The Wagemaker Company began building Wolverine boats in 1931. Those early cedar strip boats were first nationally advertised in 1933 and gained instant popularity. In 1947, Wolverine introduced their first molded plywooe boat using the new technology gained from the war years, and by 1955, Wagemaker was heavily invested in the molded plywood market. By then, they were producing cedar strip, sheet plywood, molded plywood, and even aluminum boats to capture every segment of the outboard boat market.
After Wagemaker Company, Inc. was sold in 1960, Wolverine held on to their segment of the market for a couple of years, but had made the transition to fiberglass too late. The double blow of hard economic times coupled with a saturated market was too much for a company that had pinned its success to the wooden boat market.
My name is Brian Fogarty. I have had an interest in wooden boats all my life. It has been filled with boating memories, going boating when I was only one month old. I purchased my first boat in 2005, a 1955 Wagemaker Wolverine. Once belonging to friends of our family, my boat "Brians Way" has been in only two families, through 3 generations of boating enthusiasts. When the first owner died, the boat passed to his son, who, fortunately for me, thought I was the right person to care for the boat when he couldn't use it. "Brians' Way" was in good shape when I got her- so basically some sanding, refinishing, and some new cushions and it was like new again. I kept the original 1955, 25hp Evinrude that was original to the boat. Some new plugs and fresh gas and it fired right up. I am still using the original 6 volt electrical system that came with the boat- and there is no key- just a pushbutton starter and choke. The boat drives from the the right rear seat, which works well for me- one of my favorite features.
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