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. 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.
Building your boat… If  “only new will do” we’d  appreciate the opportunity to speak with you! The grace of  classic design and the unequalled beauty, ambiance and ride of  wood construction combine with modern power, systems and construction techniques to create these new classics at a level of quality, reliability and performance  never  dreamed of in days gone by.
In their time, Gar Wood motorboats left all competition in their wake, winning the coveted Harmsworth Trophy year after year.


I have known and worked with Pete Fish for over 30 years and after building more than 130 boats and restoring countless others,  Fish Brothers are rightly considered one of the finest wooden boat builders in the Country. This reminds me of the Keels and Wheels Classic Car and Boat Show that I used to go to growing up. I don’t know how you can go wrong spending part of your Saturday hanging out by the lake and looking at antique boats. Today’s Gar Woods, as powerful as they are beautiful, are sure to make your heart race.
It always provided an opportunity to get lost in vintage sports cars and classic wooden boats, which all seem very Great Gatsby to me. The craftsmanship of these boats is just awe inspiring to me, and takes you back to a simpler time before X-Star’s and Wakesetters. Built roughly around the same era as their famous barrelbacks many of the lines are very similar if not identical.
This is a problem since my success on these will hopefully help propel me to a position where I can one day, hopefully( a big hope) own one of these.


I would putt around the many coves of Moultonborough Bay in my 14′ Starcraft with a 20HP Johnson and I would discover a new beauty to dream of owning one day. When Dad was feeling flush we would take a boat ride out of Weirs Beach in what they called a Winnepesaukee Racer and the ride was the most incredible and exhilarating experience of my youth. We probably took a ride after that and got some pretty good air off the chop of the often turbulent lake waters. Durning my short stint in great land of Ohio, I went out dozens of times in both vessels to Put-in-Bay. The movie is worth not seeing not for this though, but rather the two best faces ever to star in one movie.I had the pleasure of helping to restore a Chris-Craft Sedan like the one in this link.



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