Over time, I will put up as much information as I can about the Hiliner boats.
The short version of the story starts sometime in the mid 1950’s. The factory was located in Ipswich, MA. In 1958, Bunny Fernald took over as President of the company. Bunny also owned a Marina in Newbury, MA. Bunny implemented a number of changes, including the “Clipper Bow” design. If you take a look at the early and then the later boats, you can see the more aggressive rake of the Clipper Bow. Bunny introduced the fiberglass over the hull. Bunny also spearheaded the design of the Sea Star, he wanted a simpler, more utilitarian, low cost boat,more suitable for fishing than the other runabout designs. He also pushed for the 19′ Coast Clipper, the largest Hiliner built.
In the early 1960’s, with the advent of all fiberglass boats, many small wood boat companies went out of business. In 1963, Hiliner went out of business. But, a number of unfinished hulls were auctioned off and purchased by former employees. A shop was set up in Newbury, MA and these boats were completed in 1964 and 1965.
There’s much more to the story….. So check back for updates.