This 1954 Peterborough Aqua Flyer cedar strip runabout was restored over 6 years with interruptions for kids and many other fun things. All ribs, keel, keelson, stem, and seats were replaced and the bottom was fibreglassed. The restoration was a family effort involving three generations. The official re-launching took place on June 15, 2013. Grampa’s Boat is a pleasure to drive and will tour the lakes around Huntsville, Ontario, making frequent trips to the ice cream store.
FIRST TRY is constructed with yellow pine framing covered in a fiberglassed and gelcoated southern pine exterior plywood hull. The stem is ash tying into an oak keel with oak bottom rubbers. The chines, gunwale rubbers, coamings, windshield frame, etc are made of Honduran mahogany. The seats are built with Meranti plywood while all the upper deck and bottom boards are Okoume plywood. All wood was glued and screwed with siliconized bronze screws or nailed with copper nails. She is equipped with a 1958 Johnson 18hp outboard and navigates with the old cable and pulley system.
Chuck Nagy of Burn Pile Restorations rescued a 50-year-old Wolverine, model no. 2, made by Wagemaker Boats of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He turned a derelict hull with no transom or seats, and a five-foot crack down one side, into this beautiful fishing skiff. The hull's sidesa are 15' x 3/4" strakes of old growth cedar. Chuck says his business is all about saving wooden boats. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The runabout, without a doubt, is one of the world’s favorite recreational boats. For fishing, picnicking, water skiing, or just zipping around on a sunny summer day, it’s hard to beat the pure fun of this versatile family boat.