I want to build a community of people from all over the world who want to connect, learn, share stories and photos, and have fun with wooden boats. Click HERE to subscribe to my email news list for the latest and greatest fun stuff and click on one of the buttons below to subscribe to my show. We own most of the classic boats we offer for sale, though we also serve as a classic boat broker, selling boats on commission for customers and friends. Our antique boats often sell before we have a chance to photograph them and get them on the web site, so please feel free to call and find out what's in stock. If you are thinking about buying your first classic wooden boat, you no doubt have lots of questions and we will be happy to answer. One of the first decisions you need to make is whether your needs are best met with a classic runabout or a utility model. Other web sites may list classic boats for many different owners, and you will see prices all over the board. Originally from the Finger Lakes Region in upstate New York, and believed to be one of only two remaining 38' Hacker Craft twin-engine boats.
Shipped to London,England 1937, returned to the US in 2001.14 year restoration by many craftsman Sanibel is back to the water. Relocated to Indiana Lake, Ohio and renamed "Smoove" Jackie Gleason in his character in "The Honeymooners" used to describe how the cocktails he liked to drink went down "SO Smoove". 1940- 22' Utility with Factory Installed Bait Boxes and 1936 Rectangular Drop Down Windshield.
One of 3 known to survive, this un-restored cedar hardtop was found in a boat house in the 1970's and stored ever since.
She has two helms, one inside for bad weather and one on the deck for sunny days and balmy nights. This boat is for sale with a new Chevy 350-330 hp, WEST epoxy bottom, some excellent original upholstery, re-chromed, new deck, new wiring, new retro gauges, new fuel system, trailer. The "Lucky Penny" is a 1952 23' Chris Craft Holiday with the original 158hp MBL engine, original chrome hardware, and mostly original woodwork.
This boat was purchased new in February of 1957 by Karen's late parents, Robert and Maxine Birch, of Griggsville, IL.
Assembly Hull, purchased in 2012 by Tyler and Rena Slovick, is hull number CL-20-061, one of 221 20' Continentals produced by Chris Craft from 1955 to 1957. Well kept, 1956 20' Chris Craft Continental powered by the original Chris Craft MBL engine which was rebuilt in the early 90's. This beautiful Century mahogany utility boat was completely restored in 1997 by Charlie Keough of Saranac Lake, NY. This 2007 Grand-Craft 20 Grand Sport offers a wide beam and open cockpit design that is perfect for water sport enthusiasts.
For sale a eautiful 30' triple cockpit with new epoxy bottom, new upholstery, new varnish, new chrome, trailer and full cover!!
Built in Wisconsin, the Rocket was designed to be the ideal boat for all-around family fun, with its futuristic deck, fin styling and flared bow design. Here you will encounter exciting antique boats by Chris Craft, Hacker Craft, GarWood, Riva, Ventnor, Century and Stan Craft. Depending on which wooden boat you select from our collection, it may even be possible to include varnish, bottom paint, a new canvas cover and other extras. Mitch travels a lot and has a serious golf addiction, so let us know when you are coming and we will be ready to greet you! We are here 9 am to 5 pm central time Mon-Fri, but you can usually catch us after hours and on weekends as well.
We offer lengths from 16 ft up to 38 feet and conditions range from project boat to show quality. Some folks are attracted to that sleek runabout look, while others gravitate to the family-friendly utilities, which are great for swimming and skiing. You will notice a definate improvement in rough water performance for every added foot of length.
This is because inexperienced sellers tend to look at each other's ads for pricing information. In most cases, we prefer to buy your classic boat outright rather than consign it, but we do offer antique and classic boat broker services.


130 hp, WEST epoxy bottom, new decks, new wiring and gauges, new fuel system, excellent chrome, custom trailer.
The boat was order and delivered to Kramer’s in Fox Lake, IL for Rex Fitzpatrick of Elmhurst, IL. The prior owner loved to water ski so he re-powered it with a more powerful motor (454 cu in Chevy marine power with 420+_ HP) & had the transom ring reinforced to accommodate pulling skiers. The 23' Holiday was built between 1950 and 1953 and the "Lucky Penny" is 1 of 88 ever built with it being hull number 86.
Her dad became a Chris Craft dealer in 1956 and Karen has his original franchise certificate. She is made with the classic "Carrier Deck" front end which gives the hull a beautiful contour of mahogany. The boat had 3 known previous owners, spending 20 years in a barn in Indiana, followed by Montrose Harbor in Chicago and the Fox River. Boat has been converted to 12 volts, has a new battery & Pertonics electronic ignition. The Grand Sport model features an integral swim platform for easy access in and out of the water.
Other advantages to working with a dealer and restorer include the option of having us paint a new name on your transom, provide a new custom trailer, a canvas cover, or change out the upholstery. Having said that, we must add that most wooden boats offer a smoother ride than fiberglass boats of the same length. Marine varnish has an ultra-violet absorber, but this chemical is used up when it reacts with sunlight, so eventually you need to apply more varnish. Boyd Mefferd replaced the bottom sides and decks ready for me to finish.I completed the restoration May of 1998. Double Barrel underwent an extensive restoration led by Lars Bergersen and his team at Bergersen Boat Co. In the bow you will find the playpen type of cushioned area that can easily seat four people. Joe Norton located the craft in Iowa and completely rebuilt it and installed a new Mercury 3.0 135 HP engine. A complete restoration was first started in 2004 by the Fox River Valley Boat Company and she is still maintained by Tom Wagner and his crew.
This boat is all original and Karen has the boat's original order form, invoice, service manuals, prop, fenders, hand spot light, ladder and water skies that her dad used.
We rebuild engines, do every kind of electrical and mechanical work in our restoration shop and we deliver!
A good rule of thumb is that if you are using your classic boat every weekend during the summer, you will need to add 2-3 coats of varnish every 3 years. We specialize in Chris Craft 6 cylinder Hercules engines and classic inboard V8 engines, including vintage Chevy 283 V8s. At that time, I began the initial restoration but despite these efforts, the boat continued to sink.
Under this area is the cabin trunk or storage space for ground tackle, and also lockers and drawers for clothing accessible from the interior cabin. It was a custom order from Chris-Craft with the reversed cabin layout , forward head, dual helm, twin Hercules M's, and the sport windshield. The boat has gone through a full classic restoration She truly a beautiful and unique Runabout Mr.
Stripped to bare wood, refinished complete with 10 coats varnish by Fox River Valley Boat in 2012. Last year the hull and topside was stripped of all varnish, caulk, and paint and 8 to 12 coats of new varnish was applied along with new caulk striping on the bow.
It was left in storage for more than 25 years, until the turn of this century -- when the fix-up really began. With all of it's original hardware, engine and Bugatti type windshield, the boat was painstakingly restored to original condition. My grandparents purchased it in 1964 from the original owners who kept it on the Fox River in Menasha all of its life. A new bottom, new frames, stringers and decking, new wiring, polished aluminum gas tanks, gauges, all chrome redone, new teak and holly flooring installed were just some of the major items of the restoration.


Lorelei II was awarded second place in its class in the 2013 Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show. Over the years we have been diligent in keeping the "Lucky Penny" as original as possible to truly feel what boating was like nearly 65 years ago.
Karen uses one of the original canvas boat covers that had never been used and was being stored in her dad's attic. In 2013, the boat's hull was stripped to bare wood, restored, and maintained by Tyler and Jerry and Jack Slovick. Most people hire out the bottom painting, as it involves lying on your back and wearing goggles. The boat has won numerous awards including Best Century at the 2008 & 2010 Geneva Lakes Boat Show. Now she spends all of her time cruising the beautiful waters of Geneva Lake from her home port of Williams Bay. This boat spent most of its time on the Illinois River in central Illinois where Karen has great family memories. The vessel’s name comes from another project of mine -- a 1969 BMW motorcycle with a side-car ride that I restored.
This boat was originally known as HUDSON BAY and BOAT, now named COVERGIRL because we own a custom marine canvas company and Renee is known as the "cover girl".
This opens & has a screen below allowing ventilation and the possibility of sleeping overnight in the forward compartment. The last time the boat was in the water was in the summer of 1978 on the Mississippi river.
Enjoy this celebration of wooden boats, the friends we keep, the past memories we share and those we look to the future with beyond the next wave, setting sun, & rise of a harvest moon. Since then the boat had been sitting on her original cradle and boat trailer in a machine shed on the family farm.
The steering wheel together with instruments, controls and a chart board are located on the starboard side at the forward end of the cockpit.
In May of 2010 the boat was transported by flatbed to McHenry, IL where it was completely restored by Fox River Valley Boat Company.
The windshield has deep side wings extending far enough aft to protect the helmsman thoroughly from the elements. 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.
His responsibilities included tank testing the models at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, patterning and fabrication all the patterns for the hulls structure; also, overseeing the production process. Karen's late parents are always with her on this boat and this boat is a constant reminder of how wonderful her parents were and the fabulous childhood they gave her. The two transom seats located at the forward end form the lower berths, while their backs hinge upward to form the upper berths (like a bunk bed arrangement) The galley is at the aft end of the cabin and includes a large ice-box, stove, sink, lockers, drawer and shelves. She has an adequate head for convenience and she's safe and steady when underway because of her full keel design. Newer aluminum triple axle trailer will allow for long distance trips to any body of water. I am grateful that my owners, all Geneva Lakefront families, have taken great care and maintained me above and beyond the usual; for the last 51 years.
Everything on the boat is original except for the head, engine, cushions, and new full boat cover. The engine ifs fully accessible under flush hatches in the cockpit floor and also by some removable steps going down into the cabin area. He created a huge legacy of being an excellent mechanical engineer, 1st class boat builder; along with being a very successful business man.
I know that I am now in the best care and will enjoy the Budych family for generations to come.



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