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Old 13-09-2016, 13:01   #31
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

Thanks Kyrie. I believe that i have hull #7 - my HIN reads AYW10007.

what is interesting is that your HIN pre-fix is TPG. (which may stand for Topsail pilot xxx?) while mine is AYW. Any Ideas of why they are different?
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Old 13-09-2016, 13:32   #32
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

Bob,

I see that you have hull number 7, and yes the HIN alpha identifier would be when Aquarius took over from Topsail...
This would explain as to why Kyrie is hull number 9 from the old company that produced her....
Not knowing enough from other owners makes it somewhat difficult to get solid data on these sailboats....
on Sept 23, SV Kyrie Eleison will be on the hard for the fall and winter season...
I will take a lot of pictures for all you folks out there interested in comparing her to yours....

Cheers to All

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Old 13-09-2016, 21:07   #33
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

I look forward to seeing more pictures of Kyrie- She is a sweet little vessel.

If Kyrie is hull #9, born in 1978 , and mine is hull #7 born in 1980, it makes sense that the production yard name had changed at some point in time in between those dates, and the hull numbers had also been "reset". This also would go with the prefixes of the HIN changing from TPG to AYW.

I have Done a little research and found that both the TPG HIN prefix variety of Aquarius Pilot Cutters and the AYW variety were indeed manufactured at the same facility in Sarasota FL. Furthermore i have found that the original manufacturer- Topsail Yachts Inc.(TPG) Went out of business in March of 1978. the new manufacturer Aquarius Yachts Inc (AYW) took over in March 1978. They stayed in business under this name until March 1987, when they went out of business for good. I will add that the owner of Aquarius Yachts Inc was J. Waligora. It seems that the production run for these boats was at least nine years, all in FL.

in addition, the previous owners of my Aquarius PC gave me two brochures for the Yacht (which i will attach for any of you interested)

One of which is dated March 1978, An entire page add out of an old magazine called Sailors Gazette- Listing the builder as Topsail Yachts Inc. The other pamphlet (which came with my Aquarius PC built in 1980) listed the builder as Aquarius Yachts Inc.

both pieces of literature, one from 1978 and the other from 1980- list the builders address as 2014 Whitfield Park Avenue Sarasota FL 33580. This pretty much backs up the data I've found online- two different manufacturer names but the same location in FL.

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Old 14-09-2016, 12:05   #34
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Re: Aquarius 24 Pilot Cutter

Here are some pictures of my Aquarius Pilot Cutter as I found her. Soon, I will start restoring her.


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