Live-ish From The RM Amelia Island Auction – Edward II Has A New Home

Amelia Island Hacker - 3
“Edward II” the big 1930 30′ Hacker-Craft Triple Cockpit runabout is now being offered for auction. This is exciting to watch in person….

Bidding quickly reaches 160K…

Looks like there are three bidders in the house… Now at 215K

Hammer drops at 220,000.00. ($242,000 inclusive of buyer’s premium)

Wayne Davis ©2013 Courtesy RM Auctions (2)

Edward II Photo courtesy Wayne Davis / RM Auctions


12 replies
  1. Texx
    Texx says:

    Nice work by Dave Bortner and his crew from Freedom Boat Service and great job by the nice folks from RM Auctions this week.

    Freedom Boat Service & RM Auctions have found a winning formula and together continue to find buyers for these rare classic wooden boats. Nice to see.


  2. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    very nice to see, great exposure of quality collector boats to a very, very interested and serious crowd. Efforts like this will hopefully broaden the appeal of these boats to collectors, not just boaters. Obviously people who buy many of the cars sold here will never drive them, they invest in them. Having collectors become interested in the “best of breed” in our hobby cannot be a bad thing.

  3. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    I would have placed a bid, but it would have been subject to my lottery ticket drawing tonight.

  4. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    I m pleased it sold, too. A little lower than the advertised low end of the range, as i suspected, but not by too much. With the stock market coming back and the economy inching forward I think we will see more firming in the price of the higher end boats. There has been dramatic inflation in the components going into restoration, such as lumber (if available at all), chroming, screws, etc. so already restored boats become more attractive. Texx, do we know who bought it? I hope it gets out and about for people to see.

  5. Texx
    Texx says:

    It was great to see Edward II sell for a reasonable price today. I am not sure who bought the Hacker, but will inquire.

    Many people stayed around late into the auction just to see how Edward II would do in terms of actual bid amounts and also to see if the boat made reserve.

      • Texx
        Texx says:

        Right now Pebble Beach seems a long way in the distance. But just a few weeks ago Brian Robinson & I did discuss the possibility of hitting Pebble Beach after the Lake Tahoe Concours.

        We have a very busy schedule this year with boating events and shows, and a few other events that we are currently trying to get off the ground.

  6. Larry Cooper
    Larry Cooper says:

    This selling price is quite a bit lower then a couple of 30′ Hackers sold for 3 or 4 years ago, and also far far less then what Mr. McClendon paid when he acquired Edward II. As I recall Mahogany Bay handled the sale when Mr. Bortner was president there. 3 replicas/new builds in the 30′ range by top notch wooden boat builders have sold in the area of $300,000 in the last year or so. Is a sign of the times, are there currently more buyers for new wooden boats?

  7. don vogt
    don vogt says:

    This would make an interesting article. What is the annual sales volume of the reproduction wood boats these days, and over the last 5-6 years, say. I suspect they have been down during the recession but this is only impressionistic.

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