We Have Us A What Iz It From Scott & Shannon Knight

iz it a Canadian boat?

Well, yesterday was an all day road trip, and one very sad comment. Dang? Anyway we also got this fun whatizit story regarding a boy scout boat. Which by the way the new correct term is a Scouting America, which is a strange twist on things, but I guess they decided to be prepared for whatever comes next. Anywho here is the whatiz it story.

What ever it iz, its beautiful

“When Shannon and I are out in our 1940 Port Carling SeaBird, we are frequently stopped by friendly neighbors asking what year our Chris Craft is. We have talked to one particular neighbor several times and it seems that has had an effect. Now, bobbing in the canal next to his Wakesetter sits a mystery.

LOVE the deck design

Our neighbor here in Michigan just bought his first wooden boat, shown in the attached picts. He has not found any markings/numbers yet, so he’s wondering what did he buy?

Next to the shipping containers

Supposedly, it spent it’s life at a Boy Scout camp in Northeast Michigan, near Alpena. It recently made its way to the Detroit area and wound up on a used car lot as a trade-in for motorcycle parts.

Lets go!

It’s solid and well constructed, was clearly well maintained and properly stored.
Initial thoughts are a kit boat with maybe some Century lineage.”


Scott & Shannon Knight.

17 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Nice boat but I have no clue what it is. Looks like it needs a little TLC. Scott and Shannon can help their neighbor out on that!

  2. Art
    Art says:

    It does not look like any CC Kit boat that I have ever seen.

    A few questlines.

    1, How dies the bow running light appear and disappear?
    2, What’s with the vent on the fore deck that doesn’t look to be not screwed in and is on an angle? And why would it even need a vent …….it’s an outboard!
    3, How does the bow flag AND flag pole holder appear and disappear?

    I smellllll fish.

    • Sean Nicolson
      Sean Nicolson says:

      The vent is just navigation lights, it’s not fastened so the wiring could be addressed. The stern light is currently just a temporary solution. The flag will eventually end up on the stern with a light.

  3. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    I don’t know what it is? Could be a small Century. The outboard looks like a 56 or 57 Evinrude 25. Bow light needs screwed back on. Love the windshield. Cool little boat!

  4. Walt
    Walt says:

    My initial thought was also that it was a kit boat. Not a CC kit boat as Art pointed out but there were plenty of kit boat companies back in the 50’s. And heck, with that deck design maybe whoever bult the kit boat did their own design to gussie things up.

  5. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Sweet little boat! Windshield design & construction looks a lot like an Aristocraft, but nothing about the rest of the boat does.

  6. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    Suppose it could be a kit boat of some manufacture built by the scouts (and someone with boat building experience). Would have been a great scout project.

  7. Lymehouse
    Lymehouse says:

    I love the WhatIzIt’s!
    I tend to agree with the Century guesses. Can you tell if the blond deck is Avodire?
    The front lifting ring and trim looks like a Century.
    Cute Boat!

  8. Bob Miklos
    Bob Miklos says:

    It’s a Century Imperial that is 13’6′ or 15′ in length. The unusual thing is the front decking is like a 1948 Rosorter 18. Century used this windshield starting in 1940 through at least 1952. It might still have the serial number transom.

    • Sean Nicolson
      Sean Nicolson says:

      Thank you for helping identify my boat, much appreciated. Do you know where I can source the stern flag/light pole that would fit into the original socket? Where can I find the original stain color?

  9. Scott K
    Scott K says:

    Thanks for the I.D. Bob!! Not sure what you win, maybe total consciousness. So that will be nice.

    And thanks Dane for the price list.
    Oh for anything close to those prices again. .


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