Okay! Who Blowed Up Gibbs Boat? Whose Boat Was used.

If you are an NCIS watcher, and many are, not me, you know that Gibbs, the main character works on an old wood boat in his basement. And in this seasons finally he goes out for the maiden voyage…. And well. things don’t go as expected. Did he lift and sniff? Or was it something far more diabolical? And how did he survive? And dang.

V8? 1939? Feels like a Tahoe boat? Not shot on Lake Tahoe though? Where? Lake Arrowhead?

A classic scene.




Well? Who got there boat all Blowed up real good? And yes, I am sure its CGI and a model. But does remind me of some of my favorite SCTV stuff. I miss that show.

You can watch the entire episode here at the official NCIS Web Site. And a huge thanks to long time NCIS viewer Bob Kays and Wayne Cory for the story as well as Waynes stone wall.

24 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Don’t ever watch the show and after this I won’t! That must have been staged or photoshopped. No one would really do that to that beautiful boat.

  2. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    When I saw that the other day, the first thing I noticed were the dual exhausts. I assume whoever restored it put in modern V8 power?

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Haven’t watched the show for years. When I did Gibbs was always making sail boats, so I found it curious that this story has him in a barrel back.
    After doing a little CSI (or NCSI in this case) investigating I discovered that Gibbs was building a Glenn L barrel back.
    So did Gibbs put Chris-Craft step pads on a Glenn L?

    • Chuck Cross
      Chuck Cross says:

      Very interesting. They showed him face down in the water right after the explosion all in one piece but then he swims away. I first thought that it was the end of him and or the series but apparently not.
      I hope it was just a model.

  4. KW
    KW says:

    Having replaced more than one of those solid coverboards I can tell you that is not a Clenn L. Ps add wrong hatch handles to red bottom paint list

  5. steve bunda
    steve bunda says:

    Boat in the basement is Glen L can tell by the framework. The boat on the water may be an actual cc barrel , but need more info and pictures.

  6. Mark
    Mark says:

    What kind of message is this to the rest of the world ?

    Wooden boats blow up after restored ?

    I can already see people running away when I get to the ramp to launch.

    • briant
      briant says:

      Let them run away….

      Look at that in a positive light….you will have the ramp to yourself so ya won’t have to deal with the usual hoard of idiots.

      I will never understand how a strip of concrete leading into a body of water makes most go braindead. It aint that hard.

  7. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Woody Boater detectives. I think this is really neat when this kind of stuff happens

  8. Jim (the Lurker)
    Jim (the Lurker) says:

    I agree with Mark…the knowledge in this community is amazing and fun to hear…

  9. Jim G
    Jim G says:

    they were building a Glenn-L barrelback. But due to all the crap that has gone on in the last year. They fell behind on the schedule of building it.

    Thats why the final boat you see is a real 39 19′ Chris Craft Barrelback. They had to have a finished boat for the end of the season.

    From what I saw of the boat. I don’t think it was a restored one. Just a nice on thats been maintained all its life.

  10. Tommyholm
    Tommyholm says:

    This is stale news, well covered by up to date sites. The fact that cool dude Gibbs was hand making a wooden boat on a most highly rated TV series has done more for the hobby than a cult blog with sex tease that can’t tell the diff from a Glen-L vs a CC. Me think Gibbs should be put in the ACBS Hall of Fame.

  11. Roberta
    Roberta says:

    According to my friend Gayle, Glen L ‘s daughter, they were building a Glen L Barrel Back. Many builders emulate the CC cover boards.

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