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Issue 24, updated May 5, 2024

Inland Empire Scuttlebutt

Masthead Photo by: Steve Lapkin

 Featured Boat Cover: Sarah Lee • Brian Fair, Spokane, WA  2023


by Steve Lapkin compliments of Lapkin Photography


The boat in the masthead is owned by Brian and Kathy Fair named Sarah Lee which is a  1956 18' Century Arabian. Winner of the 2021 Best Century Award ACBS International Boat Show, CDA, ID and the 2021 Best Century & Dick Werner Award Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance, NV.​​

2024 Chapter Officers

President: Ron Yandt


Past President: BK Powell


Vice President: Wes Yandt


Treasurer:  Mike Wilson


Secretary:  Kathy Dutro


Membership: Petyr Beck

Scuttlebutt/Webmaster:   Alan Wardsworth

Sponsorship: Tom Yake

Activity Chair: Paul Rodkey

Board Of Directors

Doug Brooke

Tim Murphy

Alan Wardsworth

Petyr Beck

Glen Dutro

             Message from the President

My goals as your President is to improve communication to our members and to have more activities to use our boats and have some fun. The Board has seriously taken steps to get our Website up and running like it was a few years ago. And for the fun part, we have set the dates for all three boat shows that we sponsor.  In addition, we have planned four 4 other events starting with the Spokane Boat Show in January.  Next, there will be a Car/Boat Garage Tour in April or May.  Then we will have a Show & Shine in early June. This is a tune up for the Whitefish Woody Weekend in June, and finally use your boat Rendezvous on Lake Coeur d’Alene. There will be lots of other events to use your boat and meet other chapter members. So get your boat shined up and ready to go for 2024.


Happy Boating,

Ron Yandt

Yandt Boat

Our Mission:

To bring people together with a common interest in historic, antique, and classic boats, sharing fellowship, information, experience, and exchange of ideas.


To protect the heritage of boating by promoting, first, the preservation and, secondly, the restoration of historic antique and classic boats.

To promote, further, and encourage a love and enjoyment of all aspects of historic, antique, and classic boating.


To serve as a communication channel for our membership, the public, and any other entities regarding information relating to historic, antique, and classic boating.This includes serving as a clearing house and referral service for all information relating to historic, antique, and classic boating. To serve as the governing body and parent organization for such chapters as shall be formed and created under our auspices; this includes providing support for and communicating with these chapters.

To inspire and support quality boat shows and related events among our chapters; to establish and maintain standards for classifying boats and conducting boat shows.

To educate our membership and the general public concerning safety and protocol as it relates to historic, antique, and classic boating.


Boat Show Chairs

Sandpoint - Don Robson


Coeur D’ Alene - Kodie Woodhead


Dry Rot Priest Lake - Brian Fair


Summer Picnics - Paul Rodkey

Scuttlebutt Newsletter Calendar


General Issue Updates

Winter - January 1  

Summer - June 1

Fall - Oct 1


Article Updates

January 30 (Spokane Boat Show)

June 30 (Whitefish Woody Weekend)

July 15 (Sandpoint Boat Show)

August 15 (CDA Boat Show)

September 15 (Dry Rot Boat Show)

November 15 (Elections)

Contests Dates:     February 1-30         March 1-30.              April 1-30

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If you regularly are on the lookout for wood boat building and finishing on YouTube you have probably run across the Dan Lee Boat Building channel based in the UK. He also offers classes and a whole series of video's dedicated to building and finishing among other things in the wood boat realm. Dan is not a professional although some might disagree with his assessment but rather a home hobbyist gone crazy supporting his hobby with his video content with his twenty five thousand subscribers. His new project Temptress 24 is the first of an all-new runabout designs exclusive to Dan Lee Boatbuilding. This 24′ beauty, designed by Michel Berryer will deliver the ultimate in modern wooden runabouts. Minimal maintenance, efficiency, quality and style. According to Dan "home boat building has always been at my heart and the core of what I do. Let’s be honest, I call myself a professional boat builder these days but the way I see it, I am really a hobbyist that’s got a bit out of control and now I’ve been able to start doing this for a living as well. I feel incredibly blessed for being in that position and it’s very much the way I’d like to keep things." With a passion for home boat building behind me, I have always wanted to remain true to those roots. That is the reason that I continue to openly share the work I do on social media. I hope that I can inspire and teach others so they can find the same love for this process that I have. This is also the reason behind me making my boat plans available for sale. Rather than keeping them a guarded secret and building one off’s in private, I’d rather see these boats being built, shared and enjoyed all over the world. I am for now aiming to self fund the build of Temptress by generating income from a range of digital sources as I share this journey of building a modern wooden runabout built with "modern techniques, materials, and equipment."

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Registration is now open for the CDA Boat Show 2024 👀

Registration is now open for the CDA Boat Show 2024 👀

It's time to complete your plans for our summer boat shows. The Coeur d' Alene Antique and Classic Boat Festival registration is now open. Click on the link below for the Schedule of events and the registration form. This an on line only registration. Please read thru the event schedule carefully.  Further information will come out later. Register early as this helps with planning for the events. Plus, if you register by June 1st 2024 you will receive two complimentary tee shirts. Many thanks goes out to Coeur Customs and the Hagadone Marine Group for hosting our event at one of the best Boat Show venues in the Northwest on one of most beautiful lakes in the Northwest. 🔎 Click here for more details

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Save the date! Sandpoint Classic Boat Show


On the momentum of last year’s success, the Sandpoint Classic Boat Show will be back again this year, July 12-14, and we hope to make it even better.


The weekend will be a mix of private venues on the lake and our public boat show on the Sand Creek boardwalk in downtown Sandpoint, interspersed with opportunities to get your boat out on the water.


Back by popular demand, the Friday evening Welcome Aboard dinner will take place at the McGoldrick/Beck family boat barn on the Pend Oreille River, and the Saturday evening dinner and Award Ceremony will take place at the Hanson family location in Murphy Bay.


We plan on taking everything that made last year special and making it even better. Of course, we need you there for that! Stay tuned for updates and registration forms, and PLEASE save the date to join us this July.


The Sandpoint Classic Boat Show team,  Don Robson, Emily Robson, Wes Yandt, Ron Yandt, Petyr Beck, and Karin Beck


Welcome to the what's going on in the winter 🔧, a small section of the Scuttlebutt that takes a quick look at what members are doing with their boats when it's cold and snowing outside. If you have a project and what to get it add simply email/text a couple pictures and what your working on to Alan Wardsworth or give him a call. 509-290-0255

Once I got the gas tanks restored I decided to upgrade the the fuel lines while I had everything apart. The old fuel line was probably a marine fuel line but there were definitely some non marine sections and some that had no labels so to be safer than sorry I replaced everything and degraded the rubber line from the fuel pump to carb in favor of hardline to the carb and return. Now the only marine rubber fuel lines Type A1-15 SAE J1527 goes from the tanks to the fuel filter.


I caught up with Steve Liss at his shop above Beauty Bay. Steve and Chaz Mataz have been sanding the bottom of his big boat and plan to paint it pretty quick. Steve is also installing some new raw water exhaust risers replacing the old 52 lbs each with new aluminum versions that only weigh 25 lbs each. The only problem is they are a bit wider and will have to be shoehorned in a tight space. Steve also built a helm foot step and a cup holder. Steve is hoping to push the old boat past 42 mph next summer and is signed up for Whitefish Woody Weekend.

I ran across a 1963 magazine ad for my boat and noticed that it had a burgee which is a is a nautical flag that is used by merchant ships for identification, and yachts to indicate membership in a yacht club and in my case the builder of my boat. I ended up using BannerBuz and with their first time order I was able to reproduce the Burgee I found in this old picture. Cost was not bad at $28.00 shipped to my door which is a double sided swallow tail version with graphics I copied from the logo on the side of the boat. Colors are a best guess since its a black and white photo. BannerBuzz has cheaper flags but this one is double sided, UV rated, and has metal eyelets. Once I placed my order I found a picture from the 1990's completely different from my copied 1963 version. Oh well I like my version.

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Belmont Burgee

Welcome to the 2024 Scuttlebutt, here are some helpful hints to get around.

1. Click the READ button on the top menu to move to the latest article.

2. Click the UP arrow to move back to the top quickly. 

3. Goto the submit article and you can write your own article for the Scuttlebutt plus upload pictures.

4. Send me pictures, articles, boat award info, boats for sale, etc. and I will add to website.

5. Make sure to check out the BLOG and comment.

6. If you have NEWS send it to me and I will put it on our main page.

7. Check out the Calendar for the latest shows.

Have you ever taken a chrome fitting off your boat and had the varnish stick and peel off? Here is the tip of the day to fix that problem. When installing chrome fitting on fresh varnish place a thin coat of automotive wax on the surface and then screw it down. Carnauba wax works the best, stay away from wax with silicon in it.

Chrome fitting: wax before you install


The 2024 70th annual Spokane Boat Show got underway January 25 and went through the weekend at the Spokane County Fairgrounds. This year the IEACBS features four boats from the Carlo Ferriera collection including the Yandt Greyhound. Ron Yandt's Uncle Bob is also on display which is a cool look at Yandt boats from 1921 to 1963. 1947 Chris Craft filled out the gorgeous lineup of classic boats. Plus, Doug Brooke has three of his classic outboards on display from Vintage Outboards. As the rain rolled in on the weekend the Fairgrounds filled up and I think everyone agreed the best part of Spokane Boat Show was the wood boats. A bit of the new in the $1M 1998 Van Dam Alpha Z capable of in access of 100 mph and the winner of the 1921-22 Coeur d'Alene Regatta at around 40 mph the 1921 Yandt Greyhound gentleman's racer were the bookends for the display. The 1938 Greavette Triple Cockpit runabout showed off it's awesome Lincoln V-12 dual carb marine version of the Zephyr power plant. Sunday afternoon at 4:00 was time to pickup and moved the boat back to their winter homes and continued prep for the boating season. Special thanks to Scott Thompson for donating the 20 X 80 foot space and hospitality at the 2024 Spokane Boat Show.      See ya next year. Gallery 

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January got off to a snowy cold start with our first board meeting and get together at Darcy's Restaurant in the Spokane Valley. 15 members braved the weather as we planned for the Spokane Boat Show and summer shows & activities. With the club solvent with funding since the pandemic we decided to give back to the communities were ours show are at with funding for their food banks, children's programs and aid for veterans. We also approved continued scholarships to the North West School of Wooden Boat Building. Lots of ideas about a weekend Coffee and Donuts day during the winter months. 

IEACBS’s $1000 contribution to the Priest Lake Food Bank

Sue and I met with Dick and Mary Guman yesterday to deliver the IEACBS’s $1000 contribution to the Priest Lake Food Bank.  They are both dedicated volunteers at the food Bank.  Dick works about 30 hrs per week as the food banks accountant and they both are continuously managing the flow of food through the food bank.  They currently have 128 people on their recipients list but this number varies depending on the time of year.  


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We have several Social Media sites where you keep track of what is going on at the various boat shows plus, there are many YouTube site with valuable information when you are trying to tackle a new project or process. Links can be found at bottom of each page.

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By Alan Wardsworth November 28, 2023 - January 1, 2024

     I caught up with Daryl Reynold at his home shop to check the latest updates on the Big Boat project, his one owner 1951 29’ Chris Craft Super Deluxe that has had some major work done since the last time I dropped in on it in July. Today its off the trailer and taking up half the heated shop. Daryl has striped the white paint from the hull and repaired the planks that had been damaged, removed the engines, gas tank, and rebuilt the transom. Daryl has several small projects going on at once and as he explained, he had to have something to do between long boarding the planks on the 29' Chris Craft. I asked him about the process, he used his Festool orbital sander with 40 grit to grind off the old paint and primer. Once repairs have been made to damaged planks he then fills screw holes and rough fairs the surface. The sander with lighter grit is then used to smooth the surface before Daryl used a skill saw and router along the seams that will eventually be filled before 80 grit long boarding, priming, and painting. The big problem was that cotton was used between the seams for sealing that would clog up his skill saw. Daryl has also had to make many new small parts but the bulk of the boat is very solid with damage occurring from lifting or maybe dock damage that didn't get repaired properly. According to Daryl "it's not going to be a show boat, just a nice cruiser" and he hopes to have it ready to go in June 2024. While he has it apart he decided to clean and paint the bilge and make repairs to the helm that had some creative repairs made at some point. Daryl was able to source some parts for the helm and engine controls so it should work better than new. Daryl took on a full time job when he decided to restore this old boat and he said he probably won't do a this big of a project again but it's been pretty fun. Continue Reading Big Boat 1


By Bill Jennings • Oct 2020


It's a beautiful day and you have decided to take the family for a boat ride. But dozens of other boaters have the same idea, and their wakes are turning your relaxing cruise into spine pounding torture. To solve the problem, you can either buy a much larger boat, or just learn how to handle boat wakes, because both size and science affect boat wakes. By simply following a few tips, you can become a “wake master."

1. Anticipate the wake from a passing boat

2. Judge the magnitude of the oncoming wake

3. Judge the number of wakes that the passing boat will create

4. Decide on the proper wake defensive tactic that is right for your specific situation

5. Steer your boat into position to apply the wake defense tactic you have chosen

6. Ride through the wake using the chosen tactic, for a smoother crossing

Let’s look at these in more detail. Long before you reach another boat's wake, keep a lookout for nearby boats whose wake you will need to cross. We have all watched a large cruiser approaching and thought, 'This is going to hurt.' Heavy boats push water deeper than lighter boats as they ride through it, meaning the deeper they push water, the higher it surfaces in the form of a wake. Wide beam boats create a wake with a larger “moment," or the distance between crests. Some people are surprised to learn that boat wakes don’t actually move across the water as they appear, but rather move only up and down in a sequence that gives them the appearance of moving.


To decide on the best approach to deal with all this, I like to categorize wakes on a scale of 1 to 5, with small wakes being a 1 and the largest being a 5. Runabouts, catamarans, flat bottom boats, and sailboats usually produce small wakes in the 1-2 category. Boats over 25' with two or more motors and small cruisers can create wakes in the 3-4 category. Big yachts and offshore diesel fishing boats can be a 5.


Take the time to observe the size of wakes produced by different boats. With a little practice you will be able to identify between boats that create ripples, and boats that crunch your back. While most boat wakes are different, the angle of the wake leaving any boat is always 22 degrees. As you approach any wake, use your experience to forecast the height and quantity of wakes that you will need to deal with. To defend against them, you should choose one of four different procedures, depending upon the category of wake you are forecasting.

1) The Direct Approach


When anticipating a category 1 or 2 wake, turn directly towards the wake, approaching it at 90 degrees. This puts the trough of water approaching your boat evenly split by the two V-shaped sides of your boat. Placing equal pressure on each side of your boat will give you a smoother entry and prevent one side from striking flat on the upside of a wake. You can usually maintain the speed you are running and with experimentation, discover that some crossings can be made even smoother by increasing your speed.

2) Use Your V-Bottom


The previous head on approach can create a problem when travelling in a channel because once you have crossed the wake, you may find yourself in the path of a boat behind the boat that made the wake. If you are in a channel and believe the approaching wake will be a category 1 or 2 and do not want to end up behind the boat whose wake you crossed, revert to an approach where you steer your V-bottom directly towards the rising side of the oncoming wake, but instead of riding through, turn sharply away from the wake. Timed correctly, this will lean your boat away from the wake and allow your V-bottom to strike the rising side of the wake with equal amounts of water running up each side of your boat, for a smoother entry.

3) The Big One


If you anticipate that an oncoming wake is large enough to spoil your day, (i.e, a big number 5), select an approach that steers you directly into the wake. Well before it hits, come completely off plane, slowing to an RPM level of around 1,500, then trim up to raise your bow as high as possible before the wake strikes. Your boat will bob fore and aft considerably, but this tactic will prevent a large wake from pouring over your bow or launching you into the air. While large wakes can be scary, there are usually not as many in a sequence, so once the bobbing stops, simply trim down and come back onto plane.

4) Roll With It


This approach is my favorite and works for all but the truly gargantuan. Just before the wake strikes, turn to line up parallel to the approaching wake. Hold this course and your speed. In this tactic, the rolling wake will simply rock your boat from side to side. You will avoid all the usual wake pounding and the other boat’s wake will feel like it has passed harmlessly under your boat. Best of all, you get to keep your teeth. When the rocking stops, turn back onto your desired course.


On most waterways you will encounter boat wakes on every outing. The objective in crossing wakes more smoothly is to avoid jarring action, water spray and boat damage. Practice selecting and implementing each of these four wake handling maneuvers. Apply the appropriate tactic -- and your passengers will love you.


Click on the below link to learn more about the history of boat manufacturers


Riva  Pietro Riva began building boats in 1842 at Sarnico, a small town in northern Italy on the shores of Lake Iseo. By the 1930s the business was managed by Pietro’s grandson, Serafino. But it was Serafino’s son, Carlo Riva, who transformed the company, making it the worldwide legend it is today. As a young man, Carlo Riva had very different ideas about boat design. Carlo began designing by modifying his father's boats. At 19, Carlo designed his first twin engine boat, and before he was 30, he had designed and built more than 45 different models. Under Carlo’s leadership (which was hard fought), the company produced boats of the absolute highest quality and consistency. A succession of owners have owned the company since Carlo Riva sold it in the early 1970s, and today the firm is owned by the Ferretti Group and produces boats made of fiberglass. According to the Riva Society GB, no one is sure how many of the 4,000 or so wooden boats built by Riva survive today. They are rare and highly collectible.


Gar Wood  Garfield A. Wood "never intended to go into the boat building business. His goal was to personally set every speed record on water and be recognized as the world's speedboat king. However, as he set forth to achieve these goals, he was influenced by colleagues and friends and as a result built the world's finest line of production recreational sport boats," according to the Gar Wood Society. Gar Wood produced boats from 1921 to 1947, not including the four years of World War II. It is estimated that over 10,000 Gar Wood boats were built during that period. In fact, for many years Hall’s Boat was a Gar Wood dealership. Today, Gar Wood Custom boats is a family company that builds wooden powerboats " in the tradition of Garfield Arthur Wood himself."


Belmont  This company does exist today in Fresno, California. They were founded back in the early fifties and it has been a father-son business for years. They made two or three luxury runabouts starting in 1956 until 1966 then converted to all fiberglass flat bottom jet boats until 1985.What is unique is that they were one of the first companies to fiberglass their boats below the waterline over the marine plywood. They would hold 8 passengers and would roar across the lakes and seas at 60 plus miles per hour.The old shop which is now called Belmont Marine is still in Fresno, CA and was bought from the son, Lynn Weeks. Founder Smitty Weeks passed away years ago at the age of 93.According to a former employee, Brent Rim at Belmont Boats, "We were mostly building jet boats. Smitty had designed a custom v-bottom hull using the 19' flat-bottom as a template. He actually got it patented. It was the fastest stock boat using the Berkeley 455 Olds Pack-a-Jet power unit. He also retrofitted the design into a 21' luxury day cruiser. While I was there, a guy named Simon did all the fiberglass work out back, and I did the hardware installations along with a guy named Bob. Lynn would stop by periodically. The most awesome part of that job was listening to the many stories Smitty told us based on his years of custom boat building and racing. There were many photos around the shop of his old wood boats, including one that resembled a shark and many custom wood inboards that he built for clients at Lake Tahoe. The most famous Belmont might be the Purple People Eater which was the first drag boat to run over 100 mph in the quarter mile and reached a top speed of 115 mph with Allison power at Fremont California in 1961.


Chris Craft  One of the most widely recognized names in wooden motorboats, Chris-Craft got its start in 1922 in Algonac, Michigan, with Chris Smith and his sons Jay and Bernard at the helm. Chris led several boat building ventures prior to that, including a partnership with Gar Wood building race boats. Chris-Craft focused on standardized boat production, enabling them to build boats year-round and at a good profit - while still being affordable to the average guy. Chris-Craft's boat lines included the runabouts, utilities, cruisers, and sea skiffs. The founders sold the company in 1960, but Chris-Craft continued building wooden boats until 1972. The company is still around today, building boats made of fiberglass.


Lyman  Bernard and Herman Lyman, brothers from Cleveland, Ohio, started building boats in the late 1800s. Their boats were designed and built to handle the powerful chop of Lake Erie. Lyman Boats quickly established a regional reputation for quality lapstrake rowboats and sailboats. In the 1970s, the company turned to fiberglass production and by 1980, Lyman had stopped new boat production entirely. By 1988 the new owner of Lyman reached out to Tom Koroknay, a Lyman enthusiast and restorer who ultimately purchased the wood boat patterns, jigs, tools, hardware and even the plans and archives dating back to the original days of the Lyman brothers remained, which included drawings, half models, racing trophies, and hull records. Today Koroknay, known affectionately as Doc Lyman, operates Koroknay's Marine Woodworking/Lyman Boats in Lexington, Ohio.


Century  The Century Boat Company built some of the pleasure boating most talked about styles. The company was founded in Milwaukee in 1926. It began by building fishing boats, sailboats, canoes, and the champion racing outboards. Century soon moved to its home of the next 60 years, Manistee, Michigan. There they added mahogany runabout inboards, and even challenged the small inboard race classes with the 14-foot Thunderbolt. Struggling through the lean years of the depression, Century offered a wide variety of finely crafted, 15- to 20-foot runabouts, utilities, and outboards. During World War II, the company supplied over 3,500 small assault boats -- a dedication that earned the defense department's Army-Navy "E" flag. In contrast to the decline experienced by noted wood boat producers at the time such as Gar Wood and Hacker, Century enjoyed a period of unprecedented prosperity after the War. The company immediately began production of the popular Sea Maid model and introduced the highly versatile utility type Resorter shortly thereafter. In 1955 the company introduced both the Coronado and the Arabian. Cadillac and Chrysler V8 engines were also added to the line-up. The new models of the '50s, the Coronado, Arabian, Viking, and Palomino, boldly incorporated the stunning design trends of the automobile industry from that time. A well-restored Century from that era is highly collectible. Today, the Century Boat Company is based in Florida and produces fiberglass boats.


Stancraft  StanCraft was founded in 1933 by W.H. "Billy" Young and his son Stanley Young, when they handcrafted their first mahogany wood speedster in Lakeside, Montana, on the shore of Flathead Lake.Over the next 35 years, they constructed over 800 wooden boats, with Stanley Young as head designer and builder. In 1937, when StanCraft built its first factory near Somers, Montana, it was the only boat-building factory in Montana.[4] Stanley and his brother Donald Young operated the factory until the beginning of World War II, and resumed operations after the war. During the war, Stanley operated a plant on the West Coast, building boats for the US Coast Guard. In 1948, StanCraft's sales offices and headquarters were moved from Somers to nearby Polson, Montana.On March 9, 1966, a fire burned down the StanCraft manufacturing plant in Somers, destroying 11 boats that were in storage. Stanley Young and his wife Delores had three children, including Syd Young,who took over the business in 1970. As fiberglass boats grew in popularity, the company began building fiberglass boats in addition to wooden boats. Syd Young moved the company to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1981. The company's main business at the time was restoring wooden boats, building only a few new boats per year. The 1981 film On Golden Pond, which features vintage wooden boats, was credited in part with sparking renewed interest in the vessels. In 1997, Syd Young cut back on operations and sold much of the company's assets to Hagadone Marine Group. Robb and Amy Bloem (Billy Young's great-granddaughter) took over what remained of StanCraft in 2003, rebuilding the custom manufacturing operations while expanding the company's storage and restoration services and adding three brands of fiberglass boats to its offerings


Shepherd  The Shepherd Boat company was a small semi-custom builder of wooden boats, somewhat understated in styling but of high quality. The company was established in Ontario, Canada after World War II, initially selling boats only in Canada. In 1949, Shepherd introduced its first boat for sale in the US – a 17-foot twin cockpit forward model runabout. Its American distributor, Jafco Marine Basin of Buffalo, NY marketed the Shepherds heavily in the US, and the boats gained in popularity. By 1953, Shepherd was producing five models, including a convertible express cruiser, an 18-foot V-drive runabout, an 18-foot direct drive utility, and the Seamaster Twenty – a "roomier and stauncher 20-foot utility that can ship a he-man cargo of luggage, camp gear, or provisions . . . [with the] grace and agility of a runabout" as exclaimed by its advertisement in January 1954 Motor Boating magazine. In his book The Real Runabouts I, author Bob Speltz notes, "Shepherd did not switch from wood [to fiberglass] as most other inboard builders did and it seemed by 1960, the wooden inboard runabout market had all but dried up." And with that, so did the Shepherd Boat company. Speltz goes on to say, "Today, Shepherd runabouts are gaining favor nationwide with collectors. It is hard to find a better constructed or nicer equipped speedboat than a Shepherd!"


Hacker Craft  John Hacker was a design artist with a knack for what made a boat go fast. In fact, over the course of his life, John Hacker also designed boats built by other firms. Hacker bought his first boat works in 1909, and within the first three years had built nearly 30 hydroplanes, including some that could go over 50 mph. In 1913 Hacker joined with L.L.Trip and formed Hacker Boat Company, which later became the Albany Boat Co. After a short period Hacker sold the company and then started the Hacker Boat Company again, this time in Michigan. Throughout the 1920s, John Hacker and his company built luxury speedboats, including one in 1923, initially named "Miss Mary" and later renamed "El Lagarto." "El Lagarto" made racing history when she was repowered with a 300-horsepower Packard engine by George Ries and won the 1933, 1934 and 1935 Gold Cup Race. Today, "El Lagarto" is on permanent display at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.The characteristic and highly innovative Hacker bottom had concave sections the entire length of the boat—a departure from other bottom designs of the day from Chris-Craft and Gar Wood. This bottom shape gives the Hacker Crafts an inspiring, solid feel in the water, along with great speed. The construction of the original Hackers had many refinements, from using rivets to fasten the planking to the intermediate frames, as well as using forgiving red cedar for the longitudinal, outer planking below the waterline, rather than hard mahogany. By the 1930s, Hackercraft was under new ownership but the commitment to building high quality boats was going full strength. The 30s saw a full lineup, including a 42-foot twin engine cruiser and the popular 24-foot and 25-foot triple cockpit runabouts. Those 1930s runabouts are characterized by their long decks, 3 piece windshields, and lots of chrome. By the 1960s, the company was defunct. The Hacker Craft name was re-started on Lake George in the 1980s by Bill Morgan, and even today you can buy a modern, wood epoxy version of these classic boats. than a Shepherd!"

Ventnor 2002 marked the 100th Anniversary of Ventnor Boats. Adolph E. Apel first established his company in Ventnor, New Jersey. His vision was to build boats that would successfully adapt the gasoline engine as the predominant source of lightweight, efficient, and fast power. As in early automobiles, gasoline engines had to be proven to the public to have virtues of speed, endurance, and reliability. Adolph was an excellent mechanical engineer, and chose his commercially built power well. His ability to adopt new hull designs of lightweight yet durable construction was proven in his successful involvement with inboard racing. Ventnor boats continuously updated their designs, as lighter and greater horsepower engines became available. A 1913 example was Tech Jr., built for T. Coleman Dupont which was the worlds first recorded boat to exceed the over a mile-a-minute (60.3 MPH) mark. The Ventnor Company built a wide variety of custom launches, tenders, utilities, runabouts, and commercial small craft into the 1930’s. Their racing involvement remained strong, and the 1931 American Power Boat Associations (APBA) creation of a 135 cubic inch displacement racing class was immediately dominated by Ventnor. The Flying Eagle set the 1931 speed record of 35.7 MPH, and in the succeeding years of the 1930s, the 135 class records were held by Ventnor at 54.08 MPH lap speed, and 67.5 MPH flying mile.  In 1934, the APBA introduced the 225 class, and Ventnor set a record of 44.14 MPH. Later in the 1930s, Ventnor set the record at 66.4 MPH lap speed, 87.5 MPH flying mile. Ventnor boats, privately owned and raced, held virtually all records in the 91, 135 and 225 cu. in. classes, as well as many divisional and national championships. Adolph Apel invented the five-point suspension hull in 1935, and refined it to the three-point style. He patented the three-point suspension hull in 1936 in the US and UK, and it is still used today. 


It’s time to play the Woody Boat Contest! This contest is just for fun. Results are subjective. Top 5 will be in Scuttlebutt and the winner receives a bottle of wine, T-shirt, or gift certificate (depending on what we find) Ron Yandt is the judge. Next Contest will be March 15, 2024 9:00am and ends April 30, 2024 12:00pm

How many gauges does your boat have? Gauge can be mounted on the dash, on the engine cover, and on the engine itself! For example, if you had 6 gauges on the dashboard and an oil pressure gauge on the engine then your total would be 7. Good luck in the contest.

Enter Contest Here

Congratulations Boat Gauges Contest Winners! Contest ends April 30, 2024 12:00pm. Contest winners will be listed below.

  1. Alan Wardsworth - 11

    2. Daryl Reynolds - 10 gauges (tie)

    2. Steve Liss - 10 gauges (tie)

    4. Wes Yandt - 5

    5. Don Vogt - 4

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Every boat owner needs to know how to perform some important tasks, like docking a boattying up a boat, and anchoring a boat. All of these endeavors and many other common boating procedures share one thing in common: they involve handling lines. And just about any time line-handling is involved, knot tying may be, too. Here are the five most commonly used boating knots.

5 Basic Boating Knots:

  1. Bowline

  2. Cleat Hitch

  3. Clove Hitch

  4. Half-Hitch (also call the Overhand Knot)

  5. Figure Eight

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