It’s Time To Play Another Round Of “WHATIZIT”

We already know this much, its cool as all get out!

We already know this much, its cool as all get out!

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Wolfgang Borchard for sending us in his love boat of his life since 1974.. The only problem Wolfgang has, is he has no idea what it is? Dear god Wolfgang, you have been married to a boat for 40 years and didn’t know who she was? Keeping it exciting out there in California. All kidding aside, he reached out to our staff….ish, and asked for some help from the peanut gallery. So here goes.

We know that it floats. So its a boat. Hey this is better than the last couple of these we have figured out.

We know that it floats. So its a boat. Hey this is better than the last couple of these we have figured out.

As Wolfgang said in him email… I found this mahogany boat in 1974, Pittsburg California. 17’9″ title says homemade 1953. It had a 1948 ford flathead industrial engine, paragon planetary gear trans.


Now has 300hp  327 chevy  and new motor box. 40 great years never seen one like it. Shop built, with numbers stamped on the back. I do not think it’s home made. Maybe A kit? What is it? Can not be the only one. If it is one of a kind a lot of people are missing out on a lot of fun.

Dang, wait around Wolfgang!

Dang, wait around Wolfgang!

25 replies
  1. Cliff
    Cliff says:

    Mmmm I’m going with what’s on the title, home built. Wish there was some more shots. Shiller wheel, Wilcox and Crittenden hard wear , Stewart Warner dash and a Perko siren. What’s the green car in the background?

    • Doug P
      Doug P says:

      Green Car is 50’s English “Morris Minor”. Manufactured by Morris Garage, also made MGA, A,B, T and more

      • John Baas
        John Baas says:

        Don’t forget the MGBGT! And who IS this woman who has graced a header for the third time by my count?

        • Doug P
          Doug P says:

          I see that more people enjoy the header than boats.

          Finally, a math question I could answer.
          2-1=1 (I cheated and used a calculator)

  2. Art
    Art says:

    I think it is home built, maybe from a “kit”. I would check old magazines. of the time frame, for any ads or articles.
    BTW the gauge cluster is the same design as the one on my 1939 Chris Craft.

  3. john Rothert
    john Rothert says:

    that was cold m-fine….cold…..but true……

    and what IS the green car in the background?

    John in Va.

  4. john Rothert
    john Rothert says:

    Cushions….I really like the way the upholstery in this boat is just cushions…custom made and with seams that line up and approximate fixed upholstery….I am going to use this concept on the Argentine Runabout.
    John in Va.

    • Doug P
      Doug P says:

      Here is a later Tolly w’ Dearborn Interceptor 292.
      Tolly is ply, can’t see if the boat in question is ply or planked

  5. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Oh! There IS a story today. Took a while to get past the header…

    The boat in question looks good for a home-built. Could be a kit boat with lots of customized features. Interesting!

  6. Steve
    Steve says:

    Lets get Troy to pick the headers. For a one week trial. See how much readership increases!

  7. Jordan Heath
    Jordan Heath says:

    Could be a Crooks, built in small CA factory. There were sold as finished craft and offered as a kit, either parts or bare hull. The tip off is the “flathead” engine and instruments. Would need more details of hull construction but its a possibility.

  8. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Love the pic of the MGB-GT, that one is identical to the first car I ever bought – Grampian Grey color, wires, etc. – I wish I still had it!

    My thought on the boat was possibly Tolly, but I would have to see more shots and if it is a ’53, that would likely be too early. Tolly was just going into production then.

  9. wolfgang
    wolfgang says:

    the green car is a 1947 Pontiac. the boat side boards are plywood, top is planked. was 6v neg. ground V8.

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