Posts Tagged ‘classic wood boat’

Classic boaters, should we all have a classic Ferrari?

Instead of a classic boat, that is.

ferrari GTO classic car

sister car to the sold classic car

 

$52 million was a recent sale price for a certain model classic Ferrari. That is an approximant 50% increase in sales price for that model Ferrari since another one sold roughly six months ago. How much did your classic boat go up in price?

 

Seabuddy chose boating and classic boating when I was about 14 years old. I could drive a boat on Barnegat Bay, but not a car on the roads of NJ. Being able to drive something with a motor made up my mind. By the way, I never have said I am smart.

 

Is your Riva model selling for more than say, $750,000 this year? Your rarest model Chris Craft (they made 4 of this one over the two years of 1929 and 1930) for $250,000? Your wood Century Arabian selling for more than $75,000?

 

Note, even a Glasspar G-2 sports car has only gone up about 250% since 2006. A Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz went up about 3 and a 1/2 times. Do not ask Seabuddy about 1967 Corvettes.

 

By the way, Mr. Ferrari could only sell 36 of this model Ferrari when it was new.

 

Here is a side story. Rumor has it that Bob Bondurant sold his Cobra Daytona coupe to fund the start of his high performance driving school. Anyway, his racer Daytona Cobra Coupe recently sold for $8.5 million. Just think. If he had just waxed that car, rather working daily at showing movie stars and rich folks how to drive fast and safe in the hot Arizona sun for all these years, HE WOULD HAVE MORE MONEY.

 

 

Classic Wooden Jersey Speed Skiff

wooden pappy seaman  jersey speed skiff race boat

restored classic wooden Jeresey Speed Skiff

 

A Jersey Speed Skiff in 2013 is either a vintage racer or a APBA modern race boat. What is the difference? To the casual eye the APBA boat has a roll cage and the Vintage or classic does not. #Seabuddy may be old, but not old enough to first-hand tell the full length story of Jersey Speed Skiffs.

Along the jersey shore since the 1800’s, men beach or inlet launched a human-powered (row) boat to ocean and bay fish from. Then a sail rig was added and the popular way to go fishing in New Jersey remained a small boat. Think of a flat bottomed, cedar-wood planked boat using ribs to help define and stiffen the boat shape. Some cousins or early examples of a JSS boat were the Sea Bright Skiff, the Pound Boat, and Utility Skiffs.

In 1922, Harold “Pappy” Seaman built a 16’ long one with a Gray Marine Engine inboard engine. That started the powerboat JSS class idea. His boat went 21 MPH. Fiberglass replaced wood in the 1960s. Bud Bender is the man known for fiberglass Jersey Speed Skiffs. Seabuddy met Bud at a past St. Michaels Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival in Maryland. Today a skiff can break 80 MPH or more and they use a Chevy V-8 for power.

BTW, many of these early boats fished during the week and raced each other on Sunday. Pappy was from Long Branch, built some 102 skiffs, and the base of the sport seems to have stayed there in Long Branch, but with boat races up and down the east coast all summer long in both Vintage and APBA racing. The next Vintage Event seems to be at the Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht Club on September 21, 2013 in New Jersey.

My photos are of SUDS, a restored, Pappy Seaman built, 1951 Jersey Speed Skiff. She is a 50 MPH boat. SUDS is powered by a 180 HP, 244cubic inch Fireball Graymarine 6 cylinder racing inboard engine.

She is a planked wood, no plywood anywhere boat. She has White Oak ribs and stem, and White Cedar hull planking, firewall, bulkheads, interior seating’s, and decks. The wood is held together by some 1,752 hand-peened copper rivets and 1,488 slotted screws. The boat was last in the water until the summer of 2012 in 1983. The restoration took 2,312 hours of labor.

#Seabuddy’s photos are from the Pt. Pleasant ACBS Boat Show. Historic photos from the web and other places.

 

Pappy seaman jersey speed skiff 1951 planked wood

Cockpit- note the firewall is planked, not plywood

 

wood restored classic jersey speed skiff

front cockpit

 

old wood from jersey speed skiff wood classic

sample of the old wood

 

Suds race boat pappy seaman

old racing photo of SUDS back in the day

 

jersey speed skiff in a racing turn

This is the way a Jersey Speed Skiff turns

Gentleman’s Classic Outboard Runabout

chris craft james craft kit boat

She is a fun ride!

 

This is a Chris Craft – kit boat version. About 345 lbs. of speedboat in fewer than 14 feet. She is powered by a period correct Mark 55 Mercury Outboard of 40 Horsepower. She is just been restored in April of 2013 but this model was offered by Chris Craft back in the 1950s.

She is a great ride for the Captain and his passenger. Sporty, stable, and quick to maneuverer, this is a boat one launches for a fun time on the water. It is compact luxury craft that draws friendly smiles for her classic bright-finished good looks.

Her period correct Mercury Marine 4 cylinder outboard has been rebuilt by a pro and starts easily. It is the top power for the 13 1/2’ long boat. She is an opportunity to experience the classic wood boat life in a beautiful product of Chris Craft engineering.

In the restoration, this boat’s owner took advantage of all of today’s boat building materials. All the wood was sealed with Smith’s CPES and the joints of bronze and Stainless Steel bolts and screws were further strengthened with West System products. First class, top-of-the-line parts combined with a critical design eye and excellent skill towards making her a real beauty either on her trailer or out on the water is reflected the first time anyone sees her.

Boats like this Chris Craft were sold by them as complete kits in a box and this one was located already assembled, but in need of a complete restoration. That restoration took several years, not months. One just needs to see her now to enjoy classic boating at its best. She is the winner of the Best Outboard Boat at this year’s big Annual Antique and Classic Boat Society Show and Festival in St. Michaels, MD.

james craft runabout outboard boat photo image

She has storage under the rear deck

 

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Note the level of finish inside this boat

 

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Top level finish!

Special Wood Riva Boat from Italy

cocpit sun deck bed riva wood boat inboard classic

Sun Bed opened up in the cockpit

 

This runabout is so very much original and, in addition, it holds a special place in history that she is a major marker in Riva Boats history in the USA. Made by Riva in Italy, she was displayed in the New York Riva Showroom to example the luxury of Riva boats to all of the tourists that visit Manhattan. Please take your time in looking at her today.

She is a classic wood straight shaft inboard runabout with its engine in the center of the cockpit.  This model features the special design ideas of the Riva boat building company for water sports. The Riva slogan for her was ”It’s the young people’s rocket” She is fast, maneuverable, with easy cockpit access, and a special sunning bed. Riva sold examples of these 18.5 ‘boats to Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Seller, and Bridget Bardot.

This boat has had its Riva-Crusader V-8 engine rebuilt as part of her restoration. Other interior parts that needed freshening were replaced with what is properly titled “New, Old Stock” pieces. Seabuddy has seen and heard her run and she quietly fills my expectations for Riva luxury in a fast sport boat.

She makes a major statement in person. Her wood is spectacular. The unique cockpit sun bed takes one’s mind off mundane things and off to dreaming about lovely Italian women, Champaign, and some decadent Pate.

This 15th built boat represents the Riva Junior model line that was made from 1966 to 1972. Riva made 626 examples of this model in those years. She has had two owners in her history and shows rather low hours for 50 plus year old boat.

 

front seat riva junior wood boat inboard v-8 chevy classic

from seat allows for boardinf on either side and walk around room

 

drawing riva junior 1966 wood classic boat inboard

Factory Rendering for Riva Junior boat model

 

bow view riva junior classic wood boat runabout utility water sports

Note the quality of the finish and of the wood used in this Riva Junior

 

 

ad for riva junior peter sellers boat

Magazine Ad for Peter Sellers' Riva Junior

 

12th report, Tavares, FL, Antique and Classic Boat Show, Mount Dora, Lake Dora, Gar Wood, Chris Craft, and Nap Lisee

Gar Wood is known in classic boating as the man who won five straight years if powerboat Gold cup races. Garfield Wood was the first man to break 100 MPH in a boat. He was also the owner of Chris Craft boats for at least five years. He invented the famous “Baby Gar” line of boats with his designer, Nap Lisee. With Howard Lyon, he put boats on Broadway in New York City.

Gar made his money from his inventions, patents, and non-boat building businesses. He spent it on boats. His Miss America series of race boats cost him a fortune. His two boat building plants (the original Algonac Chris Craft plant and a bigger one that he scratch-built in Marysville, MI.) He financed his son in a start-up fiberglass boat building business after W. W. II.

classic wood boat gar wood mahogany planked boat photo image

note the opening windshield on this classic Gar Wood Cabin Cruiser

Seabuddy shows in these two photos one of Gar Wood and Nap Lisee’s more popular designs. This is not a race boat. She is a family boat. A pre-war Gar Wood 20.5 foot long Streamline Cabin Utility. This 1940 classic wood boat is richly restored. She is powered by a Gray Fireball inboard engine of 160 horsepower. She has a straight shaft, center located engine drive system. This is a classic wood boat. She is a mahogany planked cabin cruiser that is bright finished. This style was a best seller for Gar Wood brand boats since they invented it in 1936.

Gar Wood was born in 1880 and died in Miami in 1971. His last invention that made Popular Mechanics magazine was an electric car and that car write-up was published in 1967. He never stopped inventing.

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restored 20.5 foot Gar Wood 1940 cabin cruiser

Classic Chris Craft modified wood raceboat from Lake Dora, Mount Dora, Tavares Antique and Classic Boat Show 5th report

Sleeper is an antique and classic planked mahogany wooden runabout that has been modified into a race boat by Harold Bauer. She has a 1955 to 1966 racing career over which she was regional high points champion 4 times. This is a boat that raced against Curt Brayer and his Dancing Bear and Forest Johnson and his Prowlers in the F Service Runabout class.

chris craft racing runabout wood antique and classic boat image photo

unrestored Chris Craft twin cockpit wood boat modified for racing years ago

She is a hard riding, porpoising, but fast race boat. While top speeds were over 70 MPH, her crew reported peeing blood after a race. Powered by a 95 horsepower straight shaft inboard by Chris Craft when she was built in 1931, she was re-powered as a racing boat Chris Craft. First Buick, then 390 Ford engines got the boat’s speed up. These engines were moved aft within the hull, a Casalle V-drive installed with a jack shaft to a Borg Warner transmission, a Cary two blade propeller selected, and the two cockpits relocated into forward dual cockpits with bucket seats for both the driver and the riding mechanic, a fuel tank was located under the fore deck, and the hull was fiberglassed. So seabuddy labels her both a wood and a fiberglass antique and classic boat.

chris craft racing runabout transom wooden planked mahogany antique and classic

Note how much wider she is at the chines, which was an owner addition for racing

The boat also had her structure strengthened with extra bracing, while her chines were really widened (see seabuddy’s photo), and a cavitation plate was added for stability and control. This Chris Craft racing runabout is not a Chris Craft Racing Runabout model, she was a standard production pleasure boat modified by her owner.

chris craft racing runabout 390 ford engine f service runabout

Ford 390 vee-drive re-located aft engine

 

3rd report… Sunnyland ACBS classic boat show, Mount Dora, Lake Dora, Tavares, Florida

Here is a great classic wooden Streblow. She is a bright finished, planked mahogany runabout with about the most plush seating ever seen in a wood boat. A Streblow is timeless. From about 1968, the basic design and look of their boats seem to have stayed about the same.

money shot classic wooden boat streblow planked

Classic Wood Boat Ready for big water Lakes

 

Larry Streblow started building boats in 1954. He was from a farm family, but he did not like farming for his career and life’s work. So he taught himself the business of building boats and the art of making a living at it. These boats are considered Geneva Lake Jewels.

name plate on hull side

special name plate

They make 20’, 23’, 26’, and 28’ foot boats, single or twin engine. All Streblow boats are big water lake boats. Large, rough, windy waters are for them. Figure on high sides and bid windshields on a Streblow.

Randy Streblow, Larry’s son, joined the business later. And his daughter, Kris, joined it even later. Steve Horton also joined and now leads much of the company’s production.

The average boat is said to take 4,000 hours to hand make and there is a year or two wait for one. They are easy boats to spot. Just look for a tall sided boat with an equally tall windshield. This one was on it’s trailer at the Tavares, FL Sunnyland classic boat show on Lake Dora. The hard part is to say what model year is trhat boat that you are looking at. These boats seem to stand still in styling from 1968 on.

Sunnyland Classic Boat Show, Mt. Dora, Tarveres, Lake Dora Boat Show Report

Here are a few seabuddy photos of an early Slickcraft outboard powered boat built by Leon Slikkers from the Sunnyland classic boat show. . He is the founding family member of Tiara Yachts and Pursuit fishing boats.

plywood slikcraft slickcraft

classic slick craft outboard wood boat

Mr. Slikkers made boats as early as 1946, when he worked for Chris Craft as a cabin cruiser top joiner. He stayed with Chris Craft until about 1955. Chris Craft boat production was often plagued by strikes at this time, so Leon built his own boats when C-C was having a work stoppage. He built 10 outboard powered boats as early as 1952.

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stylin in the 1950s

His first factory was below his home in 1955. He was building classic molded plywood outboard powered runabouts at this time. He made about 35 fiberglass hulled boats as well as plywood boats starting in 1955. By 1960 Slickcraft only made fiberglass boats.

outboard motor on classic wood Slick Craft boat

Outboard powered Slickcraft

He moved his plant several times and stopped living above where the boats were being made now. His factory was 29,000 square feet in size in 1962, and went to 42,000 by 1965. Mr. Slikkers made his first inboard outboard boat in 1963. It was Mercury powered.

He sold out Slickcraft to AMF. He built sailboats to respect his non-compete.  Those sailboats were called S2 (S2 stands for Slickers second company). He started Tiara Yachts in 1976. He started Pursuit fish boats in 1977. Both brands are major players in the pleasure boat market today.

Classic Wood Trailer Boat Restoration

Dave Hannam’s boat shop in Annapolis, Maryland is doing a restoration of a classic  wood boat that is being remade with easy trailer travel and usage as its goal, as well as a great classic boat. Dave is using his skill to make a classic boat owner’s wide-ranging travel plans into one that allows for “Have Chris Craft, will Travel”. This wooden runabout boat is a Chris Craft Capri 19.

Stop by Classic Watercraft Restoration and see top notch work as well as a boat restoration that is slanted towards easy boat trailering and a in and out of the water style of usage of a classic mahogany planked wooden runabout Chris Craft. Inspect how proper use of epoxy and 10 oz finishing cloth in the right places on a wooden boat bottom makes it a leak proof or waterproof wood boat bottom. A “no swell” bottom is ideal for a trailered classic wooden boat. Launch and she is ready to use. No waiting days for the seams to swell up and close.

wood bottom transom restoration restore epoxy finishing cloth leak prrof waterproof

mid restoration photo of classic wood boat

plywood classic boat bottom bow

sheets and strips of plywood

This boat is a single 9 lamination plywood thick bottom were you see big sheets of plywood and two layers of planking thick were my photos show where the plywood was cut into strips to follow the curve of the vee in the bow area. Do not worry if there is a drip or two shown, lots of shaping, sanding, and flaring is yet to come. This is a wood boat under restoration, not a finished restoration of a wooden boat.

wooden boat bottom plywood fiberglass epoxy 5200

close-up of plywood

Please note the new wood at the forward chine area.

wood boat chine restoration

new and old wood to create a replacement chine

This piece of wood was added back into the area where the original construction of this boat had a chine. Note the color difference in the African and Philippe mahogany wood. No problem as this area will have bottom paint. Previous restorations simply took the easy route and rounded that sharp line away. That rounding would be the faster, easier way. Dave wanted the boat back to original in cutting, stopping, and throwing the bow wave down and away from the cockpit passengers. Often, boats that do not have such a chine shape have spray knockers added to this job.

More at … http://www.classicwatercraftrestoration.com/

Evinrude beats Mercury Marine Speedboat Record

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World Record Run for Evinrude OMC Outboard Motors

Starflite III, the race boat, powered by a Starflite II, the OMC Evinrude outboard motor is shown setting a new World outboard Speed Record of 122.97 MPH is shown in this photo.

Starflite was the OMC Evinrude name for its 50 Horsepower V-4. In 1960 this engine was made lighter in weight and bigger in its displacement. Now as an 89.46 cubic inch V-4 engine, the next generation top-of-the-line OMC outboard was rated at 75 HP and named Starflite II.

Hu Entrop made a new race boat, Starflite III, a 14 foot long 3 point Hydroplane. At Lake Havasu, AZ in September 1960 he upped his OMC ( his prior Starflite Too had gone 114 MPH) and  Mercury Marine records (his and Burt Ross’s record in another Ted Jones Hydroplane).

Note, it has been suggested that Ralph Evinrude personally contributed with some of his own money to help Entrop with his two Evinrude boats and this round of record setting. Once the next boat came along a racing budget was inbedded within the company.

While the OMC racing effort used a bigger displacement engine than Mercury Marine (89.46 for the Evinrude, 59.4 for the Mercury), they used a pump gas and outboard oil mix to power the engine. He also used stock spark plugs in the motor. Hu did use megaphone exhaust stacks and a almost custom-made racing lower unit. Naturally, the since the starter was removed to save weight, someone had to hand coil a rope around the flywheel and do a rapid pull of that rope to get the engine to turn over (start). The lower unit had no gear set, the engine started in forward gear.