Online collection of pictures and information about vintage wood Hiliner Boats


This site has been created to share and preserve information about vintage wood Hiliner boats.   If you have any information, pictures, stories, etc..   We look forward to hearing from you.

Jim Bowes

Newbury, MA

31 responses

  1. Jim Melanson

    how can I let people know about a vintage 1959 Short Shaft Outboard Motor I have for sale that would be perfect for a vintage Hi Liner restoration? Is there a place to advert??
    I do not want to post in the wrong area.
    Thank you

    January 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

  2. Don MInor

    I have a 1956 13.5 hiliner I restored several years ago. I have all the paperwork that
    came with the boat when new. It is one of my favorite boats! I am located in Laconia, N.H,
    Glad I found others that like the Hiliners!

    June 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

    • Shane

      Do you have some pics? I’m restoring a 1957 13.5 Speed Star and am looking for some ideas!

      January 15, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      • I may have some old marketing photo’s . I’ll dig into the boxes and see what I can find. Please send us some pictures of your boat. Thanks jim

        January 15, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      • Ray Brown

        I am restoring a 1958 speed star and need a windshield if anyone knows of one thanks.

        July 18, 2016 at 2:41 am

    • Shane

      Will you email me some pics of your boat, I nned some ideas for my restoration.

      January 24, 2015 at 2:22 am

    • Shane

      Hi Don I have a 13.5 Speed Star that I’m restoring and am looking for ideas, can you send some pictures of your boat?

      July 13, 2015 at 11:26 pm

  3. Gayle

    We have a 1959 Fleet 15’6″ in need of a lot of repairs. We are at this time interested in having it appraised. Any idea on who offers such appraisals? Sorry, folks, the boat has a lot of sentimental value for us and we are not interested in selling.

    April 21, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  4. Gayle

    Just as an addendum to the previous posting, do any of you reading this site have an idea of than a 1959 Fleet 15’6″ might be worth? 75 Hp motor. Both boat and motor in need of lots of repairs. Last in the water 3 summers ago, and we spend most of our time trying to get it started.

    April 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    • Gayle,

      Thanks for contacting our Hiliner site. It would be helpful if you could email me a few current pictures of the boat and motor. I’m not sure from your post if you are looking for an appraisal of the value in its current condition, or perhaps an estimate to restore it. In general the Hiliners built prior to 1965 are not considered an overly valuable boat. Almost of all of the surviving boats have more sentimental than retail value.

      April 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

  5. matt

    I have found a boat that has been in storage for 43 years . I think it is about 19ft with twine Johnson motors all in good condition.
    If anyone can give me an approximate value .

    October 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm

  6. Brian

    Hi Jim,
    Picked up a 1957 sport star? 17’10” bought from original owners estate who supposedly bought it new in 57, but it has the fiberglass bottom. I thought they didn’t start that till 58, but wondering if they did some fiberglass bottoms in late 57? Is there a way to tell the year from hull#?

    January 7, 2015 at 5:40 am

    • jamesbowes


      I don’t have any serial number records. But it was very common for owners to glass over the bottoms after purchasing them. Bunny Fernald, after Hiliner went out of business in the early 60’s set up a shop in Newbury where he did a lot of service for the local Hiliner fleet. This included glassing the bottoms of many older boats.

      My guess is that the bottom was glassed over at some point a few years after the purchase.

      January 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  7. Shane

    I have a 1957 speedstar and am having a hard time finding parts for it; trim pieces; windshield; steering wheel; I have searched everywhere can anyone help?

    March 2, 2015 at 3:31 am

  8. Jim Bowes

    Shane, There are not a lot of sources for the original items. I’ve had some luck doing national searches on craigslist using . I even saw a steering wheel a few years ago. The windshields were made by Taylor, you can find some Taylor parts online. I had a windshield made locally. I also have some random trim pieces, right now they are in a snowed in shed. Come spring I’ll dig them out and see what I can find.

    Occasionally on Craigslist you might find a boat that’s beyond saving, but has some useable trim pieces,.

    March 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  9. Art

    I have a 14ft 1959 ? Fleet Star that I had planned to one day restore. I’ve owned it since 1970. I will sell to someone interested in a restoration project. I also have the Mercury 85hp 6 cylinder engine that was used to power the boat. This boat was pretty and fast!

    March 21, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    • jamesbowes


      thanks for the note. I can post some pictures. Send them to me at



      March 21, 2015 at 8:25 pm

  10. Art Drolet

    Hi Ray…..I have a windshield for the Fleet Star I own. Anyone wishing to restore my boat or strip for parts is welcome to contact me. I will donate the boat to anyone wishing to make some use of this great wooden boat relic.

    July 23, 2016 at 12:10 am

    • Shane

      Can you send me some pics of the boat? Where are you located?

      July 23, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      • Art Drolet

        Yes, I will take a few pictures for you. No trailer. I am in Eagle Lake up in Aroostook county.

        July 25, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    • Ray Brown

      Hi Art I am restoring a 1958 speed star 13.5 feet. I don’t now if your windshield would fit my boat.

      August 3, 2016 at 2:01 am

  11. Shane

    Does anyone know if the 1957 speed star boats had any type of weight or person capacity tag n them? Or maybe any type of identifying tag for them.

    December 19, 2016 at 3:06 am

  12. Finn Sorteberg

    Hi Jim,
    Great website! I thought I’d give you some “fresh meat” for Please let me know that you’ve received this comment & ten photos.
    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.

    July 6, 2017 at 5:13 pm

  13. Shane Lister

    Still looking for a Hi Liner steering wheel, anyone have any ideas?

    August 5, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    • Art

      My Hi Liner was recently salvaged for a few parts including the steering wheel. If you are still looking, you may reply to this email.

      August 6, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      • Shane Lister

        Can you send some pics to me? I have a Wilcox-Critensen with the drum cable spool.

        August 7, 2018 at 12:18 am

      • Art

        Shane, How do I send the photo? I can send to your email but don’t think I can attach here.

        August 13, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      • Shane Lister

        August 14, 2018 at 1:18 am

  14. Tom

    Hello Everyone! I am looking to buy a Coast Clipper. Please reply to if you know of one available.

    August 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm

  15. David Miller

    Hi, Looking for a Mercury Keikhaefer 58 AEL. Translated 1959 Mercury 45 HP Long shaft with electric start. To be mounted on the Miller family 1958 Fleet Star. Willing to restore so any condition is acceptable as long as it is all there. Thank Dave.

    PS there is currently a 57 14 Hiliner for sale in VT here is the link

    September 19, 2019 at 3:42 pm

  16. Mark Black

    Looking for 2 tail trims for 1959 Fleet Star 16′ Thanks Mark

    July 27, 2020 at 6:17 pm

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