Uncle Fester meets 007 – Worlds Apart

The 2009 Payette Lakes Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show, presented by the Payette Lakes Chapter of the ACBS at the Shore Lodge, in McCall, Idaho home of McCall Boat Works was a great success. For Century boat lovers, there was a wide range of styles and vintages on hand for the event, over 14 in fact. Two beautiful examples of classic Century design representing two different eras were “Uncle Fester” a 1952 Century Sea Maid 18′ and “007” a 1966 Century Sabre.

“Uncle Fester” (What a great name for a wooden boat) is owned by Tom & Robin Barton.

The Century Sabre was another of Richard Arbib’s designs, which was first introduced in 1961. After a re-design in 1963 to crisper, sharper lines, the Sabre was further updated. It was given richer platinum hues and red upholstery in 1965, which carried through to 1967.

“007” is a 1966 version and sports those Gull Wing roof panels which were popular then.

This Century Sabre is owned by Jim Grant and Kathy Hartley.

The Dockmaster for the 2009 Payette Lakes show was Jim Winslow. We had a chance to see and enjoy Jim’s 1957 Century Arabian 18 “Arabia” which he brought out for both the Payette Lakes show and the Sandpoint ACBS show earlier in the year. These photos are from the Sandpoint show.


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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Luxury boats with lots of automotive styling. Lots of bells and whistles. Did they use some of the same suppliers as Detroit? Gull wing doors that probably inspired DeLorian. Beautiful collector boats.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Ahhhhh encouragement in the form of finished Centurys. Having spent the entire day underneath my Century stripping seven,yes seven layers of old paint of the hull these pictures are such a boost. My arms and back are aching but now Ive seen these I cant feel a thing!
    Thats one cool road trip Texx.

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