I Picked Up A Little Higgins To Restore This Winter

It’s a little rough. One too many times hitting the tub wall

You know I love a Higgins speed boat, and the other day found this little barn/box find on ebay. I couldn’t resist. To me its more fun restoring one that has been built than building one new. Its a Zen thing. I feel and respect the time it was designed and built. My job is to preserve and finish or refinish the boat.

Has a color interior issue and windshield situation.

But she has all her original wood

I wonder if there is a ACBS category for best preserved models? No, not talking about botox facelifts on 70 year old models. Boat Models. Like wood ones. Anyway, looks like I will need to find some scopps and hardware. And this model had a gas engine. But I like the idea of building a box where one of my little engines can go. Maybe.

I love the original tape dispenser. Ya.. Think zipper.

Box O Scraps

Love the box.

So I suppose my little barn is full again and Lil Stinky will have a Higgins pal to hang around with.

Lil Stinky being flipped

Lil Stinky Sanded

Finished. Waiting for her Lil sis Higgins

I wonder if this is like being a serial killer. Are these little boats my small animals I am gonna bury under the house?

I wont touch her original lettering decal. Thats pure gold

And what about a 25 Sportsman Model. What gives with that? i have thought of ripping apart a U22 one? But wondering if they ever made a 25 Sportsman? IF YOU WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT LIL STINKY HERE IS THE ORIGINAL STORY!


7 replies
  1. Steve in the woods
    Steve in the woods says:

    “You can spend all your time making money; or you can spend all your money making time”.

  2. Mark
    Mark says:

    You can buy a modern plastic runabout model boat in a box and get your “scopps” and even a plastic engine that looks like a flathead.

    I built one with my grandson and he thought it was really cool.

  3. john
    john says:

    Perhaps making you Sportsman look like a toy? nobody messes with a boat having a rocket mounted to the gunnel

    Engine box clear cover is very cool as well. Though “chrome” plated life raft might be too much bling

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