Joined Feb 22 2011
Lake Norman/Mooresville NC
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!