A huge thanks to Herb Hall from Sierra Boat Company out on Lake Tahoe for sharing a masterpiece named “Comanche” She is a one of a kind, 1950 Hacker Craft 30’ sedan built for Bert C. Scott for use on Lake Tahoe.
Bert Scott is the Scott half of Hall-Scott Motors and it is interesting to note that he chose a Scripps V-12 engine to power the boat, not an engine of his own manufacture.
Sierra Boat Co. has been the custodian of this boat from its earliest days on the lake, having maintained it in top condition. It has never been fully restored, only maintained, however, last summer it was decided that the bottom had finally reached the end of its life. Not bad for 66 years.
Once Sierra removed the original planking it was easy to see why. The build quality was exceptional, requiring only minimal frame work.
Her history, uniqueness and provenance are interesting, but she has an even better story to tell.
Unless you have been living on another planet, I’m sure everyone in Woodyboaterville has seen the Godfather movies. Much of Godfather II was filmed at famed industrialist Henry J. Kaiser’s, Fleur Du Lac lakefront estate.
At the beginning of the movie, a grand party is taking place on the lakefront lawn and many period wooden boats are seen in the background. Enter Comanche, pulling in to the dock whereby Fredo and his drunken wife disembark.
You remember Fredo, Michael Corleone’s inept older brother. Later in the movie, Fredo betrays Michael, “I know it was you Fredo, you broke my heart”
Of course Fredo takes another boat ride, this time to sleep with the fishes.