Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater Jeff Funk of The Antique Boat Shop sent us all in this little fun find, and thought we might have fun trying to figure out what it iz? Anyone? Get out your Speltz Books. Is it even in there? Anyway, take it away Jeff!
I paid a visit to my friend and fellow restorer Jeff Guyas today. He owns the locally famous Wawasee Slip in Syracuse, IN, once known as Harkless Marina and in 1929 became the third Chris-Craft dealer in the US. Jeff wanted me to look over a project in his storage building. Tucked back in the corner of his storage garage was a boat I’ve never seen before. The bottom was completely metal…looked like some type of galvanized over white oak frames. There was no wood inner layer…just the metal over frames.
It also had a Model A engine in it that sat forward of the two seat cockpit, so it’s a Gentleman’s Racer layout. It must be from the late 20s – early 30s. The boat is about 16’ long with mahogany decks. It was hard to gain much access and was difficult at best to get good photos. Anyway, perhaps someone out there knows what this is. I think he was hoping I would purchase it on the spot, and maybe I should have. Too many boats already in the shed. Just thought your readers would enjoy the story.
Anyone out there that can figure this one out. Iz it a one off? A metal bottom is a cool…and heavy concept. Not heavy in the 1960’s hippy way, heavy as in the 1920’s heavy metal. Not the 80’s big hair type either.