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Offline ZIPPY 111

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New member Hi all
« on: September 16, 2022, 09:33:02 PM »
Hi just joined your forum as I have along history of boating. I am in the process this winter of restoring my fathers Fletcher 150 Arrowsport  with a Johnson 115hp. She is a 1975 model which dad bought in 1979 and we had good use for years unfortunately she has been layed up for 20+ years. I am an marine engineer by trade working in a boat yard and have full use of all the facilities to bring her back to life. Have fitted a new floor now preparing for a re-spray back to Rescue Orange a good 70's colour
This looks like a quiet site at the moment but we are seeing more retro boats in the workshop this year

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Re: New member Hi all
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2022, 09:28:40 PM »
Hi and welcome to the friendly forum. We are tiny, but the people on the site are mostly enthusiasts, restorers or owners of classics. Someone like yourself is always welcome and interesting to hear from.

Your comment about classics and the rise in your workshop of them, does give encouragement, but then most collectors and restorers are simply passionate about their lovely speed and motorboats here of course.

I had a Fletcher 150 some years ago and I really liked it, wish I still had one. Where are you based, because it is always good to let members know if they want repairs etc.

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Offline ZIPPY 111

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Re: New member Hi all
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2022, 04:58:11 PM »
Hi, I am based in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire UK
We have another retro boat in the workshop now 1970's Glastron with a Gold Metalic deck like the one used in James Bond film.
New floor, new engine/drive and new Gold flake spray job, cool boat. Going to seatrial this one in Budgie smugglers  :D

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Re: New member Hi all
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2022, 05:27:34 PM »
Just an update, engine now removed and starting to strip down for painting.
Old floor removed and new ply floor fibreglassed in. As you can see from the photo she is far from the original Rescue Orange colour

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Re: New member Hi all
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2022, 10:04:19 PM »
Ahhh, good old painted on names.... so nostalgic ! I have had a couple of Fletchers, the last one was a 15 with an ex MOD Johnson 130 V4. I swore it was factory black, but after a call to Fletchers, they said they never made one.... ever !!  It  chine walked for England & I had to sadly move on....   :'(
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