Lil’ Lido Boat Yard Find!


Glasspar Lido 14

I was driving down Rt 200  here on the Northern Neck of Virginia, on the way to get some more mulch. One can never have enough mulch. Anyway, while headed down the road I spotted this little fun “what the heck is that thing”. So ditch the mulch, I have to much of that anyway. What I don’t have is another boat. And one can never have enough boats.


God bless the boatress, she always humors me. Yes dear, very nice dear..


The left over logo still prod on her lil side.


This little Glaspar can fit in between all sorts of boats in the barn. Hell, it could hang on a wall as art. Either way, its got very cool lines, and a fun first boat for a 16 year old. Man oh man, that would have been the bomb for me at 16, to fix it up and find some old oil spewing engine and I would have picked up chicks all day long in my Lil Lido. Until Dirk Johnson would show up in his parents Donzi. But I would have done the work myself, and be proud. After all there is always a Dirk around in life. And that’s the magic of Classic Boating! All because I stopped and took time to look at what everyone else see’s is junk. And that’s Woody Boating! Now if you will excuse me I have some mulch to move.

Glaspar Lido 1

According to our pals at the Glasspar Owners Association they made these from 1956 to 1962 so it was clearly a popular boat


Thank god they left the name plate


Its all there, in 6 inches of water from the bad rains this week. Well, we know she holds water at least.


The bow thingamajig is very cool.


And some more info and Ads from the good folks at Fiberglassics. You can see more here.


and of course there is some guy on youtube running back and forth on one..

And of course someone is selling one on Ebay

And its very nice and for 2K can be in your driveway tonight.. So thats your budget for restoring the Lil Lido in the yard.. Eeeesh, life is looking a little rough for Lil Lido.. Unless your 16… Go to hell Dirk!


All done up like a time capsule. Dang!

11 replies
  1. Flash
    Flash says:

    That would be a fun little boat. I’d rather have the piece you found than the one on eBay as it is missing the coolness of the nameplate, bow thingamajig, and I’m not real sure what to think about the speakers mounted in the cooler.

    If you hurry, you could have it ready for Algonac.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I would buy them both. The one on ebay is a much more practicle starting point. It didn’t sell for $2k but you might get it for $1k if you show up in his driveway and wave the cash in front of him. Then you get other one for parts and then use the hull for a viking funeral, a planter, or a space filler in your garage.

    • Anthony
      Anthony says:

      I bid on it a few times but could never get the price to go above a few hundred. I emailed the seller and he said he has the reserve at $1,200. That’s a great deal for that boat. If I didn’t have the cap off my Speed Queen I’d have picked that Glasspar up by now.

  3. Steve A.
    Steve A. says:

    I really like the stripes on the deck, similar to an older CC Continental. I like the one you found better than the eBay one.

  4. Randy
    Randy says:

    The Lido is a ‘cute’ runabout ( = Ford Falcon), but you really need that ’55 Tbird (Glasspar G3) to get the girls!!!!!!!

  5. Brian F
    Brian F says:

    The one you found appears to have been heavily modified. That dark colored section between the deck and hull is not remotely correct. Some one has gone to a lot of trouble trying to get a higher bow profile, I would assume for taking on more serious water conditions than the boat was originally designed for. If restoration is in mind then that could end up being a lot of work to remove…

  6. Old Salt
    Old Salt says:

    Matt, What were you thinking? Yout could have killed two birds with one stone… Not only can it hold water it could also hold mulch! LOL

  7. Matt
    Matt says:

    HAHAHAHA! That is so true. Part of me wants to use it for a planter.. The lines are insane cool without the windsheild and motor..

  8. John A. Gambill
    John A. Gambill says:

    The stripes on the deck are much like the ones on my 1960 Elgin Sweep Wing. Always liked that look!

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