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14' Aluminum Rowboat

1950 Unknown

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Unknown
  • Year: 1950
  • Location: Columbus, Indiana, United States


This was my grandpa's old rowboat. I don't know how old it is but it looks like one of those made after WW2 when all of these skilled aluminum workers from the aircraft industry suddenly needed new jobs. I'm not an expert, but it looks more like aircraft parts to me than what you would see in a modern aluminum boat. It does have some nice welding to go along with the bucked rivets so I'm not sure when aluminum welding became common. The stiffeners under the seats look like the stifffeners inside of a wing. And it has some cast aluminum handles on the back. Plus it is heavy as heck so I don't think it is a modern alloy. It's a tank of a 14' boat. It's actual dimensions are 13' 5" and 59" wide.
I don't know where this came from, just that my grandpa had it down in Georgia. It has a 1977 registration sticker in it. I don't remember seeing it when I was a kid, but we rarely went down there. My dad brought it up to northern Iowa when grandpa died in the late 80s and it ended up on a lake in northern Minnesota at my uncle's cabin. My uncle sold the cabin and moved into a retirement community and my dad brought the boat back and we put it out behind the barn. It could use a new motorboard and there is a second piece of plywood across the inside of the transom that is rotten as well. It has oarlocks, but no oars or anything. I would think this could handle a 5hp 2-stroke. The transom knee isn't very substantial so I wouldn't go larger than that.
There are no numbers or labels on this boat and absolutely no paperwork. That's not a problem in Indiana unless you want to put a motor on it. If you do want to use it as a motorboat on public waters it would have to be assigned a hull number and then titled and that will be a lot of paperwork, and dealing with a lot of officials who don't know the law so you would have to teach them how to help you. Difficult, though not impossible. I would just use it as a rowboat.

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