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Old 10-02-2021, 01:08 PM
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Default Sears 12 boat 1974.

Does anyone know what boat company made Simpson-Sears aluminum rivited boats?

Looking at buying one for winter boating in jan, February, march and fall moose hunting in a creek/river up north.

I have been told just get a Lund because they are strong.

Its in kinda weathered shape but comes with a 30# trollung motor, basic depth finder, oars and a plateable homebuilt trailer

Any ideas on what it should be worth ?
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Old 10-02-2021, 02:18 PM
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An old 12ft boat, motor, trailer should go $900-1200 precovid. Beats me what its at now but probably a bit more.


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Old 10-02-2021, 04:03 PM
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An old 12ft boat, motor, trailer should go $900-1200 precovid. Beats me what its at now but probably a bit more.


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Its electric troll motor not a gas engine if that helps you

Any idea on the original manufacturer?

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Old 10-02-2021, 05:18 PM
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I think over all those old riveted aluminum boats were pretty simple and bomb proof as long as there’s no damage.
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Old 10-02-2021, 05:35 PM
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Check for cracking at the rivets. If the hull has small cracks running in and out of the rivets its done. Ive had two 12 Lunds replaced on warranty because of hull cracking and there was a period in the early to mid 80s where it was common.
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Old 10-02-2021, 07:01 PM
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Worth is what the seller and buyer agree it is worth.

I've seen them listed on kijiji recently for as little as $200.00 with no motor of any sort.
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Old 10-02-2021, 07:17 PM
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12 ft might be too small by the time you put all your gear , plus moose , plus another hunter on board.
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Old 10-03-2021, 10:53 AM
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there were two different beam widths on the sears 12 foot boats , get the widest and deepest one ,
i measured a lot of 12 foot boats before b uying the sears 12 footer .at almost a 60 inch beam we used it on lake minninwanka . i have owned this boat for over 40 years bought new .
and no leaks . good luck with your purchase . the new price was $900. went purchased .
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Old 10-04-2021, 11:16 AM
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there were two different beam widths on the sears 12 foot boats , get the widest and deepest one ,
i measured a lot of 12 foot boats before b uying the sears 12 footer .at almost a 60 inch beam we used it on lake minninwanka . i have owned this boat for over 40 years bought new .
and no leaks . good luck with your purchase . the new price was $900. went purchased .
Thanks so if the one you say to get is 60. What would the other one be at if you remember ? 48?

And do you recall who made these for Sears?
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Old 10-04-2021, 11:18 AM
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12 ft might be too small by the time you put all your gear , plus moose , plus another hunter on board.
I agree and here is why:

I owned one of those 12' Sears boats which I purchased for $550 and it was minty no motor....Lots of extras.

I was able to manage it easily on land, loading and unloading and in the water because it was very light in weight.

The Sears model I had was noticeably shallow and narrow beam compared to the wide and deep "V" hull of the Lunds, and Nadens, and as a result it was very tipsy.
I used it a couple of times on the lake and I found it unsafe and upgraded to a 14' Naden. In hindsight I would never use it in a river.

I have never owned a flat bottomed boat but I am thinking that may be the direction I would look in your application....Out of the big wind, they seem to be stable??? IMHO

Like kbobbeck states, your boat will fill quickly.

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Old 10-04-2021, 05:20 PM
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I bought mine used in 2002. Mine came with a Gamefisher trailer, 9.9 Evinrude (still runs great after 40 years). I don't know what year my boat is, but mid '70's is about right. According to the plate on the inside of the bow, it is a G.H. Lund.

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Old 10-05-2021, 08:37 PM
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Thanks so if the one you say to get is 60. What would the other one be at if you remember ? 48?

And do you recall who made these for Sears?
the narrower one is about 48 inches
not sure who made them , it may be misty river .
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Does anyone know what boat company made Simpson-Sears aluminum rivited boats?

Looking at buying one for winter boating in jan, February, march and fall moose hunting in a creek/river up north.

I have been told just get a Lund because they are strong.

Its in kinda weathered shape but comes with a 30# trollung motor, basic depth finder, oars and a plateable homebuilt trailer

Any ideas on what it should be worth ?
I actually have the identical boat. My Grandpa bought it brand new in '74 or '75. Would be curious as well who actually bought it.
Was/is a good boat for it's intended purpose. Actually had it on Lake Minnewanka many years ago...stayed pretty close to shore
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I bought mine used in 2002. Mine came with a Gamefisher trailer, 9.9 Evinrude (still runs great after 40 years). I don't know what year my boat is, but mid '70's is about right. According to the plate on the inside of the bow, it is a G.H. Lund.

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to tell the year of a boat you use the last 2 digits of the serial number it should be stamped on the right rear outer of the transum
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Old 10-05-2021, 10:27 PM
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One on town post for 1250 with motor
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Old 10-06-2021, 11:22 AM
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Did Sterling not make them for sears?
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Old 10-06-2021, 11:36 AM
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Thorne Boats made Sears in the 60's. I worked in the plant . It was riviting work for the most part/
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Old 10-06-2021, 08:37 PM
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Did Sterling not make them for sears?
I believe you are correct when i look up this brand. Has aunique bow nose handle.
Any idea on the Sterling quality.
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Old 10-06-2021, 09:13 PM
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I believe you are correct when i look up this brand. Has aunique bow nose handle.
Any idea on the Sterling quality.
Dot xxxxx 10 70r is the hull name
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Old 10-07-2021, 02:07 AM
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Weird kinda horseshoe shape type bench on the rear of the one I owned. As far as stability goes I won't even tell you what I put that boat thru had a 15 on it at the least and a 18 horse antique seahorse old Johnny on it too. Uncomfortable as all heck to operate but for how much it weighed and what it cost me at the time it was the ultimate boat for many years. Triple rib on the belly. Just buy it. Or get a Lund 12 ft. Shouldn't be splitting hairs over a 50 year old car topper. Cost you less than a cart full of groceries bud. Throw it in the back of the chev and go fishin
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