When was the last time you had an opportunity to see a late 1920’s Dart Runabout barn find? Floating? Well, thanks to fellow Woody Boater Jim Staib from Fine Wood Boats, we have some images of one from the 2011 Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show featuring Dart Boats. The 5th annual event, which is under way this weekend at the Toledo Maritime Center, is held in conjunction with the S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and Ramsey Brothers Restorations.
We don’t know a great deal about this cool Dart Runabout, but Jim indicated that it was currently owned by Ramsey Brothers Restorations from Toledo, Ohio. On the Ramsey Brothers Restorations web site, they refer to it as an Indian Lake – Dart Hull Number 255, a boat with an interesting history! Maybe we can get them to chime in with more information.
Dart boats were originally built in Lima, Ohio in the mid-1920’s by the Indian Lake Boat Company. In 1928 a group of businessmen purchased the rights to build Dart Boats and relocated the manufacturing to Summit Street in Toledo, Ohio. The Great Depression devastated the Dart Boat Company which ceased production in late 1933. It is estimated that less than 40 Dart Runabouts exist today. Ohio’s Yesterdays wrote an interesting story about the Indian Lake – Dart Boat Company, you can click here to see the full story.
It was a nice “Regional” boat show. About 3/4 Lymans and Darts. Both were made locally. Also had Ice boats, cars, and some historic displays about shipping in the Toledo area. The show is still open tomorrow (Sunday).
Thanks Jim for sharing your photos and story with us, we need to get out to the mid-west boat shows more in the future. We should note that Jim stayed at the recommeneded host hotel across the river from the show which was the Crown Plaza Toledo Hotel. Jim rode his Harley-Davidson 650 miles to attend the show in Ohio, and when he arrived at the hotel and they went out of their way to provide a safe, secure location for Jim to park his bike at the hotel. As a biker, I know how difficult this can be, and appreciate what they did for Jim during his stay in Toledo.
Jim Staib’s Fine Wood Boats is located in McHenry, Illinois and supplies new & used parts for the antique & classic boat hobby. You can go directly to Jim’s web site by clicking here.