What is this boat - "Molded Ply Lap Hull"

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What is this boat - "Molded Ply Lap Hull"

Postby Bellbuoys » Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:23 pm

Our local marina pulled this out of an old outbuilding. It had been left for winter storage some years ago, and never reclaimed. Lapstrake over molded plywood. Three rows of seating. Length is 17' and beam is 66".The Mercury engine is a direct drive, thought to precede 1963. With the direct drive, this 80 hp was known as the "Dockbuster," I am told. Someone would have had to have some arm to pull start this six-cylinder.
I'm not even sure this is a Thompson, but there is a lot of knowledge on this site!
Apologies for quality of photos, but it was dark in there!
https://www.flickr.com/gp/wouldboater1/087dm8
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Re: What is this boat - "Molded Ply Lap Hull"

Postby Bellbuoys » Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:20 pm

Apologies, for I am a novice with flickr as the photo host. There is a second album available at the above link that contains photos of the mystery boat.
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Re: What is this boat - "Molded Ply Lap Hull"

Postby LancerBoy » Sun Aug 14, 2016 4:32 am

Cool looking Thomboy in the first album.

The second album shows the "Molded Ply Lap" boat. Most likely she is a "Wagemaker" made at Grand Rapids, MI by Wagemaker Company. The hull may have been molded by their subsidiary firm called US Molded Shapes, also in Grand Rapids.

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Re: What is this boat - "Molded Ply Lap Hull"

Postby Bellbuoys » Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:53 am

Thanks Andreas.
A Wolverine Wagemaker was a guess by one of the locals, but largely because there are so many of them here in SW Michigan.
Did anyone else make a bias molded plywood, covered in lap strake, boat?
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Re: What is this boat - "Molded Ply Lap Hull"

Postby LancerBoy » Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:34 am

I do not know if there were other builders of similar hulls.

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