Hello, I am researching a folding fiberglass boat I have owned for 41 years. It's called a "Converta" with a tag that says Par-Lay International
SER # PL-000112 She's 14 feet long opened up. Registration says it's a 1973 - I received it as a gift in 1978
I have looked on line countless times and have found nothing. I've never seen another one like it.
The wheels and suspension are attached to the boat - so there's no "trailer".
The hitch and wheels pin off and on - You open it up, back it up into the water till it floats, then remove the hitch and wheels and off you go. It also has a snap in tarp (see my profile photo). The tarp with screen and zipper is used to sleep in the unit when propped open 1/2 way. Each 1/2 of the boat is double walled fiberglass so it's very heavy.
Sorry. Not familiar with this particular boat, but it reminds a lot of a boat that was being developed in the late 90's. Looked very similar. Clam shell type boat, designed to double as car top storage and a boat. Never went anywhere. I think the person funding it went bankrupt. Anyway, I looked in the Coast Guard data base, Nothing. probably a one of a kind.
Thanks for helping with the research - I have seen the car-topper clam shell units on line - This thing is way to heave to put on a car.
I'm not sure what I will do with the thing - I could sink a ton of time and money into the thing - but I know I just won't use it enough to justify it. Maybe there's someone out there that wants a major project - who knows -
Maybe I should just have a funeral for the old girl and bury her someplace with honors.
Maybe if you are sure you won’t get around to it, you could list it on this site under glassifieds. It just might turn out to be a worthwhile project for someone that already has their Glassic to restore, but would prefer a different starter project to perfect their practice skills on first. Just a thought.