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    Sure looks like a Rayson to me too....look on top of the left stringer about a foot forward of the transom and see if there is a small aluminum tag under the fiberglass with number stamped on it....
    Speed cost money...how fast did you say you wanted to go ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by villainwinches View Post
    idk, im just going off of the paperwork that came with it. i think its old registration.

    Since most pre 72 boats have no Hull id number (and Hull Id numbers can be sanded off or painted over anyways) paper switching is not uncommon....

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    I've seen this boat up close and personal many times and it is not a Rayson Craft..Avenger is what it is...just not too many built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by villainwinches View Post
    im going to start on the trailer. anyone have some pics of just the trailer that i could look at? wanting to get some ideas.
    I would switch the trailer for a tandem or convert that one. I've done it before and it's not that hard, but there's cheap trailers out there which make more sense.

    Here's the one I converted before and after.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattle Can Lou View Post
    I've seen this boat up close and personal many times and it is not a Rayson Craft..Avenger is what it is...just not too many built.
    Lou, years ago when I first started the v-drive boat manufacturers list I included Avenger in that list. Years later I looked at that and couldn't remember why I had it on there so I removed it. Since I have nothing but free time I'll look through some old magazines and try and find Avenger in there. I'll be looking at 1960 to 1966. I'll get back to you on this....

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    Thanks SS...I know it was a very low production boat..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattle Can Lou View Post
    I've seen this boat up close and personal many times and it is not a Rayson Craft..Avenger is what it is...just not too many built.

    Well if Mike has seen it he would know....but sure does have the look...
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    After 2 hours going through 50 magazines from 1959 to 1969 I got notta!



    I found no mention of Avenger or Cee Bee in any of these. I do have the "jet boat" ad in later magazines.

    To me the boat has an early 60's shape to it and that is where I found the most boats that share resemblance. The forward Keel line does resemble earlier Raysons.



    The rear deck is unique and I couldn't find a match for it. Keep in mind this area is rarely photographed up close and most of the pictures I was looking at were black and white.



    The steep dash rise and gunwhale dip were 2 other features I was looking for.



    The closest I could come up with were these 2 pics.

    This is from a 1961 Powerboat mag. The steep dash and forward entry look ball park but the dash looks short. Also the boat is a centerdecker and the rear deck isn't clear.



    I think this one (on the right) looks even closer but they don't say what kind of boat it is. The boat on the left is a Wickens. Magazine is 1960 Powerboat.



    This is a classic example of why I don't jump to every request I get to find or figure out what the latest craigslist find is. Way too much time and often for nothing. Just sayin.

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    SS, thanks for lookin those are some cool pics. i looked at the stringers, and no tags. i will try and climb inside and have a look all over tomorow after i get off of work. (if i go, might skip and go to the lake) and the dash isnt really to steep. i will get a pic next time im out in the garage.

    went to lucky today with the boat. had a blast. i was the only guy in the water that i saw. (my perfect pass gauge was sayin 46* water). got a short vid of a vdrive that showd up when we were leavin. will post it up when it loads to youtube.
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    SS...you are the man...your research tells me...maybe Avenger never made the boat...not a Rayson though...

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    Default Ed Brown's Avenger Fiberglass Mfg in Lakeport, CA.

    Ed Brown started Avenger Fiberglass Mfg. in Lakeport, CA and built vdrive flatties from 1967 to 1972. Harlan Orrin was friends with Ed when Ed owned the Bar-B Marina and Harlan worked for Rayson Craft. Ed used to hold ski races at his place back then. He went ftom the marina to owning a place called Hillside Honda in Lakeport which is still in business today. Go to their website and click the "about" link and it has a piece on the fiberglass company but no real boat info. I know where a 1972 model is sitting with a 408 with a 6v71 and a velvet drive. It doesn't look like yours but I'd bet they come from the same place. Maybe Ed got hold of a Rayson mold?

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    I'm looking forward to your restoration. You don't see many of these early 60's style boats anymore. Very cool! It definitely will stand out. You may even want to scout some early-mid 60's engine pieces. That would really turn some heads.

    Michael

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    Chevy 348/409 or Buick Nail-Head..........................!!

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    http://www.performanceboats.com/v-drives/97372-avenger-fiberglass-mfg-flatbottom-v-drive.html.
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