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
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.
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.
If anyone has pictures or stories that they would like to share, please send them.
I received this email from Dan Fitzgerald.
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.