1979 Caravelle 17.5’ Powered by a Mercruiser 165 hp
Owned by Mike & Denese Yancey of Tulsa, OK
Caravelle Boats were manufactured in Conway, AR by Centark Industries which went out of business in 1982. The brand was resurrected in California and is still being sold today.
This 17 ½ foot fiberglass boat, was manufactured in Oct. 1979 with Serial # CNHO4434M79C, with a 165 HP Mercruiser I/O. In 1986 she was advertised for sale in a very poor neighborhood as part of a bankruptcy sale, but the boat looked good and was affordable.
We used the boat regularly and in the spring of 1991 discovered a leak in the transom where the outdrive was mounted. Upon further analysis, discovered the flooring was getting spongy, so it was time to do a major renovation. Everything was removed and disconnected the top deck from the hull and set it to the side. When the flooring was removed, the plywood stringers were ground out. Then using what was left as a pattern, new ones were made. A local fiberglass guy made a new plywood transom and glassed everything back together. I then had all the upholstery recovered and installed new flooring and carpet. Effectively, she was back to new condition.
We have used the boat regularly for the following 20+ years, keeping it in a garage or carport and out of the weather. Original gelcoat still shines, however it may be time for another minor renovation soon as the upholstery is showing 20 plus years of wear.
The engine is all original, having never been rebuilt. With no hour meter, it is hard to say how many hours of use it has on it but still runs perfectly. Both of our kids learned to water ski behind this boat, and are still doing so today as it is still the best water skiing boat in the fleet.