1961 Century Barn Find To Be Debut At Lake Mohawk!


Note the cool trailer. Cradle on a flat bed trailer. Needless to say, there was no shortage of straps used to trailer the boat home to new Jersey from Michigan

Who doesn’t love a barn find? Count me in, I love the search, the find and the reveal. The idea that a boat has been tucked away for years, just sitting there waiting for you to find her. The truth sometimes is that the boats have not been abandoned to the darkness of a barn though. They have been sitting in a warehouse, a garage under years of old toys and stuff. Sometimes it’s just lost interest, or the emotional connection to the boat that won’t allow the family to say good by. So it sits… The old story of the boat bought by a GI in WW2, Korea, etc and then never returning and the family unable to let go, is rarely the case. In the case of a famous barrel back a couple years back, it just was as simple as a bickering family that kept that boat preserved. If you love Barn Finds, this weekend on Lake Mohawk, you can drool all over this Barn fresh 1961 Century Coronado with a Cadillac duel quad perfect time capsule just pulled out of Michigan last week by fellow Woody Boater Don Poetner.  Also The Golden Pond Boats from Katz’s Marina will be there all redone, the Ultimate barn Find of the Century. Here is a sneak peak at the Century. UGH, what a cool boat.

One very very rare original Cadillac duel quad motor.

In the water for the first time in years! Here she is at Katz’s marina With Seth on the right and Don Ploenter Sr looking at something in the dark shirt . Note the cool hump on the engine hatch. Dang this thing is cool. And it floats.. It was 80% soaked up in less than 24 hrs.

Ya gotta love thos Michigan Barn finds. Here she is running and motoring out for her first run.

15 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Saw her Monday at Katz’s. Very nice boat with some cool graphics and features. It looks like Seth will be running back and forth getting a number of boats to the show.

  2. Gary
    Gary says:

    The exhaust manifolds look a little overheated. I hope they replaced the water pump impellors.
    Definitely a time capsule.

  3. Don P
    Don P says:

    That is the way the boat was found. It had been out of the water and in storage since 1990. Those pictures where taken when the boat was found. The Caddillac runs strong in the boat as well.

  4. Bruce
    Bruce says:

    I’ve been lurking/enjoying Woodyboater for years and never felt the urge to post …until today. The all-original “barn find” idea has incredible appeal, and this one is absolutely awesome. I’m waiting to hear/see more of it.
    Great score there, Don P

  5. matt
    matt says:

    Thanks for commenting, I agree Bruce, this stuff rocks! Its great. I just spoke with Don and he said that sucker hauls.. I LOVE IT!

  6. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    That is definitely the epitome of period design and graphics. Those Ploetner’s can sure sniff out the cream of the crop. Be nice to see in person.

    • Bob Robideaux
      Bob Robideaux says:

      Don P
      I have a 1960 Gull Wing 20 foot Century Coronado. It is kept at Hayden Lake, Idaho. Send me your email and I will send you some pictures.

      Bob R

  7. Texx
    Texx says:

    DonD commented – I would have noted that the Century logo, attached, has some inconsistencies, or at least some ‘teaching moments’?

    Metal parts, such as this properly (?) pitted pot-metal, DID have red side-painting, though with Bilge-Paint.

    You suggest here that some “New Jersey, Calliente-Red” was that bilge paint?

    I note also the use of Frearson (Reed and Prince) screws (even more corrosion) holding them on?

    Do you have any other evidence that Century used those? Connie says NO.


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