Spirit is a 1961 cuddy cabin bassboat designed by the Eldredge McInnis firm and built in Mattapoisett, MA by Brownell Boatworks. The boats were built for striper fishing on the notoriously choppy Buzzards Bay, and have a tiller and second set of throttle controls for maneuvering while fishing from the stern. Spirit underwent a major structural and systems refit in 2012-2014, had all of her all the exterior finish work redone over the winter of '19-'20 and is currently being re-powered with a new 235hp 5.7l (350 cu. in.) Chris-Craft gas engine. A detailed description of the work can be found below. She'd still make a fantastic fishing and picnic boat boat for New England waters and, with the quality of the restoration work done, could also be a great cocktail cruiser. She's currently in Sedgewick, ME and will be ready to use this season.
Spirit is in the process of being re-powered with a new 235hp 5.7l (350 cu. in.) Chris-Craft gas engine.
Winter 2018-2019 Refit:
Replaced all scratched Lexan in side windshields and all cracked glass in cabin house. All surfaces were epoxied, rebidded and gasketed as per original. Cabin house & hull have been professionally refinished by Hylan & Brown Inc. refinishing the varnished transom. Engine was removed and Hylan & Brown Inc. custom fabricated and installed new pans below the engine and made minor structural improvements to the frames in the engine compartment. Engine has received a top end rebuild by C & C Machine in Ellsworth, new exhaust manifold and risers have been installed, Edelbrock carburetor upgrade modifications, heat exchanger cleaned, pressure tested, repainted and regasketed. Starter has been overhauled and all transmission & oil lines have been replaced with custom fitted high pressure hoses. All fluids have been changed and all components have been inspected.
2012-2014 Rebuild Summary:
Completely refastened (entire hull – all 3200 screws)
Partial stem & keel replacement
New Garboards and misc. planks
New cockpit sole structure and sole (glassed)
New Marine fir plywood decks (glassed)
New Helm station
Completely rebuilt 327 Chris-Craft (230 HP) & Paragon Transmission
New Edelbrock carburetor
New Mallory Solid State distributor
New High Output GM Alternator
New shaft & cutlass bearing
New steering system & Morse controls
All new SW instrumentation
New fuel system w/ Monel tanks
Completely rewired throughout
Cabin Denmark cabin light
Bimini w/ new side windows
Completely refinished to high standards.
Hull #5 from Brownell Boat Works in Mattapoisett.
Over $75K invested