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Cobalt’s new R 5 has a LOA of 25’ 8” with a beam of 8’ 6” and a weight of around 4,900 LBS. Curt came to Florida in 1963 after racing his boat, The Violator, in Buffalo, NY, earlier in the 1950-1960s time frame with time out for military service for the Berlin Crisis. My photos were taken at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York during the Race Boat Regatta that is held every other year in August. Meet the only production boat builder seabuddy knows that made boats out of wood, fiberglass, and steel (each of these different matieral boat building companies were at different times in his life) over a lifetime of messing with boats. The prototypes were tested in 1954 with a 20 horsepower outboard, but most Sea Mac wooden boats used a 40 Hp. Real Ships, which was given its company name by Etta, started up around 1993, after several years of living and cruising aboard a yacht by the McCarthys. This is an 26’ exacting example of the bright finished and copper riveted boat, El Lagarto, which has an outstanding racing record. While her racing record was made while she was under the ownership and driving of George Reis, a long time resident of the Bolton Landing area of Lake George, NY, she was built as Miss Mary for another owner.
Reis took her to his home on the shoreline of Lake George in 1925 and he massaged the boat and motor over the years.
As an aside, on a race course the boat was turned left tight to the buoys by closing all the left side vents and then she showed the highest straightaway speed with all the vents open on both sides. Century Boats led the styling of runabouts as utilities both in wood and in fiberglass.  This is a 1977 Arabian with its high style use of fiberglass, chrome, and vinyl that sets an image of exciting luxury on the lakes and rivers of our waterways. Century made exciting boats from its beginning in 1926 as an outboard race boat builder along with making some other craft, like fishing boats and sail craft. Early classic collectible inboards were often a Sea Maid model and the small (14’) outboard racer that is still highly sought after,  the Thunderbolt. The Arabian represents an important design for Century as it was made in both wood and fiberglass. She is a classic v-drive (some say vee drive) inboard with one bigger center cockpit wood runabout. This built from scratch 29” long boat is modeled from a privately owned version of a real boat and is shown here for its outstanding workmanship and attention to detail. One interesting fact to seabuddy is that the full-size runabout’s windshield was from the rear window glass used in a car.
One thing to note, the photos here do not show the colors as well as an in person review will. The Mercury Marine Bravo Three drive with two props on one drive shaft is popular as is the similar Volvo – Penta Duo-Prop outdrive. She is a very well detailed luxury runabout with seating in the bow featuring a special foot well space, good hand rail positioning, comfortable seating, all within a deep, secure cockpit. Another nice thing with a Cobalt is that one needs only to add 7-8% to the base price for a well equipped boat.
This outboard Lyman boat seems to have been updated with a painted finish rather than a varnished, but not stained, boat hull interior.
By the way, get a Lyman model a little older than this model year and you will see a dimpled finish in the planking on the outside of the hull.
This is a big 18 foot PLUS boat with a wide, spacious cockpit, lots of storage areas, padded bow seating seat bases and seat backs, full, wrap around windshield, well placed grab handles, a cushioned sunning pad, built in swim platform, driver and co-captain bucket seats, and a walk through easy opening passage way to the bow. Remember, the kids rule the boat by sitting up in the bow so Mom can keep an eye on them without having to turn around while Dad is in command at the helm. A barrelback style in the foreground has dark walnut stained covering boards and king planks with the runabout next door more of a medium tone. The sky was grey, the lake vast, eerily still but the mood was decidedly upbeat as it is not often I get to drive a superyacht owner’s tender built entirely of solid mahogany at 30 knots with barely a hair out of place!
Needless to say, the 9 meter ‘Riva’-like runabout was dwarfed by the other two boats, one a 1960s lake cruiser, the other a noughties glass monstrosity which looked as though it should at least be a solar boat but is in fact just the latest model of lake cruiser, available for use as a party boat from the Swiss port of Romanshorn near St. But back to the Ipanema which would be the perfect accessory for glamorous sun worshippers of the eponymous Rio beach… myself, Martin Smith writing for Classic Boat magazine and Fabian Graf, the boatbuilder, zoomed around Lake Constance with our voices barely raised as the hp diesel engine strutted its stuff with the calm serenity of a superbly built German machine.
Every frame has been redrawn from the original line drawings and table of offsets to reproduce the Flyer into an easily assembled boat.
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. 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.
An Ariston and the Super Ariston are the single engine style of the Riva Aquarama classic wood boat. Windshield glass, screws, the metal for the boat’s hardware, and much of the material used in the seating was out sourced from other counties.


A great book on the history, boats, and boat owners of Riva Boats is Riva by Roberto Franzoni. Her interior is especially “yachtesque” with a dance-floor-wide cockpit in a bow rider configuartion. This Cobalt boat has a 21 degree transom deadrise, narrowed strakes, a sharper bow entry angle, and a careful respect to boat balance.
Take a look for yourself—Cobalt has done something way different here than others have done in the past.
She is certified by the Coast Guard to carry 14 passengers or 2,250 LBS of passengers and gear. Then, the boat was taken off its building frame and the epoxy fiberglass layup was put on the under (or the inside) of the hull.
The dash is machine water cut engine turned metal from the aluminum mock up Gary gave to an aircraft builder.
He designed and built this racer over a two year period along the banks of the Miami River while he was the sales Manager at the Merrill-Stevens Yacht Company.
Here are (left to right) Fred McCarthy, Etta McCarthy, and seabuddy in front of a Sea Mac wooden classic boat at Tuckerton Seaport, NJ in 2012.
She won the Gold Cup three times, the Presidents Cup three times, the National Sweepstakes twice, and other racing awards and recognitions. Century stayed with boats under 21’ in length as that made them different from Chris Craft, Garwood, and Hacker Crafts that built boats into the mid-30s LOA. Some say it was designed deliberately to help with the boat building material change over during those years of the 1960s and 1970s. John Into, a boat modeler for 50 years and a published author on boat modeling, even discussed this boat model with the real boat’s naval architect, a designer named Robert Rioux, who designed all of the Century Boat Company’s boat models at the time this boat was conceived. Let me tell you, Into got those color shades right as a match to the real boat he was modeling.
Hole shot or 0 to 30 MPH acceleration times in the seven to eight second range indicates how well the hull and power packages are matched up. A loaded boat takes more than that, but careful selection of the needed options keeps the add-ons down. Each plank edge overlaps the other and are clinched nailed to the ribs and screwed to the frames such that an edge is shown at each plank its full length along the hull side that helps soften the ride, and they are flexible boats that can twist over the waves somewhat to give a better ride than a classic boat person would expect. Lyman used a duck billed clinch nail for better holding strength and sometime (in the mid-50s?) began to completely fair over both the screws and the duck billed nails for a smooth exterior finish. Inspect for yourself this sport series bow rider stern drive boat aimed at families that want to get on the water. Only a generously deep, high sided, top quality bow rider boat suits this style of a day full of fun on the water. The two runabouts below (foreground left) and (close up right) feature protruding moulding on their decks.
If you see something here or elsewhere not listed as a standard option that you would like to have quoted please ask. Not a great deal other than they were all cruising on Lake Constance on the day I visited in early May 2009. I am reassured that it has been worth the effort of 7am flights to Zurich and feel increasingly confident that once the secret is out there will be other discerning boat lovers willing to part with 400,000 euros to own a gem of this calibre. These runabout boats are considered the top classic mahogany, cedar, and oak wood boats that used only the best wood, hardware, glass, and marine parts from Italy, France, Switzerland, England, Belgium and other countries to give a wooden boat owner simply the best product that the Riva Factory could build. They seasoned that lumber that went into the boats themselves; they decided when it was ready for boat building, where on the boat it had its best use, and how it was to be used with screws, glue, and then finished. That balsa was shaped and sanded into the final contours of what Norris had imaged in his mind.
This photo was taken at the Philadelphia Chapter of the ACBS Antique and Classic Boat Show in this past summer. Then; forward steering, remote controls, a windshield, and two rows of vinyl covered padded seating made for a Bill Deed designed water sports boat that handled lake, bay, inlet, and ocean waters very well. This boat was tuff and many boats outlasted more than one motor’s life span on its transom. Besides changing over from a wood boat builder to manufacturing fiberglass boats, Fred took his new company from single outboards to twin inboards for power. She was first raced in 1922 and only retired from active competition after racing for the 1937 season. Then, in 1931, he completely re-did the boat’s bottom with a series of ?” high shingles and after-of-the-shingle controllable dual vents that allowed the vacuum to be released that the steps created. I have seen some records that suggest that she was last sold in the 2010 time frame powered with a 500 Hp Chevy engine for just under $200,000. She is not a deep vee and is known for pulling water skiers, tubing, and stylish dockside dining events.


This was the location, not Milwaukee or Panama City,  that most of the nautical style leader designs were invented. The design is credited to Robert Rioux, now deceased.  He certainly led runabout styling with this model Century. This boat that was modeled by John was a wood classic utility runabout, it is one of the last wood ones, as Century Boat Co.
If you like his work and want to better understand boat modeling for yourself, ask him to autograph a copy of his book for your home boating library. High spec materials in a good hefty weight and well attached is all over and under a Cobalt boat. That boating trade industry recognition gives confidence to a boat buyer both in the company that makes a full range of bow rider, cuddy, sport, express, and cabin cruiser boats and in each of their individual boat models. You want for yourself the quality family building lifestyle experience that a trailer boat becomes as a fully fun adventure together for Mom, Dad, and the Kids. Our recessed bar top raises the entire covering board up versus an extension of the topside planks or a partial lip. The convex individually fillet caulked surface is not very practical for setting drinks or anything else on so is not incorporated in our bars. Almost all of a boat was sprayed several time and then hand brushed several more times to a high gloss polished varnish bright finish. The bow cockpit seating is huge and provides a wonderful place to lounge in the sun on the water. And lots of custom tricks to get that super glossy smooth finish that stops everyone’s eye when they see the boat. In the theme of F Service Runabout class rules the engine is under 400 inches in displacement and $1,500 cost in cost.
Once, this sporty runabout was a prize on the TV show, “The Price is Right, in the 1961 show season. Give this boat the throttle, hear the exhaust speak with a rumble, and take off with little bow rise as she pushes you back into your seat.
The plant in Manistee had a limitation on what could be gotten around inside it and out the door! Part of this high-style comes from Century’s use of automotive pieces for several parts like the steering wheel, windshield, etc. Quality, thoughtful touches, and cockpit comfort with room comes with a Cobalt boat as standard equipment. This classic outboard runabout is said to be a boat for sale and at a very attractive price. Lyman was also known for its use of ribbon striped (sometimes called tiger striped) mahogany veneered marine-grade plywood in its decks. I know of several prior owners of carvel, hard chine classic wood boats that marvel at the ride that they get in their Lyman compared to what they are used to. This runabout is big enough for all of the family AND two or three extra friends as well (an invite at your kid’s school for a weekend boat ride is valued as a very special treat in any home or community). The wood is bleached prior to a light amber stain application to achieve the maximum effect.
Some interior boards were called out on every model for a paint finish, however, and lesser quality wood was used there.
But, she is still being finished and she was just a gleam in the mind of Gary Mac Norris in 2005.
I think of Fred McCarthy’s Jersey Yachts fiberglass boat building business as alive from 1964 to 1988. Give them a telephone call if this is something that you need for this upcoming summer boating adventure season.
Michael's Antique & Classic Boat Show in Maryland with the leftmost boat displaying very dark walnut or almost black covering boards. Think about areas like the seat frames, under the bow, side, and aft decks for a painted finish.
The on-board storage on this boat is outstanding The head is easy to enter and generously big once inside. Most restorers use a different style of mahogany plywood if they replace the deck on a Lyman runabout. That is Hp that is rated at the power head, not rated at the prop shaft as outboards are rated today. Vinyl, leather, hi-tech fiberglass, custom crafted metal, and a touch of wood accent trim sets an ambiance that few can match, even when one compares this new boat model boat to a classic boat from the 1930s.



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