Gary from NH took this rescued 19′ Coast Clipper and turned it into one of the most unique Hiliner’s I have ever seen.
To This: Yes, that’s an open bow Hiliner…
Gary Rice is selling his beautifully restored and maintained Fleetstar.
He sent me the following:
For sale 1959 hiliner fleetstar 16’
The outriggers and depth finder have also been removed. Please contact Gary at email@example.com
update: boat has been sold….. (
Believed to be 59-60.
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 $1500.00Fred Musseman
Check out Skipper Rudy. He’s offering a variety of reproduction pennants. Including the Hiliner.
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.
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
Hatch Handles $5 each
Randy from Amesbury, MA sent over this link to a video of him and his 58 Fleetstar at the 2014 ACBS show in Meredith,NH. Randy appears at the 21:51 mark in the video. He has a great story of how he came to own his boat.
Gary from Concord NH shared these pictures of his 59 Fleetstar. He’s got a pretty slick fishing setup. He’s also made some neat modifications. I like wood framed windshield, and the storage under the rear seats.
Kieth Symmes from Essex, MA sent me the following note and pictures.
Well the “140” HiLiner is out in the sunshine in Essex, MA for the first time in many years! These will serve as some “before” pictures and obviously I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I am optimistic. As I had indicated previously, this was my 93 year old father’s boat and he got it from his older sister who had it on the tiny fresh water river up in Amesbury, MA at her camp many many years ago. I had taken most of the hardware off the deck and started sanding there first. I hope to also strip the paint on the sides and if I can, stain that as well. My dad said this pale green was the color is sister had from way back. The motor is the original 1957 18 HP Holiday Bronze Johnson which has seen very little use, and the trailer is also a classic. I notice the steering is offset to the port side more than the one shown in the 1955 brochure. I wonder if it was offered in 1956 and 1957 as a special order as this was always represented as a 1957. Notice the red “rope” that does the steering!!! Wish me luck? I’ll need it as I start this project. I also have some vintage pennants to fly from the United Shoe Yacht Club that my mother’s father was active in more than fifty years ago. I also have his vintage paddle and gaff hook to lovingly restore. Looking forward to this classic wooden boat being on Chebacco Lake again.
I also have several more vintage green Johnsons tucked away from the 30’s (rope pull 10 HP), 40’s (5 HP), and early 50’s (two 25 HP) in similar condition as we have been here on the lake since 1937.
I uncovered a few, never installed, Bow handles. These have the ‘HLB” letters etched into them. If anyone is looking for a new, original Hiliner Bow Handle, please let me know. I will try to get a picture up.
I also found some of the triangle sheetmetal trim pieces that go on the each side at the rear. I have two sizes, both left and right side.
Unfortunately I have not been able to find any of the Bow logo plates.
If anyone has pictures or stories that they would like to share, please send them.
I received this email from Dan Fitzgerald.
Thanks to Bob Rand for sending in these scans. Note that Hiliner “140” this is the 12′ boat that has had a few questions on the site.
I have decided that I need to sell at least one of my three boats. I don’t have the space or time to care for all three. Please let me know if you are interested in any of them.
1960 Fleetstar – 55hp Suzuki Motor. I put a new windshield on last year. Needs some minor work. Needs a new top, but i have the hardware and the old mice chewed top. Was in the water this past year.
1961 SeaStar – I’ve had this one for 6 years. In decent shape, has a 50hp Mariner motor. My next project on this boat is to revarnish. Was in the water this past year
1961 Coast Clipper – No Motor, Barn Find. Hasn’t been in the water in close to 30 years. Side windows are intact. Would make a great project. Very Rare.
Found this picture at this link.
Not sure if its still available. But i haven’t seen very many of the 14′ boats.
The last weekend of August is the annual Antique & Classic Boat Show in Salem, MA. I’m curious to see if any of you New England owners would be interested in bringing your boats to this show and having our own Hiliner class.
This is the website for the show. http://www.boatfestival.org/
Take a look and let me know what you think.
David Miller from Rochester, NH sent along a picture and some great history on his Fleetstar.
His grandfather, W. Paul Miller, bought the boat from Fernalds Marine in 1957. The boat was refinished by Fernalds in the mid 60’s. David still has the receipt from Fernalds and has offered to scan it for us. In the mid 80’s. David and his father replaced the Bow Plywood and Mahogany strips. In 1990, Hurricane Gloria ripped off the windshield. The boat now has a replacement. The picture below was taken in 1988. David is in the boat with his mother, while his sister lounges on the deck. His father took the picture. Since starting this site i’ve heard many stories of great family memories that took place with the Hiliner boats. I’m always looking for more stories and pictures to add to the site.
David still owns the boat and uses it regularly on Milton Three Ponds and in Laconia.
This was in Bunny’s collection. I love seeing New York in the background.
I couldn’t find this model in the 57-62 catalogs, so I am assuming it might have been either custom project or built prior to 56. It looks to be about 19′ long. Check out the twin Mercs..
Below are a few photo’s of the Hiliner factory locations. The first location is the Milton and Rand boat shop in Ipswich (thanks to Bob Porter for finding this picture). This location was later renamed as the Hiliner Boat Corp. The last location was on Hanover street in Newbury. This was the location of the Old Newbury Boat company, which built the Hiliners from 62-65. Both of these buildings are still around. Hanover street looks almost the same as it did 50 years ago. The Ipswich location has a new facade.
I get a lot of questions about replacement windshields. The original Hi-Liner windshields were manufactured by Taylor Made Products. Taylor is still in business, but the original molds were destroyed in a fire back in the early 70’s. I spoke to Taylor a few years ago about trying to get a replacement windshield. They sent me to www.oceandynamics.com . This company will make a replacement for any boat. It helps if you still have the original frame. It also helps if you have a lot of money, they are not cheap.
I found an alternative if you are located in Massachusetts. Rob Allison, lives on Cape Cod and specializes in plexiglass and lexan. He made the windshield on my Fleetstart for half the cost of Ocean Dynamics, plus i was able to pick it up to avoid shipping costs.
I recently traded emails with Greg Grundtisch, a boat builder and writer from the Niagra, New York area. He has had pieces published in “Antique Mahogany” and “Messing About In Boats” magazines. He was nice enough to send me copies of some pieces that relate to Hiliner. I will try to scan them, but i’m not sure how they will turn out.”
One of the pieces was about the Hiliner Peapod. Greg had come across a 12′ Fiberglass peopod with the name Hiliner on it. In attempt to research its history he contacted the Fernald family in Newbury, MA. The following is the letter that Howie Fernald, Son of Bunny, sent to him.
” I am Howard (Howie) Fernald Jr. I was the skinny blond kid in the last Hi liner Catalogs. Now I’m 2. My dad bought into Hi Liner Boats in Ipswich, Massachusetts, around 1957. We moved operations to nearby Newbury in 1963. An offer we could not refuse at the time for the Hi Liner property allowed us to close the doors in 1967. All the boats, tools, etc. were auctioned off at that time. All but the name and trademark. We sold those to Dave Mosely who built the Ray Hunt design Hiliner 222 for several years. They had an extremely bad fire, had bad lawsuits, and one of the Boston banks would up with the name. Boston Whaler built two of the walk around cabin boats, very late ’60s or early ’70’s. Nothing else was ever heard about Hi Liner ntil a one man operation down the Cape started making th peapod. I don’t know if the name Hi Liner as used by chance or by rights. This was fun.”
Note: the Hi-liner trademark has been used by a fishing tackle company since 1998.