View Full Version : Remember that old boat Cane Pole had for sale?

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
11-21-2009, 03:17 PM
Well, we bought it from him back in the summer and this thing is a tank. It's a 1952 Alumacraft Open C on what we think is the original trailer. It's been a project for us over the past few months, working on it when we have the time. Don't know if you can tell from the pic or not, but the two seats that were in it were a secretarial chair set and a dining room swivel chair seat. The motor is a 78 model 15 hp Evinrude Believe it or not, the boat is rated for a 50. We're gonna try to find a 35 - 40 horse. It's not finished yet, but I wanted to share some pics of our progress. The tongue was bent on the trailer, so we cut it off and Paul lengthened it as well as replacing the hitch. The old one wasn't just an antique, it was downright scary. We put new bearings in and made umpteen trips and phone calls trying to get the right size seals to fit. We stripped out the inside, removed all the brackets and wooden blocks that were bolted on for what reasons we can't figure out. We ground out rough spots and loose paint, then flipped her over, primed and now she's getting her 3rd coat of OD Green today. When all is said and done, she'll be rigged out for crappie fishing and should be a great boat to fish out of.

11-21-2009, 03:31 PM
Great job. Show us how you rig it. I one just like it and put a front deck on it. Problem was that it was tipsy when I was on the deck. Flipped me out twice.

Caught a lot of fish.


11-21-2009, 04:10 PM
I'm anxious to watch your progress. Lookin good so far.

11-21-2009, 05:02 PM
Great job you two. Load that boat up with fish & show the pics.

11-21-2009, 06:14 PM
Boats looking good.... Also I need to be hit over the head. I forgot about the seals.If you need to me to check for them Pm me any info you can on the trailer .

11-21-2009, 07:44 PM
Looks real good, Y'all makin good progress. I had on or two similar years ago and they're good at cutting the chop to get home. Like Chuckauten said, don't get it too tall and you'll be fine. Keep us up to date.

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
11-21-2009, 08:09 PM
There's definitely not gonna be much deck. There will be a small one just to have a place to mount the trolling motor, then it will step down for the fishing seats and rod holders. We mocked up the deck height with 2 x 4's and took it out to the local lake to see how tippy it would be and it did really well.

Don't worry Pete, I think Paul forgot about talking to you about the seals. We found em in Jackson. The part numbers were so old, when they cross referenced with the new number, they didn't match. One of the guys at HCI in Jackson did some digging and actually found what we needed.

These pics are after Paul filled in the 5,000 holes and we started sanding.

11-21-2009, 11:34 PM
Great job you folks are doing on that boat. A friend had one very similar to yours many many years ago, they are built like a tank & do handle rough water better than most. Good fishing out of your new boat..........

11-22-2009, 08:48 PM
how are you going to rig the inside? are you going to troll? What about a trolling rack for front and back? It looks GREAT SO FAR!!!

11-23-2009, 08:24 AM
Wow that thing is really lookin good, well built and has stood the test of time.

11-23-2009, 10:19 AM
You need to post this over on tinboats.net. Those guys over there will flip out over the job you're doing! It looks GREAT!!! I just got finished refurbing my 1956 holsclaw trailer this spring but I'm still working on the boat. You'll really enjoy it once you get it finished!


11-23-2009, 07:25 PM
Looking good.Won't be long now.

yankee doodler
11-23-2009, 08:02 PM
Vonna you did get a sales reciept right? Tom can be a pretty sneaky ole codger ya know. He might want it back after it gets lookin' that good. :D

11-23-2009, 08:14 PM
yankee that post made my day!!! I want to know if some trolling is gonna go on in that boat as I have some custom made trolling weights I want to donate to the cause.

11-23-2009, 08:59 PM
looks good go to tinboats .net they will like the restore

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
11-23-2009, 10:52 PM
Vonna you did get a sales reciept right? Tom can be a pretty sneaky ole codger ya know. He might want it back after it gets lookin' that good. :D

We'll let him take a ride in it!

I put it on TinBoats this afternoon. Paul registered a while back, but hasn't had the time to post much.

We're planning on doing some long line trolling. Our other boat isn't set up for it at all, but this one should work well.

11-24-2009, 11:12 AM
how long is it ????

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
11-24-2009, 04:58 PM
Hiya Ted. It's 15 ft long with a 48" bottom.

J White
11-24-2009, 05:08 PM
That is just too cool :) I noticed the spray rails on it look like they have
the same shape as mine, concave on the bottom side. Looks like they had
that figured out way back there.

I can't say I really blame ya for swapping
out that trailer coupler, but man - I'm facinated by that thing! I thought
I'd seen it all as far as that kinda stuff, but that is a new one on me.

Cane Pole
11-24-2009, 09:55 PM
Looking good. Tree grew up in a wrong spot is what caused the bent tongue.:p

That "bend" makes for easy left turns.

Crappie Stalker
11-24-2009, 10:50 PM
We are enjoying working on this boat. Lots of ideas, But not much time to get it all done. Plan is to have double seats up front for spider rigging and rig the back for longlining or crankin'. Front deck will be just high enough to use standard 18" rod holders so rods clear bow. Hoping for a little storage under there for life jackets and such.
In the pictures you see that I got the front half of the trailer stripped and primed, the rest may have to wait for warmer weather to get it painted. At least the boat is painted so we can get the numbers back on it and use it a little this winter.
Thanks for all the comments on the progress. We are having fun so far!

11-25-2009, 11:24 AM
the boat looks great. I have a 14' elgin I am in the process of redoing and as you I am having a ball. It is a project my 7 year old and I are doing and he is having a blast just working with the tools.

Cane Pole
11-25-2009, 12:37 PM
When, and if you are lucky enough to reach my age, you will find that it is a project to just get the "toilet visit" completed in the morning.:eek::eek::)