Need help with a UFO!


Rolf Warncke
Just picked up an old rowboat that could use "some work". Not exactly sure what I have here but I'm confident that some one out there will know. The boat is about 11'2" long and about 49" wide at its widest point. It could be a little out of shape considering the condition of the gunwales. The boat has been glassed but it seems quite easily removed judging by the section I tested. It's had some work done on it. It appears that it might have had additional supports going from the gunwale to the seat frames. There are telltale screw holes that have nothing in them. The ribs are 1" wide and approximately 1/4" thick.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. I'm also interested in knowing if I have something desirable here. Not sure that I need to add another project to the list but I could not let this get destroyed or lost. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say!


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Looks most like a Penn Yan Cartopper. These were very popular boats and were built by many other builders like Thompson.

I think new inwales and outwales would fix most of the shape problem and be a very nice boat.

Good luck,