From the moment we arrived at the Abbey Resort in Wisconsin for the ACBS International Meeting and Boat Show a few weeks ago, folks were saying “Texx – You have to get over to see the latest creation by Doug Morin.” The next morning, just as we made our way out to the dock, we spotted “Amy Ann” in the marina. (Click on the images to enlarge them)
As the sleek 30 ft runabout manoeuvred her way around the marina with her bow thruster, the sound of the Italian V-12 BPM Marine engine let you know this boat was the real deal.
On Saturday afternoon we noticed that “Amy Ann” was in port, so we made our way over to check her out. We had the opportunity to visit with Doug Morin, the boats designer and builder, for a few minutes. Although the dock was packed with people trying get a glimpse of the boat, Doug patiently answered our questions and shared his vision for this creation. It was great to visit with Doug and learn about his families history in the boat building business, and his passion for these unqiue runabouts.
“Amy Ann” has it all… Doug has captured the elegant style from the 30’s and combined it with modern performance. I asked Doug why he decided to go with the Italian BPM power and he smiled and said “Because we wanted to be different” – and that it is. Every aspect of this one-off runabout is unique and the attention to detail is remarkable. Doug told me that he already knows what creation he will be building next, and it’s hard to imagine how it could top “Amy Ann” in terms of styling and performance.
On the dock, Morin Boats had a sign board with some information on “Amy Ann” along with the specifications for the boat, which, by the way, was also one of the nicest sign boards I have ever seen at a boat show… An elegant sign board! Below the photo of the sign board, we have copied the information directly from the sign board so it’s easier to read.
Amy Ann is a custom one-off, 30ft runabout designed and built by Morin Boats, owned by John and Amy Zea of Oconomowoc Lake, Wisconsin. Her long flowing lines and low profile speaks to her design origins taken from the fabulous Chris-Craft and Hacker Boats from the mid-to-late 1930’s. Amy Ann is not a replica. The intent of the designer Doug Morin was to make one pause and ask; is this an antique? Amy Ann features an early ’30s customized Cadillac dash, late ’20s steering wheel used in both Buicks and Pierce Arrows, and custom hardware heavily influenced by Canadian boat builders.
Beyond her elegant design, Amy Ann has speeds documented in the 65 MPH range. Her performance is a result of her hull weighing less than 3,000 lbs powered by an Italian Hemispherical Head BPM Series S Marine Engine upgraded by Bob Mishko of Rocky Summit Performance. A Borg-Warner transmission has been modified to handle the tremendous torque of the BPM engine. Engineering, design, craftsmanship, and performance – the totality of these elements destine the Amy Ann to become a classic.
On the essence of design and function, the collaborative efforts of new and old make the Amy Ann a truly special runabout.
Doug Morin – Morin Boats
Thanks to Doug Morin for taking the time to visit with us here at Woody Boater and share this incredible runabout with us at Geneva Lake. To learn more about Morin Boats and the Mittler Collection that Doug has been entrusted with, you can click here to go directly to their website.
To learn more about BPM Marine engines you can click here.