From the Owner

Dan Kidney was a notable boatbuilder out of DePere, Wisconsin, who built early launches around the turn of the century up to the 40′ range. Few of these survived as early gasoline engines in wooden boats were fire hazards. Originally steam-powered, ‘At Ease’ has been given a ‘classic re-power’ small 4-cylinder engine that provides reliability, while sounding and looking era correct. The sides were able to be saved, while she received a new bottom, decking and interior. Oak and mahogany create beautiful contrasts as was commonly done in this time period, before stains became common place. Cable steering with front and side mounted steering wheels provides easy access to control. Peter Mueller purchased this boat in 2011. He steam bent new ribs into the hull and began the restoration, but then decided to sell to Breen Boats. Bill Ringo commissioned the restoration of this piece of early maritime history in 2013. The ‘canoe-stern’ transom and navy-top are a couple features that make it stand out.

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Specifications

Year:

1896

Make:

Dan Kidney & Sons

Model:

Early Gasoline Launch

Hull:

Wood

Length:

23'

Beam:

5.5'

Builder:

Dan Kidney & Sons

Builder Location:

DePere, Wisconsin
Engine

Year:

1952

Manufacturer:

Gray Marine

Model:

Straight 4

Cylinders:

4

Speed:

13 mph
General Information

Boat Name:

At Ease

Home Port:

Lake Rosseau

Owner:

Bill Ringo
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