Sadly Martin Smith died unexpectedly last month at the age of 51. He and his father Lou were big into boat collecting and restoring in the 1990’s prior to Lou’s death. And now the collection is for sale.
Though Martin lived in San Jose, California and many of his boats were there, he did all of his boating in the Thousand Islands, New York.The Smith family has an estate on Washington Island, near Clayton, New York. Because of this, half of his collection is in San Jose, and the other half in Clayton. The entire collection is being sold exclusively by Martin’s friend John Allen, of Allen’s Marine Engines in San Jose, California, and friend Don Price, of St. Lawrence Restoration in Clayton, New York.
Additional photos and information regarding this rare collection of boats and motors is currently being uploaded to the St. Lawrence Restoration website early this week. In fact they have been working through the weekend to make this happen. We will update when the site is live. The following is a current list of the boats offered from the collection, the contact information for both John Allen at John Allen Marine Engines and Don Price at St. Lawrence Restoration is listed below. This is what they would send you in an email if requested. If you don’t want to wait for the site and have a need for Al Capones boat, you might want to beat the crowds.
Martin Smith Collection
April 23, 2012
East Coast Boats
1934 28’ Hutchinson triple cockpit (Spinster) with V-8 marine engine 302 cubic inch-original name NY Old Mole – We saw this boat getting refreshed when we were there picking up our top. Stunning boat..
1929 28’ Gar Wood 28-40 Raised Deck (Why Walk) (owned by Freyhoffer family in MA, originally purchased by R.W. Hollenbeck on Lake George) with 440ci Chrysler V-8, West System on bottom and sides. Hull number 293150
1928 39’ Robinson Seagull Commuter (Flying Cloud) originally built for Ransom E. Olds (REO) later sold to Al Capone. With 502ci Chevy V-8 engine Completely restored including modern bow thruster for easier handling. We did a story on this boat a couple years ago. Amazing stuff.
1921 24’ Hacker Race Boat (Miss Mary/Miss Katanning) with extremely rare Peerless 6-cylinder original racing engine. Predecessor racing boat to Miss Mary II/EL Lagarto
1929 24’ Chris Craft triple cockpit with Chrysler Hemi
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East Coast – Miscellaneous and Marine Engines
4-cylinder Brennan Import with gas engine and transmission
Lee and Co. transmission rebuilt/Joe’s Gear completely rebuilt and new appropriate for Liberty or high horse power marine engine
12-cylinder Liberty V-12 aircraft engine 400hp, 1,650ci
West Coast Boats
1938 28’ Gar Wood (Hey There V) with Scripps original V-12 engine. It was originally sold new at Obexer’s at Lake Tahoe – fully documented history since new. One of only 10 original Scripps V-12 powered 28-footers. Hull number 6042. One of only two 1938 model 28-footers
1925 29’ Rochester triple cockpit (Chuckle). This was the catalogue boat for the 1925 New York Boat Show. She accidentally sunk in the late 1920’s and was recovered in the 1980’s. Professionally restored to Concours condition including original type Hall-Scott LM-6 200hp 6-cyl engine. One of three in existence.
West Coast Engines
Curtiss D-12 V-12 1,145ci Capitol marine conversion 435hp. Completely restored and on a display stand
Hall Scott LM-6 unrestored engine that turns over, 100% complete with unusual down draft carb set up. 200hp, 825ci
Hall Scott LM-6A older restoration in show condition. 225hp, 825ci
1915 Van Blerk 6 cylinder (might be stationary engine)
Scripps 202 6-cylinder. Completely restored including new pistons, valves, oil pump, water pump, gears and bearings. The block and heads have been ground and polished before paint. Probably the nicest restored 202 in existence. 200hp, 678ci
1920s Sterling Dolphin 6-cylinder 235hp, 1,052ci overhead valve, very rare large engine
2- Liberty V-12s in unrestored aviation condition. Each is mostly complete
Sterling T-head 4-cylinder stationary engine. Was a back-up power source for an electric lift bridge in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nice condition including a Sterling dash panel with script gauges
Chrysler Majestic 8-cyl early version with downdraft Holley DD-5 carburetor.
For more information please contact –
Don Price at St. Lawrence Restoration at 315-686-5950, [email protected] (Don is in Clayton NY.)
John Allen at John Allen Marine Engines at 408-605-4910, [email protected] (John is on the west coast in California)