It’s time play our favorite game show, WHATIZIT? Thanks to fellow Woody boater Doug Scarborough for asking the question yesterday that we all really want to know. What is that thing on ebay? To be honest I had seen it and passed it by. And then I clicked on it. Mother of god, this thing is cool as all get out. And get out it can do.. Sport’n a nice Hemi, and all the coolness a California boat has. Very cool steering wheel, engine pipping out of the boat.. All of it.. So here is the cool part. No one really knows what it is. The sellers honest description is great, Here it is.. Maybe the population of Woody Boater can help.
This boat has been owned by the same person here in the San Joaquin Valley for over 30 years. He was able to use it occasionally until about 5 years ago. Unfortunately, we are unable to get any information from him so the exact history of the boat is unknown. We’re told it’s a very early Sanger Boat but we are not vintage boat experts so we really don’t know. The title says 1960 “SNJOA” and we have no idea what that means.
We pulled it from his barn, put new tires on the trailer and brought to a friend’s shop. At the shop, they rebuilt the carburetor, replaced the fuel pump, replaced the battery and added fresh gas (the tank was bone dry and clean). They hooked it up to a hose and fired it up just to test the engine; we did not test it on the lake. The engine fired up quickly and easily and sounded awesome. As you can see from the photos, the lower half of the boat is sealed with fiberglass which we are told was done at the factory. The Chrysler Hemi engine has the number C542-8-30525 stamped on it which is a 331 cubic inch. The V-drive is Halibrand and it has a factory dash plaque from Iskenderian Cam. Overall, it’s a neat old boat sitting on an ugly trailer. It’s currently licensed and tagged. It’s here in Fresno, California and can be seen anytime.
On Mar-12-14 at 10:53:24 PDT, seller added the following information: A few people have emailed about the make of this boat. To be clear, we are not sure who the builder is. We are only “guessing” based upon input from others. It seems from the response that this boat is NOT a Sanger but some other early model powerboat. If you think you might know, we would love to hear from you. The title doesn’t help much since nobody at DMV seems to know what SNJOA stands for. Also, the wood is decent in most areas but it does have some rough spots so please check the photos carefully. Thanks!