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JasonKettlestrings 08-03-2009 11:31 AM

Niagara 40 PH info wanted
Hi My name is Jason Kettlestrings. I own a small yacht brokerage in LaConner Wa. Fairhaven Yacht Sales. I used to own a 1981 NS30C. Yesterday I listed for sale a Niagara 40 PH that I would like to know more about. Does anyone have any tidbits about these boats? Number built, who designed them, etc. Thanks!

Gary M 08-03-2009 07:06 PM

Niagara's were a line of quality cruising boats built in St Cathernes ON near Niagara Falls. The primary owner was George Hinterhoeller who previously was a partner in C& C.

I vaguely remember them building a few like that, no idea of how many but not a lot. Mark Ellis designed a lot of their boats such as the Nonsuch line and I think their fairly well known Niagara 35.

Vasco 08-03-2009 08:07 PM

Don't remember any Niagara 40 Pilothouses but they did buid a few pilothouse boats that Ellis designed I think they were called Northeast 40's. I think Cabo Rico now builds them under another name.

JasonKettlestrings 08-08-2009 11:10 AM

Niagara 40
Thanks for the info!

Faster 08-10-2009 06:57 PM

The Niagara 40 PH is not of the same line as the Niagara 31/35/42. They are Ontario built, but not, I don't believe, by Hinterhoeller.

There's one listed in Vancouver now too, and I know of one cruising the Caribbean chain. I believe there was a mid 30 foot version produced as well, one of which is in the Victoria area.

killarney_sailor 08-11-2009 08:29 AM

Different company I think
i think these boats were built by a company called Niagara Nautic. They built a 36 and a 40 but production numbers were quite low, especially for the 40.

Vasco 08-11-2009 08:43 AM


I think you're right. I was trying to remember the name (getting harder every year) and it came to me - they were called Nautilus, a 36 and a 40.

tdw 08-11-2009 06:20 PM

There's a Niagara PH 40 on Yachtworld and the ad claims it to be from Hinterhoeler but it does look suspiciously similar to the Nautilus 40.

The Cabo Rico Northeaster is a very different boat. Not bad, great looking interior but a bit clumsy about the pilot house to my mind.

rhhph 09-26-2009 08:30 PM

I own a Niagara Nautilus 36 which is simply a scaled down version of the 40. These were high quality boats in their time. I have the original instruction manual complete with Polaroids, which is fun to page though. Mine is described as hull #18.
There was clearly a lot of pride in craftsman ship. Most of the original equipment still works great after 30 years. While production numbers must have been REALLY small, the boat was clearly made by folks that made lots of boats. I don't see a lot of the typical production boat mistakes.

Art Epps seems to have been part owner of the company. I have not been able to get in contact with him. I wonder if he is still around.
Henry Adriaanse designed both the 36 and 40.
I'd love to chat with other Niagara 36 and 40 owners. (please replace AT with @ The stupid thing won't let me post and email address)

Art Epp 08-18-2011 01:41 AM


I am Art Epp ....still alive in Niagara
My partner Henk Zwart died 21 years ago at age of 46
My other partner, Hendrik Adriaanse is still around, although I have not
seen him in 20+years

Here are 3 blogs that show some boats of the 3 models of Nautilus we built:
Nautilus 40 Pilothouse Sloop
Nautilus 36 Pilothouse Sloop
Nautilus 11m Pilothouse Sloop

I can be contacted @ <[email protected]>

.....cheers ... Art Epp

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