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HiLiner Pennants

IMG_0214Check out Skipper Rudy.  He’s offering a variety of reproduction pennants.  Including the Hiliner.

http://www.skipperrudy.com/services/burgees-pennants-flags/hiliner

 

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Another Fleetstar

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.

 

 

 

 


1957 Sportstar

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.

Hi Jim,

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!
Thanks,

 


New old stock Hiliner Parts

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

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Fleetstar at 2014 ACBS Show in NH

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.

http://smartboatingus.com/sbtv/134/


Fishing Rigged 59 Fleetstar in NH

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.

 

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Hiliner 140 Restoration

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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.