Century Coronado classic wooden inboard

It is a Coronado, by Century Boat Co. This model boat was in production as a wood boat from 1955 to 1968. There were a little more than 1700 made. This is one of  several design styles over the years on basically the same running surface hull. She is one out of the 117 made that year. The boat was restored by Katz’s Marina      http://www.antiqueboatsales.com/Restoration.html

A big V-8 for power, a throaty exhaust, lots of style, a touch of automotive parts (windshield glass), more than a little chrome, and plenty of bright finished Mahogany Planking make a Century Coronado a thing of beauty on the water. She stops folks in their tracks. This model and perhaps a Chris Craft Cobra model set the high water mark for wooden boats in my book.

The Century Boat Company started in 1926 in Milwaukee, WI. The company quickly moved to Manistee, MI. Century Boat Co. built hydroplanes, stepped hulls, inboard ski boats, outboard runabouts, inboards, fishing boats, canoes, sailboats, cabin cruisers, perhaps a surf boat and these top-of-the-line speedboats. Styling has always been a Century trait. They even built a pink outboard. Go to an Antique and Classic Boat Show, and see all the girls wanting to have their photo taken with the “Barbie” Boat.

A Century Resorter was another storied model name associated with the boat builder. These came in 15’, 16’, 17’, 18’, 19, and 21’ lengths. Resorters were also classic inboard, center engine, boats. A Resorter was a more open cockpit boat. They were great for water sports.

Century replaced wood with fiberglass in the second half of the 1960s, often using the same boat styles and bottom running shape like much of the boating industry, if they were a wooden boat builder at first. The current maker of Tara Yachts made much of the tooling and molds for Century.


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Restored wooden Century 21' Coronado inboard runabout


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Aft seat of three in this boat


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two more rows of seats under this sliding Hard Top


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Note the automotive rear glass used as a windshield on this 1965 Century Coronado


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Century used vinyl on the bow deck for ease of maintenance


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