Alan Furth was one of the largest and most well respected wooden boat collectors in the hobby. In 1990 his diverse collection of over 75 boats was legendary, and even today with different owners, those same boats are still recognized as being from the “Alan Furth Collection” at one point in their lives. That provenance will always set those particular boats apart from the others, regardless of their condition or value.
After Alan retired from the Board of Southern Pacific Railway, he and his wife Virgina spent their summers at Lake Tahoe in California, where the majority of Alan’s collection was located. Alan enjoyed sharing his rare and unusual boats at events like the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. So legendary was his collection, that the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation announced that the Marque Class for the 2013 Concours will be boats from the Alan Furth Collection.
Alan was also one of the first at Lake Tahoe to insure his boats with Hagerty Marine Insurance when they launched their innovative Agreed Value insurance policy for classic wooden boats in 1984.
One of those rare wooden boats was this 1935 Dodge Model 102-A 17′ Split Cockpit Runabout (then named “Kama’aina”), shown here with Alan during the 1987 Lake Tahoe Concours – which was then held at Tahoe Boat Company in Tahoe City.
In 1935 a new addition to the Horace E. Dodge Boat and Plane Corporation line-up was the 17′ Model 102 / 102-A Split Cockpit Runabout – which they referred to as the 17′ Sport Runabout. The Model 102 being the standard version (priced at 1,195.00) with the 80 HP Greymarine 6, capable of 35 MPH and the Model 102-A powered by the 115-HP Greymarine Phantom 6 (priced at 1,395.00), with an advertised top speed of 40 MPH.
The Model 102 / 102-A was listed in the 1936 Dodge sales catalog & price list, but were never produced as the Newport News, VA plant ceased production of all pleasure boats in late 1935. As a result, this particular Sport Runabout model was only produced for one year and is only one of two known to exist. To our knowledge, the other Model 102-A is currently being restored by Dave Triano at his shop in South Lake Tahoe, California.
Below is another image of Alan Furth’s 102-A “Kama’aina” from the mid to late 1980’s – also in Tahoe City, CA.
Here’s a rare Dodge sales catalog from 1935 which features the addition of the standardized 26-foot lapstrake design pocket cruiser, complete with galley area, marine toilet compartment and bunks to sleep foor people.
The 1935 sales catalog also featured both the Model 103 17′ Double Cockpit Forward Runabout (referred to as the Family Runabout) and the Model 102 / 102-A Split Cockpit Runabout (referred to as the Sport Runabout).
Since 1990 the sporty little Dodge runabout from the Alan Furth collection has been owned by fellow Woody Boater Casudi, which she used and enjoyed for many years on Lake Tahoe. She re-named the boat “DODGE ‘EM”.
Maximum satisfaction from Dodge boats depends upon engine operation. This in tern depends absolutely upon the vital factor of lubrication, hence we specify the use of Duplex Marine Engine Oil.
This oil is designed especially for marine service, and may be depended upon under all conditions. It may be obtained from the dealer who delivered this boat, from marine supply dealers everywhere, or from the makers, the Enterprise Oil Co., Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.
Horace E. Dodge Boat & Plane Corporation
Newport News, Va.
Lubricate the engine in this boat with Duplex Marine Engine Oil, grade S.
Here’s how Casudi describes “DODGE ‘EM” today…
Texx – Our Dodge is one of two (known) remaining of that Model 1935 Split Cockpit Runabout.
I bought it from Alan Furth in 1990, we used it for a couple of blissful years on Lake Tahoe… Breakfast in Emerald Bay… Fab things like that… Of course we re-named it more appropriately.
Then James said “Casudi – Lets spruce it up a bit, redo the engine and that was 20 years ago. Now I know what the term Spruce Up means, that was too early in our relationship for me to know better!”
Now James is crying out to anyone who will listen – “Save this boat – as Casudi wants to turn this all original little Dodge gem into a hot rod!… Casudi says she is burned out with all original restoration work on our recently completed Riva Tritone project and doing things to perfection… She says all original can kill all the fun, undermine relationships… And wouldn’t be such fun to do things her way… Like in an all original hot rod DODGE ‘EM…”
To date, the restoration work on the Dodge runabout is about 60% complete, with a new bottom, new transom & framing, freshly restored instruments and chrome, and the orignal Gray Phantom has been completely restored. It still needs to have the decks re-planked.
With 2013 declared to be the Alan Furth Marque Class at the Lake Tahoe Concours just over a year from now, Casudi & James feel that this would be a perfect opportunity for a fellow Woody Boater to step in and finish the 1935 Dodge and once again show it at the Lake Tahoe Concours just like Alan Furth proudly did all those years ago.