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1935, 25 ft. Little Giant
This boat had been out of the water for 20 years when the Hendrens found her in a marina's shop near Peterborough, Ontario, in July 1998.Not wanting to keep the 1970's decor of fir plywood, shag carpet, and orange upholstery, the owners completely gutted the interior. Once she was stripped down, it was easy to see that the white oak ribs were in excellent condition, with evidence that 5 had, at some point, been replaced. As it looked to be a 'job well done', they were left untouched.
The cedar hull was in exceptionally good shape, with only 2 planks needing replacing. Someone had changed the profile design, which invited some rot, not to mention a very un-original look! Therefore, all the mahogany on the superstructure is new, replaced back to the original profile lines of the Little Giant. The salon roof was not original to this boat, yet was an option on Little Giant models, so the owner, a cabinet maker and carpenter, fabricated a replica from pictures, keeping the contours and design of the cabin roof. The entire helm/ salon area had been replaced (presumably during its last renovation in the mid-1970's) with a box-like fir plywood helm.
Thankfully the original hardware was still intact! A new mahogany helm and beautiful captain's chair was constructed and installed. The interior was designed using a plan taken from the boat's original 1935 brochure, which will stay with the boat.
The cozy interior comfortably sleeps 4 - with day couches to port and starboard, both of which fold up to make bunks. Although not 'original' to the 1935 design, but most definitely an asset for comfort and enjoyment, is the combination TV/VCR, mini refrigerator and microwave. The head placed in the bow of the Little Giants is ingenious for a 25 foot cruiser, allowing much more 'living space' in the cabin. The aft salon has had a full custom canvas, which easily allows for one more 'bedroom', and gives
comfortable shelter during inclement weather.
A true "Little Giant" - offering all the amenities one could possibly want for a three hour tour, or a three month tour! The designers at the Richardson Boat Company came up with a very appropriate name for this magnificent model. Meandering On is getting a face-lift (re-stain, varnish, and hull paint) during the months of April and May in '04. She is powered by the original (rebuilt) Chrysler Marine Flathead 6.
She has won numerous awards since being launched in the summer of 2000, and is transported to many events on her beautiful tandem axle, custom built trailer. In 2003, she proudly returned to the Erie Canal to participate in the Richardson Rendezvous at Seneca Falls, NY. Her owners, John and Cindy Hendrens, are moving on to newer projects and would like to see Meandering On go to a new owner who will fully appreciate her heritage and superb condition. More details and pictures can be found by clicking here.