Classic Wooden Boat powered by a Classic Outboard Sunnyland Show Report Mount Dora, Traverses, Lake Dora Four

Not! This a new boat built by Aristo Craft and powered by a new four stroke 40 horsepower Yamaha customized with a 1960 Evinrude Starflite Cowl. The boat is made with the old tooling and materials and in the old way. The motor is a modern one fitted with a hand crafted engine cover that matches the needs of a four stroke on its inside and shows the lines of an old vee block two stroke Evinrude on its  outside (public) shell.

classic outboard cover evinrude

underside showing Yamaha inside / classic Evinrude Starflite outside

An Aristo Craft Torpedo is a wood 13’ 9” by 5’ outboard fun dual cockpit classic ribbon grained mahogany runabout. It and its sister ship, the Typhoon, were made by the Atlanta Boat Works since about 1946. Wood boat construction was replaced by fiberglass boats around 1959.

yamaha four stroke outboard with a Evinrude Starflite cowl cover

Looks like an Evinrude Starflite Cowl hiding a new four stroke Yamaha outboard

Using the same boat building plant, the manufacturing tools were changed, the production lines were ajusted, and the boat models were completely changed. BTW, The famous fiberglass model was a 19 foot inboard outboard (I/O) model often shown with a hardtop. Seabuddy remembers those boat ads, too. It was a roomy family runabout, not a sportster runabout, which is what I would label the Torpedo model boat. Fiberglass boat production ended in 1980.

wooden classic ribbon grain mahogany dual cockpit runabout outboard

new Aristo Craft outboard boat powered by a four stroke Yamaha made to look like a evinrude

Now, Bill Turner, son of the company founder, Claude Turner, will make you a new one. He makes them one at a time.  His wood Torpedo updated only where the Coast Guard rules require changes. Your boat is built on the original jigs. And with the same aluminum hardware which is cast and hand polished to match what was done in 1956.

name decal aristo craft wooden outboard runabout

The detailing is perfect down to the Decals and hardware

3 Responses to “Classic Wooden Boat powered by a Classic Outboard Sunnyland Show Report Mount Dora, Traverses, Lake Dora Four”

  • Larry Forget:

    GREAT report / pics.. I re-did a Typhoon years ago in Upstate NY. Met Bill
    Turner other years at Mt Dora.. Some of the classic guys were just talking about this vintage cowl retro fit the other day.. OUr Glasspar member had
    a nice conversion there at Mt Dora two years ago. OMC golden portholes / scoops stretched cowl on modern Yamaha lower.

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