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62 Fleetstar Pictures

If anyone has pictures or stories that they would like to share, please send them.

I received this email from Dan Fitzgerald.

When I was little we came home from the July 4th Parade and there was my uncle sitting in a brand new 1956 14′ HiLiner tied to our dock.  We lived on Lake Cochituate and no one had anything like this. It had a 30 Johnson and it flew -no one could come near us.  It began a life-long passion for boats for me and of course HiLiners always had a special place in my heart.   In the early 70’s I bought a 1962 16′ HiLiner with a MERC 700.  Just the most perfect package in the world.  We loved the boat but time was passing and we succumbed to the beautiful fiberglass boats;  eventually ending up with a competition ski boat.  But I always missed the HiLiner keeping my eye open for one. I looked for my ’62 HiLiner thirty years later and actually found it. It was a Good news and Bad news scenario.  The Good News is that it was restored and is still alive and well.  The Bad News is he won’t sell it.  But then again that may be a good thing.  I also still own a 1965 Glasspar G3 that I bought brand new.  It is fully restored and we use it – it’s a virtual showboat.  I have owned lots of boats but never could sell my G3.  Thank Goodness.  Had I had the room, I never would have let the HiLiner go.
Lastly I was so happy to see your website.  HiLiners were a step above all the competition. It’s sad we don’t hear much about them anymore but maybe you’ll fix that.
Best of luck – wish you the best.
Dan Fitzgerald

1955 Hiliner Brochure

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.

Hiliner For Sale

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.

 

14′ 1958 Hiliner, Listed for sale

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Found this picture at this link.

Not sure if its still available.  But i haven’t seen very many of the 14′ boats.

1959 Hiliner Catalog

Anyone interested in bringing their Hiliner to a boat show?

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.

Miller Family HiLiner

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.