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Glaspar G – 3 with aluminum Buick V-8 V-Drive Inboard

glaspar g 3 fiberglass boat photo image 1960 inboard v-drive custom runabout ski boat

Note, the custom wood covered fiberglass transom

This is an inboard G-3. She is the custom creation of a Jersey Speed Skiff and classic 1962 Chris Craft Golden Arrow 19’ boat owner. Her builder owns and races the famous Orange Crate, the 1965 JSS class vintage racer. This 1960 Glaspar is owned by an accomplished marine craftsman. His work speaks for him. Just take a look at his race boat Orange Crate in any racing pits and see it for yourself.

G 3 Glaspar inboard v drive fiberglass boat photo image

Custom G 3 Glaspar 1960 classic fiberglass boat

Skip started with a 1960 Glaspar “Center deck”. He instantly got around one problem with a classic G 3 by putting in a souped-up inboard engine in his Glaspar fiberglass boat at the correct balance point for the hull by using a v-drive transmission. Using a Buick Aluminum small block 215 cubic inch V-8 gave him plenty of power with a 318 lb. engine weight. This aluminum head and aluminum block engine was used in both Buick Specials and in Pontiac Le Mans cars in 1961-63.  These engines were rated from 150 to 200 HP, when stock. This classic fiberglass boat is not stock. Seabuddy does not know the power that Skip coaxed out of his Buick engine here. I do know that a different crank can bring the displacement up from 215 to 305 cubic inches. Do more parts changing and a 340 cu. in engine is possible, but not easy.

g 3 glaspar classic fiberglass boat photo image v drive inboard ski boat runabout

Cockpit photo of 1960 G-3 Glaspar classic fiberglass boat

 

Mickey Thompson entered racing driver Dan Gurney in a “stock block” Buick Indy Racer of his own design in 1962. Their car did not finish  the race. Apollo Gran Turismo cars also used these Buick engines in 1962-63 for a limited run.

glaspar g 3 fiberglass classic boat photo image 1960 shifter v drive

V Drive shifter in this custom G-3 Glaspar fiberglass boat

Now, a Chris Craft Golden Arrow 19’, is another classic that Skip owns. It is a Cavalier Division Chris Craft boat model. She is a high styled plywood ski boat runabout with a center arrow stripe on her foredeck. Seabuddy projects that some of the wood touches that Skip’s custom G-3 displays may have come from his Golden Arrow 19 footer’s styling. A Golden Arrow is a rare boat. Only 170 of these boats were made by C-C.

g 3 glaspar ski boat boat photo image 1960

Skip added a wood stripe on his G-3s foredeck

A stock Glaspar G-3 is a 13’ 7” fiberglass model boat of about 390 lbs. in boat weight that is rated for an up to a 60 Horsepower, short shaft, outboard motor. The most seabuddy ever powered one of his G-3s was with a 85 HP Mercury Marine “Tower of Power” engine. Seabuddy understands that Bill Tritt’s Glaspar Boat company made 16,000 boats in 1960 and while the outside of all of them was fiberglass, there was plenty of plywood in the floor and transoms of Glaspar boats.

g-3 glaspar 1960 classic fiberglass boat boat photo image

Skip made his G-3 Glaspar shine

Skip has promised to bring his G- 3 to the 26th Annual Antique and classic Boat Show and Festival held on the expansive grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Maryland on June 14, 15, and 16, 2013. Look for seabuddy there, too!

classic fiberglass g-3 glaspar 1960 boat photo image

Wood was added to the transom and note the racing caviation plate

Judges Choice – Classic Boat Show

This Connecticut based, Canadian built wood classic boat was the one that the Judges selected for their own CHOICE. The Judges Choice Award is a top honor at the Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS 11 acres of classic Wood Boats and other festival events that was held over father’s day weekend in the 18 acres of grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD.

Shepherd at classic boat show

Chris’ Shepherd, at 22’, is the larger and more luxurious of the two sizes that Shepherd offered in 1961, with a rear mounted Chrysler Hemi engine that is the top power using a v-drive to get the power reversed so the prop shaft can be under the boat. Smooth and fast, the boat is perfectly matched with the V-8 “Hemi” marine power.

Shepherd’s Boats, made their fine craft during the time she was hand crafted, in Canada, at Niagara-On-The-Lake in the province of Ontario. The 7’ 4”beam boat features all mahogany planking. Double (two layers) on the bottom, with one layer on the sides backed up with battens behind the plank seams. Look at the photos, she looks like she was carved, not assembled with screws and bolts.

1961 Shepherd V-drive

Shepherd’s Boats, made their fine craft during the time she was hand crafted, in Canada, at Niagara-On-The-Lake in the province of Ontario. The 7’ 4”beam boat features all mahogany planking. Double (two layers) on the bottom, with one layer on the sides backed up with battens behind the plank seams. Look at the photos, she looks like she was carved, not assembled with screws and bolts.

The Shepherds started their company in 1928. they moved the plant to be closer to the water in 1939. The family sold the business to a private individual in the late 1950s. He ran the company with the same attention to detail until 1966, when Trojan Boat Company, from the USA, bought Shepherd  to import the Sheherds to the US and build popular Trojan models in Canada. Trojan was into Cabin Cruisers more than runabouts and re-shaped Shepherd into that mold. Shepherd went on to built up to 54’ in length yachts using fiberglass hulls. By the late 1970s, things had changed for Canadian Boat Builders. These changes caused Shepherd Boats to close its doors in early 1978.

36′ home built without any formal plans

 Buildt a Shady Side Bateau from Memory. This waterman from Shady Side, MD built his 36 ’ Bateau in 2009,  “Emmaline“, from scratch and without any plans. His turning over story on this boat in his garage.

 

Best of Show – Utility Class at the Antique and classic Boat Festival

Look at the outstanding level of finish for this classic boat show winner

A NJ built boat, brought to the Father’s Day Weekend  Classic Boating Event by a member of the Philadelphia Chapter – ACBS, wins  Best utility at the Maryland Classic Boat Show hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter –ACBS.

The restored 64 year old 18 foot Deluxe Runabout built by then West Atlantic City based Ventnor Boat Works in 1946 swept the crowded class of classic boat entries and took top honors at the Awards Barbeque on Sunday, June 20, 2010.

The boat and its presentation on historic Navy Point within the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was a first class addition to this year’s 23rd addition of the Antique and Classic Boat Festival. Tigger II, was one beautiful “piece of furniture that floats” kind of boat within the field of 11 acres of classic boats and Festival Events, organized by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of ACBS.

Boat owners, Brian and Ellen, hailing from their primary ACBS Chapter of Philadelphia are also secondary chapter members of Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS and the Lake Hopatcong- ACBS. Many of the readers of seabuddy / Chris Brown know Brian personally, and are aware of his commitment to ACBS at both the Chapter level and at the International Level, and know that he holds officer positions in each.

Back to the winning Boat. See it to believe it, seabuddy says. I just hope my snapshots here do the foredeck level of finish justice.

classic wood boat

note the presentation at the waters edge

ventnor boat works championship boats

see the three point hydro in the ventnor boat logo

boat deck Ventnor boat wood runabout

mascot Tiger II classic wood boat

cockpit classic wood runabout

perfect wood boat cockpit

Rybovich Yacht Sweeps Awards (garnering The Triple Crown for Classic Boats)

Triple Award Winner - Rybovich yacht - Sam V

On June 20, 2010, Bob and Betsy’s Sam V won three Classic Boat Show top awards including “Best of Show – Preserved”.

Rybovich yacht - Sam V

SAM V has been owned by Bob and Betsy of Palm Beach Gardens, FL since 2000. They are primary members of the Sunnyland Chapter – ACBS and new secondary members of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS.

Sam V at the St Michaels Maritime museum bulkhead

“Sam V was built in 1964 by Rybovich and Sons in West Palm Beach, Florida as the FRISKY LADY.  Hull number 58 (out of 126 rybovich boats to date), she was the third to last of the classic “Dayboats,” without a bulkhead separating the cockpit from the deckhouse. From 1965 on all Rybovich boats had bulkheads and were 40′ to 50′ plus. This boat measures 37 feet, with a 12 foot beam and draws 3.5 feet. She has no keel which makes her particularly maneuverable when fishing. This design is truly the precursor upon which all modern sportfishermen in America are based.  She was specifically designed for sailfishing off of Florida, tuna fishing in the Bahamas and marlin/tuna fishing in the Northeast US.

Each Rybovich is custom built to meet the owners preferences. For example, the first owner had the cabin painted in a light washed finish, so all the trim below was made of ash instead of the traditional mahogany. Of note however, the fighting chair, the transom door and outriggers are just as original.  Originally outfitted with V-8 gas engines, she has had Cummins diesel engines for the last 30 years and cruises at 20 knots and goes 27 knots wide open.”

Show Winner, Antique and Classic Boat Show

Crowd Stopper Show Boat

Sam V homeports in Fl while the Classic Boat Show is in St Michaels, MD

Rockfish for a special dinning experience for the Classic Boat Festival Attendees

409 S Talbot St. or 410-745-3081go early to beat the crowd

Fresh, local caught, Rockfish (stripped bass) prepared by the Chef at Ava’s Wine Bar and  Pizza Café on Talbot St. (the main street in St. Miachaels) is the off menu special treat  for visitors and locals Sat-Sun, June 19-20 or until the fisherman’s catch runs out.

I tired to get some Friday, June 18 and had not come in yet. Seabuddy / chris brown chases this special  as its such a treat. I will have to come back on Sat., I guess.

Rockfish with a light Lemom-caper-pecan-butter sauce is just the right preparation to compliment off fresh fish.

For a pre-course, try the Green Bean and Prosciutto salad with Parmesan Cheese and Ponzu Style Dressing or share three of Ma’s Meatballs as a slider with house-made mozzarella.

Short Ribs is a good dinner if you do not want the fish special. Of course, there is also gourmet pizza that made the Café’s reputation, too.

BTW, do not pass up the opportunity to try a small order of the Desert Donuts for a unique treat.

Its Tapas Thursday at Key Lime Café

Seabuddy / chris brown thinks the word tapas is used in the USA to mean small plates of wonderful food. You mix and match to make a meal of diverse dishes for a unique dinning experience on the Eastern Shore in the Town of St. Michaels, MD at the Key Lime Cafe.

BTW, I had the most perfect breakfast at the same Key Lime Café on Thursday morning. It has to be the best café for breakfast on the Eastern on Sunday, friendly staff, and good food – its all there at the Key Lime Café.Shore. Open daily, Brunch served Sunday.

Rope, as you want it, as your boat needs it

Special 3 day Sale on boat rope and yacht line

Any piece of a bus full of rope is for sale on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is going on June 18-20 for a three day special sale offering  to visitors and members  alike to St. Michaels.

Both stock and custom made to a boat owner’s specs in all lengths and thicknesses of line is only going on for the three days at this Father’s Day Weekend Boat Festival.

This is only one of the 11 acres of classic boats and other Festival events to Celebrate Dad’s Day Events.

Bring your special needs for boat and yacht line for on the water fun for the entire family. This is brought to you FREE by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS. Held on the not-for-profit Museum grounds that do charge to see their Bay Heritage efforts, the Classic Boat Show and boating Festival events like the Art at Navy Point, and all the boats is free to everyone once you are on the Museum property.

A bus full of Rope

Where to shop in St. Michaels – Chesapeake Bay Outfitters

The place to browse and shop after looking at the 11 acres of classic boats and other Festival events going on June 18-20 in St Michaels, MD on the grounds and in the buildings of  the  Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 

They say…No trip to St. Michaels is complete without a visit to Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, specializing in casual Eastern Shore lifestyle apparel and footwear and catering to visitors and locals alike for over 30 years.

You’ll find an outstanding selection of family footwear, men’s and women’s sportswear and resortwear, fun accessories and St. Michaels Tees & Sweatshirts. Featured casual apparel brands include Fresh Produce, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide, Columbia Sportswear, Woolrich, Royal Robbins, and the area’s largest collection of Life Is Good.

Boutique lines include Elizabeth McKay, Skirtin’ Around, Jennifer Reale, and Lilla P.

Have you seen our Bunnies By The Bay line? Absolutely adorable infant wear and wonderful gifts for the new Baby.

Chesapeake Bay Outfitters is the area’s premier location for boat shoes and water friendly styles by Sperry Topsider, Sebago, Teva, and Keen. Other quality brands include Born, Clarks, FitFlops, Jack Rogers, Mephisto, Merrell, Naot, Olukai, Privo, Rieker, Sofft, SoftSpots, Tkees & UGG…

telephone 410-745-31007 and on the maine street of St. Michaels.

Seabuddy / chris brown says they stocked the best boating shirt  I ever owned. Great service and lots of stuff.

410-745-3107

Higgins yacht yard

closess slips to the Boat Festival

Give the yard a telephone call if you need a slip for the June 18 – 20 Classic Boat Festival. They have just a few openings left. 410-745-2929.

Higgins Yacht Yard is the last full-service boatyard in the town of St. Michaels. Located at the foot of Carpenter Street on the harbor front, adjacent to the Two Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast and the Cygnet Cottage vacation rental.

Transient slips are available at competitive prices and the location is superb!

Only two blocks to town center, one block to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (closest marina to the Chesapeake Bay Maritine Museum), and one block to most harbor front restaurants.

Note: the best weather channel TV is just a block up the street inside the “c” street bar0 (corner of the main drag and carpenter street). If TV is not on the weather channel, ask they get it up  for you, as a boater) on their wide screen TV.