Restoration and rebuild of this home built Step Hydroplane and TNee trailer started in 2013 after I received it as a gift from my dear friend Roy who was in his early90’s and felt he was to old for the project! I knew from the outset I was building it for my grandson Kenny Jr. who was born that year.
This boat started in Le Pas Manitoba in 1953 and eventually found a home in Ontario in a barn where he purchased it from the second owner. During the restoration rebuild I found the original licence numbers under many layers of paint and they are on it today.
once home I surveyed it for dry rot and it was solid along with its plywood covering held in place with bronze nails! The plywood was badly checked topside and covered with a thick layer of epoxy red paint bottom side which was peeling badly. The TNee trailer was badly rusted and required a total rebuild.
All original fittings were cleaned and polished and put back on the boat.
After completely stripping the boat I built a new interior for it including floors-seats-dash a d redesigned the upper aft section of the bow which was very flat for 28” in front of the dash so that it conformed to the crown which was very pleasing to the eye, that existed from the bow back to where it flattened out.
given the nature of the topside checking I West system epoxied the top but added fiberglass plus West system to the bottom. All epoxy was tinted red fir application purposes. A mahogany dash was made to house the Brydon steering wheel – pulley system.
while it came with a 25 hp Evinrude I changed to a rebuilt 1956 Mercury which was colour coded to the trailer and boat. The quick silver shifter/throttle mechanism with new wiring was installed along with a Mercury gas tank.
Finishing touches included upholstery and decals before launch day September 23rd, 2019 on the Thames River, St Mary’s Ontario.
Summer sequel 2020 when Kenny Jr. drove his boat with dad Jeff supervising. Now I know I have the next generation fully engaged in classic boating!
I finally achieved my goal of towing Kenny B’s SEA HAWK behind my 1935 Ford Cabriolet Hot Rod!
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