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What kind of boat is this?

Hi, my son was given a 19 foot boat which he wants to restore as part of a boy scout project. We were told the boat is from the 50s, and was made by Johnson Boat Works in Minnesota. Since it is so old, there are no hull ID or other markings to go by. Any help or clues appreciated.

PS-I am grateful for all the suggestions thus far. We are in the Milwaukee area. The original owner is certain that the boat was built by Johnson Boat Works but I too have my suspicions. He is in his 80s and sometimes what he says and what he means are different...but you have to love an old sailor, and we do.


I am posting a few more pics which might shed additional light. If not, my sincere thanks fro trying.
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

Pic would help.
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

Any pictures? Where in Wisconsin are you? East side Marine Museum in Manitowoc, South see Melges Boat works, or west side White Bear boat club.
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

Interlake?
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

Looks a bit like a Lightning:
LIGHTNING sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

But not quite.
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

This is not a Lightning, looks mora like a Pirata, an old German desing.



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Re: What kind of boat is this?

not a Lighting the lighting bow is not round and there is no rudder fin. could be a Pirate . has the rounded bow and short mast of a Pirate . mast looks like it has jumpers but I did not know the Pitate had jumpers. the Pirate does have spreader but the ones in the pic look a little short for spreaders.
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

no idea with this boat... anybody here to help us? that would be greatly appreciated a lot to us
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

Scow! very rare apparently.
Johnson Boat Works was a builder and developer of racing sailboats of the scow design in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It was founded in 1896, by John O. Johnson who had emigrated from Norway in 1893. After working with Gus Amundson[who?] for three years, Johnson started his own boat building business in 1896. His first major success was the "Minnezika" a 38 ft. scow design which won the championship on White Bear Lake in 1900. This sailboat was the beginning of the A-Class. As more classes were founded, Johnson moved on to B's, C's, D's, and E's.

Johnson was commissioned to build the 16 ft. X-Boat for youth in the 1930s. Johnson designed the J-scow in the mid-50's which was converted to the MC.[clarification needed] Through the years, the boat builder built Opti's and 420's. In 1994, the builder brought out the Johnson 18. In 1998, two years after JBW turned 100 years old, the family sold the company. The scow molds were sold to their competitor Melges Boat Works (now called Melges Performance Sailboats) in Wisconsin. The other molds, including the Johnson 18 mold, were sold to Catalina Yachts in California. The repair and storage part of the company was sold to a family member who renamed[when?] the company White Bear Boat Works.
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Re: What kind of boat is this?

Johnson Boat Works is no more but part of the operation was turned into "White Bear Boat Works" and the current owner has some connection to the Johnson family from what I understand.

You might want to run the question by them and maybe they could point you in the right direction.
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