It’s Time To Play Our Favorite Game Show! WHAT IZ IT?


what guyIt’s time again to play our favorite online game show. WHAT IZ IT? Fellow Woody Boater Art Van Ben Schoten has an old wooden boat with no motor but doesn’t  have the chrome pieces,  its 15.5 ft long, three seated and  believes  it had a 6cyl motor flat bottom direct drive. He was told it was 1930/1940 tournament boat. So here is the big question… What is it?






58 replies
  1. Steve Balcer
    Steve Balcer says:

    It kind of looks like a “Canadian 1” design that use to race up in Canada at that time period. Years ago I did a motor swap in a boat that had similar lines to this one.

  2. Jack Schneiberg
    Jack Schneiberg says:

    I’m going to guess Stancraft based on a short I just watched somewhere. Also not disappointed with the repeat header. Repeated one more time, this header could do some serious damage to my dream sequences.

  3. don vogt
    don vogt says:

    Too short for a western fairliner and they didnt have the planing “plaftform” rear hull feature like this one. Also they didnt start building them until 1947.

  4. Gary
    Gary says:

    Love the header!
    Gotta be home built, joint between sides too straight.
    Troy’s header definitely vessen.

  5. matt
    matt says:

    Well, Troy is back. At least she is not wearing sausage or a cheese dress. So I suppose there is some restraint going on.. Small steps Troy, small steps..

    • oldernowiser
      oldernowiser says:

      I have no idea what it is. I did see one just like it years ago, (1996?) in a guys garage. He lived near Flathead Lake in Kalispell MT. It was in about the same condition as this one.
      It had no engine, but he believed the original engine for his boat was in a small museuem at Flathead Lake. I regret I did not stay in touch with that guy, I was too busy trying to tow a Chris Craft that I had bought there over the mountain pass in a snowstorm.

  6. Taco
    Taco says:

    Do not know what make the boat is but I like the spelling of the owner`s name. It literally says Art, son of Ben Schoten. This is very “old scool” as today it would be Art van Benschoten. I asume Art`s father or grandfather has Dutch roots.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Keep in mind you are reading Woodyboater and therefore the spelling of the name may or may not represent the way the owner or his parents may have spelled it.

    • John Baas
      John Baas says:

      Back of the trailer looks like it has a sort of removable tie down bar? Curved flange hooks over the flat platform. Knob in the middle for removing the bar upon launch? Cool, indeed!

  7. Alex
    Alex says:

    I’ll tell you what it is.

    It’s upside down.

    As for the header (which I’m copying herein, to ensure its immortality, since she’ll be gone in less than a day), your caption is too wishy washy. Who cares about sunsets, water, wood, varnish and all that. How about this: “The most beautiful boat in the word pales next to a beautiful woman.” Amen.

  8. Steve
    Steve says:

    I love the custom fit of that trailer. The rails follow the chines and the bumper hooks onto the transom. The boat looks like it wouldn’t even need tie downs. I would love to hear the story of this boat and I do hope it gets restored.
    Matt, you could just leave that header….forever!

  9. matt
    matt says:

    Yes it is Tommy.. She was thinking of you when it was shot. It was the only way to make her smile..laugh smile kinda the same thing

  10. Grant Stanfield
    Grant Stanfield says:

    Not sure what sort of boat this is, but very interesting!

    *Hey, WoodyBoater…in honor of the 2014 SOCHI Winter Olympics, would there be any interest in a story about Russian classic boats? I’d be interested in knowing more…anyone have any stories?

    I know they were pretty into hydrofoils for a while…but were there any runabout-style wooden boats produced over there behind ‘The Curtain?’

    Just throwing it out to readers…

    • Troy
      Troy says:

      Grant did you not know that Roamer was actually a secret division of the KGB.

      It was set up to infiltrate the psychie of the US population and analyze our thinking patterns to better dominate the world.

      Where else would an iron boat come from except from behind the iron curtain?

    • Grant Stanfield
      Grant Stanfield says:

      Here are blueprints of an armed landing boat based off the NKL-27 pleasure boat from the Dniepr Flotilla…

  11. Terry Fiest
    Terry Fiest says:

    I can tell you its definitely not a Stan Craft—I have combed the archives and found nothing to resemble this. My guess is it was built as a conventional boat and someone tried to convert it into a Torpedo stern. For “Oldermowiser”–the boat you saw in Montana belonged to Jerry Appel and he has completed the restoration—There were only 10 Torpedo Stern Boats built by Stan Craft—6 are know to exist—-Haul it down to Tavares for the Sunnyland Show—Terry

    • oldernowiser
      oldernowiser says:

      Thanks for the info on the Montana boat and Jerry Appel. Any more info or pictures? I met him for literally a few minutes before trying to outrun a May snowstorm with my newly purchased 27′ Sedan Cruiser…I was not able to outrun it, by the way…what a trip!

  12. Cliff
    Cliff says:

    I’m going to go with home built. The exhaust is too crude for it to come out of a professional shop regardless of the year it was built. A lot of time was put into the shape of the stern but the exhaust looks like an afterthought. I expected it to come out of the side of the hull, I also have a feeling the boat is going to be really “strange” in the water the first time out. It will be very quirky.

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Agree, with that bottom it should be very squirrely in turns and forget about using it in any type of chop. Can we get a period correct kidney belt to go with this?

    • oldernowiser
      oldernowiser says:

      Beautiful! As I remember this boat was in incredibly bad shape. Glad Jerry had the heart and talent to save it! Would love to hear the story of this restoration……is it out there somewhere and I just haven’t run across it yet? I’m land locked here in the mid west and havn’t been to many shows, so pardon my ignorance. Any more info is appreciated.

  13. Steve
    Steve says:

    Could no one come up with what this is? Maybe it is homebuilt.
    It would be nice to see some more info, Are there any serial numbers? What kind of fasteners ? ( R&P, slotted, Robertson) Is it all the same wood. Was the plywood on the transom original? Are there more photos available? Why does Troy’s gal have a moustache? I never saw it the first 3 times I looked.

  14. Dan Payne
    Dan Payne says:

    Let me help. I’m helping Art sell the boat.
    I doubt that it is home built.
    There are too many elements of factory production employed in the hull.
    NOT a Stan Craft (as someone mentioned already)
    It was NOT modified to the torpedo stern you see. There are no signs of alteration.
    I found no serial numbers on the hull.
    Cedar planking. Mahogany on the aft deck. Frames are a mix of some plywood, some pine. I did not check the fasteners. I hope we can find someone with the vision and resources to restore her.

  15. Dan Payne
    Dan Payne says:

    P.s. Absolute not Barnes Craft (what an awesome boat that is! I’ve Never heard of them)

    If it is home built (which the no serial numbers suggests) it was a highly skilled builder. Not an amature. It’s just to complicated and compound for a novice woodworker

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