THE GROOVER

Here we have a 16′ 1956 Dunphy runabout. When I found this gem, she was in an old hay barn sitting on a 1956 TeeNee trailer, hadn’t moved in 15 years. She was a one family boat passed on thru the family. Her cold molded hull was bone dry, free of rot, however sunlight had taken its toll on the top deck.

She has been re-painted, and the decking replaced with clear t&g western red cedar, leaving the “grooves” left to caulk. 8 coats of varnish top the gel coat stain on the wood. The crown jewel is the top to bottom restoration I did of the 58 Johnson Super Seahorse 35hp. It’s a total period correct motor, and like my buddy said, putting a new Merc on that is like putting 2015 BMW rims on a classic. It don’t look right...

In tribute to my father who got me into boats, his nickname, “The Groover” was fitting. She now rests in her true home (the cottage) of Muskoka.

Design Specs

LOA:
16′ 
0″
Beam:
0′ 
0″
Designer Name: 
Dunphy
Type/Rig/Power: 
Runabout - 1958 Johnson Super Seahorse 35hp
Builder Name: 
Ryan McKeeman
Home Port: 
Muskoka
Launching Date: 
August 01, 2015