You never know what your going to run across when your riding down a rural highway in the Pacific Northwest. First impressions are that “Kootenay Belle” has seen better days and could possibly use a Facelift. (Definition: Facelift – A renovation that improves the outward appearance of a building or object that usually does not involve major changes…)
Can anyone out there in the Woody Boater Community identify this fixer-upper? Make, Model, Year? It appeared to be originally made with plywood and the transom was set up for an outboard… No other name plates or identification and I was afraid to crawl inside.
A little sanding, a little varnish, a fresh coat of paint, a new (period correct) outboard and if the budget can handle it, maybe a new mattress in the cabin – and your ready to hit the water for some classic overnight cruising!
Oh and maybe a new steering wheel too… Just a quick call to Jim Staib at Fine Wood Boats
… The Captain’s chair bar stools look to be in good shape and are probably re-usable…
The vintage Titanic theme lifebuoy may not be recommended as it could have a negative effect on the overall “Feng Shui” of the cabin and performance of your newly restored cabin cruiser.
Kootenay Belle was the name of an old gold & silver mine in the surrounding mountains where this old boat was living, waiting for her face lift. When ever I see or hear a name ending with the word “Belle” I imagine something beautiful or elegant…
Like a “Vespa Belle” from Italy in the Fifties.
As we all know, sometimes these old wooden boats are like fortune cookies – You don’t know what fortune or misfortune awaits until you open up the cookie (or old wood). Or if it will cost a fortune to fix her up and give her a face lift.
“Kootenay Belle” could be one of those Fortune Cookie Boats – What do you think?