I love stories like today, cause I don’t have to worry about spelling, cause in a million years you would not be able to notice. And of course we could be talking about the sink in your left toe.. But then again, we do all speak the same language of mahogany love. Fellow Woody Boater Jani Vahto from Finland sent us in this cool story. The shots are tough to see, but the design is so “bad ass”… That’s a good thing to our pickled herring friends by the way.. Anyway, the design is so “sick” that it doesn’t matter. By the way, “sick” is a good thing as well. NOT to be confused with Sikari, which is the name of the boat….OK, I am going to stop now, take it away Jani.
Thanks Woody, I’ve got a pretty special boat to show you. She’s called Sikari, and she was built in 1929 in Turku, Finland. The company that built it was one of Finland’s most known boat building company, Åbo Båtvarf – Turun Veneveistämö. The design name of the boat was Snabbgående Experiment Motorbåt which is Swedish and means “fastgoing experimental motorboat”. So the boat was a prototype and she was built for the company’s own purposes. It’s not sure if it was Zake Westin, Bruno Westin or Jarl Lindblom who designed the boat but it has been said that all the major designers of the company were involved.
Sikari wasn’t sold to a private owner until the beginning of the 1950s. At that point the boat didn’t have an engine and the new owner equipped it with a Ford Flathead V8 engine. With that engine the boat was capable for 60 knots speed. The boat is designed so that the propeller pierces the surface of the water. The boat’s design is unique and I have never seen one like it. The boat is one of a kind. You can see it from the pictures.
Sikari has been in my family since the late 1970s when my father bought her and started restoring her. She was stored for many years, but now we hope to get her back to water next summer. WE had her in two exhibitions in spring 2013, a boat exhibition and American Car Show 2013 both in Helsinki.
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Here is a cool video of Sikari.
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