICAL seat back pads off, will I find hull access that will allow me to get an arm up toward the cleat?   Those seat backs are very firmly mounted and I don't know how they are mounted.  I'd hate to ruin some good fasteners by prying them off, if the hull is solid under there.
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General Mark Twain Discussion / 1968 14' Runabout
« Last post by Boscovius on November 01, 2017, 08:38:39 AM »
Hello All,
I've been the owner of a 14 foot Mark Twain for nearly 20 years.  I've run her hard and it shows, but now it's time to restore her as best I can so I can pass her down to my boys.  Now, here is my conundrum...While the boat is titled as a 1970, the Mark Twain factory index shows that the only 14 foot fiberglass boat Mark Twain ever produced was in 1968, so, if that's true, I'd like to have the title redone to accurately reflect it's true year of manufacture.  Also, this model has a very unique "snub nose" design that I have never seen on any other boat.  Try as I might, and I have tried, I cannot find any pictures of reference to this model on the internet.  I am planning to redo the transom, floor, as well as repaint the hull and deck and fabricate a new windshield.  Pictures or drawings would be instrumental in helping me to get this right.  I know it's a small boat, and many might not care much about it.  But, what can I say.  I'm rather attached to it.

I am hoping that someone here can help me to 1. Confirm the date of manufacture.  2. Share pictures of what the boat might have looked like in it's original state.

Thank you in advance.


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General Mark Twain Discussion / Re: Finally Got It In The Water
« Last post by lilsinker on October 31, 2017, 04:00:01 PM »
I'd like to ask how the stringer outdrive is working for you. They can be a "problem child". The build looks fantastic!!
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I've actually found the one in your picture on line, which is different than the one in the photo I attached.  The one I'm looking for doesn't have the spokes with holes, but rather tapered plastic inserts on each spoke with a plastic center cap.
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The steering wheel itself is fairly standard, it's the metal insert (the chrome on the spokes/center) that might prove almost impossible to source outside of a junk yard/parts boat.

Here's what the steering wheel looks like without the insert.  (kind of hard to see but you get the idea)
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General Mark Twain Discussion / Looking for an original 1977 VSonic steering wheel.
« Last post by champion201 on September 22, 2017, 02:22:57 PM »
Hello all,
Trying to get the boat back to as original as possible and currently looking for a steering wheel.  I've attached a picture of what I'm looking for.

Thank you,
Mark
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General Mark Twain Discussion / Re: Finally Got It In The Water
« Last post by Haulnazz15 on September 20, 2017, 11:12:52 AM »
Lookin' good, glad to see you got her back in the water!  What made the decision to use folding fishing seats in lieu of the usual captains chairs or a solid bench across the back?
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General Mark Twain Discussion / Finally Got It In The Water
« Last post by New2Me78 on September 08, 2017, 07:03:59 PM »
Still have a ways to go but it felt really good to try it out. Had this thing for over 10 years & I have either not had the money, time, or both to fix er' up. Over the last couple of years I have had a little of both & have made a lot of progress. Still have some smaller things to do like install the wind shield, glove box door, small trim work here & there. Oh & then there is the trailer I had to purchase. It still needs to be painted. Might tackle that over winter.
New engine is running great except for the Holley 4 barrel still needs some adjusting. If I can get it set correctly all there is to do next summer is enjoy the thing!
Already getting some compliments... "that's a great looking old boat!" Hard to believe it is going to be 40 years old.
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