This client opted for teak ladder-back seats and vinyl upholstery, and twin consoles forward of the pedestal seats. We are located on the Snohomish River in the Pacific Northwest, about 20 miles north of Seattle. Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architecural Millwork, Instrument making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Outdoor Construction, Counter Tops, Flooring, Veneer and many other uses! Once considered a more refined member of the mahogany family, Sapele is now being used as the industry standard for doors, windows and moldings due to the restrictions on South American Mahogany. Note: All pictures of boards that appear wet, have been wiped with denature alcohol to help show natural color.
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Gar Wood is known in classic boating as the man who won five straight years if powerboat Gold cup races. Guy Lombardo, it would be fair to say, got more publicity for boat racing in the general press than others as he was a public figure leading his band (The Royal Canadians) during the era when that music was popular. His 41 foot cabin cruiser (also named Tempo by Lombardo) was triple planked in Honduran mahogany with over 52,000 screws and rivets.
Since Henry Kaiser was an industrialist, his companies made Liberty Ships and also got into the steel and aluminum businesses.
The Hornet II boat was “built by racer Gar Wood, is a 29.5’ stepped-hull hydroplane built around 1930. The restoration of the boat hull, metal deck, and engine went well, if the substitute engine is OK with you. Chris Craft Corporation said this quote “Chris-Craft has the name, the prestige, the public acceptance. By 1936-1937 Chris Craft introduced what Seabuddy labels’ the first niche Chris Craft Runabout; the 19’ Special Race Boat. Funny thing… Chris Craft made 51 of these boats, the same number of 19’ Chris Craft Cobras it made in 1955.
Now, there is a new construction wood boat available for a custom new build with a period correct engine for the made-to-order newly built hull or a buyer can direct that a modern V-8 Seabuddy has seen this boat, it is a real head tuner. It was only in 1930, that Chris – Craft Corporation was the boat building company’s new name that Christopher Columbus Smith started business back in about 1874.
Chris Craft Cobras used gold finished fiberglass to fashion a big fin behind the seat that dominates the styling of both sizes of these boats. The boats used some car parts like the steering columns and their steering wheels are said to be1949 Chrysler parts. The 289 Shelby Cobra had used the British AC Ace car that came to market in around 1953 which began with a 100 HP engine ant then later with up to 120 HP six cylinder engine.
Trooper II is both the current and original name for the winner of the Competitors Choice Award – Cruiser. The Consolidated company was a multifaceted boat and yacht builder from around 1896 to as late as 1958. In the 1930s, when Trooper II was made, boats and yachts from about 33’ to 154’ were custom made at the yard.
Note her substantial anchors and the forward bitt to secure them to while using this ground tackle. This 1964 yacht was built by the custom wood boat builder of Rybovich and Sons, of West Palm Beach, FL. She is like Miss Chevy IV, built in 1952 and not as close to mimicking Miss Chevy II, built in 1947.The 1952 Chevy IV has the broken sheer in the two boat photo.
Seabuddy brings these two boats into this discussion as these two boats set the pace for Rybovich sport fishers to come. She was created under the personal direction of Jim Brown the wood shop manager and who is a master craftsman He has been building wood boats full time since 1991.
Here is the boat builder’s comment on this 34’ inboard runabout “Pure is an example of the “pure” definition of Gentleman’s Runabout. Pure is, from stem to stern, one of the most sturdily built, luxuriously fitted and handsomely powered hand-crafted wooden runabouts we’ve ever created”. She is now back at the Antique Boat Museum in the Thousand Islands for the upcoming summer months. Her current engines (twin Cummins 593 Hp diesels) give her a 29 MPH top speed and a cruising speed of 24 MPH. The wide side decks and the16’ beam tend to make the boat seem somewhat on the “tight side” for big men. This was taken at a boat show, so the kids have been looking at the Porta-Potti hidden under that center cushion and have replaced the cushion reversed so the plaid doesn't match. Here we have a teak ladderback seat with custom cushions and a steering console with storage under.
There's a ladderback pilot's chair, with a family seat opposite where mom can keep the younger kids close.
We use denature alcohol because it evaporates and does not effect the moisture content of the wood.
His last invention that made Popular Mechanics magazine was an electric car and that car write-up was published in 1967.
It is sourced from South America and is known for its unique reddish-brown colouring that deepens with age. Lombardo lived in New York state (he was born in Canada and a naturalized US citizen) and held outdoor concerts on the South Shore of Long Island.


Anthony Mollica says only 10 hydroplane hulls of this length were built by Gar Wood between 1929 and 1934.” Gar Wood’s “stock” lengths were 33’ and 28” Baby Gar models. It has consistently advanced from the beginning and maintained the continued success for its merchants. So, this first niche Chris Craft Runabout is about a rare a boat as there is in the Chris Craft line-up ,just like a 19’ Cobra is! Micheals Classic Boat Show had both of these rare boats, fully restored in its annual June event. The name had changed many times to allow for various partners in the years between these dates.
This was an early attempt by the world leader in wooden boat construction to use the new boat-building material. Cars and their brand-leading styling like the Mercedes Gullwing, GM Corvette, and early Ford Thunderbirds with limited seating and more style than function are often mentioned with the Chris Craft Cobras.
That car had a new chassis and coil springs (instead of the transverse leaf springs of the Ace and the Ford small block cars). The company still continues as a yacht repair center in City Island, is seabuddy’s understanding.. In the 1890s they built steam-powered yachts and naphtha-powered launches as well as tugs, cutters, schooners, cat boats, torpedo boats, and yacht tenders. Most of the yachts were one-off designs as well as lengths but some of the government boats were made in series.
She likes to anchor out, up and down the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and the broad selection of the other mid-Atlantic cruising grounds. That is as they say… the boat that they personally want to go home with after the show has ended. Hand crafted by one of the few boat yards that still do this “creation work” as compared to “restoration work”. He provides expertise in every phase of wood boat construction, from the creation and design of a project through the lofting, building, rigging and finish steps of the process. She is hand-crafted from imported African mahogany and Western red cedar; cold molded using vacuum bag technology to produce excellent weight to strength ratios. Locke of Oak Island in the Chippewa Bay area of the 1,000 Islands (summer home) and MI (his winter home). Stem and keel are Honduras Mahogany as is the carvel and double and triple diagonal planking and four massive stringers, all glued and screwed together. But, the speed with this power reflects her light weight and Hunt design hull for performance. The elegant teak seats and self-bailing cockpit sole are built from real teak planks, not cheap plywood. The kids can sleep there and on the engine compartment cushions, under canvas, when cruising. The starboard seat locker serves as a custom ice chest, while the port seat has a backup manual bilge pump, just in case the two 3500gpm electric pumps become incapacitated.
Also, please keep in mind that the pictures below are only examples of the wood and not actual products available for sale. With very few knots or voids it is admired for its beauty and strength and is used for making high-class furniture, boat interiors, and pianos. This boat was a part of the way from stepped hydroplanes to three-point hydros where the boat rides on its front sponsons and either the aft tail end of the hull or on the propeller.
He hired the Duesenberg Brothers Racing (Augie and Fred) in 1925 to design, build and deliver two of these W-24 marine engines. That racing engine last win was with Dan Arena who drove one of his boat designs (Notre Dame) to First Place in the 1940 President’s Cup. Kaiser, owned Kaiser Construction companies—which at that time built huge dams and roads, domestically and internationally—kept his Hornet II racer on Lake Tahoe. He also was the owner the racing boat that Ted Jones designed, the unlimited hydroplane Hawaii Kai in the 1950s, among other race boats. Chris –Craft has been the leader, is the leader, and will continue to lead” in the early 1930s.. Plus, Chris-Craft boats used thinner dimension framing as well as thinner planking in the bottom for this 19’ Special Race Boat model. Only at a classic show would such icons of land and water, or keels and wheels, if you prefer would seabuddy see such a thing on a Saturday afternoon. The fiberglass was made in one plant and the otherwise planked mahogany wood boat was made in another. That new frame and suspension were developed with Ford’s cooperation, (Klaus Arning and Bob Negstad at Ford and this suspension is similar to the Ford GT-40s) and it is best identified by the wide fenders and an even bigger radiator opening. Her owners are members of the Sunnyland Club of the ACBS as well as the Chesapeake Bay Chapter Club. First powered by twin gas engines, she has been re-powered years ago with twin Cummins diesels for a cruising speed of 23 MPH and a wide open throttle speed of 31 MPH. He has a team of wood craftsmen at The Resort Boat Shop to create the award-winning Coeur Custom line of boats and offer restoration for antique and classic boats.
Google search “ Pardon Me” or “World’s Largest Runabout”  or read pages 76-77 of Robert Speltz’s book The Real Runabouts from 1977. Although it should be noted that an installation of a longitudinal girder system was later added to stiffen  her hull for a re-power and higher speed abilities.   This re-build was extensive, as Seabuddy understands that some 25,000 man hours were billed.
The plywood berth ceiling panels create a chimney effect and keep dry the cushions and effects stowed under the berth.


The cabin top interior is also painted with Awlgrip, which looks nice against the varnished Douglas Fir beams. The pedestal seat sits on a slider, so there is ample room and good visibility either sitting or standing. This client chose to varnish the seat borders, trim and table, and leave the rest of the teak bare. This cockpit is in a boat with a triple mission: offshore sport fishing, family cruising, and water skiing with kids and friends. Again, the sole, engine box top, and seats tops are made of teak planks vacuum bagged down onto a plywood substrate, glued down in epoxy and the seams filled with epoxy and graphite to simulate the old-fashioned caulking seams.
His two boat building plants (the original Algonac Chris Craft plant and a bigger one that he scratch-built in Marysville, MI.) He financed his son in a start-up fiberglass boat building business after W. Tempo VI was not a prop rider, she is of the earlier tail rider style, but newer in design than a stepped bottom hydro that had been popular in hydroplane racing before this. She was powered with twin Packard “PT boat style” airplane engines, similar to unlimited hydroplane engines of the 1950s – 60s. But, Guy Lombardo improved her and won races with her and made a mark in racing history for his efforts. The W shape was made up from three double overhead camshaft straight 8 engines all going to a common crankshaft. Along the way, these engines had different owners, were installed in several racing boats by those engine owners, and had several famous racing engine experts work on them, various carburetor set-ups (both in number and throats of each carb), and supercharging.
The story goes that she lost a race on the Lake, and Henry decided his boat needed to be re-made lighter to win in the future. These changes made a big difference compared to their other 19’ by 6’2” sized runabouts that were made by Chris Craft boats for the masses. Several fiberglass parts did not match up with their boat hulls when mated on the final production line, the trial and error of fitment was one of the first learning lessons. This was the way one went after sailfish, tuna, and white and blue marlin for sport fishing fun.
Her sheer size, transmission shifting, handling around a pier, engine cooling, and her massive engine torque were some of the reasons for this lack of use. Ten years later another major restoration of an additional 15,000 man-hours were spent to more than “spruce” her up.
Her 22 degree deep vee bottom from amidships to the transom gives a ride and the handling one expects from a C. When the show is over, after a thousand or so people have stepped on the carpet and duct tape, we just rip it off. He would begin his performance by leading his band in its first song with him in its cockpit and then disembark from the boat to finish leading for the rest of the night’s performance. Starting out at around 450-475 Hp in the later 1920s, the final supercharged engine made 850 Hp at 5,000 RPM in 1940.
Henry ordered a new deck and it’s rumored that Howard Hughes (of Hughes Aircraft) got involved in making the new deck and the deck’s aluminum framing.
For instance, while there are different engine choices, it is perhaps fair to say that one of these boats were 20% faster. Seabuddy hopes that you made it to the show or plan on putting this show on your calendar in the future years. The family ran the company and kept it private until they sold the entire corporation in early 1960. She has a flat bottomed transom (not a deep vee), no keel, and twin inboard shaft drives (no bullet to house the F-N-R gears of multiple outboard engines exposed in the wake of the hull, as the transmissions are inboard within the hull). They also offered wood boat repairs in oak, mahogany, cedar, and teak.  While they could build and repair all styles of wood construction, most of their boats were lapstrake style or “clinker style”, like a Lyman boat. Call it fine-tuning, trouble shooting, or tinkering, problems have continued over her history since 1948. So we see an engine box sporting six removable rocket launchers and walkbacks on each side of the box with removable seats against the transom. No damage, no sign it was ever there, just another testament to the usability of our boats. Thus she is the middle of the evolution of Hydroplane bottom design, but clearly leading the way to our current Hydroplanes in the way they get their speed. The top of the boat hull was replaced with a unique deck, cockpit, and tail fin constructed entirely of aircraft aluminum.
But, he is known for his Newport News, VA factory that he had built to his design specs and that opened in 1930. The boat was constructed at Brewster Body Works, a coach and auto body manufacturer in Long Island City. There were several changes in these cars over the production run including rack and pinion steering, inboard and outboard mounted disc brakes, wheel hubs, and various details like radiators.
Also, a Hunt design from the 1960s era does not have wide chines to reduce deep vee roll at slower speeds at sea. Like in all our self-bailing boats, virtually the entire cockpit sole consists of watertight hatches.



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