The Most Fun $32,500 Can Buy These Days

Packard Co Rave Boat on Ebay

Let’s all realize that with all the inflation and crazy numbers flying around. Cars 15K over Manufactures price and so on. That 32K is the new 15K. Hey.. It aint me, I am in there with you all. And yes we all know its gonna tank at some point, but while its all going on, we can enjoy it. Thats all I can do. And this little Packard Boat Co Race boat is without doubt fun, fun, and maybe a little more fun fun.

Now you may be thinking, mmm, Packard made boats? Well, here is where one requires to read the details. Which are in the link, I really don’t want to get into it too deep. I am still digesting last night’s deborturous dinner here in New Orleans. mmmmmmmmmmmm, anyway back to the Packard. You could not have one of these made today for under 100K. Go try. And to add to that, all these old race boats are remade anyway.

The originals were built to last a race or two. Light, and fast. So if you want to own a cool old race boat, this is the only way to pull it off. So $32K is a very reasonable price. The seller has laid it all out for us here. Very straightforward, and well, actually I think I have seen this boat at Lake Dora, but to be honest its all a blur of Funnel cakes and chicken on a stick these days.


13 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Nice looking racer. Beautiful Hacker lines.
    18 degrees this morning. First skim ice on the lake. No boating today!

    • Shep on Lake Shafer
      Shep on Lake Shafer says:

      Yes the change of seasons is great! Gives us something to look forward to SPRING!!
      Greg Just think you could be joining us in Tavares in 120 days or so?
      I already have a place rented on Lake Dora that we will be able to boat to the show. We will go the week before to join in on all of the pre events.
      We pulled Mom’s Mink down in March of 2020 to the show that was canceled as we were driving down there.
      It’s a beautiful area to boat. We still had great time with other WoodyBoaters that were there.
      I still owe you a boat ride!

  2. Kent O
    Kent O says:

    Some of us who have been in this thing for a long long time will fondly remember Bud Finkl (pictured in “Gold Rush”) on many of the early St. Johns (FL) River Runs in the late 90s. Bud owned the Packard Boat Company. He also had a 1920 Gold Cup racer 26′ called “Miss Packard” and a 1929 Chris Craft 38′ Commuter called “Copper Star.” Packard Boat Co also built at retro-ish looking fiberglass speedster in 21-27′ sizes, don’t know how many were built.

    • floyd r turbo
      floyd r turbo says:

      Good recall Kent. I thought he looked familiar but couldn’t place him. His white fiberglass Packard replicas reminded me of those white Lionel toy race boats

    • Jim G
      Jim G says:

      When Bud redid the commuter he had turned it into a twin engine powered with 454’s.

      He also redesigned all the internals of the shifters so at the helm it still looked like the single engine that they all were.

      The boat was here on Hartwell for awhile until it sold. The thing would out run all the cruisers on the lake.

      Bud was quite a character.

    • Dennis Mykols
      Dennis Mykols says:

      FUN is not the word for this style of boat. The three years we own our 1926 Hacker replica “Old School” this boat gave us thrills each time we went out, WET thrills at times if the wind was just right. (just ask my wife). Being so narrow, she would glide into any docking area, and also turn on a dime, at higher speeds.

  3. tom
    tom says:

    I would hope a boat like that could bring at least 30k,never mind 15k a year or so ago.looks beautiful and well cared for.Is there any sign “inflation” has had any effect on this hobby?

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