Thanks to fellow Woody Boaters Cindy and John Hendren regarding a special boat they found, and despite what you may first guess it is, some smart folks are stumped. Here is the note from John and Cindy.
We had a shop tour day yesterday at our boat shop, and had hoped someone would have been able to shed some light as to the make of this unique vessel! We had a few experts here, and at first glance Ventnor came to mind (myself as well), but after scrutinizing so many variances, the common consensus is that it is a different make. It sure does resemble a Ventnor, but the stern is very round, not a V like the Ventnors; Ventnor sterns are mahogany whereas this is molded plywood, and cedar planks on the hull sides.
The hull flares right thru to the stern, a Ventnor does not. The guy I got it from had been told years ago that it was a Grenfell. All research we’ve been able to find on Grenfells shows that they only built cruisers. I’d love to see if ‘just once’, back in the 40’s, they built a stylish, funky runabout! Any ideas?