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17’ Barbour wood boat 1958

speedboat water ski boat

 

This very nice Evinrude powered classic is what Seabuddy images when he thinks of a Barbour boat. Crafted in wood, mostly outboard powered, and under 25’ in length. Some inboards were in production, but they do not seem to have been collected / restored anywhere near as much as an outboard powered model. I also think of Barbour as a company of the 1950s-1960s, sort of near or at the end of the wooden runabouts era.

But, I would be wrong. This North Carolina boat company goes back to the early 1930s and it closed in the mid-1990s. World War II changed from a small builder to a large one with up to 1,200 workers. War contract work did it. Towards the end of the company’s business history, they built and serviced some of the ferries for the state of North Carolina’s ferry system. These were made of steel.

In wood, Barbour made runabouts and small cruisers for recreational boaters. The metal boats were the aforementioned ferries, tugs, research vessels, fire boats, troop transport vessels, fishing boats, and barges. Some of these were big boats. They made a 155’ tanker and 56’, 63’, 82’, 95’, and 100’ boats. Much of this steel production work started in a big way in 1957. It was the re-invention of the company that Herbert Barbour founded in 1932.

outboard wood boat

I like these restored wood runabouts, as Seabuddy’s first water ski boat was a wood one ( a made in NJ brand named Sea Mac) with a 40 HP Evinrude outboard. That boat got re-powered up to an 85 HP Mercury. I was a teen and that boat was my freedom before I got an car driver’s license at the age of 17 in NJ. I had taken the Coast Guard Aux course before the age of 10. I have boated a long time.

dash wood runabout ski boat

New twin engined wooden Runabout

34 twin engine speedboat runabout

new wooden boat

see inside wood boat
deck members in place
swim step built in wood boat
wood boat swim platform construction detail
twin engine speed boat
at speed on the lake
new construction wood boat hatch
this engine hatch knocks my socks off

 

She is a new wooden inboard speedboat. Hand crafted by one of the few boat yards that still do this “creation work” as compared to “restoration work”. Although the shop does both types of work. http://cdacustomwoodboats.com/process/ 

 

She was created under the personal direction of Jim Brown the wood shop manager and who is a master craftsman He has been building wood boats full time since 1991. He provides expertise in every phase of wood boat construction, from the creation and design of a project through the lofting, building, rigging and finish steps of the process. He has a team of wood craftsmen at The Resort Boat Shop to create the award-winning Coeur Custom line of boats and offer restoration for antique and classic boats. His e-mail address is jbrown@hagadonemarine.com

Seabuddy loves the engine hatch on this luxury speedster on the water. Twin 400 Horsepower rated engines are under there. It is a very unique way to access the powerplants. Jim also builds single engine boats and in different lengths. He has even crafted a sailboat or two.

Here is the boat builder’s comment on this 34’ inboard runabout “Pure is an example of the “pure” definition of Gentleman’s Runabout. She is hand-crafted from imported African mahogany and Western red cedar; cold molded using vacuum bag technology to produce excellent weight to strength ratios. This amazing 34’ runabout is powered by twin 6.2 liter small block engines that rate 400 HP each.  The purposeful design of the hull give her amazing lift, maximizing power and achieving a quick plane and smooth, powerful cruising stability.  The Alexseal Blue Hull sides add to her unique attractiveness while providing added durability.  A custom signature stainless steel windshield with special bent safety glass, Livorsi gauge package with custom dial faces give Pure a distinctive look no other boat possesses.

Pure is, from stem to stern, one of the most sturdily built, luxuriously fitted and handsomely powered hand-crafted wooden runabouts we’ve ever created”.

 

 

 

Wooden Runabout by John L. Hacker

wooden inboard runabout john hacker new york thousand islands

48' Worlds' Largest Runabout "Pardon Me" at the Antique Boat Museum

 

She is big! 48’ long with a beam of 10’ 6” and sixteen tons in weight. Power is a single screw Packard 4M-2500 engine, a supercharged 12-cylinder engine. This runabout speedboat’s top speed is 60 MPH.

 

Brooklin Boat Yard did the latest restoration. Prior restorations/upkeep/maintenance and a repower was done at Mayea Boat Works and on the St. Lawrence River at the Antique Boat Museum. She was built in this same area of the 1,000 Islands as the Antique Boat Museum is located in at Hutchinson Boat Works or http://www.hbwboats.com/.

 

Built in 1948, she has had several owners. The last owners donated her to the museum years ago. Google search “ Pardon Me” or “World’s Largest Runabout”  or read pages 76-77 of Robert Speltz’s book The Real Runabouts from 1977. Seabuddy has a signed copy of his book dated 1980. Mr. Speltz has now passed on.

 

Hutchinson  Boat Works or Hutchinson Brothers built boats along the St. Lawrence River since about 1908. The business continued under new leadership after the brothers passed on. They now sell boats, but they were a wooden boat builder originally. They also offered wood boat repairs in oak, mahogany, cedar, and teak.  While they could build and repair all styles of wood construction, most of their boats were lapstrake style or “clinker style”, like a Lyman boat. Pardon Me is not a lapstrake design. She has the double planked mahogany construction method.

 

Pardon Me was designed by Hacker and built by Hutchinson for Mr. Locke of Oak Island in the Chippewa Bay area of the 1,000 Islands (summer home) and MI (his winter home). She did not handle well and never has been used much in her history. Her sheer size, transmission shifting, handling around a pier, engine cooling, and her massive engine torque were some of the reasons for this lack of use. Call it fine-tuning, trouble shooting, or tinkering, problems have continued over her history since 1948.

 

She is now back at the Antique Boat Museum in the Thousand Islands for the upcoming summer months.

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Wooden Yacht

The Bertram 31 boat designer, C.  Raymond Hunt, also designed this 56’ yacht in 1962-1963. .She was built in 1964 at the Wharton Boat Yard, which is now the Jamestown Boat Yard, in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Designed and built for her original owner who cruised her, up and down the East coast.

She is a wood boat. Stem and keel are Honduras Mahogany as is the carvel and double and triple diagonal planking and four massive stringers, all glued and screwed together. Although it should be noted that an installation of a longitudinal girder system was later added to stiffen  her hull for a re-power and higher speed abilities.   This re-build was extensive, as Seabuddy understands that some 25,000 man hours were billed. Ten years later another major restoration of an additional 15,000 man-hours were spent to more than “spruce” her up.

Her current engines (twin Cummins 593 Hp diesels) give her a 29 MPH top speed and a cruising speed of 24 MPH.

The yacht sleeps six in classic design and a high degree of comfort. She has a great sheer line and a low profile hat turns heads when she comes into a marina. In seabuddy’s opinion, she shows her pale yellow far better than other boats. Particularly if her varnished transom is in your view of her. A further note, she now has had a swim platform added in one of her rebuilds/restorations.

The wide side decks and the16’ beam tend to make the boat seem somewhat on the “tight side” for big men. But, the speed with this power reflects her light weight and Hunt design hull for performance. Sight lines and views from the main salon/pilothouse are great, however. Her 22 degree deep vee bottom from amidships to the transom gives a ride and the handling one expects from a C. Raymond Hunt yacht. But, she can be a “wet” boat in some sea conditions. Also, a Hunt design from the 1960s era does not have wide chines to reduce deep vee roll at slower speeds at sea.

C. Raymond Hunt was a prolific designer. He/ Fisher/ and Hickman did the Boston Whaler 13 in the 1956-1958 time period.

 

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photo from Brooklin Boat Yard: C. Raymond Hunt Stingray wooden yacht

Four Winns Group Beneteau set to take Miami Boat Show by storm

43’ 6” New cruiser/ bow rider with a 13’ 4” beam.

Four Winns says “opening up the bow, this new boat will satisfy the most discerning customer looking for the perfect boat to entertain family and friends.

“We challenged the design team to look at a typical 43’ cruiser style boat and find a way to create more useful space,” stated Christophe Lavigne, vice-president of Engineering and Design for Rec Boat Holdings. “The front of the boat, with limited useful space above deck, became the obvious target for innovation. The result is the open bow concept that does not sacrifice the living space below deck,” Lavigne said.

You must start in the bow on the Horizon 440, its most unique feature. Large enough to hold your kid’s soccer team, the bow is packed with storage, built-in cooler, plenty of seating including extra-long lounges and a hydraulic table that rises from the floor, eliminating the need for storage. For the sunny afternoons, an optional sun shade provides protection while island hopping through the Bahamas. A JL Audio 5-speaker sound system provides the perfect party lounge. The cockpit of the Horizon 440 is patterned after the legendary Vista series from Four Winns providing plenty of room to move around and entertain. The rear, U-shaped seating area delivers plenty of seating room and entertaining is a breeze with the full refreshment center housing a refrigerator, icemaker and sink. Optional cockpit air conditioning is available for the warmer climates. The captain of the new

Horizon 440 is well equipped with IPS controls, double-wide companion helm seating with electric, 6-way adjustment for the driver. The aft area of the boat is a true outdoor living room, with a grill, sun lounger and large swim platform.

When your family is ready to stop for the night, move down below to a very cruiser-esque cabin area featuring a full size head with separate shower, open galley area and comfortable sofa with 40” TV. You can bring all your friends along with plenty of sleeping room featuring a queen size bed, aft cabin and forward berth.

The Horizon 440 bow cruiser is powered with Volvo Penta IPS twin 500 or 600 horsepower.

Do you love bow riders?

 

four winns bow rider cruiser 44

new Four Winns 2015 cruiser / bow rider

Boston Whaler 420 Center Console new 42

LOA: 42′ 6″ Beam: 13’Maximum Horsepower: 1,675 Hp Minimum Horsepower: 1,200 Hp. Note that the deadrise at the transom is 22º.

 

Boston Whaler says ”With huge comfort, major capability and loads of state-of-the-art features, Boston Whaler’s all-new 420 Outrage is truly a boat like no other. From the expansive bow with innovative seating, to the beautifully designed, convertible helm and cockpit areas, to the gracious, well-equipped cabin, it’s a champion for onboard entertaining and pleasure cruising, whether close to home or way offshore. With so many gracious spaces to settle in for the day, this is the boat you’ll want to enjoy with family and friends. And, true to its Outrage lineage, serious sport fishing falls squarely within its domain. Performance is also astounding. Look to quad Mercury Verado 300s with Joystick Piloting for incredible power and precision. Plus, Mercury’s integrated SmartCraft VesselView display, power steering and digital throttle and shift combine on the 420 to deliver a sophisticated, seamless command experience. And Whaler’s new dynamic running surface hull technology, featuring automatically adjusting trim tabs, enhances ride quality to new levels.”

 

For a center console, this boat has a big cabin with many amenities. This is Boston Whaler’s discussion points at this time. The fish ability of the new boat is going to come up on sea trail by the fishing magazines. They do a good job on that.

 

What is left un-said… Why the maximum power rating of 1,675 horsepower for the new boat? Currently there are no outboard combinations that add up to that number. And there are no sets of 4 or 5 outboard engine sets that add up to that number, either.

center console 42 boston whaler center console 420

Cabin interior new center console Boston Whaler 420

Five Mercury Marine outboards on a Center Console Cigarette

five outboards on a Cigarette Racing center console

Cigarette Racing photo of their top center console with top power

 

Cigarette Racing offers the regular production option for its customers of high performance Center Consoles of either 300 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Marine or 350 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Racing. That is 1,750 HP! These engines weight from 635 lbs to 667 lbs. each. Their  WOT rpm range vary by HP rating and even by shaft length.

The boat specifications are length: 42′, beam:11’9″ and Fuel Capacity of 500 Gallons.

Cigarette Racing says “the all-new 42′ Huntress exemplifies Cigarette’s determination to continually innovate and expand its horizons. By merging a performance hull with an entertainment-centric deck and cabin created a total lifestyle powerboat. The efficient hull propels this boat up to exhilarating speeds yet even with its gracious and spacious deck and lounge, the boat’s extreme agility and easy-handling belie its size.

Its twin-step, deep-vee hull efficiently and smoothly runs the water, while the lightweight, composite, structure and framework has been further refined, lowering weight and improving the balance. The hardtop follows the lines of the vessel, and the weight has been further reduced to lower the center of gravity. Twin steps aid easy on-plane acceleration and smooth running and the easy handling may surprise the first-time captain.

All-new CNC tooling was used to create all-new Cigarette with extra room to spare above and below deck, where 7+ foot headroom provides surprising freedom of movement.”

Cigarette Racing sells many of its boats to South Florida boaters. There boaters prefer outboards for power over stern drives  (I/Os). Also outboards are showing sales gains now. However, some of the reasons for an outboard preference are neutered in this horsepower and speed range.

Opening salvo: it is about V-6 stern drive engines for 2015

“There isn’t a single GM part on this engine,” Seabuddy quotes Brett Martin, a MerCruiser manager at Mercury Marine. This engine was purpose-built for marine use and delivers Mercury’s proven performance, durability and ease of service.”. All of its parts need to come from Mercury Marine and its dealers. No pistons, rings, cranks, etc are from a GM car engine.

“We are proud to introduce the next generation of stern-drive technology with this ground-breaking new engine,” said John Pfeifer, the president of Mercury Marine. “This engine was purpose-built for marine use.”

Major components of the MerCruiser 4.5L engine include a newly designed rear-facing throttle body, a special anti-whistle throttle plate, engine cover and mounts, lightweight flywheel, fuel supply module and structural oil pan” Mercury Marine has taken the initiative to design a lightweight, high-displacement V-6 marine engine that is not dependent on automotive technology,” said Buck Pegg, from Chaparral Boats The 4.5L V-6 the engine was built with cast-iron componentry wherever the engine encounters seawater and corrosion-resistant aluminum and composites everywhere else. Digital rather than analog sensors are used throughout the engine.

It has been noted that he 4.5L can be installed in single- and twin-engine applications and it is compatible with company’s full series of Alpha and Bravo drives. Fresh design innovations such as a long runner and scrolled intake manifold as well as the higher displacement than the Chevy V-6 , which allows for an good power-to-weight ratio.

Mercruiser marine v 6 gas engine

2015 Mercury Marine new engine

This V-6 engine weighs about 130 pounds less than a 5.0L V-8 Chevy small block, yet provides similar on-the-water performance within a smaller boat. With a shorter stroke than a Chevy V-6 engine, the power comes on higher and one can prop your boat to run as much as 5,200 rpms at W.O.T.
A V-6 engine allows for a bigger cockpit by about 6-8 inches. In a small boat that will make any boat more family friendly than the bigger engine box or sun pad that a V-8 requires.

 

Yamaha Helm Master goes triple

package of Yamaha Helm System

Yamaha Outboard photo

 

34’ Center Consoles are hot marine merchandise. Up until the 2015 model year, these boats were almost exclusively powered with twin outboards. Now, warm water and warm weather based boats are being delivered with triple outboard engines. There is no question about it; triples are the hot power in that market. Twins are the way to go in all the other markets, though. Boat builders are doing what they need to their boat offerings to accommodate three engine as well as two engine new center console boats.

Yamaha Helm Master™ uses …” rigging that digitally connects an enhanced binnacle control, a high-definition LCD screen, electronic steering, an electronic ignition panel, a theft-deterrent system and an innovative joystick. Together these components form a true drive-by-wire system that responds instantly to your command.” This system is intended for boat builder installation only right now.

Typically, a designated employee at a given boat builder receives all the training and trouble-shooting knowledge that insures that the boat and power works as intended by Yamaha, as each boat model and power package is a somewhat custom installation. One hears the word “calibrated”, which to Seabuddy means that making this system work right on a boat is heavily dependent on the marine tech that installs it.

Note, your boat dealer is getting proper training before any arrival of a Yamaha Helm Master equipped boat to support local boats that are boat builder rigged. Along with dealer-level training there are many forms of support that your new boat dealer gets from the Yamaha factory.

The entire Helm Master™ system is covered by a Yamaha factory warranty for the first three years of a new boat. But, if you plan on keeping your rig, say, six years, you cannot buy extended warranty coverage. To understand what I am talking about you can buy and cover all your other Yamaha stuff under the Yamaha Extended service coverage (Y.E.S.), It is sold separately at extra cost and covers Yamaha product up to six years. That exclusion could be a worry, as most of us own their boats for longer than 3 years.

By the way, fans of Mercury Marine will be happy to hear that it offers a similar program for its outboard engines.

Five Outboards on a Center Console

fibgerglass center console outboard powered boat

Top Cigarette Racing Team Center Console

 

Center Console boats are getting bigger, and use multiple outboards to get the speed the customer wants. Here, the leader of Go-Fast Boats, Cigarette, puts five Mercury Marine outboards on one of the biggest to create one of the baddest. Wow, five 350 Horsepower Mercury Marine outboards on a 42’ by 11’ 9” boat. That is a lot of horsepower to up from Miami to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.

Started by Don Aronow and now owned by Skip Braver, Cigarette Racing Team has been winning races since 1971. Their boats have kept ahead with the bulletproof construction, rigging, and power that offshore racing demands and those same ingredients goes into every boat that they make.

Cigarette has been around in the high performance boat business that their boats went from shaft drive, to stern drive, to outboard power. They have almost always used Mercury Marine power through the years. First with Carl Kiekhaefer, then Fred, the Mackies, and others.