Thats Right Ladies And Germs… It’s Time To Play… Again.. Whats My Boat?


Note the non 1937 motor, and cool detail on the side.. No not the stripe..

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Sean Austin.. not related to Steve Austin by the way.. Not that he has never heard that joke before.. Or that this boat is worth 6 million dollars… Anyway. Back to the game, Sean was just given this very cool 1937 Speedcraft.. Or at least that’s what he has been told.. He is looking for any more information on this boat.. He says, or what he was told, it was made in Japan. It’s 14 feet long. And to be honest the 1937 thing seems a bit iffy.. But have at it… The winner gets…. something.. I have no idea.. What ever it is, it will be lame, and worthy of at least a thumb tack on the boat house wall..

And now the other side..

This is more like a 1957 not a 1937..

This may sound crazy, but I bet that is its original interior.. I have seen images of tops like this.. Dam I love this look..

Sorry, there aint nuth'n japanese about this boat.. Were are the spoilers and large exaust pipe? No dragon paintings on the side?

26 replies
  1. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    It has a few similarities to a boat at our Ole’ Boys Boat Club. They’ve been working on it all summer and believe it’s a North American Marine 15′-3″ boat built somewhere in Indiana.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Is he related to Miles Austin?

    I must say that boat has some characteristics that are very similar to the 1962 Borum hull in my back yard. I would not be surprised if they were from the same family.

  3. Alex
    Alex says:

    Texx, you’ve been playing with that cool new camera (and its software) haven’t you? Is the animation a first for WoodyBoater? Very cool.

  4. matt
    matt says:

    Yes it the first time we have animated a header. It’s a fantastic shot and in bw looks like an post so I had fun with it. You can refresh to watch.. It’s very subtile

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I make a concertid effort to have at least one mispelled word, grammar error or typo per post. I feel it is an important part of the Woodyboaterville lifestyle.

    Pornigraphy = pornigrafic photography, usually including women or boats as subject matter. Extremely simmialr to pornography in the non-woodyboater community.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      The boat appears to be plywood in the photos, and if so, I would be more inclined to believe it is a 1958 than 1937. As others mentioned, the styling is much more 50’s than 30’s.

  6. Lee Wangstad
    Lee Wangstad says:

    In 1956 Dick Cole, NA, went to Japan and designed the Imperial plywood boat line. Very few were produced before the plant burned to the ground. If this boat was produced in Japan, it could be one. Dick was a very prolific designer, not only working for Industrial Shippers in Mahane Bay, Nova Scotia on molded plywood boats, but also patented the cathedral hull for Thunderbird in 1957. He designed everything from the Botved Coronet to the Wellcraft Airslot, and too much to mention in between. He stuck mostly to outboard designs, with plywood hulls until falling in with Walt Walters of Thunderbird in the early 50’s. This leads me to the conclusion that if it was or wasn’t built in Japan, Dick Cole or his influence is all over this boat.

  7. Michael Cole
    Michael Cole says:

    My father was Naval Architect Dick Cole and is very likely the designer of this boat. I know his boats and this looks like one that was built by Imperial Boat Company before it burnt to the ground.

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