The other day we saw a comment from fellow Woody Boater Jan Hadley regarding a restoration he had helped on of Jayne Mansfield’s 1963 Correct Craft Debonnaire. Well here in Woodyboaterville as you know, pink boats are a major favorite. And if its a starlets boat all the better. Now there is no record of this being Jane’s boat, and as much as I looked around, no photos of her with one. For the record, looking at Jayne Mansfield photos is tough work.. But I kept slogging through.. But to no avail. If anyone has one, or any history to back this up, bring it on.
Here is the note from Jan Hadley from Nautilus Restorations
This 1963 Correct Craft Debonnaire was brought to us for finishing. The hull had been gelcoated, the stringers replaced with foam and the decking also done in fiberglass over foam panels. In other words, we were presented with a bare hull…no engine, electrical, seats, steering…nothing. With free reign to customize the interior, it was decided to fabricate everything using mahogany and do the upholstery in a way that would coordinate with the exterior.
As the story goes, it was a one-off, factory-pink creation for Jayne Mansfield, although thus far, no documentation has been found to substantiate that claim. However, the decision to re-gelcoat pink had already been made so naturally, we painted the engine “Jayne Mansfield Pink” to match. (She would have wanted it that way!)
The seats which house an amplifier, speakers (a one really big bass speaker) were custom designed and trial-fit with mock-ups made from 3/4″ press board. The front cabinetry provided storage for just about everything you could want to carry on a boat. The bow is accessed through the front hatch. The rear seat encloses the biggest poly fuel tank we could stuff in there…40 gallons. The engine box is also a custom design. It also houses the dual batteries and is supported by Toyota hatch struts. We have lighting everywhere…interior lights and even underwater lighting along the transom. We built the swim platform from scratch and supported it with custom aluminum rods and fittings.
The “good” engine that came delivered with the boat threw a rod on the first shakedown cruise. It was replaced with a 425 HP 454 CID Chevrolet long block to which was added a vintage Dominator intake manifold, a new Edelbrock #1410 750 CFM carb, Hardin aluminum marine headers, HEI distributor and a 125 amp alternator. To that, we coupled a PCM 1.23:1 transmission…and topped it off with a vintage Cal Custom low profile air scoop.
Additionally, the boat has a really cool hardtop that is currently residing in Florida somewhere. Both will be brought to me in the Spring for installation.
Thanks Jan, we will update everyone once she is complete, the owners name has been with held per is or her request. Ya, like you are going to be able to hide in a stunning pink boat.. But we understand.. If you want to know more about Correct Crafts, they of course have a website.. HERE. But chances are you wont find another pink one..