1956 Penn Yan Swift. Barn Sleeper

by Scot Marechaux
(Belmont, NY)

I found this penn yan swift on craigslist in western ny state.

It has been sleeping in a barn since 1964, hanging from the rafters.

Came with a mercury kg-4.

Both were dirty and dusty.

More photos on flickr https://flic.kr/s/aHskxEAPSR

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Oct 25, 2020
Lucky Find
by: BTMpalmerscott

Hi there--you really cleaned this little gem up well.

I love the side back chair on hinges.

I've never seen that and love it!

Will you choose to do anything with the boat?

I would love to see what you do.

I have a renovated 1957 Penn Yan Sapphire series boat- which is a somewhat rare find as well.

There aren't many out there from what I've seen. Similar to the Captivator-Commander but nicer deck details and upholstery details.

Good luck!

Oct 14, 2020
finding Penn Yan Boats
by: Anonymous

When I found the Penn Yan Swift on CraigsList it had only been on a few yours.

Just Lucky in finding this boat before anyone else did.

My first wood Penn Yan came from Hamondaport ny on Keuka lake.

It was a 15 foot Baltic.

A garage boat that lived a block from the water.

It was taken to the lake for use and back to the garage.

I named that boat "Just Lucky" seems like most of the boats I have owned have followed that route to my door.

People know I like boats and let me know if they find something interesting.

I own 3 nice original Penn Yan now and a couple 50's fierglass classics.

Sep 08, 2020
Love It!
by: JeffZ

Been looking all summer for a PennYan Swift.
Congrats on your find!

Are you local to the WNY region?

Would love to contact if you are.

I'm new to the wood boat scene. zjeff1@gmail.com

Dec 13, 2019
A Marvelous Find
by: Paul Anderson Ed.D.

Truly a marvelous find, one never knows what he will find in the neighbors barn.

The Pen Yan fills a special place in my heart, will never forget the day when she was trailered home.

The next few weekends were spent installing the new 25 hp Johnson Javelin outboard, and running the steering cables and electrical wiring needed to operate the boat.

We also located a nice new Tee Née trailer from which to launch boat.

Our family looked forward to a weekend on the water, towing a pair of skis around a lake , not far from home.

Of particular interest, was the quality and workmanship of the Pen Yan.

She was double planked with a moisture barrier installed between the planks.

Several coats of varnish were applied to the entire boat, with the exception of its bottom.

The bottom was finished with several coats of green Valspar paint.

Lots of wonderful years of service were had in this incredible boat.

Aug 16, 2019
What were your search parameters in craigslist?
by: Santasled

I'm really interested in how you found this boat on Craigslist?

These diamonds in the rough are so hard to find.

Can you help me understand your search criteria so I can find my own!

Thanks, Braxton

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