Pointer Manufacturing Corp. 18′

This solid glass hull was built in Yarmouth, Maine, and used as a lobstering skiff by the same Yarmouth family since new. She’d been ridden hard and put away wet for many years and several generations of commercial waterman.

I faired the trap-scarred topsides, added coaming-strips, built a center-console, propped up the sagging side-decks with yellow-pine gussets notched for fishing poles, boat-hook,  a long paddle, etc. Also added is a 10″ ss bow-cleat with turn-buckle and compression-post support beneath foredeck – a bomber mooring anchor-point. Console has angled teak grab-rails (couldn’t help myself), lockable side-door, sliding shelf inside, and under-deck routing of system umbilicals. Then I added a vented and lockable fuel-tank locker with a teak lid on forward face of console. All stainless steel hardware. Fore-peak has lockable door with venting cut-outs. I added quarter-knees, too, to beef up transom-to-side-deck interface. Then I painted, of course.

The power is a 1993 Evinrude 70hp VRO. I chose this engine because of the model’s storied reliability, affordability, light weight, and I really liked the dark blue color. The notoriously fickle oil-injection system was intentionally disabled, as is commonly done with the VROs, so oil must be added to the fuel at the tank. The tank location, in the locker/forward seat of console, makes this simple and easy.

Even though the the manufacturer closed their doors thirty-years ago, their are quite a few of these solid glass pointers around, many still working commercially. This one is dressed up a bit but I tried to keep it simple.

The boat comes with a nice Load-Rite bunk trailer that can carry a much heavier boat.

Some of these pointers can be had cheaply, this one less so.

$7,500.