The First 17′ Barrel Back Goes For A Fun First Springtime Ride.

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Amazing lettering by Alan Johnson.

The Katz’s Marina gang is having fun out on the water during this warm spell. This time in Barrel Back number one, who made her show debut at the huge Lake Dora event. Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Bob Kays for capturing the moment out on beautiful lake Hopatcong!

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Alan takes Carol through her paces!


Orange seams, Pigskin interior! the perfect match


Marble banjo wheel and blue faced gauges!


Orange bootstripe.


The classic Perfect Katzs Marina finish

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Bob tells us she had an amazing ride and ran like a top with her new VanNess engine

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Enjoying a peaceful moment before going back inside!

Thanks again to Bob for sharing these amazing photos, and remonding us Spring is really here!


13 replies
  1. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U.P.)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U.P.) says:

    Beautiful Boat! I have always had a thing for those BarrelBacks. Great pictures also. I think if you turned that pic in front of the boathouse B&W, it would look like it was 1941.

  2. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    Nice job. I believe the standard steering wheel for the ’17 was the 3 spoke black. I like the banjo here, however, and wonder if it was special ordered when new or something put on during the restoration?

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Warm spell? If it doesn’t stop raining, I might be able to go boating in my back yard soon.

  4. Randy
    Randy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    … hmmmmmm, pigskin interior — I wonder what happened to the rest of that pig.

  5. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    the 17′ deluxe runabout double cockpit forward in the “barrellback” style was started in the 1940 model year. If this is the first one, it would have been made sometime in the later half of ’39 as a ’40 model, with serial no. 71529. It kept essentially the same styling from ’40 thru ’42, unlike the 19′ version that was modified in the front end during the latter part of its ’39-’42 run.

  6. Ronald
    Ronald says:

    I’m not concerned about the serial number but after seeing this boat at Tavares in person it is stunning to say the least. The workmanship is second to none and what a gorgeous boat even on the trailer, after walking behind it and seeing the transom art I was impressed with the talent, you can’t see on my screen anyway but the letters has a very light shadow that is perfectly done and really sets off the transome. What a great restoration.

  7. thomas d
    thomas d says:

    if I saved a $100 a month, how many months would it take to afford a Katz varnish job on a 17ft boat? a story on how they do a finish would be nice.

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