Real Runabouts Posters Reprinted! Just In Time For Christmas Giving…Or Getting!


Here is a great Holiday gift idea for yourself. It’s always strange to feature gift ideas here, since no one in your family reads this. But how you drop hints are up to you. if you are familiar with the Bob Speltz Real Runabouts Series of books, these posters were used for promotional reasons and would look great framed in your area that you are allowed to use for your stuff. Like the bathroom in the basement. The wall behind the door. The closet door next to that Farrah Fawcett Poster. .

Not included in the poster series.

All kidding aside, this is real cool! Here is the note from the BSOL Gang

Century Poster

Century Poster 2

To celebrate the return of the Real Runabouts to the Bob Speltz Land O’Lakes Chapter of ACBS, BSLOL has painstakingly reproduced the original posters published by Bob Speltz, beginning in the late 1970’s. Each of the five posters is printed on the same, heavyweight poster stock as original, and all are reproduced at their original sizes, approximately 23’ X 29”.

Poster book cover

The first poster was an enlargement of the book jacket of Volume II, additional posters include Real Runabouts #2, Century, Century #2, and Chris-Craft. The posters are available individually at $20 each plus shipping, but for a limited time, the set of all five posters is available for $20 plus shipping.

The posters are carefully rolled in a sturdy shipping tube, to make sure they arrive safely.

Collect them all at once

Since Dave Bortner is President of BSLOL, and the Freedom Boat Service web site has e-commerce capability, the posters are available through the Freedom site HERE, RIGHT HERE! , but all proceeds go directly to BSLOL, to assist in their good works.

9 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    A puzzlement. Would love to have then. Would hate walking by them every day seeing all the boats I want but don’t/can’t have.

    • Wilson
      Wilson says:

      I thought Bob’s sister, Mary gave ACBS the rights, to republish and sell the books…Seems like ACBS had them advertised on their Ship’s store site at a discount to members….Maybe as Dave says, below, ACBS may have subsequently found it impractical to republish the books…

  2. Dave
    Dave says:

    Congratulations to Dave Bortner for having the insight to make it possible to return these important Speltz posters back home to the Bob Speltz Land O’ Lakes Chapter! Now, we can all enjoy them!

    • Dave Shepler
      Dave Shepler says:

      Yes thanks goes out to Dave for the thought to reproduce these! What a great piece to have to promote our hobby.
      I hope to one day have a finished barn or man cave to display them in. They are too good for my basement bathroom. Ha!

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Now I have to clean out a section of the basement, so I can put in a bathroom, so I can hang a couple posters. Might not happen in time for this Christmas.

  4. Dave Bortner
    Dave Bortner says:

    While the original Real Runabouts production materials are long gone, given today’s technology, they probably wouldn’t have been much help anyway. We are exploring possibilities, and will keep you all informed. Thanks, Matt! Gosh, that poster looks nice right next to a Lava Lamp!

  5. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Thank you, Dave and the rest of my fellow BSLOLers, for making this happen. And don’t hesitate to place your order today… or else it’ll be coulda shoulda.

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