Woody Boater Question of the Week – Nov. 27, 2010

Imagine for a moment that you just won 10.0 Million playing the Irish Sweepstakes Lottery.

And next week some unusual environmental legislation goes into effect that states you can only own one Antique & Classic Boat, and it had to be purchased prior to the legistation going into effect.

So if you could only have one Antique & Classic Boat and money was no object, what would it be? and why?

34 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    18' Lyman Outboard built between 1956 and 1960.
    I will require one for each year. Sorrry it's five boats. All on teen nee or gator trailers. Everything tweaked with evinrude Etec's 90hp

  2. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    Would have to be the 1929 Hacker Designed 36' Minett Shields forward drive two step runabout named Wimur ll. One of one built, always been in Muskoka and perhaps the high point of what many consider the best Canadian custom builder. Happily it is for even sale but you'd blow 5% of your winnings to buy it.

  3. don vogt
    don vogt says:

    Hard to say. Too many great boats. But i have a question for you. What is that boat in the picture with the crazy tail fins? Whoever designed that overdosed on something!

    FRANCHINI says:

    I would rescue Sylvia from drydock at ABC and use her everyday. The rest of the money would be used to "freshen" her up at the end of each season!

  5. Texx
    Texx says:

    Don – I have limited knowledge about the marque, but I think the finned runabout shown above is a 1959/60 Ancarrow Praetorian.

    They were designed and manufactured by Ancarrow Marine in Richmond, Virginia and were available with either single or twin Cadillac Crusader V-8's or Dearborn Interceptor V-8's. The Ancarrow Marine brochures used the caption "Going Places Fast" for good reason with twin 300HP Crusaders…

    Newton Ancarrow, the visionary behind the company, was also a well known Environmental Activist in the Richmond, VA area.

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    1956 Blue and grey stained Century Arabian with V8 power, or maybe a 57 Coronado.
    For those of you settling into the early winter I thought of you as I spent the morning on glassy water in my 67 Arabian today. Wellington had unusually still to light winds and the hottest day so far this summer. Even threw in an earthquake for a treat,
    Work tomorrow. crap,

  7. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    By the time Franchini and I finished bidding for Sylvia the money would be fairly well gone, I suppose.

  8. Dave Jane
    Dave Jane says:

    Think big boys… Im going for a 1949 52' Chris Craft Conqueror. TRI-POWER. Why putt around with just one motor when you can have (3) mighty
    Hercules motors behind you.

  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I would save El Lagarto from being held hostage….lol. She needs to get out and stretch her legs.

    scott in richmond

  10. Texx
    Texx says:

    1924 26' Indian Lakes Race Boat with Liberty
    V-12 because it's Rare and Unusual…


    "Perlita Too" with Scripps V-12 because it's Rare and Perfect.

  11. Randy M.
    Randy M. says:

    … ahhhhh, it would have to be a 1956 MATTHEWS 42' Martinique Express!!! Best part is I don't have to dream, I made that 'dream' come true.
    Randy M.

  12. rdapron
    rdapron says:

    Texx / Matt, Randy's boat is perfect – worthy of a future Woodyboater feature story. You will not be disappointed. Give him a ping and he will fill you in on the details.

    FRANCHINI says:

    Randy has several dream boats to go along with the Martinique. Since Al is going to outbid me on Sylvia, I will take the Miss Madison off his hands with the cash left over.

  14. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Phil, hope you have a great summer in Wellington with that dream 1956 Century Arabian. Your summer begins as our lakes begin to solidify, something just doesn't seem fair about that.

    Heck, with 10 million bucks you could include an airplane with that Arabian and fly where ever it's summer all year round.

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    With ten mill I could ship you guys and your dream boats to Lake Wanaka in the deep South of the South Island and we could put on the worlds most southern Woody Boat Show. Just think you could keep your boats wet 12 months of the year.

  16. Frank Miklos
    Frank Miklos says:

    I would take a 1962 Century Coronado 21' with a gull wing hardtop and with a 413ci/300 Chrysler Golden Lion… This boat is not only beautiful but very functional… Very Fast… Very flashy… Very trailerable… great ride… and seats 10… And the essence of the US style in the late 1950s and early 1960s…

    I grew up with a 1959 Coronado but our neighbor had a 1962… I always liked his boat…

    Of all of the other boats listed above I would take the 1956 Century Arabian 18' (blue and gray stain).

  17. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Nice choice Frank. Herb and Lou have a gorgeous one at Antique Boat Centre. Luv Lee. She is the smaller boat I think with a 6 cyl motor.

  18. Randy M.
    Randy M. says:

    WoodyBoater said…
    Did you get the one on trading dock? That is a killer boat an one of my faces as well…

    No; I seriously looked at that one in 1988, but after a survey he would not come down in price to fix some of the major items. I found mine in Montauk thru MBOA in 1989. Of the (7) Martinique Express models made in '56 & '57 only (2) have survived.

    I fell in love with the Martinique Express as a kid in 1956 and vowed that someday I would own one; little did I know at that time the difficulty of finding one or the expense to restore one to her original glory!

  19. CASUDI
    CASUDI says:

    Since (IMHO) we are blessed to already have the one boat that we could want; Perlita Too, some of that $10M would be really handy about now to finish up some of the thousand details of our restoration!

    However, if my winnings were more like $100M range, I might try to once and for all help them complete the restoration journey for the KALAKALA, a fabulous Art Deco creation built about 75 years ago. Then we could all go for a nice boat ride….. http://www.thekalakala.com/ This would make our restoration journey seem almost trivial…….

  20. Texx
    Texx says:

    Casudi – Thanks for sharing that with us – Wow… Now that's what I call a BIG STORY! Another reason for a road trip to Seattle…

    Just think, we could have an Antique & Classic Boat Show on an Antique Ferry, like a big boat hauler… Get together and cruise on down to California. The opportunities are endless (with the lottery winnings of course).

  21. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    You gotta be kidding, Woody. 1860 without a doubt, is the boat to have. It floats, runs, and has as much documentation as you could ever need…… You just can't get past your 1460 promotion, can you?

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Hi John,

      Other than a few old photographs on the web, we have no knowledge of any unrestored Ancarrow Praetorian’s out there. We cover many antique & classic boat shows around the country each year and have never ran across one, and it would be hard to miss one with those giant fins.

      If anyone would know, it would probably be KevFin Mueller. Good luck and if you find one, let us know…

  22. John JAG
    John JAG says:

    Hay, Kenin would know and if he did you can rest assured that not one soul would even know untill he had it captured and home with the fleet!!

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