Rare 1959 Fleetstar HiLiner – with rebuilt 1968 Mercury (very few hours in water) and all new electrical. 2 new batteries (run one or both at a time) and a new fuel tank. Two new canvas tops and newly upholstered seats. New trailer. Went thru everything this past year. Lastly, winter storage has already been paid in full so if you want to work on it during the winter in a heated warehouse you can, or if you need a place to keep it until May – you are all set.
The post and pictures below were sent in by Clay Boothby. I apologize that it took so long to post.
There’s not many positive things you can say about dealing with a pandemic like Covid-19. However, I know that some used the time to reconnect with family/distant friends, maybe took up a hobby, or even finished an outstanding project around the house. For my son and I, we used the time quarantined last spring and summer in Maine to try and restore my father’s 1958 HiLiner.
The boat last saw the water in 2012 and was sitting on a trailer outside since that time. In late summer 2019, we put it in our garage and last spring decided being trapped in the house was a great time to get to work on trying to save it. During this time we came across Jim and this website. Jim was then extremely generous with some key spare parts that he had from his unique family history. Last summer he said to just drop by and he would give us a tour of his workshop and boat sheds, then loaded us up with some original parts and sent us on our way. I can’t thank him enough. The highlight of his pieces was a new bow plate you can see in the pictures.
Since we are not boat experts, we tried to do the best we could and ended up spending hour and hours in our garage night after night trying to strip the boat down and then build it back up. My 17 year old did most of the hard work and learned as many kids do these days from Youtube. Stripping off all the old stain was a challenge and trying to re-fiberglass the bottom (previous owners had done this) was even more challenging….. Biggest learning curve and job might have been reshaping steel trim that was replacing the alumunium. That had to be cut, shaped and bent around the stern. Not easy! The rear seat was also rotten and needed to be replaced as you can see from the pictures. Luckily my father-in-law had a large piece of mahogany for us to use.
New canopy was needed from the mice, hardware was taken to a place to be re-chromed, the boat was re-stained and then was glazed over (but not enough b/c we wanted to get it into the water!) Bottom was painted and new electrical had to be wired up. We started in May and launched the boat at the end of August. We ended up getting it on the water about 4-5 times and even took my dad out on its maiden voyage!
I’m proud of what we accomplished but still have a bit more to do this summer to get it ready for the water. The real highlight was spending time with my son, seeing the hard work he put in, but really it was the smile he had when he first got behind the wheel and hit the water! I hope you enjoy some pictures of the restoration process!
length overall (LOA): 17
make / manufacturer: Hiliner
model name / number: Fleetstar
propulsion type: power
year manufactured: 1960
Vintage mahogany Hiliner for sale- Trailer fully restored, bottom paint complete, boat is sanded and ready for you to finish. Garage kept. Great project boat. Lots of original parts for this 17 foot Fleet Star model. No motor. Text to $1500.00
Finn S. from upstate NY sent in these pictures along with the following:
1970 Hiliner Fleetstar 16 ft Original 1970 60 hp Evinrude outboard motor. 1970 original Tee Née trailer with new wiring, lights, tires and wheels. Bottom has been completely fiberglassed and and painted. Topside newly varnished. All original interior with cushions. Original canvas helm cover over front seat, that folds into the dashboard. All electric works, speedometer, bow light and anchor light. New steering cable and bilge pump. New full-length custom fit canvas cover for travel, dock and storage. Sorry, no photos in the water yet.
This boat looks great. I’m going to check with Finn on the MFG date of his boat. To my knowledge, Hiliner Boat Co. was out of business by 1963. A number of hulls were finished off by Bunny Fernald after this date. The latest date that I had previously seen was 1965.
I received this email the other day. Pretty cool…. I have requested more pictures and details from Brian and will share as they become available.
Attached are a few pictures of my 1957 sport star with original twin 35hp Johnson motors. I finished restoration this summer and took first place in the Antique Classic Boat Society “Mahogany Memories” boat show in Essex Ct. in the outboard class.
The boat is as original when bought new in 1957 as I was lucky enough to get her from the original owner. I have many more pics if you like and will be happy to elaborate on the restoration if you like, but thought your subscribers might enjoy the pics.
As far as I know, there are very few of this 18’ models around and would love to hear from anyone that has a similar model. I have to say this boat design is excellent with plenty of room for fun and entertaining and is really a head turner. She cruises nicely at 25mph and have gotten her up to 35mph. Oh, and yes, that is the original Tee Nee trailer that the boat was delivered on as well!
I was finally able to clean out most of the storage building and came across a few boxes of new old stock parts.
If anyone needs any of these items i am happy to ship them out. Or if you are local to Newbury, MA you can come by and take a look. I also think there are some Bow handles somewhere, but they haven’t surfaced yet.
Cover Slider, $10 a set (slider and base x2)
Tail Trim. There are two sizes. $20 a set
Bow Shield. These are the smaller style. $20
Dash Hinges $5 a set, there are two styles in the box