Classic Motorboats 2019 Calendar
Elegant and fast, here are glorious examples of the golden age of motorboating. Sculpted in mahogany, brilliantly varnished, fixtured in chrome, and powered by reciprocating engines of vast displacement, these personal powerboats provided then, as they do today, a sense of exhilaration for their owners. The photographs and text of Classic Motorboats 2019 come from Norm and Jim Wangard, the publishers of Classic Boating magazine.
Motorboats featured in the 2019 calendar include:
1930 Gar Wood 28' Model 28-40
In 1930, Gar Wood built a special 28' runabout with a 200 h.p. Scripps model 202 engine. Hull #4-2048 was built at the new Gar Wood plant in Marysville, Michigan, for Gar Wood's brother, Logan Wood, then president of Gar Wood Industries. The special order boat included several non-standard features such as heavy bottom construction, one-man top, wing windows, a foot rest in the second cockpit, locking engine hatch and gas fill cap.
1931 Earl Barnes 26’ triple
John Allen named his 1931 custom 26’ triple cockpit by Canadian builder Earl C. Barnes, Johnny Barnes after his wife’s father. Allen’s brother-in-law, Steve Slyce, is running the Scripps F6 powered boat on Gull Lake, Minnesota. A master craftsman, Earl Barnes set out to make a name for himself in Gravenhurst, Ontario in 1926, at age 24, but his company succumbed to the Depression in 1937 after building fewer than 30 boats.
1934 Chris-Craft 27' Custom Model 63
S a Gem is one of 60 27-foot Chris-Craft Customs built, and one of only two with a Scripps 302 V-12 engine. The big semi-raised deck runabout was purchased by Russ Hagen in 2006 and hauled to Dave Watts' Little Rock Boatworks in Rice, Minnesota, for restoration. After the work was completed in 2008, S a Gem won Best of Show at the Keels and Wheels Concours d' Elegance in Seabrook, Texas. The engine, rebuilt by Dan Acierno of Sayville, New York, won Best Engine of Show at the Tahoe Concours d' Elegance.
1938 Chris Craft, 21' Deluxe Utility
Lollipop II, a 1938 Chris Craft 21' Deluxe Utility, was delivered new to Geneva Lake, Wisconsin, for the Harris Family of Chicago and Williams Bay. With the exception of a recent new bottom, current owner, Mike Favilla, has kept the hull’s original wood. Lollipop II is still powered by its original Model K 85 h.p. engine.
1941 Chris-Craft 17’ Deluxe
Chris-Craft shipped this 17’ Deluxe to Miami, Florida, on January 27, 1941, which was also the birthday of David De Horn’s father. It was also the day that Peruvian ambassador Ricardo Rivera-Schreiber warned the American Ambassador to Japan, Joseph Grew, of the impending Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, hence the inspiration David took in naming the boat Rumour.
1947 Chris-Craft 16' Special Runabout
Every fall, the two ladies on Lake Hopatcong’s Byram Cove in New Jersey who owned the boat said they wanted to sell their 1947 Chris-Craft. Wayne Mocksfield bought the 16’ Special Runabout from them several times. Then in the 1950s, “I finally got it away from them,” he said. Wayne, who has now owned it the longest, said, “I made everything exactly the way it was.” during the preservation that included the boat’s original name, The Sneaker. “It’s a cute little boat.
1950 Chris-Craft 19' Racing Runabout
When Seth Katz bought this 1950 Chris-Craft he was told that it was restored and that the MBL engine was rebuilt. When the 19' Racing Runabout arrived at Katz Marina in Andover, New Jersey, the crew put the boat in the water and the bottom wouldn't swell. When they started the engine it had 45 pounds of oil pressure. Ten minutes later it had no oil pressure. They pulled the boat out, took it apart, and started rebuilding it. Eight-five percent of the boat is now new, including the rare blue interior.
1954 Chris-Craft 17' Rocket
Seth Katz at Katz Marina in Andover, New Jersey, introduced Jimmy Graver to the 18' Rocket Series that Chris-Craft built from 1953 to 1954. "I do know it was one of his favorite boats to go out and play with," says Graver. "My wife and I went to look for a wood boat, and Seth took us for a ride in this 1954 Chris-Craft 17-footer and two others. My wife liked this one, so we purchased it and I named Janine after her."
1955 Correct Craft 19’ Hurricane
Alan Arrighi says his 1955 Correct Craft 19’ Hurricane is now the only surviving example of the model in existence. Alan did his own restoration work and faired the hull by hand sanding it, an upper body exercise he referred to as “sandercising.” Founded in 1925 by Walter C. Meloon as the Florida Variety Boat Company in Pine Castle, Florida, the company was renamed Correct Craft in 1938 and is now the world's oldest family owned and operated boat manufacturer.
1957 Morehouse 18' Utility
The Midwest-based Blackhawk Youth Group restored this1957 Morehouse 18' Utility guided by the crew at Tom Wagner's Fox River Valley Boat Company in McHenry, Illinois. Best known in central New York state as a builder of outboard boats, Morehouse also built 39 strip-planked inboards of 18’ and 20’ lengths between 1947 and 1956. The boats were powered by Chris-Craft straight-six engines.
1962 Shepherd 24' 120S
Shepherd boats of the 1960's were very stylish with plush interiors and plenty of chrome. Built at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Shepherds were highly regarded for their sleek, automotive-inspired styling cues, as well as their ability to handle rough water. Peter Mueller’s 1962 model 120S was the last 24-footer built by Shepherd.
2000 Mike Windsor 33' runabout
The idea for Alouette began in the 1970s when Larry Larkin bought the engine from a PT boat. He hired a naval architect to design a boat around it on the lines of the John Hacker designed 48’ Pardon Me, but got cold feet after talking with the boat’s curators. Instead, he commissioned Mike Windsor of Ontario, Canada, to build a bespoke design that combined postwar Hacker lines, with a bottom featuring convex forward sections, like that of an air-sea rescue boat, to provide a smooth, fast ride in rough water. Larry finished Alouette in 2000. The 33' runabout is powered by twin 400 h.p. 502 cu in engines that rocket the 8,200-pound hull to speeds of 60 mph.