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1938 Thompson Antique Wood Wooden Boat with Evinrude

End Time:11/19/2010 10:40
Sold Price:$6,200
Listing Format:Chinese
Location:Michigan (48857)
For Sale By:Private seller


Year:1938Fuel Type:Gas
Make:ThompsonEngine Make:Evinrude
Model:16 TVT CustomEngine Model:41 Speedifour 33.4hp
Length:16.0Engine Type:Single outboard
Beam:4.5Fuel Capacity:1-5
Condition:UsedBoat Type:Runabout


This is a 1938 (best guess at year but definately pre-war) Thompson TVT 16 foot split cockpit runabout. It is not an ordinary Thompson for the year. It must have been a custom order or built for a special customer because it is very elegant. There is no evidence that the boat was ever altered from new with the exception of the seat bases. Has been shown successfully in the preserved catagory. About 95% original wood. Has been a show winner prior to making numerous improvements. That being said, it is not a perfect boat capable of winning every show, its just a very nice looking and seaworthy boat. I think the pictures should speak for themselves. The boat is simply beautiful. Paint, varnish, chrome, and interior are all in good shape. Hull is tight and leaks very little (bilge pump runs about 3 times per day at the dock). Check out the cool glove boxes and antique fire extinguisher! There are no areas of soft or rotten wood. The motor is a 1941 Evinrude Speedifour. Its a 4 cylinder 33.4 hp. The motor has just been completely gone through and it runs well. Motor looks great but there are some dents in the tank and wrinkles in the decal. The trailer is a Holsclaw probably a 60's model. It has just been refit and repainted. All new lights, wiring, hardware, and bunks. Bearings have fresh grease. Have a brand new spare. Just towed 500 miles without issue. It is capable of a cross country voyage. This is a very nice package priced at a fraction of the cost of a comprable inboard. Ive had inboards as well and can tell you this gets more attention I think because of its uniqueness and totally cool looking motor with the rear steering. I think you would have a hard time finding a better package at anywhere near the opening bid. There are no major issues with the boat but will mention some of its weaker points. There are a few spots on the dash and transom where the stain looks blotchy (not bad, but noticable in some lighting conditions). There are some places along deck seams where the planks have been working causing the varnish to split. The stbd splash rail must have split at one time and has been repaired, but the line is not totally fair. The boat must have sat for years improperly on the trailer causing the keel to sag some near the bow (pictured). Nothing too major, but thought Id mention them. Boat is located in Morrice Mi 48857 which is approx 20 miles east of Lansing near the intersection of I-69 and M-52. Have registration for both boat and trailer. Boat available for viewing by appointment. Zero or negative feedbackers must contact me BEFORE bidding or bids will be cancelled. 300.00 deposit due at auctions end or if you use buy it now. Pick up within 7 days. Please ask questions and I will reply honestly. If you are a Thompson guru, send me your thoughts on value please, or anything else interesting to add. Thanks for looking and good luck! I bought this motor this spring from its second owner. It was last ran in 1958, but the owner lubed and turned it annually. I had to replace the coils and flywheel, wires, and plugs. I also replaced the water pump gasket and lower unit gaskets. I took it out last month and it ran fine, but I kept shearing prop pins. Turns out I was using too soft of pins. I used brass and it requires steel. As a precaution I disassembled and cleaned the lower unit to be sure it was fine. The bearings and gears truly look like new (have pics if interested). I filled it with triple guard Evinrude marine grease. I have not ran it at speed since then but assume it will be fine. I also wired it to run a remote kill to the helm, but havent run the wires up yet. I do have the switch and will include it with the boat. I have ran the motor for approx 30 minutes and it pumps water fine and stays cool. I sould also mention there is a built in fuel tank behind the aft cockpit in case you want to repower to something more modern. I would also consider selling without the motor (deduct 500.00 from purchase price). Thanks for reading! Link below shows motor being started in a bucket. Could only run a few seconds as the prop spins all the water out in a hurry. Started on third pull. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=gyz3Jo2o tE


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