This site is dedicated to the restoration of my 1953 Thompson TVT Cedar strip Runabout. My Grandfather bought this boat new in 1953 along with a 1953 Mercury Mark 20. It has spent all of its life either in our barn or in the Tangipahoa River in Ponchatoula, LA. I still have all of the original paperwork that came with the boat when it was new. Hull ID# C23765R
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 the boat was severly damaged by a very large pine tree that was being cut down. Over the last 2 years I have been working to restore it. I had originally thought about having a "wooden boat guy" do the restoration but then I decided to do the work myself. I had absolutely no woodworking experience but I figured it might be a fun and rewarding experience...and it has been! I guess I might now be a "wooden boat guy."
The boat is shown in the photo below with a 1956 30hp Johnson. My grandfather replaced the Mercury when this motor came out to have more horsepower. I have restored this motor and have recently got my hands on a 1953 Mark 20 which I will put on the boat. The steering wheel and controls were added in the 70's and were a pain to deal with. I plan to drive the boat with the tiller handle the way it was intended.