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Ive been clammering to build or restore a mohogony boat for a few years now and pulled the trigger on a barn find 1941 Century 16' Utility today w/Graymarine "Fireball" I-6cyl. It would have been a little hotrod in its time, most boats this size had the 4-cyl. I'll have to talk to the experts to find out if its original(very rare), or added/swapped later.

The boat was refurbished in 1996 as shown in one of the photos below. Story from the widow is after being restored her husband only used it a few times for about two seasons and lost interest due to other hobbies and business operation, storing it in their barn covered until now. I guess once I dive in I'll find out if it was parked due to mechanical reasons. I couldn't find any rot or soft spots in the skin or frames, and the motor turns. Ive got a little damage on the bow just behind the cutwater. Plans for me are to delicately ensure/restore mechanical operation, then do a sympathetic restoration to the eras standards.

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Very cool project. Always liked the wood boats


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That oughta keep you busy for a while!

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Will be a definite "head turner" when you have it finished and on the water.

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Sweet project...


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Wow!!! That thing is sweet! Congrats!!


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Very nice. From the golden age of pleasure boating.


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MMMM motor boatin!


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should be a fun project, good luck with it


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Not my kind of boat, but I bet it will sure look pretty when done and working on just about anything with a motor can be a fun project.


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Man, that's in good shape. I think you'll get off pretty light getting that one back to tip-top shape. Good snag!


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Awesome find!


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Great looking boat.

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That's going to be nice! Take your time and do it right. Not many true wood motor boats left out there.

I always wanted one of those old car/boats. There use to be one here on Lake Ray Hubbard I would see from time to time but haven't seen him in a few years now. It looked like a '57 Chevy car but he could just drive it right off the boat ramp and into the lake then back on to land again. I saw him many times way out in the middle of the lake just motoring around. Don't remember what they were called but they were factory built car/boats and the looks he would get at the boat ramp and on the water were priceless. LOL

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Nice, excellent choice for a restoration

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Looks like a fun project! Following to see it on the water up

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I bet in its day that was a very fast boat. What kind of drive does it have. I know nothing about boats other than bass boats. That looks like a fun project.


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That's gonna be a lot of fun. Bet it will look beautiful when finished.


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Back in the late 50's and early 60's my dad built a wooden boat from plans called a Nimrod or something like that, the power plant was a 4 cylinder Crosley, with the shifter and all that. Restoring that will be fun. Good luck.

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Nice, when your done, you can go fishing for Walter

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