August 2nd 2013. By Zuzana Prochazka.

Lil Tot Antique Utility Boat: Perfect for Collectors or Cruisers

This Hutchinson utility boat could be adopted by someone who appreciates antiques, someone who wants to cruise, or both.

If you’re looking for a classic wooden boat to add to your collection or perhaps just to cruise aboard for happy hour, you must look at Lil’ Tot, a classic built by Hutchinson Boat Works in 1939. She is one of the famous 22-foot utility boats built by the renowned Alexandria Bay boatyard, and she is nearly completely original right down to her upholstery and floodlight.


Lil’ Tot is a classic 22 foot utility boat built by Hutchnson Boat Works in 1939.

Hutchinson Boat Works was started by brothers George and Bert Hutchinson and opened for business in 1902. Originally, they built wooden triple-cockpit runabouts, sedans and utility boats that could withstand the conditions along the St. Lawrence River. They quickly became known for their quality of workmanship and set the standard for wooden boats built all over the United States. Eventually, the business sold but retained its name and continued to build various boats in steel, aluminum and fiberglass.

Lil’ Tot is a V-bottom, mahogany lapstrake utility boat developed for fishing, cruising and commuting as a launch. She has a single cockpit with a central engine box that allows good all-around access to the power plant. She has forward and aft lockers for gear and fishing tackle, a steering wheel (as opposed to a tiller) and a windshield that folds down onto the deck. Her engine is an original Chrysler Ace 115 hp gas inboard with a 20-gallon tank. The designs originally sold for $2,400-$3,600, and there was a 26-foot version available as well.

Lil’ Tot is located in the Thousand Islands area of New York and is for sale. She is cruise-ready and has a mirror-finish of gleaming varnish. She has won several awards over the past decade, including two Best Preserved Antique Utility awards and the coveted Hutchinson award. Since only a few original Hutchinsons have survived, Lil’ Tot has not only held her value but today is selling for nearly ten times the original price. She would be an excellent addition to any collection, as well as quite a bit of fun to cruise.

For more information, visit Lil’ Tot’s YachtWorld listing.

Zuzana Prochazka

Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,