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Dave Austin


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I've been on Lake Norman NC as a 'weekender' since I was a kid, and full time for 23 years now.  I found my first Raysoncraft at a local junk boat dealer and sorta rescued it- a '72 LP hull that had been used and abused.  It's now in the hands of Richie Willet in TN, since I found an original and mostly complete LP that I acquired and put back in service.  Since it's never been restored, I have tried to correct some rigging issues, fix necessary things, and keep it running.  That said, it' needs paint and an engine overhaul to be really what I want.  That'll have to wait since I have also acquired Paul and Marsha FItzgerald's 17'6" Raysoncraft outboard that Paul himself built at the factory back in the Seventies and rigged ultimately with a Merc 200.  I'm doing quite a bit of cleanup and repair on it and intend to have it on the water for the 2016 season if there are no substantial engine issues that we can't correct easily.  I've already cut out the fiberglass tanks and have a pair of fabricated aluminum ones ready to install once the engine is sorted out.  Then it'll be on to the other systems such as steering, electrics, and cosmetics. It's October 2015, so I'd better be getting busy!

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4 Comments

Reply Big T
10:36 PM on April 19, 2011 
Back in the 70s I was in his shop frequently. I saw several of the Wescos he built, the last as I recall was a baby blue...Anyway, we all always scratched our heads with his insistence on trying to compete with the Fords. Some of the head assemblies he put on those engines were larger than the Ford block! It didn't help things the fact that he himself weighed around 300#..He was an honest and hard working perfectionist and we miss him.
Reply Big T
10:30 PM on April 19, 2011 
The son, Armie Haynes Jr now runs the electrical contractor company, Haynes Electric. I contacted him a few years ago in an attempt to purchase old boats, parts, etc. and he said that there was nothing left. He seemed to not have much interest in his father's racing heritage..Sad..
Reply Dave Austin
10:29 PM on April 19, 2011 
The interesting thing about Charlie's old Wesco was that it came up for sale on Ebay a few years ago- having been owned by some MEM local ever since Charlie sold it, so I'm told. When I saw that it was originally owned/rigged by him, I called his nephew and told him about it. He was dumbfounded that it was still around, having had many E-ticket rides in it as a kid. Long story short- Ed couldn't buy it back then, but told the owner to keep in touch on it because he wanted it somehow. His wife bought it and surprised him with it last Xmas- and he hopes to pick it up in Memphis sometime this spring. Like to see it kept back in the family again. Have you ever seen this boat? If you have any photos of it back in the day that could be shared, Ed would be blown away. He's an aeronautical engineer now, by the way.
Reply Big T
9:07 PM on April 19, 2011 
Charlie actually rebuilt the Areomarine V Drive which I am running in the boat. Charlie was a diehard Ford man and was always on the short end of the stick in the drag race days of the 70s. He was a great guy and I also remember his son, Chris...