Tiernan adds that the reason most boats for sale today are made of fiberglass is that they can be made by semiskilled and unskilled workers who are cheaper to hire than the skilled craftspeople needed to build a wooden boat. Another is that when we build in wood or commission others to do so, we are helping to maintain an important tradition. I wonder also whether the argument that building from wood is environmentally friendly has really been made.
PS Fans of the US designer John Atkin will be interested to know that Tiernan is currently weblogging the build of a clinker-built Atkin Ninigret. PPS I’d draw your attention to some of the comments below, particularly those of West Country boat designer, occasional building and general sailing man John Hesp. Gavin, most of Tiernan's list deals with the engineering advantages of wood, as if we bought boats based on these facts.
Trees have been growing, falling over, rotting, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere for years and it hasn't caused a massive increase in atmospheric CO2. I do see what you mean – it seems unreasonable to reduce these issues to numbers and engineering criteria when one of the key reasons we go boating is often to get away from such prosaic considerations. Nevertheless, these issues are worth considering as I'm sure your inner designer will concede, and the environmental questions are much more subtle than most of us thought at the beginning. And of course, carbon emissions are tightly connected to economic activity and human activity in general.
On the other side of the issue, some fraction of whatever carbon there is in a plastic boat will remain locked in the material for a very long time. You don't think you've been led down the garden path by what sounds a rather journalistic BBC article? Ironing and washing, to be fair – both need more heat where cotton shirts are concerned.
One interesting little tidbit I read recently is that the meat industry in one way or another, contributes significantly more to global warming than transportation, worldwide. One other nice thing about wooden boats, which has already been touched on a bit, but a nice one is gives pleasure to people, even when they aren't normally interested in boats. If the global warming cost of fossil fuels is added to that fuel we find ourselves playing a very different game. Did you know that one barrel of oil contains the same amount of energy as 12 men working for one year? Image coming back to shore after a day on the water on a foggy day in an aluminum boat and the oars are clunking against metal. Have you got news for us?If what you're doing is like the things you read about here - please write and tell us what you're up to. Classic Sailor is a new magazine about traditional and classic boats from ex-Classic Boat editor Dan Houston and colleagues that promises rather more coverage of the traditional craft around our coast.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Follow me on TwitterLooking for something?This is a busy weblog, and what you're looking for is probably still here - just a little way down the list now. Our Faversham-based friend Alan Thorne can help with boatbuilding projects - constructing to plans in very tidy stitch-and-glue or more traditional techniques. We can design, loft, and build wooden hulls, from small pulling boats and dinghies to ocean going craft. A major part of our work is fine wood-crafted interiors for all sorts of boats, from live-aboard steel trawlers to sailing yachts. Pia (left) and Freedom (right) are two classic motorsailers currently being rebuilt in our shop. There appears to be a growing interest in small boats since they are easier and cheaper to maintain and build, quicker to launch, and just plain get used because the boats aren’t complicated! For a limited time the book will be available for FREE to folks who are subscribers to my eNewsletter. I am feverishly working on my SCAMP to have it fully assembled before the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival starts September 6th. 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.
I would REALLY appreciate you sending me wooden boats pics, stories, or projects you are working on. 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. The Bellingham Maritime Museum prides itself on its diverse collection of informative exhibits, boats and artifacts, models and photographs dating from the first native canoes to the present time. The collection of about a dozen boats in various stages of restoration, are on display to the public at any given time.  These include a wooden hull boat, created by naval architect, Richard Poole who passed away before completion. A collection of unique fiberglass and wooden vessels are being restored on museum premises.
The only surviving PACV Hovercraft combat vehicle from the Vietnam Conflict, as well as a working, restored, WWII, Army DUKW are on public exhibit.  The MK I PBR, nicknamed the “Ugly Duckling” for its combat damage, was built in 1966 by United Boat Builders of Bellingham. One of the world’s largest salmon canning operations, Pacific American Fisheries operated on Puget Sound and in Alaska between 1899 and 1965, with headquarters in Bellingham along the Fairhaven waterfront. Founded by Arch Talbot prior to WWII, the Bellingham Shipyards established a national reputation for excellence in wooden shipbuilding and the pioneering of fiberglass boats.
This exhibit features illustrations of canoe designs and construction.  We hope to expand this collection in the future to include actual canoes and other artifacts.
With a large Coast Guard presence in Bellingham, our exhibit has information on aircrafts, ships, facilities and boats utilized by the organization. A very early iron cannon found in Bellingham, whose origin and age is yet to be determined, is on exhibition, along with the mystery surrounding it. BMM’s wide collection of artifacts include many antique items, such as a brass ship’s telegraph, a Clift Engine, made in Bellingham in early 1900’s and a 100 year-old steam engine from a sunken steam tug, “Charlotte”. Also on display are genuine vintage telescopes, and an Azimuth Circle, an instrument used to obtain bearings on objects relative to the ship.  A Navy Standard liquid-filled magnetic compass and an illuminated dial Pelorus navigation tool are fascinating to see.
The boats, inspired by their real-life counterparts on Oregon’s Willamette River, are just as varied, ranging from mini-tugboats to larger skiffs. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. Our congratulations to Jeremy Fowler and his crew at Duke’s Boat shop in Port Carling, Ontario. Check out this different approach to varnishing (photo taken at Clayton’s Antique Boat Museum).
Fine craftsmanship at Stancraft Boats has enabled the total restoration of these two beauties below: Hot, steamy weather accompanied the ACBS boat show, in Clayton, this past August. Grey skies cleared for the ACBS Annual Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario, this past July 7, 2012. One of the interesting aspect of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY is the workshop where volunteers restore boatsthat have been donated to the Museum for display. The boat is 21ft, it looks like it is powered by a pair of old mercury engines which are really dual newer 115hp outboards retrofitted with engine cowlings from the 1950’s. This is the most extensive outboard and toy boat auction and his collection of Falls Flyers is fantastic. There are a number of other very unique wooden outboard boats and I think their will be a lot of happy buyers out there. The WA CHEE WE, a 1923 Ditchburn, Fisher-Allison Class Racer, is briefly dunked in Lake Muskoka to determine its waterline. The Toronto Chapter, ACBS, held it’s annual Muskoka Spring Boat Shop tour this past April 21, 2012. Captain Randy Potts of Bracebridge Ontario is at it again…taking a tired vessel and transforming it into a viable tourist cruise boat. Harold and Lorna Wilson were a husband and wife wooden boat racing team who set out to conquer speed. Since 1954 they have been maintaining, repairing and restoring all of the Legendary Riva Boats.
Pirates and Privateers will have its world broadcast premiere on CBC Television’s Land & Sea on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 12 Noon. BY STEVE LAW The Portland Tribune, Feb 23, 2012 Some people just have a thing for wooden boats.
It’s just the kind of thing Portland needs now that the city has completed its $1.4 billion Big Pipe project and ended most discharges of untreated sewage into the river, says Rick Bastache, program coordinator for the city’s Office of Healthy Working Rivers.
The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Toronto Chapter, hosted a winter workshop on February 18, 2012, at the facilities of Peter Breen, (near Guelph, Ontario) To view some of the restoration work underway on a number of beautiful antique and classic launches, click on the video below. Jim Hammond is a wooden boat builder, located on the shores of Lake Erie in a community called Long Point.
The boat is owned by the Larters – Coughlins of Silver Bay, where the family has maintained a camp for over 100 years. The tiny boat was put back in service three years ago, after spending fifteen years in storage.
Paul Brackley, of Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst Ontario, is undertaking the restoration of a 1936, 35 foot Chris-Craft cabin cruiser. As the photos shot in January below show, the staff at Hacker continues to test new and used boats year round, even in snow and ice…until the ice becomes too thick to cut the ice apart with the bow of our utility boat. Also, the fiftieth anniversary of the Riva Aquarama will be celebrated this summer at Lake Tahoe, USA. Harold was the first Canadian speed boat driver to make a lasting mark on the international racing scene, claiming three world championship titles and setting numerous speed records over the course of his 20-year competitive career. International Boat Show at the Exhibition grounds and see some great boats including the ACBS display with 14 wooden boats. It’s hard to believe that the monstrous looking Infiniti engine below will actually fit into the Chris-Craft without sinking it! The iconic Miss Canada IV, piloted to victory by Harold and Lorna Wilson, is undergoing a thorough restoration in Tom Adam’s Port Carling Boat Shop.


Paul Brackley, of Brackley Boat in Gravenhurst Ontario, is undertaking some bright work restoration and possible engine replacement in this 1930’s Chris Craft. The owner of this Shepherd wrote: Shepherd Boats were built in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.
The engines may have been smaller, but it was just as exciting to race in the 1940s as it is today. For those who love watching wooden hydroplanes in action, (for a good laugh and a scare) check out this vintage film of wooden hydroplanes racing at break-neck speed. Miss America 8, currently undergoing restoration, will be auctioned off tin the Kissimee, Florida this coming Jan 24-29 (2012), along with Miss Universe.
ACBS Toronto Chapter Cancer Society Event: a one hundred mile Segwun cruise from Gravenhurst to the tip of Lake Joseph.
Don’t miss your opportunity to recreate a part of history and contribute to cancer research. Apparently there is more than one Miss Universe: both the unique wooden kind, and the human variety, (a lovely Canadian model). Mike Windsor, in Gravenhurst Ontario, is replacing the bottom on this historic 1913 Lawley tender. Paul Brackley, of Brackley Boats, (Gravenhurst Ontario), has freshened up this lovely 17 foot, 1950’s Chris-Craft with three coats of Petit varnish. Paul also will be sanding and refinishing the bright work on this 35 foot, 1936 Chris-Craft cabin cruiser. Stan Hunter located in Milford Bay, Muskoka) has kindly offered one of his livery rental fleet of Duke Playmates for participation in the Bala Santa Claus Parade.
Boomerang, (below) is a reproduction of a 1941 Gold Cup racer, designed by the famous builder George Crouch. Autumn is a beautiful time of year for classic boating, particularly in the warm sunny weather that enveloped Ontario this past Thanksgiving weekend. This 1930’s Dodge Race Boat, appearing at the Toledo, Ohio, Boat Show, seems to be begging for a restoration, or at least a re-varnish.
The Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boat Show, held on Grand Island, New York, Sept 10, 2011, featured countless wooden beauties, some stunning antique automobiles and of course, the annual boat races. The Toronto Chapter ACBS Annual Boat Show, held July 9th, 2011, in Gravenhurst, Ontario, attracted thousands of visitors.
Please click on the You Tube link below to view the construction and live footage of a gentleman’s racer in action.
The Bigwin ferry, used for decades as chief transport to the Bigwin Inn on Lake of Bays, Muskoka Ontario, was relaunched with great fanfare in the summer of 2010. This unfortunate Greavette, below, apparently sank within one minute this summer at a the Greenwood Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show in New York. Canada’s iconic Bluenose schooner is undergoing a major rebuild, below, ((2010 -2012) in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.
Miss Canada 1V, an iconic Canadian race boat, has returned to Muskoka for some restorative hull work. The Muskoka Sea Flea Association, is a very active organization, with a comprehensive website, including directions for building your own Sea Flea. The crew of Woodwind Yachts in Nestleton, Ontario, recently completed a total rebuild of the 6 metre yacht Merneito, which was subsequently shipped back to Finland. This stunning, rare Chris-Craft Cobra was recently captured at the 2011 Lake Dora Boat Show. The Toronto Chapter Antique and Classic Boat Society held its annual Spring Tour this past April 16, 2011. The striking photos below come from the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival, in Wooten Park on Lake Dora, (Florida).
For colourful videos and photos of the Muskoka Lakes Association Bi Annual Antique Boat Show, click on the link below. Check out this video of the Muskoka Lakes Association Antique and Classic Boat Show, held in Port Carling, Ontario, August, 2010. The 33rd Annual Niagara Frontier Classic and Antique Boat Show and Race Boat Reunion was held at Grand Island, New York, this past Sept. Be sure to check out some of the beautiful woodies on display at the April 2010 Antique and Classic Boat Society (Toronto) Muskoka Spring Tour, (below). Boatbuilders teach each other, and the skills have long been conveyed by oral transmission. But if we only build boats out of oil, and keep a constant number of trees, there will be a nett increase in CO2.
I became aware of this when a BBC magazine looked at the issue and decided that the heat consumed in ironing a cotton shirt meant that poly-cotton shirts were a better environmental deal; so it seems to me that we should consider all the inputs and outputs, not just the obvious ones.
Gaseous hydrocarbons are often very powerful greenhouse gases, and if a boat needs eight coats of varnish every two years, what's the impact of that? I wish someone would give me some nice, clear well worked answers that left me knowing where I was on all this, and that I could quote when the issue arises. I can guarantee that the energy expended per year ironing my cotton shirts is less than it takes to make a years worth of polyester shirts….
And it seems to me that I've never even owned an iron that got hot enough to iron a cotton shirt properly! We should use wood because we want to, and save our agonizing about our carbon footprints for the times when it really counts. I am not about to give up my roast lamb, but cutting my meat intake in half would do me good, and probably make a more significant dent in my carbon footprint than all the other little fiddles one reads about put together. The difference in the reaction of people when I am paddling some rental day-glo plastic fantastic canoe, and when they see me in my little varnished oak and pine S-O-F canoe is remarkable. I seem to remember writing about the issue years ago, and finding that the energy savings from triple glazing can take a century to pay back the investment. What's needed is some sort of mechanism where the cost of dealing with CO2 problems are paid for by the sources of CO2, then triple glazing and the like would look a lot more attractive finacially. If person A manufactures a triple glazed panel using oil based energy sources the cost of energy is very low but the CO2 generated is very high. The cost of the triple glazed panel goes up slightly because of the embodied energy, but the cost of the energy being saved over, say, 20 years is a very worthwhile saving. Theres a tigermoth biplane at our local airport that is probably 60-70 years old with wooden wing spars that DO flex. Try scrolling down, clicking on the 'older posts' button at the bottom of this page - or try the search gadget! The Bellingham Maritime Museum is a working museum with groups of volunteers taking on the many challenges to preserve and restore boats, artifacts and Northwest Maritime History. During WWII, Bellingham Shipyards was the largest privately owned shipyard in the United States and was the only Shipyard to receive 6 Navy ‘E” awards for excellence. In 2000, Fairhaven Shipyards employed 110 full-time employees.  Next door, All American Marine continues the tradition of boat building in Fairhaven by creating state-of-the-art, foil supported aluminum catamarans. Included in this section are charts of the San Juan Islands and a map of local lighthouses.  A large model of a 110’ Island Class Coast Guard patrol boat is on permanent display. The original markings can still be clearly seen, but it is unknown where it came from and who made it. The engine had been in at least two vessels previously.  BMM plans to recover the boiler and recreate the engine room for exhibition.
Perhaps one of Friendly Fairies’ handmade wooden boats, which are sea-worthy enough to weather the high seas of your bathwater.
Apparently it produces few runs, provides a smooth, uniform coat distribution and it actually works! The Museum has the most extensive Wooden Race Boat collection building, as well as other a canoe building and their other buildings.
Nick spent three and a half years building a hydroplane racer from John Hacker plans he discovered in a 1920 Motor Boating article. The boat is being restored at Clark Wooden Boats, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada and will be completed by June, 2012.
The shops were humming with activity…everything from a re-canvassed cedar strip canoe to a thirty-five foot Chris-Craft cabin cruiser. Powered by a Hispano-Suiza V8 aircraft engine, this racer was recently restored by Muller Boatworks.
Peerless II, (see photo below) will be the third vessel in Sunset Cruise’s armada, a smaller cousin of the recently refurbished Peerless. In the process they brought international fame to Canada from 1931 to 1950 as a young couple in love, who loved pushing race boats as fast as possible. He runs Inner Bay Wooden Boats and has just completed a 2 year restoration of a wooden 40ft sailboat called Pirouette II.
The Roo, a virtual clone of a larger Hacker-Craft Racer, is now in our showroom until next summer. When he took the boat out for a test run (only the second time it was on the lake) Teddy’s grandfather, Edward Larter Jr., saw the boat.
In the sequence below, Jay cuts through the ice (and then runs the boat back and forth many times to chop the ice into harmless pieces). The first Riva delivered to the United States, and the only remaining V-12 Scripps powered Riva and she is the oldest Riva Tritone built of 267 Our restoration has taken over four years yet the last 12 months have been a mind boggling experience of completing the many systems, re-confirming the previous 21 years of research for “1953 Italian correctness”, testing, and pushing everyone toward completion. This is particularly significant because the Tritone model was the precursor to the Aquarama; in fact the first Aquaramas were built on modified Tritone hulls. Hacker’s 3rd race boat design for Harold Wilson and riding mechanic and fiancee Lorna Reid gave Canada its first repeat World Champions. The Wilson Racing Team is the subject of Muskoka Film Work’s Harold & Lorna, to be released in late 2012. It is powered by a very rare 1930 Lockwood Speedibee dual cyclinder engine of which five are known to exist. The engine’s transformation is nearly complete, but it seems the boat needs a great deal more work.


This is a major restoration, including a newly discovered, rare replacement Rolls Royce engine. This Shepherd (below) was on display at the Chicago Boat Show when it was purchased it new in 1961. On Saturday, August 18, 2012, the “RMS Segwun” will depart from the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst, Ontario and follow the route of the “Sagamo” on Lake Muskoka through the locks at Port Carling and on to Little Lake Joe.
Sea Flea fest Hornett (see photo below), was retrofitted by Howard Hughes to be the fastest boat on Lake Tahoe and was so for approximately 20 years.Today her polished aluminum hull is testament to style and function and speed.
Both surpassed the listed North American mark of 126.6 mph set by Jack Schafer of Detroit in his Such Crust at Gull Lake in Michigan last August. Randy and his wife Debbie have been hard at work since 2003, transforming the Peerless II, a former 60 ft. Working with modern epoxies and wood preservatives should provide this sleek sailboat with a greatly enhanced lifespan. Sadly, a number of brand new Cobras were scrapped by the manufacturer when sales slowed in the 1950s.
The tour highlighted Muskoka’s boat shops and the highly skilled craftsmen and women who build and restore wooden classics. Proceeds from the calendar benefit the breast screening programme at the South Muskoka Hospital. With our busy working and family lives I have no hesitation in saying that we own and use at least one boat that we wouldn’t be able to keep up it on a DIY basis if it was made from wood. For example, when wood eventually rots its breakdown must release carbon dioxide and the much worse global warming gas methane.
If the returns are so small, I'd suggest there are likely to be other areas we could cut down on that would make more of a difference. If person B manufactures the same panel using energy from photovoltaics the cost of energy is very high, but the CO2 released is very low. We like to think that at night, they are telling stories and reliving their adventures.  The USN PACV Hovercraft was manufactured on the Isle of Wight, England by British Hovercraft Corp. Bellingham Shipyards set the Navy’s quality standard, for wooden Minesweepers and support craft during both WWII and the Korean War. Uniflite became one of the largest and most respected makers of fiberglass boats in the country.  The company was later acquired in 1984 by Chris-Craft, continuing to build the boats under their brand until they ceased production in 1989. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and NOAA produced a special 20-poster exhibit set that explores the Coast Survey’s history, accomplishments, and scientific contributions. Carved in Oregon from solid wood, then wood-burned to create the effect of planks and nails, each one-of-a-kind clipper is hand-embellished with nontoxic paint and triple-finished with a nontoxic sealant. Working with plans from CompuMarine in British Columbia, Peter recently completed a two year sailboat project. It’s a great opportunity for like minded people to get together and pursue a common interest, wooden boats. Pictures of Fortuna On the west coast of the United States is Sierra Boat Works, on the shore of Lake Tahoe, the site of the Concours d’elegance which is considered by many to be The boat show in North America, if not the world for wooden boats. The falls flyer is a cedar strip boat with white oak frames & ribs frame boat covered in canvas like aircraft wings. Captain Randy Potts of Bracebridge deserves credit for working through a Muskoka winter to breathe new life into Peerless. They won the Harmsworth Trophy and were invited to the White House to receive the Trophy from President Roosevelt. Starting Memorial Day, he hopes to find many others like him and offer them spins on the Willamette River.
This boat weighs 10 tonnes and is one of two boats built in the 1950’s using the cold molded method of wood boat construction. Then Dave takes out a 1934 20’ Hacker for testing, running into heavy snow on the return trip. After winning the 1932 Canadian title in Little Miss Canada II, Harold & Lorna rode Little Miss Canada III to Canada’s 1st motor sports World Championship during the 1934 CNE, a title they successfully defended in 1935 in Little Miss Canada IV. The pleasure craft, which dates from 1962, has already has three other marinized engines from car manufacturers, a Lincoln and two Chrysler Hemi powerplants. Along the route, the “Segwun” will be joined by over 100 wooden boats; some will complete the entire journey, others will join en route. Patricia Ross (Traditional Boat Finishes) is undertaking substantial work on one of of only three known Greavette gentleman’s racers of this type. If you’re visiting the Thousand Islands, this summer, a stop at the museum should provide a welcome treat. This premier event in the antique boating world was well attended and showcased Dodge boats, as well as many other manufacturers. So what is the lifetime cost of a wooden boat to the environment compared with a plastic one?
With regard to the maintenance I was referring to epoxy encapsulated wood like the Ninigret I'm building. The recession might have lowered energy costs, but I can see us coming out of it with soaring energy costs.
Richly illustrated with photos, charts, and artwork held in the Survey’s archives, these colorful posters provide a foundation for programs and exhibits about your organization’s resources and associations with boating, shipping, and maritime history. Using locally sourced cedar-strip for the hull and mahogany for gunwales and the mast step, Peter completed the job with cloth and epoxy, inside and out, for a maintenance free, long lasting vessel. The Wild Goose is a large triple cockpit that has undergone a one and half year restoration under a number of volunteers.It is a great project being undertaken in a wonderful building, the stone building. Lauderdale, Florida, the boat is built with balsa core construction laid over a mold, and glassed inside and out. They piloted a wooden boat built in Gravenhurst that could run up to 170mph and put Canada in the world spotlight. Pirates and Privateers is a half hour documentary about the exciting history of piracy and privateering in Atlantic Canada. His boat, made in Kelso, Wash., has a mahogany hull, with a top made of Alaskan yellow cedar.
Jim is meeting the sister ship in Lake Worth Florida and together they will travel across the ocean towards the Bahamas. Father Ernest A Wilson and his racing team were able to build the Little Miss Canada and Miss Canada series of speedboats into a dynasty of championship vessels. Hacker Official 1935 World Champion photo of Little Miss Canada IV This dynamite little 13ft step hull racer (below) is one of the finest boats I have ever seen. The gents at Freeport Boat Outlet in Freeport, Maine are overseeing the wooden hull restoration and have said that 85 percent of the mahogany will need replacing. Maybe plastic boat owners are more inclined to motor than sail, and maybe plastic boat owners are more attracted to resource hogging marinas? Sure, we need a reasonably big car to haul the family around, but could we get away with an overgrown go-cart for the commute to work? He was very proud of his inboard boats as they are the rarest and they only made 18 of them. The aft section behind the step is prismatic and a little steeper deadrise than the original. Enjoy the great pictures and video footage of some incredible Muskoka Wooden Race boat history. It introduces the viewer to several notorious pirates who pillaged Atlantic Canada, and explains how the business of privateering was practiced.
He’s among dozens of Portlanders who’ve turned to Kickstarter, a “crowdfunding” website that helps budding entrepreneurs and artsy types raise cash for a startup business or creative project. He also owned the famous Hacker-Craft racer, Scotty-Too, a 28’ three step Gold Cup contender, which still remains in the family . Just to add a factor that seems relevant, what is the contribution to global warming made by the drying of spirit-based paints and varnish?
The staff are currently putting a new bottom on the Ditchburn built Gentleman’s Racer Rainbow III that was designed by Harry Greening. Offering guided tours of Portland’s stretch of the Willamette River in his six-seat Tollycraft, a 17-foot wooden boat built in 1961 that he purchased on Craigslist.
His great-great grandfather owned the property on which the Hacker Boat Company’s Silver Bay location now operates.
Assuming all goes well, the hull will get an SUV’s worth of Infiniti luxuries and be married to its engine. Vore plans to store the boat at his Southwest Portland home, then pick up people who reserve tours at Willamette Park or other points along the river.
This is a wonderful event filled with all sorts of antique and Classic wooden race boats and hydro’s. But his modest venture could provide a new way for Portlanders and tourists to experience the Willamette, in a more intimate fashion than jet boats or Portland Spirit’s larger vessels. The words are Gits Olssons, a very well known Swedish journalist, and the scenario could have been a reality.
Today it is still an incredible speed – something that few people will be fortunate to experience.
The clients, two thrill-seeking men from Stockholm wants to realize the old dream of beating 100 knots with a Swedish-built boat.
The boat will be built here in Holmsund, we have good experience of rapid wooden boats by having built the replica of Ivar Kreuger?s SVALAN and restored Max Gumpels lovely racer LAILA. The project is led by Anders Bathus with the goal of creating a classic record breaking boat completely without compromise.



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