Can You Spot Your Favorite Boat At Sierra Boat Co.

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Look at all those cradles

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Herb Hall for sending us all this cool old Picture from the Sierra Boat Company who will be home to this years ACBS International.I would imagine, just guessing here, things may have changed a bit when you get there in September. Lake Tahoe has an amazing history for Woody Boats and Sierra is a cornerstone of it all. So get out your Romper Stomper Bomper Boo Magic Mirror!

WOW, I see a…..

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Mmmm I see a couple working on a Cobra

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U22 on the left? Not sure what the others are. Darn Boat covers!

Twinn engine magic. Original Zippers! And more covers! Ugh

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Phil? It looks Blue from here.

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More goodness.

If you look around, chances are you will find a cool boat. We recognize several, but if you find one you know about. It might be a cool opportunity for someone to see their boat when it was new at the marina. Have fun!

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It blows up!

29 replies
  1. Bill
    Bill says:

    a article in the Port Huron Michigan newspaper states that 70 yrs ago 100 employees of the Gar Wood industries boat plant in Marysville went on strike when the company refused to meet wage demands of local 916 UAW CIO

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Love old photos.

    Makes me wonder what will happen to all the digital photos we take today. Will the memory cards be readable by the future operating systems or will all of it be lost?

  3. Dan T
    Dan T says:

    It would be great to see a blown up photo of the cars for the duelly addicted. Is that sports car a Jag?

    • floyd r turbo
      floyd r turbo says:

      Exactly Matt – definitely an MGA – they were manufactured from ’55 to ’62. I worked at an MG dealership as a teenager. We had a used twin cam in stock for awhile – they were hard to sell after they were found to overheat causing major engine issues.

    • Randy
      Randy says:

      The square looking station wagon in the middle is a Willys 2-door — you just can’t mistake that shape! Most were the standard Willy’s green. My parents bought one new in 1955 and owned it for 5-6 years. Of course, as kids, we didn’t think it was ‘cool’ but they are a classic now.

  4. Kentucky Wonder
    Kentucky Wonder says:

    Jeff, I think you are right about the second cobra between buildings. The small white boat in the yard down and left of the second Cobra looks like an Aristocraft. The outboard motor and especially the transom shape looks like a 12′ Torpedo model.

    • Randy
      Randy says:

      The 12′ model is the Typhoon and 14′ is the Torpedo. Something this small would be only a fair weather boat on the lake.

  5. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Is that a twin engine late 40’s early 50’s CC 25′ Sportsman in your 4th picture with its boat cover half way rolled back. And if that’s a 25 footer then that’s a triple 26 or 27 footer under cover next to it based on shape and length. Where’s your x-ray machine?

  6. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    btw, regarding your “math captcha” routine – the last I recall, ?-3=4, answer should be 7, It didn’t like it (twice) so I tried 8, didn’t like it,,.so I tried 6 and it took it. Is this the new math????

    • Dennis Mykols
      Dennis Mykols says:

      I WAS wondering the same thing yesterday. After I wrote a nice LONG post, and included a picture a simply 2+2 = catcha would not accept ” 4 ” and I tried three times. and had to give up cause I was late for a meeting.
      I am tooo OLD for ” NEW MATH “…

      • Tuobanur
        Tuobanur says:

        What I have figured out about the math captcha is it will time out, if you are writing a long comment make sure you copy it, if it doesn’t work refresh the page and paste your comment.

        • Troy in ANE
          Troy in ANE says:

          Am I the only one that logs into classified so that I don’t have to do the math? It lasts for about a month than I have to log in again.

  7. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    ’58 Chev Fleetside pickup next to the MGA… All the way to the right sort of looks like an aluminum unlimited hydro that was around at that time – maybe?

  8. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    All things considered, this is a nice clear photo taken from an airplane probably using commercial photography technology of that time. No satellites, Google Earth, drones were used and I doubt a U2 spy plane did this. Impressive!

  9. Herb Hall
    Herb Hall says:

    Great comments everyone. I date the photo as 1959 or ,60. There is a Coronado of that period in the picture. Sierra was the Century dealer on Tahoe, so the brand is well represented. I find it interesting that two of our customers had brought there relatively new, 21′ Cobras to us.

  10. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    I agree Feathercraft. There was one on the river when we lived in IL & the shape of the aft half was remarkably similar to my Aristocraft Typhoon. Hard to tell, but this doesn’t appear to have the deck scoop of an Aristo.

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