18.5' Hourston Glascraft

Vessel Description Report

Clint Abbott

(250) 383-3031 Victoria, British Columbia, Email:

June 2007


YEAR/MAKE/MODEL 1979 Hourston Glascraft 18.5’

Hourston Glascraft Limited, 1365 Main Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

LICENSE #:    18K44032
HULL TYPE: Planing hull
COLOUR: White hull, brown deck/topsides
LENGTH OVERALL (LOA) 18 ft. 6 in.
BEAM: 7 ft. 9 in.
DRAFT: approx 2 ft. 4 in.
PROPULSION:   Inboard/outboard Mercruiser 165hp, Chevrolet 250 ci, inline 6 cylinder
FUEL CAPACITY:    32 US gallons (appox.) (2 tanks, steel)
TOP SPEED : 35 mph
TRAILER: 'RoadRunner' Single axle 2500lb with hydraulic surge brakes, full lighting


·         Lovingly restored over past 3-4 years.

·         Used only in fresh water lakes for past 10 years!

·         Hull and topsides professionally re-sprayed with high gloss 2 part urethane

·         Hull coated with 5 coats Interlux 2000 epoxy barrier coat from rub rail down – no blisters! Water line down painted with 2 coats white Interlux trilux III

·         New stringers fabricated and screwed/fibreglassed in place with full 3 layer mat caps.  New plywood floors – underside coated with 2 layers resin.  Glued and screwed in place then tied into hull with 3 layers of fiberglass mat (over complete floor)

·         Interior fully carpeted with waterproof indoor/outdoor grade closed loop carpet

·         Seating for 6 – vinyl upholstery

·         Fresh water cooled Mercruiser inboard/outboard 165 hp – professionally rebuilt leg by Morrison AutoMarine (Victoria, BC) (only 45 hours since rebuild).  Complete cooling system overhaul also by Morrison AutoMarine, engine regularly maintained and runs very well

·         4 blade aluminum performance prop + spare 3 blade speed prop

·         Rebuilt painted Roadrunner trailer with hydraulic surge brakes (all recently serviced).  All professionally MIG welded. New correct radial trailer tires.

·         New sunbrella top and frame by Stan Thompson Upholstery and JM2 canvas (Victoria, BC)

·         Interior very tidy – CD player

·         Custom 8’ wakeboard pole/tower with very sturdy bracing

·         Great boat for lake wakeboarding/waterskiing or for west coast fishing

·         Comes with mandatory safety equipment (wooden paddles, heaving line, anchor & rode, 3 lifejackets/PFDs, lines, fenders, etc.)

·         New original style navigation lights



Image 1-1. Old Floor – soft spots and holes

Image 1-2. Floor cut open to reveal stringers

Image 1-3. Reinforcement bolted in for tow post

Image 1-4. Damaged stringers removed and new stringers fabricated and screwed into place (stainless screws)

Image 1-5. New stringers – 3 layers of mat for fibreglass cap

Image 1-7 . New floor boards – 1st coated on underside with 2 coats of resin to seal, high bond adhesive used on stringer tops, all stainless screws used to fasten to stringers

Image 1-8. New floor plywood screwed in place Image 1-9. New floor plywood with 3 layers of fiberglass mat and resin
Image 1-10. installation of new carpet Image 1-11. installation of new carpet - one piece for main floor
Image 1-12. carpet and hull sides done - new seat base on port side installed Image 1-13. Interior final touches - wood coated with 3 coats of cetol marine, gas tanks re-installed


Image 2-1. Old trailer - dismantled for measurements Image 2-2. Old trailer subframe
Image 2-3. New subframe cut and welded Image 2-4. New main frame - the only original piece is the centre beam.
Image 2-5. New subframe painted, new leaf springs, brake backing plates Image 2-6. Main trailer frame painted, ready for subframe assembly
Image 2-7. Brake drums turned Image 2-8. New brakes
Image 2-9. Finished trailer!

Hull & Topsides

Image 3-1. Hull sanded - all scratches repaired with epoxy filler Figure 3-2. All thin or damaged gelcoat ground down, washed and let dry for 6 months
Figure 3-3. 'Extra' transom holes filled with expoxy Figure 3-4. Filled and faired hull coasted with Interlux 2000E epoxy barrier coat treatment
Figure 3-5. Epoxy barrier coat Figure 3-6. After epoxy barrier coat cured, hull sanded and then above water line sprayed with 4 coats high build primer/sealer
Figure 3-7. Topsides primed Figure 3-8. Above the water line ready for gloss white 2 part urethane
Figure 3-9. White 2 part urethane sprayed - 4 coats Figure 3-10. Above the rub-rail sprayed with 3 coats brown 2 part urethane
Figure 3-11. Finished hull Figure 3-12. Finished hull - glossy
Figure 3-13. Note mirror like finish on white hull Figure 3-14. Last step - water down coated with 2 coats Interlux Trilux III bottom paint (white) over Interlux epoxy barrier coat
Figure 3-15. Final touches - boat is finally back on the trailer!