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1964 Sales brochure
Courtesy of P. Guibord 2006

Good Trailer Info
Coutesy of ACBS
1965 Aroliner Specs

Home port - Kootenay Lake, BC

Vessel Name
 
Type
Convaire Hard top
Serial Number
5072
Year Mfgd
Estimate ?
DOT Serial
 
Boat License
12K 801
Home Port
Kootenay Lake (Nelson) BC   Canada
Motor Brand/HP/xS/YR
West Bend 45
Some history
Trailer Brand / YR/Type
Un k
Owner
Pat M.
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Convaire waiting for new home
"Waiting to move to new home" - Photos courtesy of Pat M. Mar 2013
(Webmaster note: Notice the single front winshield. Earlier Convaire models had split twin windows.)

Photo Gallery and History

Convaire waiting for new home
"Waiting to move to new home" - Photos courtesy of Pat M. Mar 2013
(Webmaster note: Notice the single front winshield. Earlier Convaire models had split twin windows.)
Hey folks, My name is Pat McInnis and I live in Nelson B.C. (on Kootenay Lake) and I've been admiring Aroliners for a while now. My neighbor down the street from me happens to have one and after much badgering I just sealed the deal. I don't take ownership until the middle of April so this crappy shot with the makeshift cover will have to suffice until I get it home. It's on a well maintained trailer and is powered by a 55 Evinrude and has a rebuilt transom. I plan on running it as-is for this Summer then next Fall it'll head into my shop for a minimum of hull restoration. I'm not too big on the white and blue paint. I would love to connect with some fellow members on finding out more information on this and other Aroline models and encourage people to contact me if they have any insight. The production number is 5072 and it's a Convaire (hardtop). I would be interested to know what year this boat is as well as production numbers. Alright, that's my story and I promise to post lots of photos once I get it home.
Pat alligatorpie@telus.net
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Convaire at new home - click to view
"Welcome to new home" - June 2013
Hello Doug,

It took a lot longer than expected to pry my Aroliner from the previous owner's grip but alas I have it in my possession. I've only taken it out for one ride and it was an expected mix of good and bad news. The motor was a bear to start and once it fired we made haste to get out on the water. The steering cables seem to be severely out of adjustment so we had to really keep our speed down. After about 15 minutes of run time the motor dropped in power by probably 50% so we limped it home for closer assessment. She took on a little water so I'll have to put some water in the hull when I strip it out for cleaning so I can locate the leaks. The leaks are very minor but I'd like to be on top of it. The question now is whether I try to repair the '69 55 OMC or run away screaming and try to locate another motor. Decisions decisions. Anyways, it was great to be out on the water and now that I have the boat I can start chipping away on making it into a nicer vessel. Would you mind adding these current photos to my profile? I'll submit more once we have some shots in the water or cleaned up and detailed pics.

Wish me luck,

Pat - alligatorpie@telus.net

MInnes MInnes
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Convairen new floorboard - click to view

Convaire new floor boards - August 2016

Hello Doug, Just thought that I would drop a line and let you know what I've been up to on my Convaire. We have actually had a really good season boating on Kootenay lake and managed to do a lot of investigating in uncharted waters (for us), finding secluded beaches and coves to spend our few sunny afternoons.
I discovered a descent sized tear in my hull thanks to the previous owner, so I welded it up and while I had everything apart, decided to double up on my floor bracing since the factory bracing seemed really flimsy. The flooring is nice and solid now and virtually no water in the hull after a full day out. My bilge pump is lonely. The 1965 West Bend 45 is working like a champ and I even managed a couple more mph with a new prop. I'm now digging into the unenviable chore of stripping three layers of antiquated paint. My goal is to try and emulate the machine turned swirls that factory did on some of our boats. If you know anyone who has tried this then I'd love to get in contact with them. I'm also wondering if anyone is reproducing the Aroliner badging that goes on the exterior of the boat.
Sorry about the poor photo quality but you can also see my friends '57 Fleet Feathercraft that we have been working on. It's a really neat little barrel back. We just finished polishing the exterior and painting his floors. I think he wants to sell it if anyone is interested in boats that aren't Aroliners. Alright, that's all for now.

Pat

MInnes

MInnes

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