Thats to fellow Woody Boater Arronn Carter for sending us in a fun debate on how or what to do with this cool sedan that could be either a Truscott or Gar Wood. Honestly, either way it is what it is, a very cool sedan.Take it away Allen
I recently purchased an old wooden boat that had been properly stored for ten years in a warehouse in Sacramento. The boat is 18’6″ in length, varnished mahogany hull, with a Chrysler Crown 115 h.p. gas motor. It appears to be all original planking and frames and flooring, with fresh upholstery Her title says she is a 1945 Gar Wood. She has the open sedan style utility.
On the back of the aft bench seat is stamped 18 A SEDAN, on the engine stringer is a stamp18 and on the steering wheel bracket is inscribed S 39 or 5 39. In my search to identify this craft, I purchased “GarWood Boats” by Tony Mollica. On page 121 I found a photograph of an identical boat.
Here is my dilemma: The man I purchased from, John Schei, found this in a barn at an estate sale near Lake Tahoe in the mid 1970’s. At some point, he came across a story about how Truscott Boat and Dock Company obtained the original Gar Wood jigs after GarWood went out of business and began a short-lived attempt at reproducing the Gar Wood designs. John saw a photograph in the Real Runabouts 2 that featured a 1948 Truscott that looked nearly identical to the original Gar Wood, and decided to run with it, having the hull emblem painted “Truscott” and installed a period correct Truscott tachometer.
I would really like to find out if, indeed, as the title states, this is actually a 1945 Gar Wood. Post war boats by Gar Wood are few and far between, even with higher overall production numbers. I would love to hear from you in regard to the identity of “Mon Cheri”
I am in the process of caulking the bottom with interlux brown seam compound and would love to figure out what year this boat was produced. I have heard that back in the 1940’s, boats weren’t required to register the year they were built, so with the title matching hull number of 1945 Gar Wood, I have difficulty believing it is a 1948 Truscott. It looks nearly identical to the 18’6″ Gar Wood sedan on page 121 of the GarWood book.
Thanks again Arron, to start the debate, i will say it’s a Truscott. Not sure why, and I have a 50/50 chance of being wrong. But the bow area is different and more streamlined. BUT, that could be a later design change from the page 121 book. Is it Rarer if its a Truscott? The fact that it was built this way based on Gar Wood design is a better story? Whats your thoughts on this?