A Out Back Next To The Barn Find – Rich-Line Racer

Around here on the Northern Neck, the guys back in the days used to race in a certain area known as Glebe Point. They raced everything and anything. And sadly many of the everything and anything of the day, have all gone the way of such things, but every now and then, a little magic happens, and so is the case for todays story.

While talking to a pal here, he mentioned he had an old boat around the corner of his barn. A small Aluminum boat that we could have. LET’S GO! Hey? I love me a fun find, and that gamblers enzyme kicks in. Is it a Starcraft? Crestliner?

A Rich-Line? A WHHHHAT? Oh Wait.. thats a 35 hp on the back of that little sucker. Oh.. Wait one second. YUP, one of the local race boats. And this one has a massive story. As well as that engine. Good god!

And here is the crazyiest part. That little guy on the side? Somewhere in the files that little guy has been here on Woody Boater. I am digging through 60,000 images now. I should come out of the rabbit hole soon…ish…like..ugh

Looks like a 1960 12 Speedster. Image Fiberglassics

This week Wayne Bomb and I will being doing the extraction, and start the rebuild. We Be Going Racing. YIP YAP NOW has a little Aluminum pal! Stay tuned.


18 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    That things got some patina for sure. I love the duck tape idle control on the throttle. Don’t scratch the paint during the extraction!

    • Matt
      Matt says:

      beat ya to it Greg! HA Story was in February 2011 – Love me that archive. Sorry that the images are on the smaller side, but as you can see they get a little grainy, even the header today is not that sharp resolution. Also that is Salter driving. Yes, little Salter

  2. Troy in SC
    Troy in SC says:

    Nice find!

    With Baby Chick gone you should have lots of room for new projects.

    Are you sure it wasn’t this guy that was on WB?

  3. Art
    Art says:

    I wonder if there is a surprise under that rag/tarp over the lower unit?
    Its official Matt has lost his friggen mind.

  4. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Lord yes, I remember those boats and Cliffs Marine and those races. Cool. Go get it.

    Cruised this weekend in pretty bay weather!

    John in VA

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Rich Line, a good boat. Three has been a 14′ Rich line in our family since 1967. My Dads cousin bought it new. My Dad bought it from him in the early 80s. Dad gave it to his granddaughter in 2010. Her and her husband are still using it.

  6. Matt
    Matt says:

    He said its 35 Merc. He liked the power and the 25 was too slow. Its black and has white stripes. And a monster prop. The owner is a power guy for sure.

  7. MO Whaler
    MO Whaler says:

    Admiring that early 60’s Atwood Steering Wheel. Great feel from the smooth bumps on the back along with the high style of the center logo. Rich Line boats came from a down the road boat building manufacture in Richland, MO. Later plants in Conway, MO and Ft. Lauderdale, FL added production. Founder Gordon L. Schneider and his son observed a Lone Star boat crossing the Lake of the Ozarks in the summer of ’52 when the father commented he could make an aluminum boat that would plane better. An old Shell Pumping Station in Richland found new life with aluminum boat manufacturing till the early 70’s – – Good Find – –


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