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    Someone local to me is selling a 1948 Larson Lapliner. It looks like it needs a fair amount of work. Any advice on value and availability of parts? The motor is original.

  • #2
    welcome aboard

    and i have to ask....what motor is on it?

    as far as boats go, its a run-of-the-mill cottage boat from the era

    value is solely based on condition and if you find that one person that needs a 72 year old boat.

    if the condition is poor, it will be a suck-hole for cash.
    Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

    1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

    Past Boats
    1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
    2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
    1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

    What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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    • #3
      It's a Johnson is all I can tell from pictures. I will know more this weekend.

      I might be that guy that wants the 72 yr old boat. There is a reasonable chance my grandfather built the motor. I have family that can help rebuild the motor, including the machinist if I need parts.

      I just have no concept of what something like that would be worth.

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      • #4
        Old Boats are not like old cars. They usually don't increase in value. There are some of the Old Wooden Chris Crafts that bring a pretty penny but that's about the only ones. If she was in Pristine condition she MIGHT bring $5K. IF you found a buyer that had sentimental attachments to this kind of boat then it might bring more. Restoration costs could be $2-4 K Pics would help us to help you.
        1961 Lonestar Flamingo - SPLASHED...Kinda!!
        Fabricating Decks, Stringers, and Transoms
        Paint Your Boat with Tractor Paint...Say What!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by WaterGuy1001 View Post
          It's a Johnson is all I can tell from pictures. I will know more this weekend.

          I might be that guy that wants the 72 yr old boat. There is a reasonable chance my grandfather built the motor. I have family that can help rebuild the motor, including the machinist if I need parts.

          I just have no concept of what something like that would be worth.
          since you mention the motor needing rebuilding, my guess the condition is a poor at best, without pics, here is my WAG..... if its sitting on a trailer, then its worth about $400. without a trailer, its worth about $100 without a trailer or motor - it may have negative value as it would cost to dispose of the hull.

          as WOG stated, if it was completely restored, it may be worth $3-5k for the right buyer. it will cost you between $2-4k to get it to that condition assuming your labor is free.
          Cheesehead boating the Gulf Coast of FLA 27.51° N, 82.53° W

          1988 Cruisers Rogue 2420 -VP 290 DP now powered by custom 468 - https://forums.iboats.com/forum/owner...988-rogue-2420

          Past Boats
          1970 Wooster Hellion - Merc 9.8
          2002 SeaRay 190BR - 5.0 - A1G2 - "Cheeseheads in Paradise"
          1984 Avanti 170DLI -3.0 stringer- "Ship Happens"

          What’s behind you doesn’t matter.Enzo Ferrari

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          • #6
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            Thank for the advice! If it becomes mine, look for more posts for help restoring.

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