A HUGE thanks to longtime fellow Woody Boater and Oriental rug in the shop brother from a different mother Gary Michael for sending in this insane rare Fay & Bow Runabout. Maybe we are brothers? Gary just wondering? Did your mom work late at nights like mine? Did you have a bunch of dads? Daddy Bob, Daddy John, Daddy Rocky? Where there oriental rugs at your home like mine? We have so much catching up to do! Like the time Mom???? Went away for a bit and I got taken to my “Aunts” house for a year. Mom said she was able to come home because she behaved well? WOW, this has gone down a strange rabbit hole. PLEASE GARY, TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME!
Matt- Found a super rare 1930’s 18′ Fay Bow Runabout in a barn here in Brookfield N.H. I first looked at the Fay 15 years ago when i was in a barn in Brookfield documenting the configuration of a Chris Craft Model 199 Dbl Upswept and the Fay was in a narrow section of the barn against the wall. It had great lines and very Dodge looking with a Crouch bottom, blind fastened at the battens, graceful crowned decks and 3 planks tall.
Complete hardware and 4 cylinder Lycoming that turns over. The owner travels to N.H. from Florida and stays at the farm for a month in July and i stop for a visit every year and ask about the Fay and possibly buying it and the answer has always been i’ll restore it someday. The boat came from the finger Lakes in N.Y and has been in this barn for 46 years surrounded buy some super boats.
My annual visit this year we worked out a deal and i bought the old girl. Fay Bowen Engine Co built displacement Launches in the 20’s and 30’s the depression called for new money and branding and they resurfaced as Fay Bow building hard chine runabouts possibly until 1935. This boat is Hull # 714 if any one has any info on these boats please contact me. Thanks for keeping the boat news coming. Gary Michael