Thursday, July 23, 2015

1959 Coranado Century

I didn't know what it was beyond, "Hey, look at the old boat!"

It was a 1959 Coronado Century, a 21 ft. speedboat with a inboard Ford V-8. Here's the company history. They made boats for decades.

Here's pictures of one restored. It was for sale for $47,000.

If the one I looked at is any indication, $47K would be a fair price. I don't think you're going to be able to restore one for less. The bottoms rot out, the transoms go. On this one, it looked like pretty much every piece of wood was good enough to be used as a form for crafting it's replacement. The owner said it had been sitting up for 40 years.

Here's a 1965, with a series of pictures from purchase all the way through the rebuild.

The boat I looked at would need every bit of that work. Here she is:


Paul Bonneau said...

I bought an old 18-foot sailboat a year or two ago. Fooled around with it some, fixed some things, worried about others, spent time trying to understand sailing - then I sold it at a big loss. Funny thing, just like the old joke goes, the happiest day in the life of a boat owner is the day he sells it.

I did complete a little row boat build, which was interesting:

That was more my speed. It's just enough to putt around and weighs only 20 lbs.

There are some small plywood trimaran plans floating around, I might give one of them a try.

libertyman said...

That's the two happiest days in a boat owner's life-- the day he buys it and the day he sells it!

I lusted after the Century inboards as a teenager- they were the epitome of style and class. I especially liked the Century Cheetah.
We bought a Correct Craft Skylark in 1966, for I think about $2500.00, brand new.

Tacitus2 said...

Similar warning. Bought a cool old boat once. It proved to be significantly less cool than I thought and has long since been scrapped.
Consider buying such a project only if you really, really need things to keep you occupied. And expect it will be years, if ever, before you putt around the lake in the thing.

ASM826 said...


I looked at the EXIF data on the pictures at the link. The first picture of the boat is early August of 2006. The first picture of the boat back in the water is August 30th, 2011. Just over 5 years.

Old NFO said...

They are holes in the water you pour money into... And never, EVER get it back...

Graybeard said...

$47,000? I think there's more than that spent on clamps in that shop!

Seriously, a better way to go might be a big old aluminum boat. If they're relatively easier to rebuild if the metal is basically sound. There are forums online full of threads of guys buying an old Starcraft, say, tearing them down to bare metal and rebuilding. If the transom is rotten, you pull it out and replace it. In a glass boat, the job is much harder.

jon spencer said...

Wooden boats, a hour in the water then a hour of maintenance.
But they are beautiful and most have a softer ride.