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    Default Campbell / Biesemeyer era

    Does anybody have any information on Campbell boats when they were being built by Biesemeyer?

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    Memory sez that Biesemeyer built some during one of a couple of Campbell BK's over the years.

    I recall a story about the brothers 'loosing' the molds to a storage facility for lack of payment but then bought back by a group of investors (Campbell owners put together a quick LLC to buy the molds at auction).

    Biesemeyer built some as did another builder (can't recall the name but a hispanic name like Sanchez or Hernandez), I'd guess with some royalty payments to the then owners of the molds.

    I'll look at the Campbell Registry as I think I recall something there.....

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    Nope, nothing there other than Campbell produced no boats from approx '83 to '90 (perhaps one of the BK periods).

    Registry shows the following;

    20's "By others" from '84-'88

    22's "By others" from '83-'90

    24's "By others" from '84-'88

    28's None from '83 -'90
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    Ralph Tito (Mira Loma CA) is the other builder of Campbells from that era. Site sez that Campbell bought the molds back in 1990.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CampbellCarl View Post
    Ralph Tito (Mira Loma CA) is the other builder of Campbells from that era. Site sez that Campbell bought the molds back in 1990.
    OK, I Guess I Now Know Why They Call You Campbell Carl. Nice Research Chief. Sorry About The Caps, Phone Is Stupid!
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    [QUOTE=shan;2409849]OK, I Guess I Now Know Why They Call You Campbell Carl. Nice Research Chief. Sorry About The Caps, Phone Is Stupid![/QUOTE]



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    Thanks CC!

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    This is by memory, so dates may be a little off. Bob Whalen bought Campbell boat company in the mid 70's, they went broke in the early 80's about 81 or 82 then Norm Brown who owned Biesmeyer boats in Lake Havasu bought the company and started building a few boats. He had built a couple of almost Campbell's before he bought the company, the hull looked just like a Campbell 24 Cruiser, but the cabin windshield only had two windows rather than three like a real Campbell. Once he got the company up and running again he sold it to Ralph Tito who's family is in the Beer brewing business in Pittsburgh, PA. Ralph moved the company to Mira Loma and rented space from Bob Leach in the Eliminator Factory and built boats there for a few years. Ralph was under great pressure from his family to get out of the boat business so he put the molds up for auction and a group of Campbell owners banded together and bought the molds. They called themselves "The Mold Holders". I believe at some time Bob Whalen bought the molds back from them and built some more boats. The Yellow 94 that I had was one of the last boats that he built (there may have been a couple after that). The molds were again sold, a guy by the name of Marty from Phoenix bought the molds recently and has built a few boats. They are probably the nicest Campbell's that have ever been built. I think D'Cucci did the glass work.
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    Whatever happened to the 19' Campbell outboard mold? I believe that it was originally made by Stylecraft and Campbell bought the mold and made about 20 or so of them. It was a very nice boat!
    It was very similar to a Nordic, except that it had cropped corners like a 16' Tahiti.
    Does anyone still have the mold, or, did it wind up in a landfill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate21 View Post
    Whatever happened to the 19' Campbell outboard mold? I believe that it was originally made by Stylecraft and Campbell bought the mold and made about 20 or so of them. It was a very nice boat!
    It was very similar to a Nordic, except that it had cropped corners like a 16' Tahiti.
    Does anyone still have the mold, or, did it wind up in a landfill?


    Registry shows 22 Stylecrafts built by Campbell from '78 - '83.
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    I bought a Norm Brown 22' Campbell at the LA boat show from Ralph Tito. When Ralph bought Campbell, this 22' went with the deal. I took the boat on one trip to Powell and took it back to Ralph. The seat was held in place with wood screws and I fell over in the seat when turning. The boat had a Powerglide with no stops on the shifter. I took out the bow rail when the boat wouldn't go into reverse when approaching the houseboat. The boat would not carry the nose so I figured the strut was too far back.
    Ralph was a good guy. He had set up shop at Eliminator who was going to do all his mold and glass work. He gave me full trade in on a new 22'. I had him move the strut forward and went with a Velvet drive. The boat was just beautiful and handled great when he was finished. I sold it a few years later when I got the Schiada bug but it was one of those " i should have kept it " boats.
    By the way, Ralph's family owned Rolling Rock beer.

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