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Is it home built?

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Paul Harrison for forwarding along some fun pics of an unknown pile of fire wood to ask, the WHAT IS IT question of the day. A hint, not that we know the answer, the boatish like object is located in Saskatoon Canada

What about that wheel? Is that a tell, or is it a newer wheel placed in there

What about that wheel? Is that a tell, or is it a newer wheel placed in there

closer up detail of the questionable wheel

closer up detail of the questionable wheel

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It is what it is? Here is the power plant.. Hey it ran when we parked it here.

It is what it is? Here is the power plant.. Hey it ran when we parked it here.

 

Here is the side shot without our host

Here is the side shot without our host

A little varnish and she is ready to go...... someplace.... Like the dump!

A little varnish and she is ready to go…… someplace…. Like the dump!

Maybe the combination of screw heads is a tell?

I imagine the designers felt like these new fangled Philips head screws were so cool, why bother counter sink them. SHOW THEM OFF!

Ya see, the two layers of screws could have helped here. Or is this an optional feature?

Ya see, the two layers of screws could have helped here. Or is this an optional feature?

 

NIIICE!

NIIICE!

Its important when caulking this to caulk it with mahogany colored caulk so when you paint in the stripes you get a clean edge.

Its important when caulking this to caulk it with mahogany colored caulk so when you paint in the stripes you get a clean edge.

Thanks to Paul Harrison fro sending us these shots, and we look forward to what you think she…it may be!

 

 

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35 Responses to “Ladies And Gentlemen, It’s Time Tooooo Play Another Episode Of …What Is It?”
  1. Troy

    She is probably some rare something or other that someone will buy just so they can have the hull number. (If you can find one)

  2. Bob B.

    Early post-war Kindling (entry level starter boat) built by Yule Log Mfg?

    • matt

      Dear God! I looked closer at the shots, and you can see a faint hint of the Watson Boat Co. logo on the side! WOW! I will ask Texx to look through his paper work and see if we can find the history of the Watson boat Co out.. Great catch Chad.. I kinda recall seeing a poster..

  3. Old Salt

    Maybe we should start with what is not…

    #1 Salvageable
    #2 Worthy investment of time and money
    #3 a fun project to share with the kids

    Fellow Woodyboaters, feel free to jump in…

  4. Dennis

    This in Saskatoon!!!!!! this is ALMOST in my back yard,, I have been looking for project all over northern US and Canada. Where is this in Saskatoon so I can drive by an show my wife and see what see says 🙂

  5. floyd r turbo

    Not even worthy as a planter, but hold on to that motor, steel recycling prices are up??

  6. Rick

    At least with fiberglass its still possible to identify. I was on Block Island this past weekend and came across this highly restoreable Larson Thunderhawk on a broken trailer. I hope Matt can attach the multiple pictures for me as I can only figure out how to do 1.

  7. Dave

    Looks like a 50’s era Correct Craft Atom skier to me,
    Judging by the painted interior and if the other boat in the backround is any indication, the person that put it on disply is into ski boats.

  8. Gary

    Interesting clues: Two transom planks, three intermediates between frames, vertical rise off chine logs, possibly CC engine mounts on Gray 4, Century lifting eyes, and the longitudinals going toward the bow. Another clue could come from a picture showing the intermediates under the longitudinals but I am pretty sure it is an original Cobbler Craft.

  9. lee wangstad

    That’s an easy one! Remove the metal and it’s a hot beach fire on a cool July evening. This is actually the only humane thing to do. Someone else might come along and make some sense out of buying it, attempt to restore it, lose a lot of money in that attempt. Odds are favorable that their marriage will end in divorce, their children will leave in disgust, and there would be no one to continue with the restoration after their demise due to the lack of a simple thing like a tetanus shot or perhaps a staph infection. Of course, they could also pour about $50k into it and win at Tahoe. But beach fires are sooooo cooooool!

  10. John Rothert

    Ha! whatever it is I would rather have it than the Tupperware visible in the background!!

    John in Va.

  11. Mike D

    So what’s the asking price…let the bidding begin. Firewood around here costs $3.00 for an armful.

  12. dreed

    Can you believe the deck screw slots weren’t even lined up. How many points off would the judges take for that?

  13. Tom H

    According to the Real Runabouts Volumn 4, Cobblers had their steering wheel on the Port side.
    On the bright side there is in fact nothing better than a Mahogany fire. They don’t pop and fling sparks like cedar or pine and it smells so good. Oh but if you want some fire works try coal that has been soaking in water for a while.

    • Troy

      Darn!
      Now I am going to be singing that Mercury song for the next few days.

  14. Cliff

    Let’s call Bob Peters of inboard boats and perhaps he can tell us the history of this craft. (3rd picture down the sign on the wall in front of the boat) I’m going to guess local home built craft. I’m sure it made someone happy once, long, long ago in a marina far, far away there were two boys named Matt and Texx and they liked boats…..

  15. brian t

    Can someone tell me what it is about this boat that says it is not a Higgins ?

    I cannot get past the position of the exhaust exit on the far port side.

  16. floyd r turbo

    This could be the start of the “rat road boat” craze. Who wants to go first.

    • Rick

      Rat Rods are at least mechanically in good shape. This engine, maybe not so much.

  17. Texx

    In Minnesota last week, we had a long (and fun) discussion about what a “Rat Rod” or “Hot Rod” wooden boat would look like, and be powered by – applying many of the same design elements as the hot rod culture.

    Lots of fun ideas and mixed opinions. Mechanically perfect and radical in terms of hull type, engines, wood, stain, paint, etc. A good story one day… (I know what I would do)

  18. Dick Dow

    At first glance, I’d say Mike’s right, but then maybe not – Bottom framing wrong, no chine guards, individual deck planks – but then again, extensively patched/repaired over the years, so who knows… ?