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1969 Thunderbird Formula Boats for sale
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An original 1969 Formula 233 designed by Don Aronow at Thunderbird, and was the original "The Cigarette" boat(see first picture) that revolutionized offshore boat hulls. This was my boat from 2008-2013 and used regularly. I pulled the original Mercruiser 165 to rebuild in 2013 and never put it back together due to having a new boat given to me. The engine and outdrive are not included in the auction. However, the trailer is included. The boat has been sitting in my barn for 2 years and needs to find a new home. The canvas was new in 2011, but is filthy from sitting. The cockpit sole(floor) is pretty solid. Carpeting was removed, and I had replaced a soft spot by the engine compartment with new marine plywood and fiberglass(see newly painted white area). Much of the teak was recently refinished with Sikkens. The 2 pedestal chairs are also brand new and have not been completely installed(see pictures). The cabin doors were also refinished but are not screwed back on(set in place for pictures). Boat was used only in freshwater(Lake St. Clair). I apologize that I forgot to take pictures of the cuddy cabin, but there is little to be seen-it's dirty, but not scary. Gage cluster was totally rewired with modern marine electricals, complete with a new fuse block. Much work has been done to this boat, but much still needs to be done. Bring your own powerplant-boat could have been ordered with single inline 6, twin inline 6's, single small block, twin small block or single big block! This is an amazing off-shore hull(just google Don Aronow formula 233 "the Cigarette") that is becoming very hard to find(at least one that is not a total wreck). It is on the original trailer that tracks and pulls well with newer bearings and bearing buddies. Trailer tires have excellent tread and are not checked or cracking(stored inside). The trailer winch will be re-installed before the winner comes to pick up the boat(just replaced retrieval eye on boat). Please ask questions and bid to win! NOTE: Someone had it retitled as a 1973 at some point-lost title? It is free and clear, and I will transfer title to you at pickup. I could part this out, but I would like to see it go somewhere it will be put back on the water.