Possibly the most famous wooden boat worldwide, the Aquarama was an intricate design with a ground breaking approach to both comfort and quality.
She was designed with a bizarre frame set up ranging from 6 inches and up, most likely to accommodate the running gear of the time. This version has all frames spaced at 18″ and the double stringers for twin V8 installation! Builders may also scale down the plans to create a proportionally smaller craft, even down to model size, say 1:10. Floors and cockpits are full defined as is the anchor well, rear sun lounge, transom and rear deck skid.
It’s a very seaworthy and proven hull for those looking to build a large offshore boat for friends and family. 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. I prefer 1 plan per item leaving a general arrangement plan to explain heights above a base line and frame spacing’s.


Others have used 1 set for building  component frames and the used a second set for checking the final frame with. All print shops use Adobe as their main reading and printing software. We use  Kwikopy locally and clients in the US have use Kinkos nationwide.
All plans come with a full set of PDF files (Adobe reader files) from the parts themselves to the general arrangement plan. Since 1926, Ed Noble of the Lifesaver Candy Company, and a Gar Wood customer, had been speeding on the St. Miss Behave is drawn up using ring frames as opposed to frame members, floor timbers have been added at frames and betwwen frames in lieu of the original steam bent ribs.
I can’t see any advantage in trying to replicate the vessel historically as fittings and hardware if sourced would be overly priced and ill-fitting. Other than getting feet, inches and eighths of inches onto timber at full size, there really is too much information for a single plan. Most frustrating of all is the fact that so many offsets are wrong, these offsets where generally taken after the boat was built and it’s easy to see how they where either measured or copied down wrong.
Some builders have printed their own plans at home first at say 1:10 and built up a scaled model first. Directions for building are not included as we cannot afford the time to discuss or cover all possible building methods.


All individual parts are full size and labeled so there is no confusion as to which part you have. Miss Behave is certainly the most well known of the original five speedsters brought to the St.
The Speedster is surely a piece of boating history, classic lines with a very sporty look featuring a rear cockpit and a wonderful deck crown.
At 27 feet a single Mercruiser coupled to a Bravo II should be ample to launch and power this proven hull. The Cobra has all frames and deck beams defined, floor timbers, dash, transom, seating, original stringers, stem, hatch assembly and the dreaded fin! He told Wood that he and his friends only wanted a small, sporty racer that would be like a water version of the popular European sports cars.
This version is from the original sheet plans and a full size building jig is also included. The entire assembly can then be mated to the vessel using added checking blocks included with the plans.



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