Models and Specifications
Models and specs from a late 1950's brochure
A late 1950's pricelist. Those were the days!
Brochure from 1960 or so showing larger models
Back page of brochure from 1960 or so showing larger models
Above and below, Terry Kish, who lives in Ohio, acquired this 18' Cowell Sportsman in the summer of 2018. She is powered by a 1961 75 hp Evinrude Starflite outboard. The boat was sold by Art Hayes Boat Dockage (now called Cranberry Creek) in Huron Ohio. Terry purchased it from Martin Belfi of Columbia Station, Ohio.
Above, Belfi had it for a year and bought it from the original owner in North Ridgeville Ohio. The boat bas been stored inside and has been unused for the past 9 or 10 years. It's 17'-6" long. 89" wide at the beam, 38" deep and weighs 985 lbs. Original price was $1330.00. (Price listed from Cowell Boat Works.) All original, has never been repainted or varnished. Wood is very, very solid. No rot or dry rot.
Above and below, Ron and Tory Lucinski's Sportsman is looking good after a lot of restoration work in 2016-2017. The boat has a rare Volvo inboard/outboard setup, which Ron continues to tune and adjust.
John Sedgwick's 1960 18-foot Day Cruiser, with twin Merc 35's, Amherst, NY, 2002
Howie Thomas' 15' 1960 Pride, underway following restoration.
This gorgeous profile of Howie's Pride reveals extensive restoration work.
The interior of Howie Thomas' Pride. Like new!
There's nothing prettier than a nicely restored Cowell.
Howie Thomas and boatwright Bob Arlet worked hours on the meticulous restoration.
Howie and Bob used every clamp in the shop to glue on the new foredeck.
Former Cowell Boat Works employee Ray Scott with Howie Thomas
Bob Dancause's 1960 16' King, powered by twin 1964 Merc 65's!
Bow view of the Dancause King, complete with mirror finish and a burgee made by Bob's understanding wife!
Two Merc 65's can make this baby jump out of the water!
Bob's 14' 1956 Runabout is the earliest surviving Cowell known. Bob displays her on a 40' trailer of his own making, en-to-end with his King. (July, 2011)
Three generations of Dancauses, (l-r) Grandson David, Son Steve, and the late master craftsman Bob, standing in front of the award-winning King (1999 photo)
Bob's pride shows in the first-place silver plate he won at the Niagara show in 1995 for his best-of-show Cowell.
(l-r) Steve and Gloria Dancause, Janell and Bob Dancause, Richard and Jane Cowell in front of Bob's award winning Cowells at Bemus Point, NY in 2011
The bow of Rip and Judy Bodman's new Cowell.
The dash and windshield of Rip and Judy Bodman's new Cowell.
Rip and Judy Bodman's new Cowell, powered by a Flying Scott!.
Judy Bodman on the maiden voyage of their newly restored Cowell King.
Rip Bodman on the maiden voyage of their newly restored King.
Captain Seaweed's 1959 Viking.
Gorgeous brightwork meticulously refinished by Captain Seaweed.
The carefully restored dash of Captain Seaweed's Viking.
Captain Seaweed's skill is evident in the beautifully restored interior of the Viking.
The seats of the Viking feature hinged backrests to facilitate walk-through.
Tom Murray keeps his trusty Viking in the water near Oklahoma City all the time, and uses it at least weekly.
Tom calls his boat a "working boat", but it sure looks purty to us!
This Cowell has been in Curtis Pound's family since 1980...restoration soon!