1984 Cary 50 Project
LOA: 50 Ft. Beam: 14 Ft. Displacement: 29,200 lbs.
US Coast Guard Documentation No. 670268
This vessel named the: Leading Lady was used in filming a Miami Vice TV show episode in 1985. Watch 'The Great McCarthy' episode on the Miami Vice Season One DVD.
The picture below is a sister ship underway. This gives an idea of the size and looks of a Cary 50 when running. The Leading Lady still needs some work before launching. The four I/O’s have been already replaced and low hour twin 480 HP Volvo diesels, brand new Twin Disc gears, TD Arneson ASD 12 drives, and Rolla stainless steel props. All running gear items have been property sized with a professional propulsion analysis which estimates the top speed at over 35 Knots. Still needed is the helm steering and interior work.
The picture below shows the Cary shortly after arriving to Wisconsin by truck. She was unloaded with the help of a crane, rotated 180 degrees and winched inside the red shed to the right. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Lake Michigan) has several travel lifts about 70 miles away if launching is needed.
The next four pictures show the Cary on a steel cradle in the shed. The hull has finish paint and the deck has primer installed.
The eight original engine and transmission control leavers have been replaced with new single leaver electronic controls. Volvo gage and alarm packages are also being installed.
The "K Plane" trim tabs are ready to be reinstalled as all fiberglass work on transom is now completed. The props are 27.5" diameter X 38" pitch SS Rolla’s. Note: the Arneson fins and rubber boots have been removed until launching.
The engine hatch can be raised for access to the machinery space.
The four holes needed for the I/O’s were filled in and solid fiberglass wedges were constructed to give the correct angle for properly mounting the Arnesons to the Cary's transom.
The next three images show the Volvo TAMD74ECD engines Twin Disc MG 5065A transmissions installed. The front and rear motor mounts are completed. The engines are mounted to keep their weight as far forward as possible.
This is an inside engine room view of the Port transmission, exhaust tubing, and finished motor mounts. Both engines have been aligned to give the proper one degree offset angle needed for the drive shafts.
This is a view of the drive shafts after shorting one to the correct length. They still need to be welded, balanced, and have new bearings installed by a local truck repair shop. Not shown are the two machined adapters used between the drive shaft flanges to the prop shafts on the transmissions. Also shown are the two steering cylinders and tie rods.
The next three pictures show inside the cabin Starboard side. A Settee has been installed which lowers down for sleeping guests. Oak finish trim and cushions are still needed.
Forward of the settee on the Starboard side is a new washer/ dryer combo unit.
In the main cabin, the port side has an oak base cabinet built in and is ready for doors and countertop. The sink needs to be installed, the floor needs carpeting, and the white walls are ready for fabric covering.
A new cook top is positioned forward with room for a refrigerator forward.
Sink area. Note that the ceiling needs to be installed.
This is a picture of the new microwave/ oven installed in an oak cabinet above the cook top.