Barn? Storage find.

A huge thanks to fellow longtime Woody Boater Gary Michael from Inland Boat Works for sending us in a cool find. Dang, Gary sure can find some cool stuff. WOW, as Gary says, not really a barn find, but I will say if its been in a barn and you see it? Is it a bard See? A Barn I knew about it?

The Haul. Love the old outboard on the pavement.

Picked up a 17′ Dee Wite model 9 hull # 1 prototype with running Van Blerck Jr engine. Prototype with outdrive. This was in the Heinzman collection in Bristol Ct. Not really a barn find but would come under worth having a look at

Ahhhh, love the colors on those two boats. Like finding two beautiful paintings.

The Van Blerck Engine

The Engine again. These were quite the Engine to have back in the day and very collectable.

An ad for the Jr

A Huge thanks, AGAIN and AGAIN to Gary for his ability to dig and find such treasures. You can Parooz Garys website HERE! 

And if you want more info on Van Blerck Engines, Here is a long history. CLICK HERE to Gas Engine Magazine.  



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14 Responses to “Barn Find-ish? Barn-I Knew It Was There Find? Dee White Hull #1 Prototype”
  1. Bob 3

    Cool boats! Mr. Van Blerck visited Lake Hopatcong a number of times. I’m sure he found more than one of his engines in use

  2. Greg Lewandowski

    Wow what a find. Does that stern drive mount to the bottom of the boat. I see the big hole in the transom for the shaft, but am a little confused about the rest. Did the stern drive come with the boat? Is that the thing behind the engine in the back of the truck?
    That soft chine skiff on top of the truck also looks like a nice boat. What is that all about?
    We need the rest of the story!

    • Greg Lewandowski

      Gary has some very unique and beautiful boats and marine engines on his website.

  3. Andy C

    Any pictures of that outdrive? I have what is supposed to be one that is a kermath but have never found anything about it

  4. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)

    Cool find ! As I always say, get her back in the water and enjoy her.

  5. Randy

    Boy, that stern drive with the ‘puller’ prop is not suited for waters with any amount of floating debris to deal with!

    • Richard Dow

      Tell that to Volvo… 🙂 Cool boats and an interesting look at the innovations that were being tried at the time. I hope it gets restored as built!

  6. Briant

    That four banger was $390 smackers. In 1930 dollars that is $6600 in today’s dollars. Yet a 2021 model 90hp Mercury outboard is $9500.

    I think today we are just getting the ol prop shaft.

  7. Troy in ANE

    Cool boats and engine!!!

    So many boats, so little time! (and money)