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    Default FS: 13' Madcap with 402XS on trailer LOUISVILLE KY

    Hello, I've decided after purchasing and restoring a 64 Chris Craft Super Sport I will probably never get around to using the Hal Kelly Madcap I built a few years ago. I would really like to free up the spot in the garage, so I'm willing to let the entire setup go for much, much less than I've put into it. Boat is located in Louisville, KY. Details:

    Meranti BS1088 marine grade plywood from Noah's
    Locally sourced C select pine frame
    All bronze hardware
    Fiberglassed bottom
    Epoxy coated interior and exterior with painted and varnished finish
    Vintage Crittenden deadman throttle
    Brown Machine rigging hardware

    Mercury 402XS (unsure of year)
    Replaced coils (they were cracked when I bought)
    Replaced stator with new CDI model
    Replaced all gaskets
    No missing parts, all there.
    Gearfoot serviced by Ron Thomas in 2015

    Harbor Freight bolt together type (600 lbs. limit- I think, I'll verify later) Only 3 years old, good tires and bearings. Lights work.

    The boat has only ever been test floated at local lake. I never was successful at getting it registered, after sending mountains of paperwork to the rebuilt titling office, having things notarized, and multiple trips to the county clerk, I gave up. The motor runs great in my test barrel, I will include a DeWald 3 blade cleaver. Nose cone was removed and re-greased with corn-head grease after the 3-4 times I ran it on the driveway. The throttle linkage I came up to connect the deadman cable to the motor is not the best. Would probably work OK for cruising but no serious racing. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, for any additional info or pics let me know.

    PRICE: $2200 OBO

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    Default 35 SS Hydro and 35 SS Runabout Kilo Records

    My 402 XS was serial number 1. I picked it up in Oshkosh, August 1976. In the spring of 1977 I broke the 35 SS Hydro and Runabout Kilo Record. It wasn't an "Officical" APBA Class, so the record was never record in APBA, but I think UIM Recorded it.

    Cool little boat you have.

    The 402 XS was kind of a "DUMB" motor. I talked Garbrecht into making it. It was 1/3 of a 150 XS. Under 7,000 RPM the damn think almost rattle your teeth out. It also had a heavy flywheel that none of the four cylinder motors had.

    As a result of the heavy flywheel, it didn't slow down very fast when you backed off.

    I think they engine ran hotter than Mercury planned and as a result, most of the motors cracked blocks on the exhaust side.

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