For Sale: 1968 Century Boat in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vehicle Description

1968 Century Resorter 15 - Remarkably Restored Classic Wooden Boat - All Known Ownership History Since New - Professionally Rebuilt and Balanced 289ci/210hp V8 - OEM Interior from Century Upholsterer - Modern Safety Upgrades: Marine Alternator/Carb, New Bilge Pumps, and Bilge Blower Vent - Certificate of Authenticity - One of the Nicest and Well Documented Wooden Boats on the Market Boating is a sensory experience in a beautiful wooden vintage boat like this one. The vintage styling is pleasing to the eye and allows for wind through your hair, the V8 sounds great at idle or with the throttle cracked open, and deep breaths of the crisp air on the water is always a great way to clear your head. A bonus opportunity for an additional sensory experience on the water is that this is a ski boat, which features a mid-ship ski tow ring. Strap on some water skis and hang on for a great time being pulled behind this beautiful boat. We like to think that this Century now looks as it did when it first rolled off the line in 1968. A meticulous restoration was performed, with all areas of the boat receiving some sort of attention. We have a detailed chart that shows all maintenance that was performed between 1999 and today. Its quintessential 1960's styling features the beautiful wood hull, 'Century' and 'Resorter' script logos, teal interior trim, and a panel of chrome ringed gauges mounted behind the large steering wheel. Our client acquired the boat in 1999 while most of the restoration work was performed between 1999 and 2001. This boat was purchased new by a prominent family in Holland, Michigan where the boat was used on Lake Macatawa. This boat probably made a few trips through the channel that connects Lake Macatawa to Lake Michigan for some boating on the big lake as many locals call it. The boat changed hands in 1979, and again in 1983, before our client acquired the boat in 1999. Scroll through our photo gallery, and you will see that there are photos of the boat as it is being restored, being put in the water for the first time after restoration, along with a number of awards that the boat won fairly recently. The original engine, which is a Ford Dearborn Marine Interceptor 289ci V8 mated to a Velvet Drive transmission, powers this boat over the waves. The engine and transmission were professionally rebuilt by CD's Engine Service, and the combination currently show low hours. While we're on the topic of mechanical items, we should also mention that a marine Alternator and Carb were added, new bilge pumps (with an aft bilge pump added), and a bilge blower vent added. The Century Boat Club estimates that only 21 wood hull Resorters were built with the Ford 289 engine. This boat is the third Resorter 15 built for the 1968 Model Year. 1968 was the last year for wooden hull production. Speaking of the hull, it is comprised of an African Mahogany stem and keel rather than white oak. The boat comes with a Manning trailer to ease the transportation of this beautiful vessel. It is apparent that this boat has been very well cared for, especially by our client. From the detailed maintenance log, to the fit and finish, this boat has clearly been treated as a prized possession. More folks are purchasing wooden hulled boats for their beauty, collectibility, and the sensory experience that comes along with a vintage wooden boat. This beautiful Century Resorter could be your prized possession, its beauty and history of care are things that are not often found.

Vehicle Details

  • 1968 Century Boat
  • Listing ID: CC-1617804
  • Price: $29,900
  • Location:Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Year:1968
  • Make:Century
  • Model:Boat
  • Exterior Color:Mahogany
  • Interior Color:Blue & White
  • Odometer:217
  • Stock Number:22GKM188
  • VIN:RF6852
Listed By:
Garage Kept Motors
420 36th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

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