Since we all have been discussing value and collectability of Antique & Classic boats on many of the forums and on this site, one theme that comes up it the importance of the boat having a story. Such as Joe DiMaggio’s sportsman, normally a 30K boat restored, but when that boat is done it will be worth much more. This Gar Wood just popped up at Mitch LaPointe’s for sale and it’s got all the goodies. Story and all. A great boat, with a great story. Here is the copy from the site that tells the story. And if you click here, you get more images, and Mitch’s contact info. He takes checks! Imagine that, it’s perfect. Start your own bootlegger museum.

Excellent restored condition. Here’s your chance to own a piece of history. There are perhaps only 3 to 6 of this raised-deck model left in existence. “Ramona” was originally purchased by J.N. Rauleigh in 1929. He owned her for a short time before selling her to the notorious Purple Gang during the beginning of the great depression. They used her as a rum-runner to bring alcohol from Canada to Harsen’s Island, Michigan. The police could not afford such a fast boat at that time. Ray Brown, owner of the Ramona Park Hotel in Harbor Spring, Michigan won her from the Purple Gang in a card game. He christened her “Ramona” and put her in service giving rides to his hotel guests. Most of the wood has been replaced, including the new decks, new bottom and new transom. Leather interior. Great attention to detail. The instruments are beautifully restored and operational. The hardware has been rechromed. The engine is the original, rebuilt Scripps 202, which we are told, pushes her along at 42 m.p.h.. Triple-axle trailer with brakes included. New water-line cover. These don’t turn hands very often, so don’t miss your chance!

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