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Old 06-03-2005, 05:03 PM
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Default Info needed on Pointer Corp boats

Thinking about buying a 1987 17' Center Console Pointer Corp boat, with a 1987 70 merc. The price seems right, Is this a junk boat? Or will it hold up ok? It is very light, only 650 pounds for a 17 foot center console. Are these considered a decent boat? I imagine its single wall construction, does it have flotation? Any info you could give me would be appreciated. Thanks...bob
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I owned a 17' Pointer for several years and passed it on to my brother in law, who still runs it. It was made by Pointer Marine in Yarmouth, Maine. I believe that they've been out of business for some time - I haven't been able to locate them anywhere although others seem to be producing some of the original Pointer line using the old molds. They were very well constructed for a small boat and well regarded in these parts... my 17' used synthetic coring in the deck and (I believe) the transom)and had a full liner that was bonded and then riveted to the hull. It had very little (read: almost no) deadrise and so was very efficient and would pound seriously if you were running into a chop. We had a 50 Mariner on it and that was plenty of power... it would fly with a 70hp. Has very little freeboard which, in part, helps account for the light weight - it's really like a skiff as opposed to a "boat". I still enjoy using it. I've only seen a couple of others over the years - I'd guess that they didn't make to many of them as they were fairly expensive for such a small boat.

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Old 06-04-2005, 07:49 PM
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That Pointer style hull, if a true Pointer and not just a coincidence, is derived from the Alton Wallace West Pointers from back in the 40's. Here's a link to a company that still offers them in a wooden hull:
http://www.by-the-sea.com/stimsonmarine/smplans.html

It's a popular work boat design also being made in fiberglas by General Marine, Eastern, and Eastporter boats (now defunct). Meant as a work boat hull to travel 15-18 mph all day, tgey tend to pound with more power and speed.
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Old 06-04-2005, 09:10 PM
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Shoes,

The 17' er is not a "true Pointer" (i.e. downeast style like the 19"er on the website you posted) - it's a "V" shaped skiff that Pointer manufactured for a while. I haven't seen anyone else making that particular model. Not nearly as "purty" as the models you pointed out.
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Old 06-05-2005, 06:16 AM
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dznam, I wonder if it was really made by Pointer Boats in Yarmouth. It could be there were two companies in different states with similar names.
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Old 06-05-2005, 04:20 PM
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It was definitely made by Pointer in Yarmouth - we're up here in S. Harpswell and I talked to the guys at Pointer when I bought it used years ago - needed some info on how the liner was joined to the hull to do some mods. Seem to have gone out of biz since. We're just down the road from Yarmouth in Harpswell, but I saw another in CT a few weeks ago, and that's the only other one I've seen recently. The boat weighed just about what's been posted (650 lbs) and was available as either a center console or a side console. I had the side console model
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I picked up this Pointer 17' off a guy in Portland, CT recently. He said it was built by Pointer Boat Works Out of Maine, but I cannot find any manufacturer markings on the boat.
I'm looking for some info on the manufacturer and specifications for the boat, but this Boating Forum thread is the only thing I could find on the Entire Internet!!
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I have a 1984 Pointer Offshore 21' center console, with 90hp Evinrude E-tec engine. I keep the boat in Tampa FL now, on a lift with no boathouse overhead. Lately, I find that the boat is taking on water for no apparent reason. My son and I recently pumped out about 180 gallons of water using a wet-dry vac from the access port behind the seat console. We put a heavy bead of 5100 marine caulk around the steering and seat consoles, which didn't solve the problem. My son says the deck feels "spongy", and thinks the wooden longitudinals have soaked up the water under deck. There is no apparent damage or perforation of the underwater hull. I believe the flush deck scuppers should be draining the water. Our next step is to launch, trailer the boat to a repair facility; I don't have a trailer. Can anyone weigh in on this mystery and give us some ideas to solve it?
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Default Pointer Boats Yarmouth, Maine

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Your boat is absolutely a Pointer, built in Yarmouth, Maine. It is just like my 1987 - down to the seat cushions.
One sure indication it's a Pointer is the serial # (found on the stern). It should start with PTR.
I bought mine in 2011. I wanted a Pointer because my cousin has a 17' side console Pointer that I really enjoyed when he took me bass fishing.
The only information that I could find on Pointers (other than here) was at the State of Maine's corporate website. You can see when the corporation was established and closed.
Would really like to hear from other Pointer owners.

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Is this a junk boat? Or will it hold up ok?
It will hold up ok enough for at least the first 26 years of its life.
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The boat is NOT junk. If cared for - it should hold up fine. My '87 has held up just fine.
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Thanks for the post Jay. I finally got my 17 pointer out on Long island sound over the last few weeks. Runs great with the 40HP, but it takes waves over the bow when a-holes blast past me. Slams the waves a little bit when the chop is up and I'm traveling fast, but I am able to vary my speed enough to make pretty good progress.

I had a lot of fun trying to route my new transducer cable to the console. The hull is so loaded with foam that it makes it nearly impossible. I'd like to add some dry storage in the rear corner seats, and install some flush mount rod holders in the gunwales. Any of you try performing any other modifications?
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I am still in the market for a 1988 or so year 17 to 21 ' center console, if ant one is interested in selling one.
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I picked up this Pointer 17' off a guy in Portland, CT recently. He said it was built by Pointer Boat Works Out of Maine, but I cannot find any manufacturer markings on the boat.
I'm looking for some info on the manufacturer and specifications for the boat, but this Boating Forum thread is the only thing I could find on the Entire Internet!!
Yes that is a pointer, they used the same rub rail on the 80 models some had rope inlaid.
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I picked up this Pointer 17' off a guy in Portland, CT recently. He said it was built by Pointer Boat Works Out of Maine, but I cannot find any manufacturer markings on the boat.
I'm looking for some info on the manufacturer and specifications for the boat, but this Boating Forum thread is the only thing I could find on the Entire Internet!!
Is this for sale?
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Where are you located? I'm in CT.
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I remember the ads for these in the boating magazines. Not a really big, deep 17. Did not need much power. They were considered well made boats at the time.
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I have an 84 (I think) pointer that's been in my family since new. Great boat, perfect for the Peconic Bay where we live...third generation now using it to buzz around the bay....

Cant seem to upload the pics though....
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After last summer on Long Island Sound with my 17' pointer, I am so happy I bought it! The 40HP is plenty of power, and with a 10 gallon tank, I can fish all day.
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Hi This is Doc3a in Tn. I owned a 1988 17' just lke yours with a 60 hp and it ran great. We had it in 4 - 5 ft. seas of of Tampa bay and it handle it well. Is this boat for sale , I miss the 1988 and am trying to replace it with another one.
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