It doesn’t get much cleaner than this 1956 Carver Captain 15 ft. Runabout. I’ll be honest that I’ve been on a little bit of a kick with these smaller wooden classic boats lately. Could be the Wisconsin weather hinting at warming up or could just be chance. Either way this Carver Captain is a beauty. The woody has been owned and maintained by a single owner for he last 40 years. That certainly helps when the boat owner cares about the vessel the way this gentleman has.
The vintage mahogany boat is powered by a Mercury Mark 55 40HP Thunderbolt Four motor. Like the rest of the classic boat the motor looks superbly clean. The trailer is included and the seller is even throwing in a pair of vintage wooden waterskis. The skis aren’t going to make or break this deal by any means but they are a cool little add-on regardless. Everything on this classic woody is original. The Captain has been re-varnished and has a new coat of bottom paint. You are welcome to make an offer, but the seller also has a “Buy It Now” price of just $9,700. Given the pristine condition this 15 ft. runabout is in I think that’s very fair. Make yourself the Captain and consider purchasing this Carver Captain.
While doing a little research on this 1956 Aristocraft Torpedo I have to say I’ve grown rather fond of it. This Torpedo is a 14 ft., 4-person watercraft. This little wood boat appears to be in solid condition throughout and would be the perfect joy rider for a solo captain, a couple, or maybe a few of the grand kids. The seller states the only reason for the sale is to acquire something bigger and accommodate more grand kids of their own. A sunny day on a smaller body of water and this little Torpedo would be a blast. Plus, the price point isn’t going to give you a stress-related hernia every time you launch it.
The Aristocraft Boat Company has some cool history behind it too. Aristocraft is a family operated business that is still making these cool boats out of the same original jigs. Now located in Dawsonville, Georgia aren’t only using the same jigs but also glues and wood as well. Set up as somewhat of a museum type showroom. Aristocraft has a display version of every single boat model they have ever built. The company was originally founded as Atlanta Boat Works in 1946 shortly after WWII. In 1947 the company introduced the 12 ft. 2-person Typhoon along with the 13′ Torpedo. These are the two boat designs the company built it’s name on. They would later add the SeaFlash, Avalon and Matador among others.
This classic 14 ft. Torpedo for sale here is powered by a 1966 35HP Mercury outboard. The classic wood boat for sale comes with a galvanized trailer and storage cover. As I mentioned above Aristocrat is still in fact producing these boats. The 14 ft. version brand new starts at $7,400 unfinished and goes to $14,500 for a finished model. This vintage1956 Torpedo is currently listed on Ebay for $8,800. Given that I found a few vintage Aristocrafts around the web that have sold for closer to $12k, I think this seller is offering a very fair price. They are also offering free test rides if you’re located in the New Jersey area!
Last I week I came across a ’67 Super Sport in dire need of a life saving boat lover to bring her back to life. Well this 1964 Chris Craft Super Sport is the end result that ’67 should be shooting for. This ’64 Super Sport is beautiful. I found this exact same boat up for auction on BaT back in April of 2017. Some boaters may not care for automotive-like looks used by Chris Craft on these 20 ft. Super Sports, but I like them. I think it sets the Super Sport apart from wood boats of similar vintage.
This classic wood boat still carries an original bottom as well as the original 327F Chevrolet V8 engine. Anything else that has needed updating overtime has been taken care of. It’s a clean classic 20 ft. wood runabout. This ’64 Chris Craft may not be “perfect”, but it’s really really nice. The asking price at an even $17k is very fair from what I’m seeing in pictures. If you think it’s too high then you’re welcome to submit a bid on Ebay of course. If you’re looking to fulfill some classic wood desires without undertaking a full-on restoration then I wouldn’t wait too long.
Well this one here’s a project that I think is worth the work it’s going to take, and it’s going to take some WORK. This classic woody is a 1967 Chris Craft Super Sport. It’s 20 ft. long and needs attention on every possible nook and cranny. The vintage runabout is toting a 431 Lincoln Engine. That V8 still has the decals claiming 275 hp back in it’s day. Once you get it going I’d imagine a nice throaty inboard growl.
There are just 205 actual hours on the boat. After clocking hour 205 I’m guessing that would be when the neglected woody was removed from any indoor storage area. Regardless, this Chris Craft needs a closer look. If the bones are there I would love to take a crack at the restoration.
I think the seller here gets it with an asking price of just $2,500 on Ebay right now. They aren’t going to give it away with rarity that a Super Sport of this vintage holds. The rarity of this Chris Craft is what is going to make the effort worth it for he who brings her back to life. If you’re the one that makes it happen, PLEASE document the process as we would love to see it.
If you’re looking for a vintage ski boat that you plan to actually use, then this 1968 Century Cheetah is the ski boat for you. Everything about this vintage ski boat looks solid. It’s by no means a show quality boat, but if you are going to use the hell out of it then who cares. The Cheetah is packing a 318 Chrysler Mercruiser engine flexing 225 hp. That is plenty of power for all of your water sport needs. You can pull skiers and tubers all day with that muscle.
The wood accents on the front and rear could use a little sanding and fresh coat of stain. Brightening up those two spots, which are small, would really help that retro green color pop. I’m really digging that color by the way. For under $7k you can and this reliable Century Cheetah. Then you can flaunt it’s vintage style all over your local body of water… captain.
The seller of this 1974 Chrysler Conqueror S-III Super Bee speedboat says he’s not a “boat guy”. Well sucks to be him. This vintage Chrysler boat rocks mid-70s americana style with a red, white and blue color scheme. With a vintage Chrysler 340 engine spinning the prop this 19 ft. powerboat will surely scoot. There are more positives to this Chrysler Conqueror and it deserves a good home.
Many items have been restored on this vintage Chrysler Super Bee. The trailer has a new powder coat, wiring and lights. The interior upholstery and windshield have been replace. Now, the seller might not be a “boat guy”, but they definitely know how to prep a project for the market. It appears to be the total speed boat package and ready to enjoy. All you need to complement this boat are stars and stripes bikini-clad passengers, the right pair of shades and a sand bar. For $15k this 1974 Chrysler could be yours. All you’d need is to fill up the gas tank, pack a cooler, and your Fourth of July celebration is planned. You’re welcome!
Glen-L Marine Designs has been providing home boat builders with plans and materials since 1953. Still rocking 60+ years later Glen-L now offers plans for building more than 300 different boats. Glen-L’s offerings range from wooden canoes and rowboats to fiberglass or steel houseboats and workboats. Glen-L has plans to fulfill your wildest boat building dreams. This 1957 Glen-L Mist Mist for sale is as classic a design as you could choose from them.
The 18 ft. Mist Miss is set up as a “gentleman’s runabout” with two seats in front. Without too much trouble I think you could rework the rear deck and drop on another row for two in if you wanted. This ’57 has been completely restored and is sporting new gauges, gas tank, chrome fixtures, etc. I usually prefer to see some wood grain on the hull for style, but the West Systems Epoxy and PPG paint used here is a practical choice for a home-built boat.. For power, mid-40’s Chrysler M7 Marine Flat 6 Engine is as bulletproof as it comes. Any Chrysler Flat 6 is easy to work on for even an amateur mechanic.
Previous build threads on Glen-L’s site report cost ranging from just shy of $15k to upwards of $25k for Mist Miss builds. If a home built boat is something you’ve thought of but you just don’t have the time, then this 1957 Mist Miss classic woody might be enough to quench your thirst. At the $7,500 price point it’s a good starting point to say the least.
This is a super cool antique, a 1957 Cadillac Lido 16 ft. aluminum runabout. I for one, did not know that a Cadillac Marine and Boat Company ever existed. No, the marine version it is not tied to the Cadillac Motor Company. Sounds like there was a little bad blood between the two companies back in the day. The Cadillac Boat Company was taken to court by General Motors for use of the “Cadillac” name back in 1955. The boat company won the case and was awarded $41,000 from GM to cover legal fees and loss of reputation. Interesting to say the least.
The boat company hailed from Cadillac, MI, go figure. Looks like they made boats for roughly a decade from about 1955 into the mid-60’s. The base price in it’s vintage year of this ’57 Cadillac Lido, the company’s model 646, was $798 dollars. That MSRP is equal to roughly $7,200 in today’s market.
The Lido boat for sale here is in excellent condition. The current boat owner has never even run the 1958 Johnson Outboard Motor. The unique boat was strictly used as a show piece along with a classic Bel Air car of the same vintage. Now, I love boats because I love being on the water so there’s no chance I could be as gentle with this runabout. Show boat or not. I’d have to drive this aluminum classic. The price at $23k seems steep for an aluminum vessel, but then again, this one is super RARE. I wouldn’t want this to be the only boat I’m running, but it’s very cool addition to a collection if that’s what you’re looking for.
I could look at 50s era Century Resorters all day long. There are still a lot of these boats out there. They were arguably the most popular wooden runabout for the average boater back in the day. They remind me of a ’57 Chevy. Common at shows, some Resorters are in poor shape, some good and some great. Every once in a while there is one that I just fall in love with. The boat has to be a restoration, and I like when the owner has done something a little different to set it apart. This 1956 Century Resorter dubbed “Silver” is just that. This Century looks mint.
The Mahogany boat was restored in 2014, while the 300hp 327ci Chevrolet engine was done a year earlier in 2013. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen gray or silver interior in a Century of this vintage. The upholstery has to be a custom choice. Starting bid on this Resorter is $9,999 and the Buy it Now price is at $15k. Again, these ’50s Resorters are common in the classic boat world, so I don’t think it’s worth haggling from boat to boat on price. For the right boating enthusiast and the right boat, the price is right. For me, in this case, the classic woody’s price is be spot on.
This isn’t about the boat, this is about your online dating profile in the end. Stay with me. Talk about a serious pile of %&$#. No, not you and your profile, this boat. One look at this 1973 Sidewinder Ski Boat and….. never mind don’t look. This boat is garbage. $100 worth of garbage which is kind of a lot for garbage. Seller points out that this offer “does not include motor. Boat hull and trailer only.” Geez, thanks for the heads up.
Ok, no more bashing. Lets take a different approach to this. Now, help me if I don’t understand this whole online dating thing, but this boat is only $100. Are your profile views down? Want more invites sent to your Tinder account? If you have $100 to spare, buy this 1973 ski boat. Post on your dating profile that you own a boat and watch your Tinder views skyrocket. Just don’t ever go pick up this Sidewinder. Let some other sucker pay $100 for it and go pick it up. Now the seller made double the money, you two are probably BFFs. You have all kinds of dates lined up. It’s a win win.