T-Craft?

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by TCraft revival project, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. TCraft revival project
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    TCraft revival project New Member

    One of kind????
    Picked up this project boat a while back and it just hit the DO list. The HIN tells me it is a 24 ft 1981 T-Craft manufactured in August of that year. I have spent MUCH time trying to research the hull and our intent is to do some New England offshore fishing and light lobstering. I have read the history of Rodney Thompson and the T-Craft Boat Company but to no avail. Any help would be appreciated. From Stern to Bow she actually measures about 26'. The beam in 9'2'. Feels like I could park a Volkswagen on the rear deck.

    Looking for model type, history, others like it... really anything would be helpful
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  2. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    Welcome to the Forum T Craft.

    Your boat looks very nice indeed, with a useful raised sheerline forward.
    Have you tried contacting the T-Craft folk on Facebook to see if they might be related to your original builders?
    T-Craft Boatworks LLC https://www.facebook.com/tcraftboatworks/

    And I wonder if this boat is related to yours?
    T-Craft 28 Foot 1982 for sale for $7,000 https://boats-from-usa.com/not-specified/t-craft-28-foot-95238

    Even Fibreglassics does not have much info - their info on T-Craft boats only goes up to 1971.
    T-Craft - Classic Boat Library http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/index.php?title=T-Craft
     
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  3. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    There doesn't look to be a lot of freeboard aft, I imagine internal depth isn't that great back there, a bit hard to tell from the pics. You need a minimum of 27" of depth to brace against, in my opinion. Don't fall out !
     
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  4. kapnD
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    kapnD Senior Member

    Many working boats have low gunnels, makes easy work of getting things like traps and big fish over the rails, reduces windage, and overall weight.
    My Boston whaler has gunnels that are about mid shin high, yet has a great reputation as one of the safest boats on the water.
    The broken sheer line is nicely done, rare on a boat that small!
    A picture from the stern would be nice.
    The chine flats are monstrous, will beat the hell out of occupants At speed in a chop.
     
  5. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    can you explain the last point better, what are the chine flats? You mean these sections that are flat versus angled right?
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  6. kapnD
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    kapnD Senior Member

    Yes
    The picture is not the best, maybe it exaggerates the width?
    I’d like to see a stern shot to clarify.
     

  7. TCraft revival project
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    TCraft revival project New Member

    Thank you all for your research direction, I have to place the model or see any like it. I also appreciate noting the design aspects and look forward to translating them to her performance down the road. I will send along a better photo of the stern and the hull. I will also get a measurement of the "freeboard aft" or gunnel height.
     
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