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    I'll be picking this boat up this week end and will attempt a restore over the winter.
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    It's been sitting in a dry shed for years and appears in good condition with no rot.
    There's no builder identification to be found and I'm hoping someone here could help.
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    Mahogany transom with plywood sides and bottom and a cedar top.
    The only clue is that the chromed parts are labelled "AQUA-MARINE, TORONTO, CANADA"
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    The steering wheel is yellow plastic with metal flakes which makes me think late 50's, early 60's.
    Plexiglass windscreen is there but broken.
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    The boat was found outside of Bracebridge, Ontario.
    It's been suggested that it might be a "kit" build.
    Any help is appreciated.

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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    Whatever it is, it looks pretty good to me. Should be a fun project.

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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    Thx,
    I'll document the progress and post photos.

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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    How long is it? I know in Muskoka there is a legion of builders/boaters that are very fond of little sport boats called "Sea Fleas." Perhaps its one of those, or a design for class A or B runabout? Try www.muskokaseaflea.ca for possibly more information, or maybe someone local who knows the boat.

    CG

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    Thanks for the link.
    Boat length is 13'-6"

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    Once you are into the restoration, you'll find lots of good solid advice here. That boat looks in good shape and should be a hoot to run. Did it come with a motor? Matching a boat to a proper motor is key. Too small and you can't plane. Too big and you'll blow the thing apart. Is there a motor size rating plate attached to the inside of the transom? If factory built, it should have one of those and also a hull number stamped somewhere, usually on the inside of the keel. That would help with ID also.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Once you are into the restoration, you'll find lots of good solid advice here. That boat looks in good shape and should be a hoot to run. Did it come with a motor? Matching a boat to a proper motor is key. Too small and you can't plane. Too big and you'll blow the thing apart. Is there a motor size rating plate attached to the inside of the transom? If factory built, it should have one of those and also a hull number stamped somewhere, usually on the inside of the keel. That would help with ID also.
    Thanks.
    No visible markings... yet.
    The transom has a rubber pad attached to it so there may be something under there.
    I did see a number 33 written inside the stem.
    I was thinking a 14-20 hp motor would suit it.
    I should be picking it up tomorrow so we'll see...

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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    So..
    I got the boat home and have been giving it a good
    cleaning and assessment.
    I'm now convinced that it's a kit boat.
    Many of the pieces are numbered.
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    Also managed to build a quick and simple cradle
    to get it off the ground.
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    A boat like that will need at least a 35hp motor to get any performance out of it.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Very good advice.
    I have access to a 35 Johnson.....
    Not sure what year, 70's?

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    A really cool find!
    I think something like a Mercury 500 would be suitable.
    We had a Johnson 35 on a 13' boat once and it worked ok with two people, three made it hard to get on a plane and four made it impossible.
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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    Spent the day sanding the deck and rub rails.
    As well as a couple of minor repairs and research.
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    Boat probably arrived like this NOS
    Chris Craft kit.
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    Anyone have a source for a nice bow "nose" ?
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    I can tighten up the trim but would
    like to cap it.

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    Wow! You really jumped right in there and got to work.
    You can cap in wood something like this

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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    Very nice little runabout. In the 50’s there were LOTS of companies offering sheet plywood runabouts, both as complete boats and as kits.
    I would go with a 25 - 35 hp outboard. Growing up I had a 13’6” OldTown runabout with foredeck & mid deck (wheel on the mid deck for the back seat). It was perfect with a 1964 25 hp Gale (OMC) outboard.

    For a breastplate you could cut a piece of sheet brass to shape and form it to the crown of the deck. Or a piece of wood and back out the bottom side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timo4352 View Post
    Wow! You really jumped right in there and got to work.
    You can cap in wood something like this
    I was thinking about something like this today.....
    A rail cap!
    I'm not sure I have the skills.
    But I have friends that do!
    Thanks

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    I won't think too much about a motor until the spring but all advice is appreciated.
    But saying that, I've got a saved search on Kijij for vintage outboards......
    Good bow cap suggestion.
    Thanks

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    I don't know much about boats but I like fixing things.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gster View Post
    I don't know much about boats but I like fixing things.
    Thanks

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    Pulled the wheel and drum off.
    It's a little warped but may be repairable.
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    I found a stamp inside that appears to say
    SAIL
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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    Some Advise, Please...
    Cosmetic work is progressing...
    But I'm not sure what to do with the hull re:
    stripping re-staining /varnish etc.
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    I plan to flip it over this weekend
    with a little help from my friends .
    I know that there are old plugs to replace
    but would rather not strip all the ply down to bare wood
    if possible.
    Any help is appreciated.
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    It's hard to see in the photos but the deck appears to be built with alternating
    pieces of red and white cedar strips.
    I've got some different stains to test as well as some
    good Epifanes varnish.
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    I think I like it without a windshield...
    Trying to true the wheel as well.

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    Default Re: Muskoka Mystery Boat

    I would not stain the deck, just varnish.

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    I would not stripe-stain the deck either. Just one color will look much better.
    The decking looks like cedar to me -- rather than filling the dents and gouges you cant try steaming them to raise the low spot, then sand smooth and finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timo4352 View Post
    I would not stripe-stain the deck either. Just one color will look much better.
    The decking looks like cedar to me -- rather than filling the dents and gouges you cant try steaming them to raise the low spot, then sand smooth and finish.
    You're right.
    One colour.
    I suspect the decking, which looks like an
    ordered mix of red and white cedar will
    take the stain nicely and may form it's own
    pattern.
    There are hundreds of nail holes that
    I decided to fill.
    Thank you
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    Nails and serious gouge....

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