I am currently in the process of restoring this 1948 Speedliner 14-foot M-114 Trophy. These boats were manufactured by the Speedliner Boat Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. The company was originally called General Marine Company.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy

I purchased the boat in July 2015, from the original owner who was a farmer in Montana. With the long winters and a huge workload, you can just imagine how much time he had to enjoy a wooden runabout.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
The seller hand built the tubular suspension trailer in which the boat is towed. I plan to restore it and use it to show the boat. I also have a Tee Nee trailer, which I will restore and use for the boat.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
Speedliners were all made of plywood. However, the 14-foot Trophy was totally planked in mahogany, as were several of the other more deluxe Speedliners. This boat had a plywood bottom, which I plan to replace with mahogany. The seller tired of having to swell the boat every year, so he glassed over the hull sides and the bottom.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
The fiberglass peeled off in large sheets like a bad sunburn. Unfortunately, the underlying mahogany hull sides were split and damaged and had to be removed and replaced.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
The boat has split cockpits separated by a center deck. The decks are covered with individual mahogany planks.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
Stripping off the plywood bottom was a painful experience because of the fiberglass fibers.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
I plan to power the boat with a 40-hp 1955 Mercury Mark 55e outboard engine.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
Tom Hage in Haltom City, Texas, performed a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration of the engine. It is beautiful, runs like a champ, and should provide plenty of power for this small, lightweight boat, even with a tub of lard like me driving it.
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy
1948 Speed Liner 14-foot Trophy

While you’re here, why not explore the rest of the BoatXchg Online Resource Directory?

Leave a Reply