Live-sh From South Lake Tahoe

    Gar Wood being launched at Sierra Boat Co. Friday, - Photo Herb Hall

Gar Wood being launched at Sierra Boat Co. Friday, – Photo Herb Hall, Not three Gar Woods ready to go! All V 12’s

Fellow Woody Boaters Martin and Theresa Anderson report in from South Lake Tahoe with a very complete story on this weekends fantastic show. We got reports in from fellow Woody Boater Herb Hall from Sierra Boat Co on Friday that boats were going in and heading out to the show. WOW.. What a wonderful setting for a wonderful show.. Take it away Martin .

Thanks Matt, the Northern California/Lake Tahoe Chapter of the ACBS hosted the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic July 26-26 at the Tahoe Keys Marina. This was the seventh annual show  benefiting local charities. This year’s show theme was Freedom of the Forties honoring WWII veterans and show casing the wooden boat manufacturer’s contributions to winning the war. The chapter produced a beautiful printed program showcasing the 71 entries.Judging included restored, preserved, repowered, and modified classes, with boats on display manufactured from 1913 to 2013.

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AKS – 1913 25’-11” L.E. Fry Launch powered by a Universal 45HP engine.


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Redhawk – 1929 Chris-Craft 24’ Model 3 triple cockpit powered by a Mercruiser/Chevrolet big block.


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1930 Dodge 25’ Triple Cockpit Runabout powered by a Lycoming 125HP straight-eight.


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Lincoln 125HP straight-eight.


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Saga – 1930 Chris-Craft 38’ Commuter powered by a Mercruiser V8.

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Mountain Lyon – 1932 28’ Sea Lyon powered by a Lycoming V12.

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Honeh – 1936 19’ Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout.

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Dispatch” a 1931 33′ Gar Wood Model 33-50 Baby Gar. Originally powered by a Liberty V12, it is now powered by a Rolls Royce Meteor.

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Big Boy

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Big-Boy’s Scripps V12.

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Midnight Thunder – 1937 25’ Gar Wood Runabout powered by a Scripps V12.

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Miss Daisy – 1938 21’ Chris-Craft Deluxe Utility.

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Miss Daisy

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Rascal – 1938 16’ Chris-Craft Racing Runabout powered a Chris-Craft KBL.

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Rascal rear cockpit, don’t touch the exhaust pipe!


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Leading Lady – 1940 Gar Wood Custom Utility Model 198 powered by 2 Chrysler Crown, one of five produced with twin engines.


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Lady Barbara – 1941 19’ Gar Wood Deluxe Runabout.

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Pauli Girl – 1941 19’ Chris-Craft Runabout powered by a Chris-Craft MBL.

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Miss De Meanor – 1945 16’ Custom built runabout powered by a Ford V8 flathead. This is a combination of a Stephens Brothers potato boat and a wrecked 1935 Lincoln


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Miss De Meanor’s Flathead.


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Matchbox – 1946 20’ Chris-Craft Custom Runabout.


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The Other Woman – 1947 16’ Gar Wood Utility powered by a Chrysler M7. Owned by Arlon Hibbert of Pingree, ID.


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Lollipop – 1948 19’ Chris-Craft Red and White Racing Runabout powered by a Chris-Craft KB.

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Pinks – 1958 21’ Chris-Craft Continental with hard top.

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Sweet Water – 1960 16’ Century Resorter powered by a Dearborn Interceptor 185HP V8.

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Orange Crate – 1964 21’ Besotes Custom Race Boat powered by a Ford 425HP V8.

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Orange Crate’s Ford powerplant.

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Split Second – 2013 34’ Replica of a 1927 Hacker Race Boat powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin.

14 replies
  1. matt
    matt says:

    If any of you have never been out to lake Tahoe, its worthy of what ever it costs to go and stay. The collection of boats that show up from all over the US is always on a very very high standard. This is our Pebble beach area. The South Lake Tahoe show is a fun gathering, and gives you a taste of whats around locally, the big Concourse de elegance is INSANE. Absolutely insane. To win that top award is a HUGE deal because of the competition and focus of the national judges. Win that, and the ACBS show and you know you have done a good job with your boat. Some may wine and moan, but its nice to know there is a top end of shows if thats what your into. Not to mention the light there and setting is spectacular. Stay tuned for reports on the big show Aug 8-9th also stay tuned for reports from Clayton Next week!

    • Lyman56
      Lyman56 says:

      I agree. Sure Tahoe shows seem like a playground for the wealthy who source out their restorations.. but shows like those drive home the importance of keeping boats (mostly) original. We all cringe at people doing back yard modifications to rare boats – trying to turn everything into ‘Gentlemens Racers’. We can’t control it as much as we can’t ignore it. If that’s your thing, then cool. But I like that these shows inspire the rest of us to preserve history and not rewrite it.

      • m-fine
        m-fine says:

        The problems with your line of thinking are too long to list, but let’s start with the fact that these boats were originally built by backyard hacks who took aircraft engines and rewrote history rather than preserved it. All the Liberty and Rolls engines should be pulled out of those boats and put back in aircraft where they historically belong, right?

        Also, a wood boat modified to be a gentleman’s racer is at least still a wood boat. I can’t say the same thing about a Tahoe boat with a fiberglass bottom. There’s no history being preserved there and certainly no originality. Just making life easy for those who want awards to stroke their egos.

        • Lyman56
          Lyman56 says:

          Hey pal, there’s no fuss. I’m all for keeping these boats afloat and doing modern 5200, WEST, (fiberglass if you like to make life hard down the road). I am on team “Preservation”. And that’s where I like to be. I think you’ll find many people feeling the same for cars, aircraft, etc. And then there are the hot rodders.. not my thing, but there is a place for it and has been since the early automotive days. Let’s hug it out brother. I am not telling people what to do with their boats. I just appreciate the guys who restore their boats down the the nats ass for originallity. I wasn’t around to see how they came out of the factory.

  2. don vogt
    don vogt says:

    Nice pictures. Many of these great boats are regularly at the Tahoe Concours show. However, never saw Pinks before or any others of that finned model continental with the optional hard top. I wonder if there are other pictures of this model showing the hard top more clearly, and how many of the 190 produced, came with the optional top?

    It appears that there is a gap between the front of the top and the windshield? In any event a very cool and unusual boat.

    • don vogt
      don vogt says:

      as it turns out,the concours list of boats came out today, and the description of Pinks indicates that only 4 of the 190 of this model came with the hard top. rarer than i thought.

  3. 51Resorter
    51Resorter says:

    The first photo of “Big Boy” is not “Big Boy” my bad. It is actually “Dispatch” a 1931 33′ Gar Wood Model 33-50 Baby Gar. Originally powered by a Liberty V12, it is now powered by a Rolls Royce Meteor.

  4. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    Really nice, good pics and good info.
    Even though I already have a rebuilt 1947 Gray for my 41 CC I was wondering if Scripps ever made a 4 cylinder?

  5. Megan
    Megan says:

    I was wondering if anyone knew any info about AKS. She was in my mother-in-laws family from the time she was built until about the 60s I believe. She has been wondering about what happened to the AKS and I’m trying to find out for her. TIA

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