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ARO Boat Fan Club
N e w s
Cabinaire, Canadaire, Carryaire, Convaire, Corsaire, Debonaire, Nordaire, Sireco, Skyliner, Speedaire, Travelaire

This non-profit web site is dedicated to owners and fans of "Aroliner" aluminium boats which were made by the Aroline Boat Company Ltd. (ABC) in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada. The designing and manufacturing was directed by George Narcisse Giguére, during the approximate period of 1935-1990. Our web site goal is to share history and pictures of these enjoyable and tough aluminium boats which seem to have "nine lives". When they receive a little "tender loving care", they will outlive most of us.

The best web site we have found, so far, on the History of Aroline Boats, is   http://www.aroline.com,   designed by   Paul Fraser.

Some disclaimers: This web site is not an eBay, nor Twitter, nor Facebook, nor Trader ... There are NO endorsements - implied, typed or any other form, means or manner ... just a Fun Site ...If you wish to share pictures, information or have questions, please contact webmaster.

NOTE: This web site is currently undergoing updates and reorganizing - Please excuse the scrambled eggs.   H O M E
Photo Galleries of Models
Cabinaire
Canadaire
Carryaire
Convaire
Corsaire
Hard Top
Perhaps the most popular model
- 16 ft. 66" beam

Soft Top

Slightly smaller than Corsaire - 17ft. 84" beam

3 models made


Wider than Debonaire - 75" beam. avaible in Hardtop convertible, Convertible, Hardtop with "flying bridge", Runabout


Larger than Canadaire - 18ft. 96" beam (runabout). Available Runabout or Hardtop or Ragtop
Note the sliding glass side window
Debonaire
Nordaire Skyliner Speedaire
Travelaire


Perhaps 2nd most popular model - 16 ft. 66" beam. Open air runabout.


Skyliner" was a nickname used at one time to define "Convertible" or "Ragtop". Original use was for Cabinaires

The "Speedaire" production model was a shorten version of the Debonaire runabout - approx. 14 ft. - Runabout and Hardtop convertible versions.
Note as in the later years most models had higher bows and freeboard. - Original use of the name was for 4 high speed special racers (late forties ?) - See Specials below.


Photo Gallery of Specials
Hot Rod
Fire Engine
USA CG
Speedaire Racers
Sireco
Sireco II
"Shark" Prototype


"Silver Shadow"
Mfgr 1970 ?
Possible Convaire hull ?
Check out the fishing gear !

Photo Gallery of unknown ports

Nice woodwork

1956 Pickled Mermaid






More Information
Canadian Power Squadron Logo
Fan Club Oldies Links Canadian Boating
  Restoration tips
  Editor Research Notes
  Good old Trailer Info Coutesy of ACBS
  Excellent web site on ABC history by Paul Fraser
  1964 Sales Brochure courtesy of P. Guibord
 
 
    PRIVACY Policy
  1951 - LETTER quotation by "George Giguere"
  1955 Cabinaire advertisement - with Price !
  Ad Oldies by ABC
  1964 ABC Sales brochure Courtesy of P. Guibord 2006
  1965 ABC Catalog Specs
  Magazine article on ABC - Dec 2010
  Power Boating Canada magazine
  Canadian Power Squadron (CPS)
Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
  Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance (CPS / ECP) .....
is a community of passionate boaters across Canada who are committed to safety, boating education, and having fun on the water. It is a national volunteer driven organization with a long-standing reputation for offering high-quality educational courses. With a 75 year history and a membership of over 26,000 in 155 Squadrons across the country, CPS has played a major role in boating culture in Canada and is the established leader for the training of recreational boaters. CPS works co-operatively with Transport Canada, Industry Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, and many other organizations involved in safe boating.

  Before you go - Transport Canada
  Minimum equipment - Transport Canada
  Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  Pleasure Craft License (April 2006)
  Radio License
  Trailering
  Boating Handbook
  Canadian Power Squadron Info

A Canadian product
"Aroline, was the first all alloy, aircraft riveted aluminum boat in Canada, and arguably in the world.
Founded by George Narcisse Giguere. Born August 5, 1905 in Keewatin, Ontario,Canada,

Aroline produced thousands of practical, affordable, durable, runabouts from the 1930's until the company's demise in the early 1990's. The plant was located at 26 Archibald Street in St. Boniface (Winnipeg), Manitoba, Canada. Aroline had a loyal following of return customers who had come to realize that quality doesn't necessarily mean expensive, and the company went on to fill orders worldwide. At it's peak in the late 1960's, the factory was employing 30 men and turning out an average of one boat per day, year around. The 1965 price of $695.00 would make you the proud owner of a 16' "Cabinaire", completely rigged and delivered to your home, needing just the power to complete the package. Built using anodized .080 gauge aluminum, sealed with "Plyo-bond" and double riveted, with twice as many ribs and keels as any other manufacturer of the day,

Aroline was the boat of choice. Aroline, being the first, really had NO competition to speak of until "Lone Star" boats of Texas and a few others jumped on the bandwagon in the early 1950's. Soon "StarCraft", "Springbok","Lund","Crestliner" and a myriad of others ensured that Aroline's market share would be shrunken to a mere shadow of it's former glory. Nonetheless, Aroline managed fine until, free-trade and shipping tariffs made it all but impossible for a small Canadian boat manufacturer to compete with the massive multinational firms sprouting up all around the continent.

Aroline sadly closed it's doors when George Giguere at age 90 was too old to manage the failing business and the end of an era had been reached."

By Paul Fraser circa, 2002   (http://www.aroline.com   designed by   Paul Fraser)
Canadian Power Squadron Logo - Click to view their web site


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2004

We are in the process of restoring a 1940s vintage aluminium Aeroliner "Cabinaire" hardtop boat (Saci) made by Aroline Boat Co. Ltd. (ABC) and a Holsclaw trailer (August 2004). We are looking for parts and other fans of these unique and fun boats.

The best fan web site we have found so far on the History of Aroline Boats, is   http://www.aroline.com   designed by   Paul Fraser.

Please contact us if you wish to share pictures and information.
Doug & Bar Wagner drwagner@cgocable.ca

Restoration Tips
1964 Sales brochure
Courtesy of P. Guibord 2006

Good old Trailer Info
Coutesy of ACBS
1965 Aroliner Specs
Ad oldies
DIY magazine
Metal Boat Society Transport Canada
"Blue Sticker" information
Pleasure Craft Licences
(Registration) effective April 1, 2006

Sireco (1) resurfaces June 2009

One only built by ABC

USA Coast Guard design - Circa 1985 ?

built by ABC
Aroliner Racer "Speedaire"
1 of 4 ever made, resurfaces 11/2006
Sireco II - 42 footer
Only 1 ever made
1967 history photo courtesy of P. Fraser.
Plus recent for-sale photo ( 27 Jul 2006) added by the webmaster
Click on images for additional information (when available)
Saci - QC
Saci
Serial 444
Tin Can - QC
Tin Can
Serial 647
Relic - BC
Relic
Serial 1136
Convaire - MN
Convaire
Serial 19xx
Speedaire - BC
Whiskey Jack
Serial 26xx - 1956
BA - SK
BA
Serial 2260 - 1951
Click on images for additional information (when available)
Speedaire in BC
Okangan, BC
Serial 2578
Carryaire model
A 1980s Carryaire in Calgary AB
Cabinaire BC
Galiano Island, BC
Serial # 581

Lots of work ahead for Ralph
Mar 2006
Convaire 1964 restored
Beautifully restored 1964 Cabinaire
Serial 5146   ON
Convaire 1960 restored
Beautiful 1960 Cabinaire
Serial 2189
with a mint 1964 50HP Merc
Winnipeg, MB

1956 Cabinaire
Serial 2138
Dillon ON
Aug 2006
Click on images for additional information (when available)
Hudson ON, Lac Seul
Serial 588
more info to follow Jun 2006

Serial 2384 Tagish Lake YT

Debonaire

Little Eva - 1957
Cabinaire -Serial Unk - Oct 2006
Debonaire and Speedaire in ONDebonaire and Speedaire in ON
A Debonaire AND a Speedaire in Ontario

(ABC) Aeroline Boat Company
advertisement page 1960
Click on images for additional information (when available)
Travelaire 1970s
Real nice Travelaire
Serial ?4242?   BC
Cabinaire - convertible
Cabinaire - convertible
Serial UNK
Thunder Bay, ON

Debonaire
Serial unk
Canoe Lake ON
Circa 1957
Debonaire
Debonaire
Serial unk   MB

Sireco II - 42 footer

Only 1 ever made
1967 history photo courtesy of P. Fraser.
Plus recent for-sale photo ( 27 Jul 2006) added by the webmaster

Aroliner Racer - Speedaire

1 of 4 ever made
Resurfaces 11/2006
Click on images for additional information (when available)
USA Coast Guard Design
USA Coast Guard Design
Built by Aroliner Boat Company - Circa 1985

Debonaire - Circa 1960s
Debonaire with super Custom paint job
Super Custom Paint job - Debonaire
Serial 1205
Debonaire regaining a new life - 5/2007
Debonaire regaining a new life - 5/2007
 
Cabinaire - Circa 1968 ?
Serial 5214
Old Cabinaire starting new life. Ser. 588
Cabinaire starting new life 6/2006
"Miss-adventure" - Serial 588

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A side line restoration project in 2004 for our 2 granddaughters. They are just learning the ropes.
Found Sambinha at a garage sale, full of water, unknown how long it had been out of the water.
Found the 9.9 Evinrude 2S in another garage sale.
New transom, seats, oars, oar locks and again a LOT of polishing elbow grease.
Now resides at Lac Manitou, Quebec. Really a fun boat.
Sambinha Rowboat - drw - 91.47 K

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"Aroline, was the first all alloy, aircraft riveted aluminum boat in Canada, and arguably in the world. Founded by George Narcisse Giguere, born August 5, 1905 in Keewatin, Ontario,Canada,

Aroline produced thousands of practical, affordable, durable, runabouts from the 1930's until the company's demise in the early 1990's. The plant was located at 26 Archibald Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Aroline had a loyal following of return customers who had come to realize that quality doesn't necessarily mean expensive, and the company went on to fill orders worldwide. At it's peak in the late 1960's, the factory was employing 30 men and turning out an average of one boat per day, year around. The 1965 price of $695.00 would make you the proud owner of a 16' "Cabinaire", completely rigged and delivered to your home, needing just the power to complete the package. Built using anodized .080 gauge aluminum, sealed with "Plyo-bond" and double riveted, with twice as many ribs and keels as any other manufacturer of the day,

Aroline was the boat of choice. Aroline, being the first, really had NO competition to speak of until "Lone Star" boats of Texas and a few others jumped on the bandwagon in the early 1950's. Soon "StarCraft", "Springbok","Lund","Crestliner" and a myriad of others ensured that Aroline's market share would be shrunken to a mere shadow of it's former glory. Nonetheless, Aroline managed fine until, free-trade and shipping tariffs made it all but impossible for a small Canadian boat manufacturer to compete with the massive multinational firms sprouting up all around the continent.

Aroline sadly closed it's doors when George Giguere at age 90 was too old to manage the failing business and the end of an era had been reached."
By Paul Fraser circa, 2002

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Some Trailer makers from days gone by:
Balko Trailers, Ladysmith, WI
Gator Trailers by Peterson Bros., Inc.,Jacksonville, FL (today Gator is a division of Spartan)
Hilltop Boat Trailer, Wauseon, OH
Holsclaw Bros., Inc., Evansville, IN
Little Dude Trailer Co., Fort Worth, TX
Long Trailer Co., Tarboro, NC
Mariner Marine Products, St. Paul, MN
Mastercraft Trailers, Middletown, CT
Pacemaker Trailer Co., Glenolden, PA
Selma Trailer & Mfg. Co., Selma, CA
Shipmate by Simek Mfg., Johnstown, NY
Tee Nee Trailer Co., Youngstown, OH

Sources: National Marine Manufacturers Association web page; Yachting magazine January 1955; Outboard magazine December 1958; Sports Afield magazine March 1954; vintage and contemporary boat trailer catalogs
Courtesy of ACBS-bslol 2006

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