Fellow Woody Boater Paul Poledink emailed us the other day, right after the Dingle story to ask our fellow Woody Boater audience about his model spped boat. Take it away Paul..
Hi Matt and Texx,
Seeing the picture of Gerry Lo and the accompanying one word comments about its design and styling motivated me to take another look at a model wooden runabout boat I purchased at an estate auction several years ago. Here’s the story.
My mahogany model is 48″ long with a 12″ beam. It is entirely open as you can see from the pictures. It’s powered by a McCoy 35 engine converted for marine use with a water collar over the cooling fins. The interesting aspect , of course, is the boat’s proportions. Scaled up, it would have a length of 48′ with a 12 ‘ beam. I have no idea about the builder or the design, but the construction is most unique and well thought out, and appears home-made. The sides are single pieces of mahogany varnished and in good condition. The deck and interior seems a bit worn.
The steering is functional by means of cable attached to the rudder post. The lights are functional powered by two batteries in the transom. There is a water pickup under the hull and a discharge out the side just like my vintage hydroplane, White Lightning. Mounted on the transom deck is a plastic dinghy, also bearing the name of the boat, 7-11. The tail fins running to the back give it a very sleek appearance, but do they date it any way? Was there ever any real boat built with these proportions?
Another question. It appears that it was run a one time, but how was it controlled? No evidence of any radio control mechanism. Was it just started and let run by itself until it stopped?
As was mentioned in the comment section, I wonder how hard this runabout would be to turn.
Thanks for your help.