It’s Time To Play Another Round Of…. WHAT IZ IT?


Restored? In the 90’s her history is a bit hidden.

New Woody Boater Evan Ernst found us on the internetter while trying to figure out what his new traesure is, and you know what that means? That’s right, its another time to play WHAT IZ IT? And Welcome to woody boating Even!IMG_4729

I came across your website while searching for information on my boat that I just acquired. I was told this boat, which is a 19ft cuddy cabin, was originally from a kit that was purchased/made around 1958. I am starting to restore it now and I am hoping to track down the original plans but so far I’ve been unsuccessful in finding anything remotely close. I have seen a Higgins boat that looked similar, but I’ve run into a dead end. Can you help me identify what I have here?


Plywood fun in Gig Harbor



No cool vintage steering wheel to help here


Evenrude E Tech outboard. We have owned one of these before and the engine was amazing. Not 1950’s

So? Know handmade boats from plans? Evan is trying to be respectful of her past, the cool thing though is that he can interpret history here and have some fun her. Get a very cool vintage steering wheel, have fun with color and interior materials. Unless you ruin it with some sort of plans and photos? Popular mechanics? Other companies?

20 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I think this is a project for Captain Grumpy!

    Haven’t heard from him in a while, maybe he is too busy posting boat show pics on FB?

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Hey Troy at least you didn’t say the same thing in The Brass Bell article. Really expected you to be surrounded by bikini models in those pics. Who staged them, all I saw was you and boats. Nice article.

      • Troy in ANE
        Troy in ANE says:

        Thanks Rick!

        Have to give credit to Steve Griffitts since he wrote it.

        The whole Bikini Model thing is just my imaginary alter ego.

    • Randy Rush Captain Grumpy
      Randy Rush Captain Grumpy says:

      I have enough crap on my plate, looks crude, makes my sears kit boat look like a real boat.
      Also if anyone cares about the Lake Winni boat show Saturday, I posted 230 pictures on my facebook page Lapestrakes Rule.

  2. Dan T
    Dan T says:

    Don’t know what it is? The set up on the transome is certainly unique. How does that work? Is it a rudder of sorts?

  3. David
    David says:

    Evan, Have you checked the Glen-L or Clark Craft website to see if there might be a match there?

  4. John Baas
    John Baas says:

    Last registered in 2008 according to the sticker but where? WN
    isn’t a state. Canada? Anyone able to blow up the reg sticker better? Where did you find the boat? Does the seller have the registration card? Should only be 8 years old.

  5. Chad
    Chad says:

    Probably a one-off kit boat of some sort with lots of customization. Check out the paddle wheel bicycle contraption next to the boat. The guy was definitely reading Popular Mechanics. Is there a hovercraft in the garage?

  6. Randy
    Randy says:

    … hmmmm, Gig Harbor????? The picture of that shed looks like my old neighbors place when I lived on the bay. And the boat looks exactly like his old boat.

    Did you get this from the Young’s?????

  7. Shell-Point
    Shell-Point says:

    This is a really strange outboard configuration what with it being so far from the transom and having the largest fixed trim tabs ever. I think it is a type of semi hydrofoil designed to get the hull out of the water and onto steps of some kind. It has to have a powerful motor so that it can lower down as the hull rises. Definitely a popular mechanics pipe dream.

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