Need Help in Determining the Origin/Builder of this Work Boat

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  1. GSVH747

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    I acquired this work boat a few years ago and have been doing a total rebuild on her. It is a cool, rare hull design in the Lake Erie boating region.

    My good friend, Greg Group, a 2nd generation marine surveyor in Cleveland and Northeast, Ohio, thought that it is a Sisu 22 design.

    It is built with either white or yellow cedar strip about 1" in thickness. It was originally fiber glassed inside and out. I have replaced the solid deteriorated cedar ribs with 1.5" marine plywood and have replaced the transom with marine plywood also. The deck sole is also being replaced with 3/4" marine plywood and will be glassed in as was the original sole.

    Does anyone have an idea of who the builder could be? I thought that it could be a Midland 22 but I have not seen any that are cedar strip construction.

    The title says it is a Wilcox and has a hull I.D. number beginning with VTZ which could mean it is a home built Vermont boat.

    I haven't been able to find any info on a Wilcox 22. I am suspicious of the accuracy of this title information. In its past, it had been used by a marine towing company and a nearby marina.

    Hopefully, the pic of the boat will be attached.

    Any help about the origin of this boat would be greatly appreciated.
     

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  2. traditions

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    Looks like a Midland to me, by the looks of the rake on the stem
     
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    Agree with the Midland 19. Plenty of posts about this hull. Just do a search and you will find the complete history of that hull. But I might be wrong here.

    On second thought, I read your hull construction so it's no Midland. But it certainly looks very similar.
     
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  4. Flying Finn

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    Could it be the original plug? Every Wilcox boat that I ever saw was strip planked
     
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    Reminds me of a 22 Harris Cuttyhunk ??
     
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    looks like a harris cuttyhunk 22 with a little more sheer
     
  7. pyrofan

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    That is the plug I built for Louie Quillmette owner of Midland Boat in Coventry RI over 37 years ago... the Midland 22 ...

    I used the boat for quahogging in Narragansett Bay back when Barrington Beach open up for shellfishing after being closed for several years. Many days that boat brought back 900-1200 lbs. of quahogs to the shellfish dealer.

    You are right it was built with native cedar strips. After I pulled the plug from the mold I glassed the inside and put in a Volvo Penta inboard outboard.

    After I made the plug and mold for the Midland 20.6, I sold the 22' to a man who used it to trap eels up on Lake Champlain, Vt. I am glad you posted a picture of her she was named the PAULA W when I owned her. There are a few pictures of her in my gallery on this forum.

    My dad and I also built quite a few other strip planked boats from 26' to 48' here is a link to a thread about one of them. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.

    Al Wilcox

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    Damn, that guy hit the jackpot with info. Wait until he reads pyrofans thread. Good stuff!
     
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    Found a couple of pictures of her...

    First boat out of the mold and plug ready for glassing the inside

    Seems I forgot how to put a picture on the forum...the link will have to do

    Midland 22
     
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    Ask and you shall receive. How lucky to find the builder on here!
     
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  12. GSVH747

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    Al,

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving with friends and family!

    WOW! Thanks so much for seeing my request for information. I never expected to be talking with the builder of this vessel.

    I saved it from the chain saw after a marina had used her and abused her. I wanted to get this boat ship-shape to be used as a safety/towboat/coaching boat for a sailboat racing fleet and possibly a community sailing center here in Cleveland, Ohio.

    After I got into it, I felt I bit off more than I could chew but was determined to see it through to fruition. See the YouTube link:
    Highlander Coach Boat as of 10 27 14 HD 720p 2 - YouTube

    If you can't see the slideshow from here, just go to YouTube and put in my name and you should see 30 slideshows and videos I have published there.

    I have since worked on quite a bit more and it is ready for the new floor to be glassed. I will forward a few more pics about the Phase 2 portion of the project.

    Thanks again,

    Gary Vinicky
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    How cool is this all 37 years later and 1/2 way across the country?




    Al, I was there too. I was going to URI fisheries school and would dump my books in the car, leave the Shipyard and get out late. I had a 16 ft flat bottom and it would take me 45 mins to get there. I was a newbie so 400 lbs was a gold mine for me.

    My buddy had a 19 ft Midland with a fwd cabin. He almost sunk the thing a couple of times with so much weight up there. We would double up on his boat during those brutal early 80's winters when the bay froze. Always got thru the ice, though.
     
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    Pedlyr,

    Some days 300-400 lbs was all I could get, because I had to be back in to Wickford by 9:30 in order to go catch mussels with my Dad and younger brother.

    Those were the good days, able to work all day. Being from a commercial fisherman family...5 generations...you took advantage of what was available because you never knew when it would end.
     
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    In the process of rebuilding the "Hazel W." and transforming her into"Twist". This is the thread "Grand Lady Reborn", I became good friends with Albert and his brother Ernie. They shared their families boat building history. It is truly amazing. They built approx. 50 Strip-built boats in a small shop in Apponaug, R.I. I hope Al will start a thread that is covers the 35-40 years of Wilcox family boat building history. It reaches wordwide, far beyond the building of the Midland Skiff's and The Hazel W.
     
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    Al,
    Here are a few more recent pics about the re-building of your Paula W.
    Bringing her back from the brink - hope to be finished early next season. The floor should be ready for glassing then.
    Gary Vinicky
     

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    Wow. Looks like your are doing a great job. I am going to attempt to replace my floor and stringers this winter. Not looking forward to it but with all I have seen here, it is certainly doable. Keep up the good work....and the pictures coming.
     
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    Gary, Thanks for the pics. Its hard to believe that the original VOLVO PENTA 140A inboard outboard is still running after all the multiple owners over 37 years.

    As one can see from your pictures she did receive some hard abuse through the years. You did and outstanding job of replacing the cross ties and getting her ready for a new floor.

    I will look for pictures of her when I owned her to post. Please post more pictures of your work.

    Al
     
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    Al,
    I am completing the total rebuild of your Paula W. Had a major delay with a brand new defective Moeller Marine Products fuel tank. The vent fitting leaked fuel when filling the tank all the way. I just got that issue resolved and am finishing the re-install of the replacement fuel tank below deck.

    I remember a picture of this boat on what looked like a custom built double axle trailer. It was near a boat ramp. Can you find that picture for me?
    There is a vintage trailer back in the weeds with no owner markings on it. What I remember from the picture sort of points to this local trailer.

    Almost every time I work on this boat, someone comes by and asks questions about her unusual shape for Lake Erie.

    I will send you more pictures of the finished boat.
    Thanks,
    Gary
     
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    Gary- I had the same issue with a mueller tank this year... Vent Neck broke off the tank. Hoping you caught your issue before your boat was complete. Can you describe what happened to your tank?
     

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