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AzBoatPeddler
06-08-2011, 07:25 AM
Here is a photo of my 1981 Tarva Custom Boats 21' Mini Day Cruiser. I'm trying to find out any information about the brand so please let me know what you know about these boats. From what I have gathered so far they were built in Clovis, Ca from 1975-1983 and only about 13 were built. I bought mine from the second owner who had it garaged for 12 years, the first owner was literally his best friend who had bought the boat new from the factory and had it for 18 years prior. The boat is in amazing original condition and had only 268 hours on the meter. The 5.7 Mercruiser was rebuilt at 198 hours. The original gel coat is intact and it runs perfect so I'm going to concentrate on the interior this fall. I'm planning to replace the carpet and make repairs to a few pieces of the seat upholstery that are coming apart at the seams. I ordered the teak to replace the back swim steps allready. I want to get the old name off the sides of the boat. The prior owner began this work he said by using rubbing compound and elbow greese to preserve the gelcoat underneath, does anyone know an easier way or product to get off 30 year old airbrushed paint from the gelcoat without damage? Any information about Tarva's if you have owned one or know about them would be appreciated. Thanks.

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David
06-08-2011, 07:32 AM
Hey there AZP, welcome to VintageJetBoats.com

Those are some nice lines on that hull... Good luck on your fact finding mission...

454 blue boat
06-08-2011, 12:55 PM
we too have a tarva. I traded my quad for this one for my daughter and we really like it. And yes there is a story about them I know it but its a long story to chat here on the board

http://a4.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/123/2d12dc1c47ca4175b9a6e4e2bc01afa9/l.jpg

AzBoatPeddler
06-08-2011, 02:26 PM
That's one great looking Tarva!!! Thanks for your reply. I would love to see any more photo's you have of it.

wolfie
06-08-2011, 03:55 PM
we too have a tarva. I traded my quad for this one for my daughter and we really like it. And yes there is a story about them I know it but its a long story to chat here on the board

http://a4.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/123/2d12dc1c47ca4175b9a6e4e2bc01afa9/l.jpg


I've heard of easy adoptions but trading a quad for a boat and a daughter is an awesome deal!!!! :4_1_72:

78_Tahiti
06-08-2011, 10:28 PM
Man! I dont know how you guys find deals like that! It just amazes me! :yesnod:

David
06-09-2011, 06:38 AM
I have a couple of dogs I'll trade for a 454... :)

AzBoatPeddler
03-05-2013, 05:03 PM
More info on my Tarva and these boats in general at www.facebook.com/tarvacustomboats (http://www.facebook.com/tarvacustomboats)

"THE ADVOCATE"
03-05-2013, 05:51 PM
http://www.vintagejetboats.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8815&d=1359728654&thumb=1 (http://www.vintagejetboats.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8815&d=1359729366)

boatf4fun
01-07-2014, 07:41 PM
I also own one, built in Clovis (Fresno) CA. Sturdy full-stringer boat, not too fast (according to builder, has some "hook" built into hull), but solid. Have talked with the guy that built mine a few times, owns Fiberglass Unlimited. I'm sure more than 13 were built, however....I've seen about 9 locally at the lake. Was called "Mr. Ed" before Tarva.

"THE ADVOCATE"
01-07-2014, 08:32 PM
That is great info Fun! There has been some discussion on Mr. Eds boats. Some claim Mr. Eds is a trailer shop and some swear their hull is a Mr. Ed. Both come out of Central Cal. HIN #'s were all over the place. Fiberglass Unlimited seams to ring a bell from posts from actual owners. Do you have any paper work or a brochure for the VJB archive? That would be a triple cherry!!!!! Enjoy a rare hull!! :rooster:

boatf4fun
01-11-2014, 09:18 PM
That is great info Fun! There has been some discussion on Mr. Eds boats. Some claim Mr. Eds is a trailer shop and some swear their hull is a Mr. Ed. Both come out of Central Cal. HIN #'s were all over the place. Fiberglass Unlimited seams to ring a bell from posts from actual owners. Do you have any paper work or a brochure for the VJB archive? That would be a triple cherry!!!!! Enjoy a rare hull!! :rooster:

Not sure how Mr. Ed fit in, maybe was a partner that left and name was changed to "Tarva" by Maurice Tarvan. Before I bought my boat, the only Mr. Ed I knew of was the talking horse! My boat is sturdy, but slow as molasses, like 48 mph from a mostly stock 460 and Berkeley AA.

wolfie
01-11-2014, 10:04 PM
Mr. Ed built shovelnose hydros back in the day. Not sure if they built anything else other than trailers for the hydros.

boatf4fun
01-25-2014, 08:37 PM
http://www.performanceboats.com/boats-sale/92788-1976-23-mr-ed-day-cruiser.html http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mr-Ed-Custom-Boats-Day-Cruiser-Fresno-CA-Advertising-Photo-Postcard60s-/121134555094pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c342e9fd6 If these don't work, Google "Mr Ed Daycruiser" Identical to the lines on the Tarva

wolfie
01-26-2014, 01:31 AM
I stand corrected.