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Updated: 6/25/2009 (11 years ago)
Originally Posted: 6/25/2009
Total Views: 5,831
Owner: Billy Sutton
Forum Nickname: boat dr
Location: Monterey, LA

Model: 1949 Dart
Length: 17.4
Engine: Gray marine I-6 Flathead
HP: 115
Hours: 186
Hull ID: 79D129

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1949 Correct Craft Dart
Serial # 79D129 Built in July(7) 1949(9). The ĎDí for Dart and it was the 129th Boat produced.

Hours 186
17" 4’ length
74" Beam
1600 aprox. weight
Gray marine I-6 Flathead
226 cubic Inch
115 HP @ 3600 RPM
5/8 Mahogany Plywood

We went to Orlando for the Correct Craft get together at St John’s River and to buy an Atom Skier that had its former home at AWS museum. I had played with glass boats but wanted to switch to something new/old - wood! The Atom as well as 12 others were a collection that were to be displayed at CC

When we got to Orlando, the Atom was as described - original down to the fire extinguisher. Ė but one small problem, no motor or tranny. Not wanting another project boat, I decided I would pass. As we were about to give up on a new boat for me, there in the corner sat the Dart in shrink wrap and abandoned. No one knew what it was. Not the year nor the model, but I just had a gut feeling that this was a special boat so we bought it.

After doing much research, we figured out that it was a Dart but no one knew what a Dart was or if there were any more of them left. Since then we have discovered that there are, as far as we know, three left in existence, Mine, one in Orlando and one in Vermont. The Vermont Dart is a preserved boat not a
restored boat.

All that I have done is sanded her down and gave her a fresh coat of bottom paint. Since the sides also looked a little dated, the decision was made to paint them as well. Then came the Correct script, and a name painted on the hull sides. 95% of her is original, top deck paint is showing a little wear as was the chrome. I decided to leave the top as is and sent off all the chrome to have her shine like she did in her heyday. I rebuilt both Zenith carbs along with the fuel pump, new fuel tank w/ new lines and filter. The points and condenser are OEM but I replaced the spark plugs, along with the plug wires.

I did a little research and found her soul mate in Vermont. Hull ID is one number sooner and she is varnished rather than the painted version I have. The other one is in Orlando, she too is varnished but has the double planked hull, a $225.00 option at the time. All three are also the deluxe version, which applied to the interior options only. Gauges and seat cushions were the major appearance differences between the standard and the deluxe options.

Iím now hooked on wood!!
Billy Sutton
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