Sunday 6 March 2016

1950s Princecraft aluminum boat project

New boat! As usual needs some work but its vintage all the way. 16' rated for a 40hp, the perfect fishing machine for Georgian Bay and any smaller lake or river. We knew right away this was a keeper, and the research began. Tag on it said 'Aluminum Boats and Canoes', strange name - never heard of it. Quick internet search revealed it is from the earliest days of production from the forerunner of Princecraft boats, from Princeville Quebec. 

First production facility

Early photo from company archives
Todays fishing products

Fishing, fish/ski boats and pontoon boats along with canoes have all been a part of their line up

Narrow entry 
Built around 1957

Lines reminiscent of a wood runabout

Nice tumblehomed stern and deep sides

Just retrieved

Closed deck model

An example of what can be done with a buffing wheel, polishing compounds and may, many hours of work

With available wooden boats becoming more scarce, restorations of more contemporary craft are becoming more common. Moreover, classic 'glass and aluminum boats are more accessible, withstand harder use and are more familiar to most people these days than boats from the early part of the last century, and are much more affordable.

Nicely restored with a matching period outboard

Another classic aluminum with some serious style 

Polished and painted

Currently looking for modern power. A period correct engine, though kool looking would not provide the reliablilty or economy needed, and put too much gas and oil back in the water.
More to come, need to test for leaks and re-rivet as necessary, replace transom wood, change steering, find a windshield and rebuild seats.

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