No photoshop!

OK Samuel, or Jacob, have we got this boat for you! Now its on Ebay, so maybe you are not on that. But if you are reading this, here is the description from the seller. Now at first you may be laughing at this thing, but once you read the description it gets cooler and cooler. Which we know being cool is not an Amish thing, but boating on the road isn’t really all that cool anyway. So its a win win for you Abram.


“This Buggy Craft was created in the mid 30’s. My dad had a near-death experience with a wooden boat when he was a teenage. All though he loved wooden boats he was scared to go on them. He rabbit hunted with to buddies of his that worked at the Chris Craft plant in Algonac Michigan.


He ask his buddies if they would design and build him a wooden boat on a horse buggy frame. We lived on a farm and had horses. He road this Buggy Craft for many years going to the store and visiting family and friends. He loved this Buggy Craft. He could be in a Chris Craft boat and not be on the water. As the time went by I lost track of this Buggy Craft until one day my brother ask me if I wanted dad’s Buggy Craft.


OK, this thing is cool!

He had stored it in his barn for all these years. He was selling his farm and had no place to stored it. I said I would take it. I have over the years restored old wooden Chris Craft boats. So I though I would restore this Buggy Craft. I had to replace some of the hardware that over the years disappeared also some of the wood. It is in great condition now. I want some one out there to enjoy this Buggy Craft as much as my dad did. This Buggy Craft has to be pick up at my house in Dryden Michigan. I updated the buggy frame with one I got from the Amish with rubber tires and rear hydraulic breaks. The size of the Buggy Craft is 68″ wide by 10′ long and 67″ high.This Buggy Craft is wired for the bow light and also the flag pole light with a 12 volt system.There is red tail lights in the rear exhaust ports.”

WOW, there ya have it, go to work like Christopher Columbus Smith went to work!


21 replies
  1. Matt
    Matt says:

    Ha Steve, Maybe HS! I don’t know, why make up a crazy story like that? It doesn’t affect the value either way. The Sleigh we featured did the same sort of thing from Algonac, they also made duck decoys and other crazy stuff there.

  2. jim g
    jim g says:

    I agree with Steve. All the hardware is generic or postwar. If it was built in the mid 30’s why does it have a post war hatch design? I would be more inclined to believe the story if there were some period photos to go with it.

  3. John Bailey
    John Bailey says:

    I went back and looked at both the ‘buggy’ and the ‘sleigh’ listings on eBay. Seems both are being sold out of Dryden, MI.
    Whether these are authentic or it is a craftsman creating these new, they do look nice and interesting.

    Give the fellow points for a good yarn and having an attention getter!

  4. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Anyone else notice that it appears to be the same building in the background of both the buggy & sleigh photos?

  5. Bill Hammond
    Bill Hammond says:

    No matter what the story is, this is really cool! I’d be interested if I didn’t have a real one that still is in process. Happy bidding to someone!!

  6. Gary
    Gary says:

    At first glance the bow reminds me of a mid 50s bull nose but on closer inspection it isn’t and surprise the sides appear to be made of plywood. Where are the mid 30s bungs?
    Gotta hand it to the people from Michigan they really know how to move the wool!

  7. Steve L
    Steve L says:

    Hey you got to give this guy credit! He is a creative craftsman! Take a look at how much time it must have been to build that buggy and the sleigh. His craftsmanship and engineering skills are excellent.
    Although, he probably thought up that story during the countless hours spent building it! But hey… everybody loved the James Bond/Hienecken tale!

  8. John Bailey
    John Bailey says:

    My brother asked if the eBay listing also includes water wings for the horses or are they sold separately?

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