By Steven Lichty, New England Chapter Member
We were on the way North to Acadia National Park for a family camping trip, and my father-in-law Don spotted the boat on the side of Route 1 with a ‘For Sale’ sign taped to the windshield. “That’s the kind of boat I grew up water skiing behind” he exclaimed, so we stopped to look at it. It was a 16.5’ Penn Yan SeaLiner.
One thing led to another, and a week later we had purchased it and I was driving it home, not knowing what we had gotten ourselves into, but very excited nonetheless! It needed a full restoration, but the ‘bones were good!’ I believe the boat is a 1959, but still working on final determination of that.
I’ve been working on the restoration now for five years as I have time on weekends and evenings. And I’ve learned how to steam-bend oak, and a host of other things I wouldn’t have learned had we not embarked on this project. My family and friends have all pitched in on the project with me.
It also has its original motor, a 1960 Evinrude Lark II, so I have been going through that as well.
I think I may finish it up to launch her this summer at some point! I hope so! It has been a grand adventure and I have learned a lot about boat building!
We’ve named her ‘ECHO’ after our favorite lake in Acadia, and perhaps a nod to times past, and good times to come!