Hello, I picked up Arkansas Traveler twin cockpit boat last fall shortly before winter I plan to restore it .. I will be replacing the seat wood, gunwales, and transom wood.. its a pretty neat old boat from around 1954.. I think.. it was originally rear steer and will be again when done.. I plan to strip it completely and polish it.. I'm thinking of wrap around seating for both cockpits and have a 1957 Mercury Mark 30 for power..
Hi John, Glad to see another one like mine. I could some idea's on the steering placement. I put mine together about 5 years back and traded emails with a club member who had owned one. Here are a couple photos, one of them is touched up a bit. I'm not sure but I think another member, Dan, has a couple A/T boats and may have one of these also. He does super metal polish and paint, not just painted like mine.
Hello Hugh ! thanks for your reply !! yours looks great with the short windshield !! there seems to not be many of these around.. I could only find one other one on the internet its a all original one here are a couple photos of it.. I have the same windshield stanchions as this boat has.. John T.
It will be easy to make an original windshield with those stanchions. I come across a photo here and there but not many of them in use. Probably quite a few sitting in back yards in Ark. Another member I talked to about 6 years back had one someone had restored. It had rear steering and a MK58 on it. He had problems getting the nose down and problems seeing. Also got wet a lot. Told me it was good my steering was forward and 4 passengers really hurt the performance. Just wanted to pass that on for what it's worth.
The boat is built strong plus adding the center and back decks makes it even more so. Another member had a friend who ran a MK 75 on one for years and beat it hard. I just finished a MK 30 tiller motor and my buddy has it on a welded Gregor, it flies. If you are balanced out good, it should do you good. I also learned the value of small trim tabs on my 14' Klamath with 45 hp merc. That can help a lot with keeping the nose down