Tag Archives: Wooden Boats

1962 Elgin Wood Boat

This 1962 Elgin Wood Boat has peaked my interest this afternoon. It’s 14 feet long, built from Mahogany and has a unique walkthrough floor plan. Ok ok, I’ll be honest with you, any boat that I can find for $5,000 or less peaks my interest. This 1962 Elgin is right at that mark with an opening bid of $5,000 and the boat has been completely restored. Although I’m usually partial to the throatiness of a classic inboard set up, I think this Elgin woody might do the trick.  It’s in mint condition and for that price you’re getting a boat that’s both pleasure and show ready.

Now don’t get me wrong, that 1958 Elgin 35 HP Skipper outboard will do the job for bouncing around smaller bodies of water. You’re not pulling any skiers, and I’m not telling you to launch on one of the Great Lakes for a pleasure cruise either. A small chain of lakes would be ideal for this classic walkthrough wood boat. It has a little more than a week left on the auction with no action yet. If it’s me I’m keeping an eye on it for a few more days before making my move. If the bidding stays anywhere near that starting bid and you’re looking for a conversation piece with a little joy riding built in then this is a boat to consider.

1962 Elgin Outboard Motor
This is a budget friendly classic mahogany Elgin woody with Elgin outboard and a full restoration completed.
1962 Elgin Walkthrough Wood Boat
The walkthrough floor plan is a unique feature for this vintage boat.

1965 Century Raven

Here’s a 1965 Century Raven for sale in great condition with classic style and some cool history as well. This classic woody has spent most of it’s life in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. The wooden Century was actually one of the boats used in  the 1981 Academy Award winning movie, “On Golden Pond”. The Raven was reportedly featured as the postal boat the USPS used to deliver mail around the lake. If you’re familiar with the movie, which I am not, this classic boat carries a cool history to it.

Back to the watercraft for sale, there are reportedly extremely low hours on the original 235 V8 engine from Gray Marine. Among other modern upgrades this classic Century Raven features a 45 gallon fuel tank, new batteries, fuel pumps, and more.

There are 30 people watching this boat right now on Ebay. That should tell you something on right there. 30 people watching, 3 days left, and no current offers on this boat. What does this tell me?  Well it tells me that there are bunch of people hanging tight and waiting for someone else to set the market and make their move. The Buy It Now price is fair at $13,500 for a boat in very good condition of this vintage. So if “On Golden Pond” is your all-time favorite movie then don’t wait, make your move. If you just love 1965 Century Raven’s then I recommend keeping an eye on this one and get ready to pounce.

1965 Century Raven Gray Marine 235 V8 Engine
Would love to hear the rumble of this original 235 V8 from Gray Marine.
1965 Century Raven Interior
My favorite part of this 1965 Century Raven is that steering wheel… captain’s hat required!

1958 Century Coronado

This is an absolutely exquisite 1958 Century Coronado 21 ft. classic runabout. It was restored by Al Fink, a former President of the Century Boat Club, and he didn’t miss a spec on this classic wood boat. Every single inch of this Century runabout restoration has been lovingly attended to. Pick the superlative yourself for this classic boat. Call it mint, cherry, a gem, prime, dime, magnifico, beauty, a pearl, etc. However you spin it this Coronado is beautiful.

Now that 330ci Chrysler V8 is going to pack some punch. The fact that the boat hasn’t seen water since the restoration was complete isn’t going to slow it down. Whether you’re just cruising or towing skiers that 330 is going to purr. Want to surf in style? This classic woody will throw a wake to be reckoned with indeed. If burning fuel isn’t your thing and you’re looking for classic show worth boat to tote around and spark conversation. Then there is no lack of blue ribbons in this Century Coronado’s future. While my budget restricts me to sorting through potential barn find budget buys, you may be in a different boat (no pun intended). The starting bid at $40k and a Buy It Now price of $45,000 are not out of line considering the masterful craftsmanship that went into remanufacturing this 1958 Century classic.

1958 Century Coronado
Baby got back…. and a damn clean back at that.
1958 Century Coronado Interior
Every inch of this Coronado restoration is pure beauty. Love the clean blue and white interior.

1956 Carver Captain

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.

1956 Carver Captain Interior
Simple, clean and classy this 15 ft. Captain would provide loads of lake fun.
1956 Carver Captain Mercury Outboard
It really can’t get much cleaner than this Mercury Mark 55 outboard. You could eat your breakfast off that cowling while spotting skiers in the water.

 

1956 Aristocraft Torpedo

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!

1956 Aristocraft Torpedo Profile
Classic vintage lines on these little Torpedo runabouts. It’s sure to get some looks on a trailer at show or on the water cruising.
1956 Aristocraft Torpedo Overview
This Aristocraft doesn’t look 100% mint, but it’s very close and ready for use. I love it.

 

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport

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.

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport Interior Overhead
Restored interior and vintage lines on this ’64 Chris Craft. This woody is ready for you and your captain’s hat to take control of the driver’s seat.
1964 Chris Craft Super Sport 327f Chevrolet V8 Engine
Original 327 Chevy V8 power…. would love to hear this big boy growl.

1967 Chris Craft Super Sport

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.

1967 Chris Craft Super Sport Bow
Seller says he has the seats, but we can only imagine the condition they are in as the previous owner left the boat outside.
1967 Chris Craft Super Sport - 431 Lincoln Engine
Here’s that 431 Lincoln V8, someone out there has the skills to revive it.

1957 Glen-L Mist Miss

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.

1957 Glen-L Mist Miss Classic with Chrysler Flat Six
As a friends of mine puts it, this Chrysler Flat Six is built “like a lego block”. It’s simple to work on and will last forever.
1957 Glen-L Mist Miss Classic Wood Boat Interior
Space is limited, but with new gauges, steering wheel and seats this Mist Miss looks comfy enough for cruising.

 

 

1956 Chris Craft Capri PROJECT

Let me spell out this 1956 Chris Craft Capri for you…. P. R. O. J. E. C. T….. PROJECT! Holy hell…. Buying and restoring an old wood boat is definitely on my bucket list, but I don’t think I can handle this one. I just don’t know where I’d start bringing this once beautiful mahogany runabout back to life.

The Chevy 327 V8 is there and parts are a plenty for those of course. The engine however is the least of the concern here. This Chris Craft needs a TON of wood work. I’m thinking of taking another trip through shop class. Before I do though,  you tell me, is $4,000 worth the effort it’s going to take to save this 50s era beauty? If anyone is an expert on the subject I’d love to hear some input.

1956 Chris Craft Capri Project
If your friend owns a lumber yard this might be the project for you.
1956 Chris Craft Capri Engine
Parts are abundant for a Chevy V8, but that’s the least of the concern. Start with the wood.
1956 Chris Craft Capri Interior
EVERYTHING needs work on this ’56 Capri…. well the steering wheel looks like it’s in decent shape.

1956 Century Resorter

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.

1956 Century Resorter Wooden Boat
Custom gray interior on this Classic Mahogany Resorter will make it stand out from the pack.
1956 Century Resorter with 327 Barr Marine Engine
The 327 Chevrolet Engine pushes 300 hp and that’s plenty of punch in this classic ’18 runabout from Century.