2011 Boat Show Entries

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1934 Garwood Split cockpit (sweet sixteen)
Owner: Gerald (Jerry) Petersen
Home Port: Elkhorn, WI

During the depression wooden boat sales tanked, like most sales. GarWood responded by offering a small boat (16 ft) for the first time. Previously, they never offering any thing less that 22 ft. However, in going small, they maintained their tradition of using full leather upholstry and more horsepower than most contemporaries. I am the second owner of the Silver Fox (GarWood's nick name). She was delivered to Lake LaBelle near Oconomowoc, WI and was stored in her bouthouse for 20 years after the first owner died. I found her in 1984, and knew we were meant to be together, since we were born in the same year (1934). She has her original engine, and has no wood replaced other than bottom planks. She won the "Best Preserved" ACBS silver plate award in 2007 at the Glacier Lakes ACBS Chapter show and again at the Blackhawk Chapter show in 2008. I love driving her on our small 900 acre Lauderdale Lakes lake chain, since her narrow beam cuts through the chop very with no bounce.

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1957 Chris Craft Continental
Owner: Karen Birch
Home Port: Barrington , IL

This boat was purchased in 1957 by Karen's parents, Robert and Maxine Birch, of Griggsville, IL. Her father became a Chris Craft dealer in 1956. This boat is all original and Karen has the boat's sales invoice, her father's franchise certificate and many service manuals. This boat spent most of its time on the Illinois River in central Illinois. Karen has great family memories on this boat including sleeping under the boat's dashboard when she was just a small child. In 1978 Karen was with her father when this boat spent its last time on the water. Since then this boat had been sitting in a machine shed on the family farm. In May of 2010 Karen had this boat transported from the farm on a flatbed and had it completely restored by Fox River Valley Boat Company in McHenry, IL. This boat was never named so Karen choose "Birchwood" in memory of her parents.

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1946 GarWood Deluxe Runabout
Owner: Doug Bandos
Home Port: Ada, MI

A very rare Gar Wood. When pleasure boat production resumed after WW II, Gar Wood again made their high-performance runabouts using high-quality matched mahogany even though materials were difficult to come by and very expensive. A new model in 1946, only a dozen 17' 6" deluxe runabouts were ever produced. The 17-foot, 6-inch runabout was intended to provide a fast, flashy boat to compete with Chris-Craft’s 17-foot Deluxe Runabout, the Century Sea Maid, and the Higgins 17-foot sport utility. In a departure from Gar Wood’s earlier styling, it features rounded covering boards, a barrel bow, barrel stern and an all-mahogany finish. The reverse sheer design, generous beam and freeboard give it the appearance of a longer, larger boat. The sides are only modestly flared providing more width at the waterline. It has seating for six, will cruise comfortably at 40 mph and has an attractive and innovative design. Because of material shortages after the WWII, each of the 1946 boats were moved through the production line as quickly as possible, sometimes using hardware that was most often seen on other Gar Wood boats, making each boat somewhat unique. The 17-ft, 6-in model was dropped from production after just 12 models were produced. Of those, only four are know to still exist today, along with one pattern boat!

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1954 ChrisCraft Cavileir
Owner: Richard Moist
Home Port: Springfield, MO

The boat was purchased in Indianapolis and moved to a lake in northern Wisconson. The family lived in Mooresville, IN. In the mid 90's the boat was returned to Mooresville and given to one of my best friends. After his death I purchased the boat and brought it to Table Rock lake in Missouri. At that time it had a complete preservation (not a restoration, it was in good shape for age). We have owned the boat for 13 years. Chickadee is orginal name, play on nick name of orginal owner.

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1911 W.H. Mullins Leader
Owner: Ken MacStephen
Home Port: Don Mills, ON

I have the original bill of sale dated July 17, 1911. this boat has been on the St. John Rivver 5 times and attended various shows in the U S and Canada in the the last 30 years. Manufactured from galvanized steel, stamped from large presses in three different sections, 3 aie air tanks in bow and 2 in the stern. Restored a few times and used a lot. Top speed 8 miles an hour gives time to smell the roses!

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1930 Gar Wood Harmsworth Race Boat
Owner: Charles and Diane Mistele
Home Port: Bluffton, SC

Driven by Gar Wood and defended the Harmsworth Trophy for the United States against the British Challengers in 1930 and 1931. She was the first boat in the World to exceed 100MPH with a speed of 102.256 MPH on the Indian River, Florida on March 20, 1931. We acquired this piece of American Racing History in 1970 and she has been a work in progress ever since. She is preserved and not fully restored and still has the dings and dents from her racing years. The four original experimental and highly modified Gar Wood Packard V-12 engines were recalled by Packard for the United States Navy as the base engines for the PT Boats of World War II. Those original 4 engines do not exist.

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1948 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout
Owner: Mark Walters
Home Port: Madison, WI

This classic was delivered on October 30th, 1947 to the Macy’s Marina on Wawasee Lake in Syracuse, Indiana. The first 40 years of the boat’s existence have been difficult to track. However, in the 1980s the boat came to Wisconsin where it spent the next decade or so on Lake Geneva (fka DelMar). In 1995, an individual from the Waukesha area bought the boat after the Lake Geneva owner became ill. In 2001, Mark and Jon Walters convinced the current owner they would provide a caring home to the classic. Upon taking possession, Mark and Jon immediately relocated the boat to Jon’s home in Georgia for the major restoration required to bring it back to its original glory. The rehab included repairing ribs/stringers, installing a new bottom (now 5200), replacing planks, and rebuilding the KL engine. Jon worked tirelessly on the boat with Mark flying down whenever possible to assist in the project. After three years of blood, sweat, and beer, the boat was completed in 2003. “Walt’s Woody” now resides on Lake Waubesa in Madison, Wisconsin. Jane Adams and Mark Walters enjoy Friday nights cruising, Sunday breakfasts and the occasional boat show.

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1959 Chris-Craft Sea Skiff
Owner: Donald & Bonnie Bergman
Home Port: Marshfield, WI

MissMatch is an entirely orginal boat including cushions and top. She has had 3 owners in her 52 year history. Her entire life has been spent on Minocqua area lakes. Her simplicity is her beauty. She is our favorite cruising boat.

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1938 Chris-Craft DeLuxe Runabout
Owner: Crtaig Schmidt
Home Port: Alexandria, VA


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1963 Chris Craft Sea-Skiff
Owner: M/M Thomas A. Geldermann
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

Purchased in 1965 in Chicago, IL.. Taken to Lake Geneva, WI and has been there ever since. Has undergone numerous repairs and modifications. Engines are the originals. Succotash is basically the same boat that we purchased in 1965.

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1970 STREBLOW SPORT UTILITY
Owner: Donald R. Taylor Sr.
Home Port: Mount Dora, FL

In February 2001, I purchased a 1970 Streblow custom wood boat. This twenty three foot beauty had a great history that accompanied the boat. Namely, a gentleman from northern Illinois, William D. Wallace, was a partner in a silver mine with John ‘Duke’ Wayne. Wallace purchased the boat new from the Streblow factory in Kenosha, WI.,and they decided to name the boat “HI LO SILVER”, a very fitting name. They operated the pleasure craft on Lake Delavan in Wisconsin, for almost ten years. John Wayne passed away in 1979. With the drop in the price of silver in 1980, they decided to sell the boat. Larry Streblow and son Randy purchased the boat and retuned it to their factory in Kenosha. The Streblow family remodeled the boat and kept it for personal use for a couple of years until it was sold to Gregg Liebovich from Rockford, Illinois. He kept the boat for eighteen years on Geneva Lake. After cruising Geneva Lake over the summer, I load the boat and haul it on my annual journey back to Lake Eustis, Florida, where I, along with the help of my friends, refinished the boat and renamed it ‘Mister T III’. John Wayne would be impressed with the revitalization of “HI LO SILVER.”

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1947 Chris Craft Deluxe Ruanabout
Owner: Greg Lewandowski
Home Port: Clarkston, MI

I purchased Water Lily (Hull # R-17-885) in 1994 as a gray boat. I did the initial primarily aesthetic restoration over a 3 year period. The boat was stripped, some planks were replaced,the entire boat was refastened,and new cieling boards and upholstery was installed in the cockpit. All hardware was rechromed and the exterior was restained, sealed and finished with 14 coats of varnish. The boat was then regularly used for 10 years at our family cottage in Michigan. In 2008, Marine Services Unlimited in Houghton Lake, Michigan initiated a two year total restoration that included the replacement of all of the wood in the boat except the engine stringers. Water Lily was completed in April of 2010, and will now be enjoyed by our family for many years to come.

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1958 Streblow Sport
Owner: Don Emigholz
Home Port: Plymouth, WI


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1955 Century Coronado
Owner: John D. Incaudo
Home Port: Cary, IL

Complete restoration including new keel,chimes,and frames, all made from white oak. new mahogany bottom, assembled with 3m 5200. All side and top side boards are original. engine and all mechanical components were rebuilt. A new cam, intake, carb and pistons provide for the additional horsepower. All new upholstery and chrome plating. hull is stained, with 10 coats of varnish. Several coats of automotive clear coat where applied to lock in the finish. Boat was featured may/april 2009, on the cover of classic boating #148. The boat also has a rare feature, a on the dash shifter and throttle control.

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1978 Streblow Runabout
Owner: Len and Toni Bonnevier
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

Originally built in Kenosha Wi. by the Streblow Family in 1978 and purchased and operated on Lake Geneva by the Schriber family until I purchased the boat in 2001. After I purchased the boat, we did a light refinish on the exterior and totally replaced the interior, no mechanical work was required. The boat was never named under the Schriber ownership, so I thought long and hard as to why I have this boat and came up with an appropriate name. After a 36 year career in the Fire Department, the name "Fire Escape" seemed to fit the bill. Now she sees continual service all summer long providing my wifa and I along with family and friends the pleasure of crossing the waters of Lake Geneava in a true classis boat.

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1947 Greavette Custom Runabout
Owner: Moss Cartwright
Home Port: Clarendon Hills, IL

No Golf Today was built in Greavenhurst, Ontario in 1947 as a custom runabout. Unfortunately two days after the boat was restored...it sank! I struggled most of the day to get it back on the trailer. Watching this activity from the dock, an Amish woman walked up and said that if the boat was fiberglass, this would not have happened....leaving me to ponder the irony of this statement and the challenge of my day! One year later the boat was totally restored by Ramsey Brothers Restoration of Toledo, Ohio. The boat is used about 40 hours each summer by family and friends..water-skiing, tubing or just enjoying the one of a kind spin around the lake. Our twin 5 year old grandsons are "Woody's Crew" and spend a lot of time climbing all over him with their spray bottles shining him up!

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1959 Century Resorter
Owner: Jim Hayek
Home Port: Davenport, IA

I found her in 2006 under wraps in a warehouse, while looking at a Garwood that was torn apart. She also came with two racoons living under the seats and deck. The owner was going to get his pistol to shoot them, wood bottom, I think not! We did a full restoration including engine and carburetors rebuild in 2007 at Fox Valley Restoration in McHenry, Ill. Ran and showed her until in July 2010, I hit a submerged rock pile, left by the Core of Engineers, in the Mississippi River. Had to replace full keel, shaft, prop, shaft support, some back wood around the penetrations, repair transmission, and repair some bottom wood and repaint bottom. We continue to use and show her constantly. She is no "Trailer Queen".

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1935 Unknown Speedster
Owner: Bob Jersey
Home Port: Cary, Il

The “Flying J” is a 1935, 17’ Gentlemen’s Racer that was designed and built by Bob Jersey and Fox River Valley Boats. The boat started out as a grey boat that was titled as a 1935 Titian Craft, which had a 4 cylinder motor and twin cockpits. In 2003, the boat was rebuilt and converted in to a speedster style boat, the driver’s seat was moved to the rear of the boat and the boat was re-powered with a 283 GM Chris-Craft motor, added 327 heads and a new racing cam and pistons. The boat has 200+ horsepower and will top out at 60 miles per hour.

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1960 Greavette Fire Flash
Owner: Brad & Monica Sunderland
Home Port: Fargo, ND

Greavette Boatworks was established in the mid 1920's by Ernest Greavette & Charles Duke in Canada's Muskoka region when they purchased a failing boat building they named Greavette and Duke. In 1931, the partners separated with Charles Duke creating Duke Boats and Ernest Greavette establishing Greavette Boatworks with new partner Ernest Wilson joinging him in the endeavor. Naval Architect C. Douglas Van Patten joined the company in 1936 and designed racing boats as well as the eternally popular Streamliner and Sheerliner models. They would continue building these models for the next thirty years. In the early 40's Greavette Boatworks would construct antisubmarine vessels to be use by the Canadian Navy. One of the last Greavette models produced was the 18' Fire Flash, a speedster-styled runabout with aft cockpit controls and hidden seat forward of the engine. Only three Fire Flash models were built. With woodwork fit and finish that is second to none, the Canadian built Greavette's are well respected across North America.

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1948 Chris Craft Racing Runabout
Owner: Dennis Naylon
Home Port: Put-in-Bay, OH

6 Year restoration completed in 2008.It was long, hard,time consuming, dirty,frustrating, annoying, hot, cold etc., but would do it again!!

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1952 Chris Craft Sportsman
Owner: Chad Durren
Home Port: Naperville, IL

Hull #U-18-1013 was shipped from the Cadillac plant in June of 1952 to Sturgis, Michigan, less than 20 miles away from her current hailing port of Three Rivers. The boat was owned by a local doctor until his passing in the 1988. She was then purchased by a close family friend and stored until I took ownership in 2004. The boat then underwent a lengthy restoration and was re-launched in the Spring of 2009. Christened "LILY", after our daughter who was born during the restoration. All of the wood on the boat is original, except below the waterline. Her original engine and hardware are also intact.

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1948 century sea maid
Owner: robert white
Home Port: arley, al

We have owned 4 years, boat has 99% original wood including bottom. Has original upholstery, original pennant and flag as well as original owners life vest. named citation since century used the horse theme and citation was the triple crown in 1948.Boat came out of Colorado where it was stored for around. 43 years.

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1957 Larson Thunderhawk Jr.
Owner: Don and Kathy Parker
Home Port: Kimberling City, MO

The Thunderhawk model was introduced in 1957 by the Larson Boat Works, founded in 1913 in Little Falls, Minnesota by Paul Larson. It was available in both a 14' Jr. model and a 16' Sr. model. The Jr. model sold for $925 equipped with a complete set of chrome hardware, steering wheel, windshield and lights ("including two large red 'trail' lights for night travel when trailed with car"). The Thunderhawk could be ordered in any color, including colors to match a particular outboard engine, which by the way was rated up to 60hp. Knot Wood was restored in 1997 by Blaine and Lisa Waknitz of Des Moines, Iowa. Home port for Knot Wood is now Table Rock Lake in Missouri, site of the 2012 ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show.

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1950 Chris Craft Holiday
Owner: Al Olsen
Home Port: Hartwell, GA

Purchased in 2005 with a hole in the bow. Patched it up and used for one year. Started to resore in 2006 and worked on intermittantly, then got serious about finishing it summer of 2010. Completed restoration April of 2011. I performed all the work myself except for upolstery and chrome work of course. Total restoration work time was approx. 14 months.

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2011 Hacker Replica Palm Beach Runabout
Owner: Tim & Paula O'Brien
Home Port: Warren, MI

The boat was started in 2006 and completed in 2011. Frames, keel, stringers, and chines were made and assembled in the basement, disassembled and reassembled in the garage for the completion of the boat. Hull is African Mahogany on Okoume plywood on white oak frames with 3M5200 between each layer. My wife Paula took an active role in building the boat and made the project a fun team effort. Sla'inte is Gaelic for "Good Health".

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1956 Chris Craft Sea Skiff
Owner: Mark Smith
Home Port: Holland, Mi

Cora B was restored by Mark and Chris Smith to enjoy with family and friends. We have had the pleasure of showing Cora B at many boating events over the years, and look foreward to including her as a family member for many years to come.

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2009 Cd'A Custom Wood Boats
Owner: Jerry & Donna Gilbreath
Home Port: Coeur d'Alene, ID


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1957 Chris Craft Sedan Cruiser
Owner: Bob & Chris Ann Braaf
Home Port: Tabernash, CO


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1934 Dodge 207 R Duel Cowl Tripple Cockpit
Owner: Kim Goluska
Home Port: Eagle River, WI

"Our Lady of Sunset Point" reportedly started its life on Lake Winnipessauke owned by a District Attorney who had the bow siren installed, and then spent many years on Lake Tahoe named Queen of Hearts. Relocated to northern Wisconsin in 1999 and given a new bottom, a fresh finish and a new name in 2006 in now resides in a historic wet boathouse. Its current name reflects the northern Wisconsin estate built by a Chicago gambler in 1928 and named Sunset Point. The topsides and decking all retain the original, nicely matched wood planking along with all of the original hardware including the signature sea nymph bow ornament. The boat was featured as the cover and centerfold in the March/April 2011 issue of Classic Boating photographed while while she was attending "Dodge Fest" at the Buffalo Launch Boat Show in 2010.

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1951 Thompson TVT Super Deluxe
Owner: Bill and Mary Hermanson
Home Port: Eleva, WI

We acquired this boat and motor in 2006 from the second owner. The boat was sold originally from Mair's Marine in Minocqua WI to a family who owned a private lake they named Ole Lake, near Rhinelander, thus the present boat name. The boat, a double cockpit outboard runabout, is strip constructed of mahogany and white cedar on white oak and the wood is all original. The Thompson 1951 catalog lists the hull weight at 210 lbs.. In 2006, doing all the work ourselves, we stripped the boat to white and replaced all the fasteners and did a revarnish and repaint to correct Thompson specifications. We really enjoy this little boat and, to the best of our knowledge, it is the only water ready example of this model/length known to exist.

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1958 Owens Speedship
Owner: Dick Caradori
Home Port: Cape Coral, FL

2002 Best Oreserved Most Original Boat Arnolds Park, ACBS Iowa Great Lakes Chapter 2008 Aristo Craft Boats award Sunnyland Chapter Mt. Dora boat show 2011 Most Original ACBS Sunnyland Chapter Tavares Fl. boat show 2011 Best of Class Keels and Wheels Boat show Seabrook Tx. 2011 Most Original Keels and Wheels Southwest ACBS Chapter Seabrook Tx.

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1948 Chris-Craft Sportsman
Owner: Alexander Watson
Home Port: Hessel, MI

This 25' Sportsman, HIN S-25-124, was delivered to Lake Geneva in 1948.  She served in the lake's "Water Safety Patrol" as "Boat #2."   She was purchased last October and brought to her new home in Hessel, Michigan.  Owing to her many years of hard, commercial use, replacement of her bottom, keel, frames, ribs, chines, knees, transom, rear deck, and hull sides was needed.  All hardware was re-plated and gauges restored.  Her center deck, dash panel, spotlight, bow and stern poles, hardware, leather interior, and flooring were all returned to period-correct design, dimensions, materials, and colors.  Her original Scripps #208, 678 c.i. motor, running on only 5 cylinders at time of purchase, was treated to rebuilt carbs and ignition, new gaskets, and numerous replacement components.  Lastly, she was completely rewired, and modern safety equipment was added -- all discretely installed.   Restoration was beautifully executed by Corey Sands, Warren Keller, Tommy Mertaugh, and other talent at Classic and Antique Boats of Hessel, Michigan. The name we chose, "The Majestic," captures the elegant, yet strong design of the post-war 25' Sportsman, as well as the authoritative note of her engine. 

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1995 Packard Classic Boats Gentleman's Runabout
Owner: Bruce Hurst
Home Port: Sand Springs, OK

I have recently found out the boat was built for the late Bob Finkl ( Pakard Classics ) by John Ford in upstate New York, from John Hacker plans, the boat was sent to Gary Sherb in Florida who did the finish work & installed the power. I purchased the boat in 2009 & have been enjoying it with the Heartland Chapter of ACBS

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2010 Glen-L Riviera
Owner: David Lott
Home Port: Branson West, MO

Midnight Cry is a Glen-L Riviera handcrafted by its owner. Construction started June 23, 2009 and launched June 10, 2010 at the Heartland Classic Table Rock Lake Gathering. She is a cold-moulded design with 4 layers of mahogany on the topsides and bottom. Her frame is solid white oak. She is powered by a PCM 5.7L (343HP). She has a more contemporary look with all the deck hardware recessed, the engine compartment air intakes flush and the engine hatch also flush without exposed hinges or brackets. The soles and ceilings are bright and matched to the deck and topsides. Floor panels are handcrafted grates for ventilation and drainage. She tops out just above 60mph on a Acme 13.25x16.5 four blade Nibral prop. The swim platform which is a mimic of the aft deck is detachable. Interestingly, this project was a practice run for a restoration project. Her build is documented at www.midnightcryproject.com

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1958 STREBLOW Rebel
Owner: Eric & Kathy Moberg
Home Port: Johnsburg, IL

Eric & Kathy’s 1958 Streblow Rebel 19’ is one of the oldest surviving Streblow inboards. It was purchased as a derelict in 1994, and was refurbished by the Moberg family over the next 3 years. Most of the bottom is original planking, as is most of the side planking. It is one of only two 19’ Streblows built in 1958, and has the original Cal Connell Cadillac Crusader 390 cu. in. engine. Only one other Streblow used this engine, which was the most powerful engine available in 1958. The Rebel is used regularly on the Fox Chain in Northern Illinois.

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1939 Chris Craft 902
Owner: Jon K Walters
Home Port: Greensboro, GA

The story of Patty Ann II began in the early 50’s when I learned to water-ski behind my friends 1952 CC Rivera on Lake Nagawicka. I decided that someday I’d own one of these Mahogany beauties but family and finances postponed it. I retired, moved to Florida and then to Georgia in 1999. I now had time to pursue my dream. On vacation to Wisconsin in summer of 2000, I had my son Mark and Dick Slates of S & R come up with some restoration candidates. Fate intervened when Patricia, while driving South of Hartland on Hwy 83, spotted a wooden boat on the side of the road. It turned out to be a 1939 17’ CC Deluxe Utility that had lost its storage. I bought it and hauled it back to Georgia where I had converted my 3rd bay of my garage to a workshop. Three years, a new 5200 bottom, and 16 coats of Varnish later, I was proud at my first attempt at restoration and Patty Ann II was reborn. I tell everyone that we were both of the same vintage, 1939, and she is in better shape than I am!!

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1948 Higgins Deluxe Sedan Cruiser
Owner: Jeff Oppenheimer
Home Port: Indianapolis, IN

“The Andrew J.” The Andrew J. was found in a barn in Oklahoma back in 2005. Contact was made with award-winning restorer Dan Nelson of Nelson Boatworks, to appraise this fine craft and the determination was made to begin restoration in 2006. She was just completed and this is her first outing. You are viewing the only 1948 26’ Deluxe Sedan Cruiser known to exist. She is truly a very rare and “One of a Kind” boat. Higgins Industries was founded in New Orleans by Andrew Jackson Higgins. The company flourished in the 1940’s and 1950’s building painted plywood boats enhanced with mahogany transoms and mahogany accented interiors and was especially noted for their WWII efforts in producing military crafts for the Marines, Coast Guard and the Navy. Their most notable wartime crafts are the famous PT Boats and the LCVP Landing Crafts, exhibited in the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, while they landed on the beaches of Normandy. There are only about 200 Higgins pleasure boats remaining and a small handful of military crafts. Please enjoy our history and love for these rare and unique classic wood boats. Jeff Oppenheimer – owner VP - Higgins Classic Boats Club

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1895 Peirce Engine Co. Racine,Wisconsin Power Dory
Owner: Bruce Renquist
Home Port: Racine, WI

Marine historian Steve Wheeler wrote an article on the Pierce Engine Co. of Racine Wisconsin. A Michigan reader contacted Steve to report he owned a Pierce boat. Steve knowing of my interest in Racine built boats made the connection. Photographs showed a boat in reasonable condition with incredibly beautiful lines painted sports car red. Reportedly the first power boat on Burt Lake Michigan the boat spent its entire life in that area. Some seventy years ago the family removed the engine and the power dory became a rowing dory. Failing to find a vintage Pierce engine I elected to complete the refinishing project and row until an engine could be found. The rudder, steering gear and engine mounts await that engine. Considering her advanced age, the boat is in wonderful found condition. Patches and fixes aside, the boat has original oak frames,cypress planks and transom, hardware and is a delightful row.

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1957 Century Resorter
Owner: Thomas Drozd
Home Port: Palos Park, IL

This make and model was used as the "Official" Ski boat for the National Water Ski Championship held in Cypress Gardens, Florida back in 1957. Its quick start, manuverability, speed and low wake make it the perfect choice to pull skiers for national competition. It was the ski nautique of the day. Notice the "Spider" ski tow bracket that was an option back then costing $75.00. 'Zsa" was originally sold by Bruce Marine(Century Dealer)in McHenry, IL. It has spent its entire life in the Chicagoland area. Zsa was fully restored with the original single plank bottom in order to keep its original cushion ride. Century sold more "Resorters" than any other model they manufactured.

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1933 Hacker Craft Triple Cockpit
Owner: Barbra Pohlman
Home Port: Milford, MI

Purchased in the fall of 2008 from the Buffalo, New York area, this 1933 Hacker-Craft 20' Triple Cockpit when under a complete restoration by Macatawa Bay Boat Works and was completed in the fall of 2010. It is one of only a handful of this model boat known to exist from the early 1930's. Prior to restoration, it spent over 40 years hanging in a boat house near Buffalo. Very original and well preserved, "Miss Emily" sports original framework, hullsides, inner decking, engine, gauges, hardware and steering wheel from the factory. Winner in its class, “Best Preserved Runabout” at the 2010 ACBS National Meet in Bay Harbor, Michigan.

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1947 W.J. Johnston Triple Runabout
Owner: Julie & Chris Bullen
Home Port: Newmarket, ON

Who is W.J.Johnston? Billy lived and built boats in Port Carling, Ontario all his life starting in the 1920's. His first invention was “the Greatest Little Motor Boat" Disappearing Propeller Boat. He built these until 1924. He Then Started Seabird with partners, Seabird made more boats in the 30's then any other in North America. He retired from seabird in the mid 30's and built a boat a year in his own shop until the late 50's. Gatsby is one of those boats. She have lived on lake Muskoka all her life, We are the third owners of the boat. A smooth riding displacement hull that’s a wonderful boat for slow cruises and chatting with friends.

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1955 Chris Craft Capri
Owner: Kit Sultz
Home Port: Glenview, IL


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1969 Riva Aquarama
Owner: Carter Pohlman
Home Port: Milford, MI

The Riva Aquarama is the undisputed flagship of Riva's line. The Aquarama was built from the hull of the tritone, which was at the time the top of the line model of the whole Riva production line. First introduced in 1962, the Riva Aquarama is the last of the traditional Italian mahogany runabouts. Powering Mirella are twin Chevrolet 350's rated at 220HP each. This is the first show for Mirella which just finished an extensive muti year restoration.

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1958 Javlyn Ski
Owner: Carol and Roger Fischer
Home Port: Lancaster, KY

Purchased in the spring of '58 in Ventura California, our Javlyn ski boat came equipped with cable steering and a Mark 58A motor. Our family enjoyed skiing and racing on California lakes and the Pacific Ocean. In 1960, we upgraded to the new Merc 800 and Ride Guide steering. Measuring a mere 14', she was fast and furious. In 1962 we transferred to Lexington, Kentucky, where we became regulars in the boating communities of the Kentucky River, Lake Herrington, and Lake Dale Hollow. In 1988 when our children were grown and out of the house, the Javlyn went into retirement under tarp in our back yard. In 2007, with the threat of becoming firewood, my son Michael and daughter Bonni suggested we try to fix up the old Javlyn and put her into service for the grandkids. Placed in the very capable hands of Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was completely restored and now spends summers sharing her beauty with boaters and our family on Lake Herrington where my wife Carol and I reside.

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1961 GAGE-HACKER UTILITY
Owner: JIM HANNY
Home Port: LAKE GENEVA, WI


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2011 Glen-L ZIP
Owner: Roberta Hegy
Home Port: East Troy, WI

Classic style mahogany two cockpit outboard runabout. Hand built and completed this year by the owner, Roberta Hegy. Constructed from Glen-L plans and planked with mahogany decking and accented with antique boat hardware. Boat is near completion and will be finished in time for the show.

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1957 Aristocraft Typhoon
Owner: Richard Sade
Home Port: Crystal Lake, IL


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1947 Stancraft Day Cruiser
Owner: Mark Ludlow
Home Port: Cook, MN

A low production boat built in Flat Head Lake Montana by Stan Young. Beautiful pre-war lines. Restoration by Tom Juul, 2011.

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1956 AristoCraft Typhoon
Owner: John Spoeri
Home Port: Wilmette, IL

Taifun is a 1956 AristoCraft Typhoon mahogany plywood speedboat that is only twelve feet long. The name Taifun is a double-entendre on the model name “Typhoon” and plays on the oriental spelling of typhoon meaning supreme (tai) wind (fun).” The name Taifun translates loosely as “supreme fun,” because it is quite exhilarating to open up the 50 horse Merc on some smooth water. In 1969 I was a sophomore in high school and became the second owner of Taifun, when it was traded in for a VW beetle at my father's VW dealership in LaSalle-Peru, IL. At that time, it was the fastest boat on our stretch of the Illinois River, extending from Starved Rock west to the Great Bend in the Illinois River. The two-seat Typhoon "12" was first introduced in 1947, and was last produced in 1956. The hull has a semi-vee bottom consisting of 5-ply 3/8" impact panel plywood. The decking and sides consist of 1/4" ribbon stripe mahogany plywood, with framing of Honduran mahogany. The fasteners were all silicon bronze, the hardware was die cast aluminum and the finish was epoxy resin instead of varnish. The color scheme of the Taifun has always been original.

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1938 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout
Owner: John Baumann
Home Port: Nashotah, WI

1938 Chris Craft 15 ½ ‘ Deluxe Runabout This was my very first Chris Craft. She was found just outside of Minocqua, Wisconsin by my next-door neighbor. He knew I was looking for an affordable Chris Craft, and happened to see this one parked by the side of the road on his way to visit his son. He told me about the boat, but didn’t have a phone number, or any other contact information. About two weeks later, I was in Stevens Point on business, and decided to take a long lunch hour and drive north to see if I could find the “Chris Craft by the side of the road.” Lucky me, it was still there, right where he said it was, just south of Minocqua on the left hand side of the road. The hull needed paint, the engine didn’t run, the seats were shot, and the varnish needed a little freshening up, but she was a cute little thing. I put in new points, painted the hull, reupholstered the seats, and enjoyed her for the next 18 years without a problem. For her 72nd birthday, I decided to restore her, and rebuild her original engine. While doing the research to make sure she was as original as possible, I found out she was a pretty rare boat. Now, after a 2 year “vacation”, she is ready for another 72 years of boating!

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1938 Chris-Craft Clipper
Owner: Paul Anderson
Home Port: Los Altos, CA

Twenty years ago, when Paul and Elaine Anderson bought their Lake Tahoe cabin (it, too, was built in 1938), they realized they also needed an antique wooden boat. They wanted a small cabin cruiser to sleep in overnight on the lake. Sadly, Elaine passed away before they realized their wish. But in 2000 Paul found and bought this boat near Seattle, Washington. In 2008, Dave Lobb at Northwest Classic Boats began the job of restoring this rare boat to as-delivered condition. Researching it was much more challenging than is the case with the usual runabout. KLONDIKE was delivered on March 22, 1938, possibly to the Pacific Northwest, because for at least the last 30-40 years she has been in the Puget Sound area. She appears to be quite rare. Although 353 25’ Clippers were built in 1937-1939, Paul has been unable to locate any others, although he has searched many lists and archives, and has talked to the Smith family and to antique boat dealers. In 2010, KLONDIKE was awarded Best of Show over 23 Feet at the Tahoe Concours and 1st Place – Antique Cruiser Restored the ACBS Annual Meeting and Show in Bay Harbor, Michigan.

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1939 Century Deluxe Sedan
Owner: Paul Mason
Home Port: Pulaski, WI

RELIC, according to Century Boat Club, is the only one left in the world of this year,model and lenght! She went through a 1 1/2 year full restoration and is restored "true and correct". The engine is the original and is completely overhauled. RELIC won Best of Class, Best Century and the People's Choice Awards at the 2011 Houston Keels & Wheels Boat Show and Best Century at the Minocqua 2011 Antique Boat Show. RELIC,s restoration was done by Tim Mason,and the engine overhaul was done by Chris Mason.

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1959 Glasspar Seafair Sedan
Owner: Terry Dickson
Home Port: Sleepy Hollow, IL

The 1959 Sedan was the first of the Seafair models built by Glasspar. They followed in later years with a runabout and a faux hardtop utilizing the same hull design.

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1953 Chris Craft Riviera
Owner: Skip Bourdo
Home Port: Deerfield, IL

The "Miss Maumee" has been in the Bourdo family for nearly 30 years and called the Maumee River in Toledo, OH her home for over 50 years. She moved to Delaware in 2007 and Deerfield, IL in 2010. She has been beautifully restored by the Fox River Valley Boat Co. in McHenry, IL in 2011.

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1968 Century Resorter
Owner: Charles Petersen
Home Port: Thiensville, WI

Last year of mahogany boat building at Century. Hull#48 of total 61 in production run. Thought to be the last 17' titled and was used as a dealer display model. The 250 V-8 engine option was the top of the line offered in 1968. Interior includes factory installed bimini top and side windows is 100% original. Bottom replaced 5200 style by Dude's Boat Shop in Lake Geneva, WI. Keep On Flyin' spent it's entire life on th Lauderdale Lake chain just north of Geneva Lake and was named after champion swimmer and butterfly specialist Nick Petersen(15).

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1955 Shepherd Express Cruiser
Owner: Robert Gee
Home Port: Hinsdale, IL


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1951 Hacker Utility
Owner: Tom & Mary Flood
Home Port: Cedarville, MI

We Bought Old Vibrations in Tracy's Landing, MD. in 1986. We've use it as a family boat for past 25 years. Tom replaced the bottom and refinished the boat in 2000/2001.

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1905 Lozier Lake Special Launch
Owner: Dale Berger
Home Port: Wauconda, IL

The launch was built in 1905 at Milwaukee Boat Works, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was considered a full open cockpit Lozier type launch with a four horsepower electric Dynamo motor with wet batteries. It was converted to a four cyclinder gas Chris Craft 40 horsepower in 1948. This launch has oak combing, ribs, and keel, and mahogany decks, transom and interior finish. The launch originally had cane side seats and wicker chairs. Previous owners used the launch on Oconomowoc Lake and Palwaukee Lake in Wisconsin and the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Sea Date is now moored on Bangs Lake, Wauconda, Illinois.

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1958 Wolverine Mohawk
Owner: Kenneth Uher
Home Port: Beecher, IL

The boat was purchased from Milo Craft in Chicago in 1958 by my Great Uncle Joe and has been in the family ever since. She has allways been garage kept witch makes this boat a true surviver.

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1952 Chirs Craft Express Cruiser
Owner: Stephen Imig
Home Port: Washington Island, WI

Hull# CXS-24-254 was built on 7/2/1952 in Cadillac, MI. She was ordered by Fred Krause, owner of Diamond Meat Markets, in Sheboygan, WI. She was shipped to Van Der Vaart Marine Sales at 1409 Michigan Avenue in Sheboygan. I have the bill of sale, dated 9/9/1954, between Fred and my Grandfather, Dr. Charles S. Imig, O.D.. Dr. Imig already owned a 1946 23’ Express Cruiser but wanted a newer model. Since then, CHARI has been in the IMIG family for (3) generations. The boat was named CHARI by my Grandfather in honor of his daughter, Charlene. I have been behind the of helm CHARI for 30 years. 2009 saw a complete "preservation" of CHARI. All of the wood is 100% original except the transom which was replaced to accommodate the new gas tank. All of the hardware is original. CHARI has always, and still is, been kept inside of a boathouse.

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1959 Switzercraft Day Cruiser
Owner: David Jane
Home Port: Burbank, IL

Built in 1959 at the Switzercraft boat company in Crystal Lake, Illinois. This model was produced by adding a cabin layout to one of the Lighting hulls. One of only five built it was sold as a floor model at the Chicago Boat Show. Purchased by a man named Fred Alton the boat spent the next 12 years in East Dundee Il. On the Fox River. In 1972 it was traded in at the NorWest Marina. It was purchased by Ron Conley of Elgin Il. who used it every year on the fox River until October 2009 when cruising on the River holed the boat in shallow water Almost sinking the boat. The damage being far beyond Rons Expertise he put her up for sale. I purchased the boat repaired and refasten the whole bottom and here she is. Regestered every year since 1972. three owners and surviving the rocky shallow waters of the Fox River. The 1959 Switzercraft Day Cruiser.

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1939 Gar Wood Model 912
Owner: Roger Brown
Home Port: Cincinnati, OH

Description: The Lisa Marie is a 1939 Gar Wood Custom Runabout, Model 912, one of only four known to exist today. She was delivered new from the Marysville, MI factory to her first owner in Columbus,OH. History is then lost until 1956 when her next owners found her in the Bahamas, and brought her to Edgewater, MD, where a rebuild was begun in 1957. That included painting the decks blue and fiberglassing the bottom! Named then "Miss 50-50", she was sold to her next owner in Atlanta in 1972 for $200. She was placed into storage and unused for over ten years, when next purchaced by Martin Zonnenberg, a well-known name in the ACBS. He sent her to Meredith, NH, where Charlie Gath did a complete and correct restoration. Her next owner in FL named her "Trophy", the name on the transom when we found her for sale in CIncinnati at The Antique Boat Center in 2003. Since the purchace, the good people at Antique Boat have done two "refreshings". The Lisa Marie spends most of her time on the waters of Norris Lake, Tennessee

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1953 Greavette Disappearing Propeller
Owner: Jack Lynett
Home Port: Akron, OH

A patent was granted in 1915 to Billy Johnson for a device that would raise the driveshaft and propeller of the boat to avoid underwater obstructions. Disappearing propeller boats were manufactured from then until 1954 with the same basic design. They were manufactured in Canada by Disappearing Propeller Company, Greavette and Lindsay, and some were made in Tonawanda NY. The propeller is on a direct drive from the engine, and as the owners manual states, 'when starting engine, be certain boat is pointed to open water'. A universal joint in the drive shaft, permits the propeller to disappear into a housing in the bottom of the boat when an underwater obstruction is encountered. Jack found LOON in a garage north of Toronto and has maintained it in its present condition.

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1967 Century Coronado
Owner: Mark & Shelley 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 in 1986/1987 and a complete restoration in 2001/2003 including the hull, decks, chrome and interior. Powered by this original Chrysler 325 HP motor, Miss Millie will do approximately 40 MPH. The boat has won numerous awards including Best Century at the 2008 & 2010 Geneva Lakes Boat Show. The Fox River Valley Boat Company has been our restoration and maintenance partner for the past 24 years.

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1948 Ventnor Sport Runabout
Owner: Larry Lange
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

After completing a frame-off restoration of a rare 1940 Pontiac Woody Wagon in 2003, and looking for another challenging project, I came across this equally rare Ventnor Sport Runabout; with only six others of these particular models left in existence. The boat is powered with a 244 c.i. Gray Fireball 150. Since 1909 Ventnor was known as “the builders of the worlds fastest speed boats” with such recognized names as “Tempo”, “Tempo IV”, and “Lahala”. The project was postponed, and restoration started in January 2011. The hull was fiberglass up to the covering boards, the decks framing was crushed when purchased. The new deck planks are compound curved, tongue & grooved Honduras mahogany that is “blind nailed” as it was originally constructed. The new covering boards are compound curved, stack laminated cove and bead mahogany, as in a canoe, with no perimeter caulk seams, as originally constructed. Due to its unique styling, the restoration of this boat easily took me twice as long as any model Chris Craft up to 23’. The boat is restored to all original “as built” factory specifications. An interesting construction feature for Ventnor in 1948 was a 5-ply weldwood inner plywood with 9/16 mahogany outer planking. As of 8/10/11, I am working to complete the boat for the boat show.