We got a nice email from fellow Woody Boater Griffin requesting some help with a recent acquisition.
I live near Erie Colorado and I picked up the boat from a small engine repair shop in Erie Colorado. The guy who had it said he only wanted the 75hp motor off of it. He wanted to put the motor on a 58 15ft Glastron. I told him I have been restoring boats for many years and the Glastron was not worth restoring due to the condition. I then offered to buy the Trailorboat and he agreed. We left the 75hp outboard Johnson motor on it. Not sure what year it is yet. The Colorado registration says its a 1967 14ft Trailorboat. The ID on the boat says Trailorboat with an address of 923 Francisco Blvd, San Rafael CA. Serial #14138. It is a flatbottom. It has a beam of 78″ and a total length of 14’2″. It is on a TeeNee Trailer (unsure what year, no title yet) and the boat is in great shape for a 1967.
It looks as if someone raced this boat because it has two fins on the bottom and two fixed aluminum trim tabs on the rear. It has a short shaft 75hp Johnson and a reinforced aluminium transom. I have done a bunch of research but only came up with very little info. Looks as if Trailorboat may have sold the fiberglass side of the company in the mid 60’s or just had another company build their fiberglass boats. This boat has the look of the early Glastron/Invader race boats of the 60’s but has a 70’s style sparkle/flake paint job. The color is burnt orange. (definitely 70’s) Dorsett may have built this boat for Trailorboats??? Some research suggested they bought the fiberglass side in the mid 60’s.
All in all the boat is just amazing and very intriguing! I absolutely love the look and would like to find out how rare this boat is. The serial number is quite high which makes me think there are a lot more out there.
Please help if you can!