This afternoon we received two Live-ish reports from the huge Seattle Boat Show up in Washington State. As one of the premier areas in the country for recreational boating, the Seattle area and the waters throughout the beautiful Pacific Northwest offer up something for every boater. So you can only imagine how popular the Seattle Boat Show is for folks in the surrounding area.
The West Coast’s Largest Boat Show – the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat – kicks off January 25 and runs through February 3, 2013. The Seattle Boat Show feaures 1,000 boats for every budget designed to meet every recreational need featured at CenturyLink Field, plus world class yachts, trawlers and more at South Lake Union. The show, the largest on the West Coast, features a free shuttle service between the two venues. For more information, visit can Click Here to visit the Seattle Boat Show website (Boat show photos courtesy Seattleboatshow.com)
Our friends Craig Brosenne and Eric O’Brien from the Hagadone Marine Group / Resort Boat Shop in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho are on hand at the Seattle Boat Show with two of their custom built – world class wooden speedboats, which are designed and produced at the Resort Boat Shop facility in Post Fall, Idaho. (You can click on the photos to enlarge them)
So if you prefer the traditional look and ride of a wooden speedboat with all the modern conveniences of a high performance boat, look no further than Hagadone Marine and the Resort Boat Shop. They also specialize in classic boat restoration and repairs for all types of wooden boats and have a solid reputation for excellence.
“Jefe” was designed and built by The Resort Boat Shop in collaboration with owner Jerry Gilbreath – which won “Best Contemporary Boat” at the 2011 ACBS International Show at Geneva Lake, Wisconsin. Donna and Jerry Gilbreath, a champion offshore powerboat racer, collaborated to provide a one-of-a-kind craft that pleases both of them. Donna requested a quiet running machine and a wind-free cockpit. Another unique characteristic is that the bow never rises into the driver’s field of vision, at any acceleration.
The ultra-custom runabout was launched in June 2009. The boat is cold-molded with Western Red Cedar and African mahogany. “Jefe”, pronounced HEH-fay, is Spanish for chief or leader. “Jefe” is 34 feet long, with an 8-foot 6-inch beam and 15-degree deadrise. The boat is powered by twin 400-horsepower Mercury Engine Bravo 1 drives.
If you are in the Seattle area this week, stop by and check out their display and get a first hand look of these remarkable custom wood boats. For more information on the Hagadone Marine Group / Resort Boat Shop you can also Click Here to go to their website.
(Sorry about the focus in this shot, it was still a bit foggy in Seattle when it was shot this morning… – Texx)
Pacific Northwest Chapter ACBS Display
Report by Ron Stevenson and Dick Dow
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society was able to get a booth at the last minute to this years boat show. Some say that our hobby had gone to the dogs. Pictured is Cole Franchini’s (son of Brian) 1959 Skeeto made by MoldCraft Corporation in Fort Washington, Wisconsin. It appears 500 were built between 1959 and 1960.
The “anchor” boat so to speak is a 1940 19′ Chris-Craft Custom Runabout (aka “Barrel Back”) with the cool blue faced gauges, the awesome marbled plastic steering wheel, and the Bugatti windshield. It is modern powered by the 350 Mercruiser, and has one hour on it from the restoration by Bruce of Bronson Boatworks in Gig Harbor, Washington. – Ron Stevenson
The most popular boat? Skeeto of course! One guy came through the booth last night and exclaimed that he had one for his first boat when he was about 6 years old – how cool is that?
The fun of having the 16′ Skagit there is the old guys (my age) coming through, shaking their heads with a smile and telling stories of fishing, waterskiing, camping – you name it – in one “just about like that” … Glasspar, Pacific Mariner, Sabre Craft, Reinell, the names of the manufacturers rolling out with the look of someone describing their first love on their faces… – Dick Dow
Thanks for the reports Ron & Dick. As always, it’s great to see the local chapters out at the winter boat shows representing the antique and classic boat hobby. Have fun!