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Fall 2010 (Issue No. 49)

1959 MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED PLAN BOAT

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GREAT GRANDSON BRINGS FARMER'S FANTASY BOAT TO LIFE

WALTER'S DREAM

1959 MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED PLAN BOAT. The idea for WALTER'S DREAM originally came from the February 1959 issue of Mechanix Illustrated bearing the title: Build This Cruiser For Less Than $300. The article "Build Barnaby" by Hank Clark appeared in the Boats and Boating section of the publication and began with these words: "This is it! For less than $300 -- $233 to be exact -- I built this 16-foot cabin cruiser. Framing lumber for the hull cost $43; plywood planking $80; miscellaneous wood, screws and paint $64; control hardware $46; total cost for the hull, $233.  Roomy but trailable; it's small enough to keep our lot uncluttered. It carries a slew of camping gear, plus my wife, three kids -- and a dog! Yet it planes easily, just like a runabout. Good stability, sturdy oak framing..."

The boat owner says, "This started out as a story in a 1959 Mechanix Illustrated magazine. You know the barber shop mag you read as a kid that always had a 'you can build a boat in your spare time for $300' story. Well, my great grandfather bought the plans in 1959. He always wanted a boat -- this chicken farmer from Winchindon, Mass. Not just any boat, but a boat he could build with his own hands. Walter talked about this often with his cronies at the local barbershop. Sadly, he died in 1975 without ever realizing his dream."

Walter's great grandson, Randy, developed an affinity for boats and cars -- and a growing love for classic boats. He bought his first wooden boat, a 1959 Penn Yan, in 1999. He also restored a 1961 Cruisers Inc in 2007, but he always thought about the stories of Walter and his dream of a home-made wooden boat.

Randy continues, "Fast forward to 2008. Looking for a replacement for my '61 Cruisers Inc. I/O that burned and sank, I saw this boat on craigslist in Rochester NY. I looked at it real hard, and emailed the guy. He told me it had been built from plans, not a kit. I got out my great grandfather's plans, and they were the same. Then I googled the plan name and found the story. Had to buy it. It started out as a 16' plywood boat with a 22 hp outboard with a little cabin. The guy in NY bought it in 1985, added 3.5' to it, and slapped a Volvo 270 I/O in it. When I bought it from him 3 years ago, it had been sitting in his yard for 16 years. It was pretty rough. I cut out all the floors, reworked the interior, and got everything working last winter. It's really fast and cheap as hell to run. 8 gallons of gas for 2 weekends. Doesn't win any prizes at the boat shows, but everyone loves it. You will never see anything like it." Single 1987 130hp Volvo-Penta AQ231, 270 drive. Asking: $5000. Contact Randy at rrush1631@comcast.net or 603-554-6238 (NH)

 

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