A 1940 Century 15 Foot Utility Owned by Jim Waldie
“Doris Jean” is a fifteen foot, 1940 Century Utility, hull number HH128. She is powered by her original Grey Marine Phantom Four-45 engine.
She was found in a mostly complete but “grey” state in Ogdensburg, New York. To quote the boats previous owner, “The boat always struck me as being more like the ones at the kiddy boat rides at the carnival than a real boat. That’s why l liked it so much.”
All of the hull and deck planking was removed, cleaned, sealed and refastened. The bottom three planks on each side were replaced with plywood. One white oak rib was replaced and two others along with the stem received repairs. Other than a new transom and plywood bottom, all of the remaining wood is original. The missing fender moldings were replaced with white oak half round rub rails as offered standard by the factory.
The original engine, Grey Marine B4161 was found in pieces in the bottom of the boat and completely rebuilt by Paul Hewitt in Brockville.
Also found in the boat was the remnants of a panel with a New York “AK” registration number on it leading us to believe she spent a good part of her life in the Adirondack Lakes. This is a tradition that we have maintained since completing her restoration in 2010. She has accompanied us on many camping weekends in the Adirondack State Park, as well as trips to the Rideau Lakes and the Thousand Islands.
She won the “Marque Century” award for Antique Inboards at the 2013 Clayton Antique Boat Show.