Originally Posted by boatpoker
Avro Richardson ... a unique boat built like an aluminum aircraft. I have known two AR 46's and found them to be very well built with very interesting construction techniques.
The build quality of the Avro hull is remarkable. Avro Aircraft of Canada put their craftsmen to work building boat hulls of various sizes for a couple years in the early 60s after the cancellation of the Avro Arrow fighter-interceptor. (Worth reading the history -- the Arrow was an amazing aircraft, cancelled due to shameful politics.)
The hull is a traditional carvel planked, 36 foot hull -- except that it's planks of 3/16" aircraft aluminum. And assembled with all the meticulous care of the Avro Aircraft builders. At first glance, most folks assume it's a wooden boat.
The hulls were sent to the Richardson Boat Works in Tonawanda for superstructure and fitting, in the traditional 1962 'cabin cruiser' style. Mine is a trawler-ish custom reno on the original hull. Hull, helm, and engines are all that remain of the original. And the V-berth.