On Thursday we reported seeing a Neo-Classic fiberglass runabout that arrived at Lake Dora for the boat show. It’s attractive (and unusually fresh) classic stying was very interesting, set off by a pair of big twin outboards for power. Soon after the images were published, we received a number of inquiries from folks wanting to know more about the sleek runabout.
Texx – Here’s what I learned – The builder, Gary Mac Norius from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida admits to having too much time on his hands. The boat is built with balsa core construction laid over a mold, and glassed inside and out. It was finished with automotive paint.
Engines are modern 1981 Mercury inline 6 cylinder 115 HP each (230 HP total) and painted with vintage Mercury “Cloud White” and have 1961 Mercury 800 stainless & chrome trim and modified cowlings to complement vintage look. Gary commented – “Not many 12 cylinder boats at the show this year…”
Gary Mac Norius
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Ace Reporter Herb Hall preparing to file his report from the Big Chair at the Woody Boater tent on Friday. Thanks Herb, it would be fun to this boat in the water… preferably from the passenger seat! – Texx
Then, after a busy morning of reporting Herb and Matt decided to take a Riva Aquarama for spin around Lake Dora… This could be the first ever time a classic Italian Riva was piloted by someone sporting “Sons of Varnish” colors.
Alex Watson snapped this nice shot of Alan Weinstein and friends aboard a classic Riva on Lake Dora Thursday. Alan Weinstein Associates / Riva Guru exclusively caters to the needs of vintage (pre 1999) Riva boat owners, prospective vintage Riva owners, service providers, surveyors, and marinas, etc. – you can click here to learn more.
Thanks again to Herb Hall and Alex Watson for sending us the images of the Ventuno 21 for this story. The elegant Riva Aquarama is the featured marque at the 2012 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, at Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay, California. For more information click here.
Stay tuned to Woody Boater for more daily updates from the 2012 Lake Dora boat show in Tavares, Florida.