How’s Your Winter Project Going?
By Tommy Holmes
I recently stopped in on fellow Woody Boater Russ Arrand to check on the progress of a restoration project. Boy was I treated to a special day. There sat a bare wooden 1941 Century Sea Maid 16. He had just finished sanding and the alluring sculpture of the boat almost knocked me over. Russ had just used his dust brush and the boat reached, once again, that special moment in its life: it was braaaaand new, wood only! No hardware, no stain, no imperfections; simply a craft of bare wood with shapely lines. The fore view (above) showed its slim pointed bow rising to the dramatic crown of the deck.
The aft view displayed the Century version of a barrel back stern developed by a tumblehome of aft sides and ultimately distinguished by the rounded chine at the bottom edges.
The double cockpit 16 footer is a rare Century as few were made just before the cessation of pleasure products prior to WWII. In fact the boat was finally delivered to its new owners in 1945 with a 1945 Gray Marine engine; so its original moment in time was time delayed.
All in all it was a rewarding stop in Cadillac, Michigan that day to see just how the winter project was coming along. Hope your project had its moment as well.