If you haven’t noticed, The Antique Boat Museum is OPEN! And a worthy road trip for sure. The Museum and Clayton and surrounding Thousand Islands are a perfect setting for all that’s classic boating.The good folks at “The Museum” are sharing some cool rare stuff they have for you to enjoy the history and texture of our little universe. Here is a little tease about a rare Garfom they have!
The name Gar Wood is synonymous with mahogany runabouts and raceboats but in a little remembered chapter after WWII, Gar Wood Jr. and his father experimented with synthetic materials for use in small boat construction. In 1947, Gar Wood Jr. began producing the Garform which was the first epoxy resin fiberglass standardized boat in production.
Wood Jr. referred to his new material as “Nautilite”. Garforms were produced for less than a decade. Despite the short production span, several thousand of the various Garform models were produced. Not many appear to have survived to the present day as a consult of the ACBS directory from 2002-2018 turns up a total of 11 Garforms. That number is brought up to 12 when you include the Antique Boat Museum’s Giabor, a 1948 Garform.