It was a 16' 1957 Simmons Sea Skiff, made by the T.N. Simmons Boat Works out of Wilmington, NC. I got it from a fellow for $350, boat, motor and trailer, in 1976 and it was a prize! It was painted bright canary yellow and was made of lap-strake juniper. It had a recessed well where the 1957 Johnson 35hp Sea Horse sat. The snout turned up at the bow and the steering wheel was attached up at the bow! The "cat's meow"! The fellow I bought it from advised me that "before you use it, if it's been sitting up, you need to take it off the trailer and place it on some tires and fill it up with water." It seemed those old lap-strakes needed to 'swell up' so the the thing wouldn't leak like a sieve! That was a yearly ritual prior to duck season.
First thing I did was re-caulk it and paint it Parkers mud brown. It served me for a good ten years and probably had more dead blue bills ride back to the dock than any boat, ever. The old '57 Johnson was so simple, you could repair it with a paper clip and some baling wire, which I did many times. The outfit was nicknamed "Nanuk". For one season, I had to have my hunting buddy ride facing the motor and hold the 'lean' and 'rich' gas mixture dials so they wouldn't move to make the motor run without choking down. I repaired that with paper clips and duct tape. When the duct tape came off, I bought two "O" rings and made it good as new!
I sold it all in 1985 to a fellow who restored it and I got a new Boston Whaler. A lot more safe and a whole lot less trouble.
I still miss "Nanuk"