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THOMPSON BROS. FISH BOAT



Art Ross writes "Thompson Bros. of Peshtigo, WI, built this TVT Hi-Speed Fish Boat in 1954. She spent the last 30 years residing in an Amish barn. She is 14' LOD, has a 55" beam, and goes real fast with a 1967 Mercury 350. The canvas transom and bottom, mahogany over red spruce, have been restored, and five decades of varnish made to look new. The original ad says that they were very stable, and 'the Hi-Speed Fish Boats were excellent to use when women and children were found to be in the fishing party.' Relaunched in Oxford, MD, she will be used by my wife, Carol, as a prop in her wedding photography business, and occasionally as a launch for our classic sailboat."



DESIGN SPECS
LOA (feet):
14′ 
0″
Beam (feet):
4′ 
7″
Type/Rig/Power:
Thompson TVT Fish Boat
Home Port:
The East Coast of the United States
Designer Name:
Thompson Bros.
Builder Name:
Thompson Bros.
Launching Date:
April 18, 2003
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Comments

Submitted by showman60 on

I had an original version of this boat growing up on the Kankakee river in Illinois. The upper portion is correctly painted white however the lower portion and rail was painted red as delivered from the factory. The picture above shows a steering console that was not factory original. There was a factory steering wheel console that was mounted between the last two seats. The steering wheel was very dark red and the wood was solid mahogony. The hardware was brass (pulleys) and the steering "rope" was a dark maroon. The steering wheel was mounted into the center of a single peice of wood approx 18" wide across the entire boat and there was factory hardware similar to door hinges to all the steering console to be quickly mounted or removed. With a 1962 Johnson 18HP I was clocked at 32mph at its best. A 35HP would have really made the boat move!