Custom, not Restored G-3 Glasspar

Since this is an inboard powered G-3 and Glasspar never made any G-3s with inboards, #seabuddy calls this a custom classic fiberglass boat. She is a 1960 Center Deck model G-3 that was on its way to the dump and she was rescued from being ground-up. Now she is an award winning show piece. Folks that like original boats, motors, and trailers will not like this boat.

Skip took all his knowledge of working in the marine industry for a very major south Florida boat builder for many years, his boat racing experiences, and some styling from G-3, Chris Craft, and drag racing boats to mix them into a vee drive inboard that stops traffic in a big Classic Boat Festival like nothing else. Folks at the shows say, I could not even image such a craft, let alone build one.

G-3 Glasspars are outboard powered boats. Most were sold with 40 HP. The top outboard power for a G-3 is 60 Horsepower. This boat has about 425 HP driven to an under-the-boat prop and rudder combo via a v-drive. She has hand crafted wood touches here and there as Skip owns wood boats, too. She has Chris Craft styling, too, as Skip owns one of those, also. She has control cavitation plates from a race boat. Skip owns  a Jersey Speed Skiff race boat, as well.

#seabuddy has seen G-3 Glasspars offered for as little as $300 for just a boat. What is she worth? Skip says “Not for Sale” after a rumored $25,000 offer.

I did not ride in this one, but #seabuddy did plug his ears when she fired up on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. She is one loud boat with a real lumpy high lift cam inside that Buick Aluminum V-8.

 

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custom wood transom and race boat cavitation plate

 

g 3 glasspar custom classic fiberglass boat

shifter for the v-drive

 

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special trailer, sponsons, and custom engine hatch

 

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note the sponsons that mark a G-3 Glasspar

 

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custom hand made engine hatch

 

wood accented foredeck G-3 Glasspar classic fiberglass boat

special added wood accent on skip's G-3

 

buick V-8 aluminum v-drive in G-3 Glasspar

Buick aluminum inboard engine installed in outboard boat

 

custom seating cockpit

custom seat and dash cockpit

 

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Custom G-3 Glasspar

 

#seabuddy and friends

#seabuddy and friends at the Boat Show Awards

3 Responses to “Custom, not Restored G-3 Glasspar”

  • Gerry Jette:

    I was surprised to see the V-drive Glasspar G3. I have a 1959 G3. It was dragged over to my house in summer on a gravel road without the benefit of a trailer. While I could not restore it to concours level, I did clean it up and stuffed it with an ’84 Buick V6. It had a belt driven surface drive but I could not get the bow to lift so while it planed, it could not get past 30MPH. Last year I gave up and ripped out the surface drive, replaced the transom and added a mercruiser 165 “MR” type outdrive to the V6 and I am at about 48 MPH. Still working on it as I am hoping for low 50s. I was wondering how successful Skip’s V-drive was?

  • it is a restomod g-3

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