1932 Hacker-Craft Triple Cockpit Runabout - 'Madison Nicole'
Owner: David Brown
Home Port: St Charles, IL
This lovingly restored mahogany Triple Cockpit Runabout was originally from the Finger Lakes Region, NY and believed to be one of only two remaining 38' Hacker-Craft twin-engine boats. The twin fuel injected 496 c.i.d. HO MPI V-8's together produce 850 hp
1939 Gar Wood Runabout - 'Miss Lisa'
Owner: Matt Byrne
Home Port: Aurora, IL
1937 Chris Craft Custom Runabout - 'What Fun'
Owner: George Plamondon
Home Port: Chicago, IL
Purhased in 1973 for $1 (plus legal fees!), the What Fun has usually lived up to its name! Fully restored, 2000-2008. The WHAT FUN is a 1937 17’ Chris Craft custom runabout, acquired September 23, 1973 for $1 (and attorney’s fees of $10). At that time, I began the initial restoration but despite these efforts, the boat continued to sink. It was left in storage for more than 25 years, until the turn of this century -- when the fix-up really began. An uphill battle, but I’m gaining on it! The vessel’s name comes from another project of mine -- a 1969 BMW motorcycle with a side-car ride that I restored. While I was riding the bike on the Gold Coast of Chicago, a female onlooker commented, “What fun.” I couldn’t have agreed more, and thought her words might also apply to my boat. The name can be taken two ways: when it’s running, “What Fun!”; when not running, “What Fun?”
1957 chris craft continental - 'Schatzi'
Owner: John Wenstrom
Home Port: mchenry, IL
!957 23' Chris Craft Continental. One of 170 built between 1956-1958. Beautiful riding boat with optional 3rd seat. Stripped to bare wood, refinished complete with 10 coats varnish by Fox River Valley Boat in 2012.
1967 Century Coronado - 'Miss Millie'
Owner: Mark Svoboda
Home Port: Geneva, IL
1967 was the last year Century manufactured a mahogany wood hull. The boat was order and delivered to Kramer’s in Fox Lake, IL for Rex Fitzpatrick of Elmhurst, IL. We purchased the boat from Rex in 1986. We did a moderate restoration in1986/1987 and a complete restoration in 2001/2003 including the hull, decks, chrome and interior. Powered by its original Chrysler 325 HP motor, Miss Millie will do approximately 40 MPH. The boat has won numerous awards at shows around the midwest.
1959 Century Resorter - 'Fifty-Nine'
Owner: Jim Hayek
Home Port: Davenport, IA
She is #135 of 180 produced in 1959. She is made with the classic "Carrier Deck" front end which gives the hull a beautiful contour of mahogany. And, one of the dryest rides on plain by rolling out the wake. She has the Graymarine V8 327 cu. in. engine which produces 225 HP and will run 45 mph at 4000rpm. But that is rare because she now is over 50 yrs. old. And as all wooden boat she just like to idle along and rumble... They came with a sliding leather convertible top, which I don't own because Matt Byrne won't sell me his with out the boat under it. She also came with a built in 3 rung ladder mounted on the back. She's real fine my "Fifty-Nine"
1960 Chris Craft Contenential - 'At Last'
Owner: David Vogeler
Home Port: Trout Valley, IL
This 1960 Chris Craft Continental is in the utility class of antique and classic boats. It was one of the more popular models manufactured in 1960 by Chris Craft due to its versatile layout. While mostly used for family pleasure boating, the open cockpit made it a great design for fishing or skiing. In 1960 the base model sold for $4,210.00. At that time the average salary was $4,743.00 a year. The boat came equipped with the standard Chris Craft K engine a straight 6 which produced 100HP, or the optional V8 with 185HP for the jaw dropping additional fee of $60.00 or about a weeks salary. This boat was equipped with the high performance 283 Corvette engine which became available in the latter part of 1959. The higher horsepower and torque of the Corvette engine made it ideal for pulling skiers. It was also fitted with a center mounted ski pole. Top speed is just over 40 mph. The boat was delivered to Chris Craft Boat Sales Inc. located at 2500 S. Ashland Avenue in Chicago on January 28, 1960. The boat was found rotting and in disrepair in 2000. A complete restoration was performed in 2005. There were 497 Continental’s manufactured from 1959 to 1960. Only 41 are known to still be operating today.
1947 Century Sea Maid - 'Zip A Dee Doo Dah'
Owner: Gary Conger
Home Port: Green Bay, WI
1961 Shepherd Runabout
Owner: Alan Bosworth
Home Port: Elmhurst, Il
Shepherd Boats were built in Niagara-on-the-Lake….Ontario, Canada. This specific Shepherd was on display at the Chicago Boat Show in 1961 when my Aunt & Uncle bought it new. In 1993 the Shepherd’s bottom needed replacing at which time my Uncle debated selling it. However he passed away right before doing so.A few months later I decided it was well worth saving the boat, keeping alive so many fond memories of fishing & riding (getting soaked) in Uncle Muff’s Shepherd. The boat has gone thru a couple of restorations yet still has most of the original wood. The original Chrysler motor was rebuilt once and is still in use.This boat has been docked at Pier #1 since 1961 on Geneva Lake for the last fifty-one (52) years.
1949 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Sweetie'
Owner: Chris Fox
Home Port: Bonita Springs, FL
1949 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Uncle Buster'
Owner: Bob VanOrsdel
Home Port: West Des Moines, IA
2003 Van Dam Saloon runabout - 'Nokomis'
Owner: Charles Colman
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI
1971 Century Coronado
Owner: Richard Frederick
Home Port: Libertyville, IL
1966 Lyman Sportsman Hardtop - 'Freedom'
Owner: Andrew Kubicsko Jr
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI
The boat underwent a complete restoration bringing it back to its original stock condition by sandusky bay marine restoration during 2003/2005 It has been documented as the last 28' built by the Lyman Boat Works Co. Originally built as an "open sportsman" the buyer requested that it be sent back to the factory and have a custom Teak hardtop installed on the boat, making it possibly the only full Teak hardtop Sportsman Lyman ever built. The boat now resides on Geneva Lake Wisconsin
1958 Shell Lake Rocket
Owner: Dan Callahan
Home Port: Rockford, IL
No. 168 red/white two tone. Beautiful in design and superb in appointments, the Rocket is the ideal boat for all- around family enjoyment, with its futuristic deck, fin styling and flared bow design. Special features are the new tri-lateral rear seat pattern with step-through front seat and triple keel, non-skid planing hull surface, complete with deluxe hardware, windshield, and steering. Transom bulkhead and bottom drains with Styrofoam and air tank flotation, assuring you added safety.
1963 Thompson & Thompson Breakers
Owner: Robert Oday
Home Port: Cary, IL
1978 Streblow Runabout - 'Fire Escape'
Owner: Leonard Bonnevier
Home Port: Oak Forest, IL