Wooden Boats From the 1950s

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Wooden Boats From the 1950s
Many boats in the 1950s were made of wood. (Wooden Boat image by Pearsoc from Fotolia.com)

In the 1950s, many of the boats on the water were wooden. They ranged from tiny fishing boats to beautiful mahogany sail boats and even wooden yachts. Many of these boats today have been restored, and are sold as classic boats. Restoring wooden boats of the 1950s has become a hobby for many who live on or near the water.

1954 Whirlwind Deluxe

The 1954 Whirlwind Deluxe is a classic boat that is often restored. It has a mahogany plywood hull, and comes standard with a 25-horsepower 1955 Johnson Outboard motor. The mahogany wood is complemented by a red steering wheel and red seat cushions. It is a small, 14-foot speed boat that works well for fishing.

1952 Dunphy Shad

The 1952 Dunphy Shad is considered a rare find as far as classic wooden boats of the 1950s go. This 14-foot, mahogany outboard runabout is a beautiful boat that can be used for fishing or just sunset cruises along the lake. It can be upgraded to have leather seats installed as well.

1956 Chris Craft Capri

In the 1950s, Chris Craft built dozens of wooden boats for the average consumer. The 1956 Capri was no exception. This boat, designed of several woods with decorative elements, making it distinctive from other wooden boats on the market, is 21 feet long. It comes standard with a Chris-Craft MCL 175 horsepower engine. This is a perfect boat for cruising. Those who restore Chris Craft boats often put in new bottoms and upholstery.

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