This race boat in a sense invented a new race boat design and led the way for better racing until higher horsepower and the 3 point hydroplane design was made successful in racing. Her narrow transom with large anti-trip (non trip) chines and concave bottom was the new thing as compared to a rocker keel sort of v bottom shape. Riot is a 1950 wood inboard race boat that is 18’ long and she is powered by her original Gray Marine 244 cubic inch Fireball 6 cylinder 165 horsepower engine. The home of some great classic boat racing is trying to gather together the folks and energy to re-open. Here is a short list of some drivers and race boat owners that raced at the Miami Marine Stadium; Curt Brayer, Rudy Ramos, Peter Rothschild, Mike Gordon, Bob Nordskog, Howard Brown, Gordon Cooper, Lou Brummett, and Troy Ruttman.
Here are some raceboat classes; E and F Service Runabouts, 7 Litre Hydroplanes, 280 cubic inch, 266 cubic inch, 225 cubic inch, 150 cubic inch hydros and so on. And now some racing boat names; Miss Crosly Crew, Pepe Le Pew, Tootsie, Lil Apache, Miss Crazy Thing, Long Gone, Hot Toddy II, Miss Chrysler Queen, and Dancing Bear. The boat brands that raced at the Miami Marine Stadium are memorable, too; Howard, Stevens, Mandella, Rayson Craft, Glastron, Donzi, Patterson, Curtis Craft, Hallett, and Aqua Craft, to name a few. Above is a rendering of a proposed Marine Stadium Maritime Center located just next to the stadium. Why is one boat builder solidly pulling ahead of the others in unit sales growth while increasing its top shelf quantity recognition among knowable boaters? The first thing about any boat for experienced boaters is the boat’s on-the-water performance. Most boaters also know that at the height of the Bayliner story, they were bragging that their boats had 70 hours of labor in each boat. In one of my articles on Riva wood boats, I posted some photos and that started our current discussion. Some boat model name choices are Tritone, Ariston, Super Ariston, Aquarama, Super Aquarama, and Long Super Aquarama. I went to print with my model name thoughts in the link I have put into this posting, but I now I believe my I.D.
Wood Century boats are called “The Thoroughbred Fleet” and Century made Resorter models in 15’, 16, 17’, 18’, 19’, 20’, and 21’ lengths over the years.
They had to limit themselves to boat building within the 15’ to 21’ boat size as their factory in Manistee, Michigan could not handle the up to 30’ plus boat models that competitors such as GarWood, HackerCraft, and Chris Craft offered.
Century wood boats relied on styling, use of color, hull design, and usefulness in their wood boats to get their market share. My seabuddy photos of a 1959 model year boat and one from another source show one style of a wood Classic Century runabout that is nicknamed “the Carrier deck” in a 19’ Century Resorter . Today this classic is repowered with a 427 cubic inch Ford 400 horsepower V-8 using a vee-drive for that 70 MPH speed claim. An Ancarrow Consul wood boat is 19’ 9” long and has a beam of just 6’ 5” and has a 35 gallon gas tank.
Another point about the history of this Ancarrow Marine wood classic is her being a London, England boat show boat.
Ancarrow Marine was located in Richmond, Virginia and her former allied boat building shipyard is now a state park with a boat ramp. Ancarrow boats were made with white oak framing and 5 ply Makore African Mahogany Plywood hull sides and either 5 or 7 ply Makore African Mahogany boat bottoms. Charles Lindberg, the “Lone Eagle” bought a 38 foot Cruisette cabin cruiser from Elco for his honeymoon.
Elco Cruisette proved to be a very popular model cabin cruiser since the title that goes back as far as 1915 when they advertised one of their cabin cruiser models in1915. Elco bought a Hubert Scott-Paine design for a 70 foot British torpedo boat to use as the beginning basis for their PT boat design. Note that the hull sides are in the carvel planked style as is the deck, but the bottom is a stepped or clinker built style for good aeration when the boat is under way. These seabuddy boat image photos were taken in Germany so its European based engine would also need an exception for displacement if racing within a legal class of boat racing in the United States and Canada.
A crane gingerly lifts a 13-metre Riva into Lake Iseo after the last coat of varnish has dried on its mahogany finish. The speedboat, an icon of “Made in Italy” luxury design, is going for a final spin before a potential buyer checks it out. Pietro Riva first came to Lake Iseo from his hometown in nearby Como to help repair boats that were damaged in a storm, then decided to stay and go into the shipbuilding business. But it was under the stewardship of his great grandson Carlo in the 1950s and 1960s that the brand became a “luxury icon” with speedboats in varnished mahogany and that still crisscross the canals of Venice today, Procopio said. Yacht builder Ferretti bought the company in 2000, bringing it home to Italy after it was owned by a series of foreign firms since the Riva family sold it in 1969. Modernity has since found its place and the boats are technological jewels, with hulls made of resin and fibreglass, the last entirely wooden boat having been built in 1996. Ferretti has also increased the range, which now runs from 10 metres (33 feet) to 35 metres, priced between 500,000 euros and 12 million euros (14.8 million dollars).

But in a nod to tradition, “little” Rivas — Aquariva, the 10-metre descendant of the mythical Aquarama, and the 13-metre Rivarama — are still finished with mahogany, with no fewer than 20 coats of varnish, meticulously applied by hand. Fabrizio Sonzogni, a former restorer of religious furniture, is quite proud of this labour. The Riva remains a limited series of from 60 to 80 boats a year — the smallest involving 1,000 hours of work — and clients can ask for customised details to satisfy their every whim. One Scandinavian customer required that his Riva be painted the precise metallic blue of his Bentley.
As with any purveyor of luxury, Riva has not been spared by the global economic downturn and has had to impose temporary layoffs on its 200 employees, Procopio said, while declining to provide specific figures.
Riva, whose main customer base has been the jet sets of Italy, France and Monaco, representing about 40 percent of sales, has begun targetting emerging markets in the Middle East — notably the Emirates — and Latin America.
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This iconic racing boat was originally designed by George Crouch in 1924 and went on to win the 1924 and 1925 APBA Gold Cup.
It has been said that the 16 foot Gar Wood speedster is, pound for pound, the most valuable classic production speed boat in the world.
There are some 15 frames, 2 keels, twin hatch assembly, vertical cleats, gas tank fixing, drivers bench seat, breast hook, front and rear stems with knees etc. Plans are complete and lofted to full size, frames, stringers, transom assembly, hatches etc…includes a detailed set up plan showing heights from baseline and spacings. The Custom Barrelback 19 of the same era may also be of intrest to Chris Craft enthusiasts. By clicking Confirm bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab.
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Maybe it is the materials, the level of the finish, and the true attention to details, but I believe that there is such a thing as the “Mason touch” on an antique and classic boat.
They liked racing and attended many races up and down the eastern half and the gulf region of the US.
The 33’ wood Greavette Boats Ltd hydroplane Miss Canada IV set records as she beat Miss America X’s speed record, set a North American straight-a-way record, ran in other races, and competed in the Harmsworth Trophy Race.
One just has to go 100 yards into an afternoon chop in a new Hacker-Craft to know the solid, comfortable feeling of a beefy mahogany wood Hacker design as executed by the Lake George, NY boat builder gives to both the driver and passengers in the open runabout. It is plain to everyone that even casually looks at a Hacker runabout; that each Hacker-Craft has (at least) 20 times that amount of hand labor in it. These are some additional Riva boat photo images taken by me on the same day of the same boat. These are single and twin engine boat models and perhaps the first point would be to decide if this classic has one or two engines. She is unusal in that she has hatches on her aft deck, not the main stream for this model, sun lounge pad that Ted Kennedy once made infamous.
Most had a big powerful V-8 or a big six cylinder inboard engine in a direct drive marine power set-up. Their hull design for their boat models was often the fastest hull within their size range. Many of their competitors kept their seating within the boat in contained, separate cockpits. The foredeck broadens out to a wide, almost aircraft carrier style, piano finished varnished planked wood platform. This plywood is rare as it tends to dull tools when being worked and boat factory workers noses and throats may be irritated by its fine dust but it is a good wood for boats. They also used much of its design as the starting point for their entry into the Navy’s “Plywood Derby”. She is a rare boat as she was only made in a couple of model years before the company closed its doors. These longitudinal steps are there to make the wood boat hull bottom free up from the water, or air out somewhat. Seabuddy does not know of a correct size gas engine made in the European countries that meet U S Jersey Speed Skiff racing rules.
Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. They and Curt Brayer, Mike Thompson, Al Boyd, Harold Bauer, Jonny Gast, Al Brinkman, Bill Oldfield, Doc Swendler, Fred Follendorf, Ralph Barker, Noel Blair, Jim Hurtubise, Pete Butler, Bill Burgess, and Joe Less were boat builders, boat owners, or runabout racer drivers. A 200 MPH race boat has been restored (I heard the engine run), the story is now documented, and the drama of the top Canadian Boat Racing Team is getting ready to be shown to you and other fellow Classic Boaters.
Besides a story about an antique and classic boat society correct boat, this television documentary is a story of the racers that were in the cockpit.

The facility has been closed for years but now there is a strong group of racers, community leaders,  and passionate local people that are slowly working towards getting Boat Racing going in the Miami Marine Stadium again. Then, there is the performance, control, and responsive handling that the design, material choices, and craftsmanship used by the Hacker Boat Co. No wonder that most boaters think that the boats are fairly priced for the quality product that is shown to them by the team on the lake. Plus, here is a link back to the other write-up and pictures of the same Classic Wood Riva Boat taken the same day as these were. This speed was with a Crusader Marine built engine when she was first sold (Crusader engines also were a popular engine option in many classic wood Century boats like their 21’ Coronado model) and then that engine was replaced by a Ford 240 HP Marine Interceptor and now the 427. Most boats in this design contest were triple engine powered but one company used a quad engine boat in these tests.
This cabin cruiser boat uses a v-drive system (or v drive) to get her under-the-aft-deck twin engine power to her propellers. It makes for easier quick boat turning as they allow this wood boat to bank into a turn, not tilt away from it.
Built roughly around the same era as their famous barrelbacks many of the lines are very similar if not identical.
If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. Her hull and engine were designed to conform to the rules of a “gentlemen’s runabout racer” class, developed for Gold Cup Racing, after the 1922 racing season.
Chapman, Caleb Bragg, Gar Wood, Hall, Rose, Grimm, and Strassberg were involved at this time. Gentleman racers, Jersey Speed Skiffs, E and F Racing and Service Runabouts and Speedsters all seem to attract a similar crowd. Harold and Lorna Wilson went from sweethearts, to man and wife, parents, all the while being a race boat driver (Harold) and a race boat riding mechanic (Lorna). Plus, folks can experience the innovative solutions the company has used to address odd problems such as a windy home slip, when needed to fit the boat to an owner and his needs. During the Classic years, Century wanted better walk around function than a cockpit themed boat offered.
This was a company founded by a boater who said he was tired of boat companies that do not guarantee sport boat speeds. Morgan, John Jacob Astor, the Grand Duke Alexander of Russia are among the others wanted these boats. Neither this design (with its improvements made by the Elco designers) or the others won the competition for the US navy PT boat design in this series of sea trials, but the Elco boat was reported as first across the line. Unlike earlier Elco Cruisette power boats, this boat shows the a PT Boat style vee bottom, hard chine planning hull. Other boats with names like Rainbow IV, Baby Bootlegger, Miss Columbia, Miss Mary, Baby America, and Lady Shores were on the race course with Curtiss Wilgold III.
Also, all but one or two Davis hulls had this same arc from the aft deck to the transom bottom.
Some went onto vee race Flat Bottoms as Rudy Ramos and others popularized sitting in front of the engine, rather than at the back of the hull when engine weight and horsepower went up. They set records on the race course for some 15 years and had a wonderful life while doing it. Besides money and trophies for the winning boats, there was prize money for each individual lap. They came in different sizes, such as 26’, 32’, 34’, 38’ and 40’ over the years that Elco used the Cruisette model name. Elco did get a several contracts from the Navy for about 350 PT boats out of their results in the Derby. She is a stepped Hydroplane design that Hacker used at this time in “Curtiss Wilgold III” from the start of the initial design for her and throughout her racing career.
He used ribbon stripe African Mahogany wood, cast parts where necessary and created other brass hardware and then nickel (not chrome) plated all of it, plus he incorporated old, period correct, parts where possible and where they were safe to use in a 70 mph boat (Note, she has some 600 horsepower under those hatches). This “lap prize money” feature for each lap kept the throttles down and the racing pace up and allowed for several strategies for racers to run to maximize their race winnings. Then the raised toe rail at the outside edge of the foredeck and the presence of a siren are clues. Finally, he fashioned the race boat’s seats, cockpit trim, and cockpit covers out of the correct materials. By the way, Elco built other or non-cruisette models from as small as a 18’ tender up to a 127’long yacht. Miss Canada IV was designed for and used a 2,239 cubic inch two staged supercharged engine.

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