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by Rob

Bergersen Boats does it again: a magnificent 27 ft. Shepherd Twin Engine Express Cruiser.

March 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


Congratulations to the staff at Bergersen Boats, who recently completed the restoration of this stunning Shepherd Twin Engine Express Cruiser. Please see notes and photos from the restorers below.
“1953 27′ Shepherd ‘Falcon’
This amazing craft was painstakingly restored by Bergersen Boat Co. This hull is #13 in the first series of 27′ Shepherds built with a beam of 9′ 6”. This boat boasts the rare 331 Chrysler Hemis first offered in 1953. The engines were just overhauled including the Chrysler V-drive transmissions that have all reconditioned clutch packs and seals.

Top speed is 42 mph. This boat comes complete with kerosene stove top, head, original stainless cooler and sink. The bottom is original and the hull sides have been refastened with silicon bronze screws. All bungs were made from original old stock Honduras Mahogany from a ‘donor Shepherd’.
This craft has the original throttle and shift control levers that have been custom machined to operate modern control cables. You will never find a smoother shift on a Shepherd. The 200+ HP Chrysler Hemi’s have modern Delco electronic ignition systems that we machined parts and adapters to accept this incredible upgrade.
With this new ignition system the engines run better than they did when brand new. The boat has 15 coats of Epifanes varnish just applied, restored windlass winch for the anchor, a custom built mahogany swim platform which mirrors the intricate Bubinga and teak grating on the floor in the boat. Winner of the 2016 Geneva Lakes Boat Show Captain’s Choice Award.


Price: $210,000  For contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb729 Ad number pb729

by Rob

New price on beautifully restored Shepherd utility

February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this professionally restored (17 ft. 1947) Shepherd utility from $35,000 to $30,000. See additional photos, text and contact information below.
Notes from the owner
“This beautiful boat has undergone a “top to bottom” restoration by Clarion Boats in Campbellford, Ontario including:
– New bottom
– New mahogany bow and stern decks
– New transom
– New gas tank and fuel line
– New wiring
– New windshield glass
– New mahogany ceilings
– New linoleum floor
– Rechromed hardware
New leather interior done by Linrich Upholstery Rebuilt engine converted to 12 volt. Period correct foot throttle. Custom mooring cover. Trailer customized to fit.”
Original Price: $35,000. New price: (Feb 2017) $30,000. For additional photos and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb647

by Rob

Significant price reduction on a beautiful Chris-Craft Constellation: 37 ft, 1963

February 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Notes from the owner:
A comprehensive restoration was completed in 1998 including the finishes being stripped down to bare wood from top to bottom. The bottom was redone with Interlux antifouling paint and above the water line it was primed with epoxy primer and top coated with acrylic polyurethane. The teak decks where sanded down to fresh wood and recoated with Tuffshield for a virtually maintenance free finish. The swim platform and all other miscellaneous teak surfaces were also refinished.
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In 2000 the engines were upgraded with twin 8L V10s (see advancedmarinepropulsion.com). The vessel continues to be stored inside during the off-season and looks and performs as best in class.
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In addition to the engines and surface finishes the alcohol counter burners have been replaced with electric burners. All engine gauges were rebuilt in the 1980s and all of the wiring was upgraded or replaced to ABYC standards. All instrumentation is in A-1 working order.
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Original price: $49,000. New price as of Jan. 2017 $39,500. WOW! For further details and contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb717pb717-8
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by Rob

Incredible price reduction on historic Gidley long deck launch.

February 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Gidley long Deck launch: 27 ft, 1920
This beautiful, historic Gidley long deck launch went through a total restoration about fourteen years ago, costing $150,000.  The hull is cedar on oak.  (Length, 27 ft, beam 6 ft.) The owner passed away a year later and the Gidley has been in storage ever since. The six cylinder Chrysler Crown engine was started up in the fall of   2012.  The boat’s name is “Black Cat”.  (Note the cat’s head on top of the gear shift lever.)  “Black Cat” comes with a storage trailer.

Original Price was $80.000. New price as of Jan, 2017: $35,000! WOW
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by Rob

Our newest listing: a rare Shepherd hardtop sedan: 24′, 1954

January 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Shepherd Hard Top Sedan: 24 ft, 1954
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Comes with original 331 cu inch Hemi. In excellent condition, and has received many awards, including the Best Classic Cruiser at the 2016 ACBS Lake Geneva boat show. Believed to be the only 24′ Shepherd hardtop in active use. A wonderful boat for multi-day cruises. . The boat can be viewed by appointment in SE Wisconsin. Offers Requested

More detailed notes from the owner below:
A 1954 Canadian built 24 foot Shepherd hardtop is now available. The boat is in excellent condition, and has received many awards; the most recent being, Best Classic Cruiser at the 2016 ACBS Lake Geneva boat show. As an active Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) member, I have enjoyed taking friends on ACBS cruises across the eastern US for over 15 years. This has included cruises on: the Mississippi, the Three Lakes Chain, the Eagle River Chain, the St. Lawrence, the Rideau, the Upper Ottawa, the Hudson, and the Finger Islands of Lake Huron. We have always enjoyed waving to the open boaters as we pass them on rainy days with our side windows cranked up and our windshield wipers active. Unfortunately, I am now in my 80’s and have lost most of my crew. Hence, I am now basically limiting my boating to local waters in my GarWoods.
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As far as I know, this Shepherd is the only 24 foot hardtop in active use. The advantage of the 24 foot hardtop vs. the 27 footer (which is more numerous) is the added seating under the hardtop. The 27 footer has only two bench seats under the hardtop with rest of the space used for built-in furniture; whereas, the 24 footer has four bench seats under the hardtop.The Shepherd weighs about 5,000 pounds….6500 with the trailer.
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The original Hemi V-8 has been rebuilt, (approx. 1998) and it has run great for my 16 years of ownership. In addition to replacing the transom, I replaced some covering boards, chines, frames, all of the interior side paneling, all of the flooring, and the fuel tank. I converted the power train from a remotely activated hydraulic shifter to a classic floor stalk shifter for greater ease in docking.
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I added a Garmin GPS, an InterPhase forward scanning sonar, and a marine phone. These units are mounted on a mahogany bracket in front of the dash on the right side of the helm. These units make cruising much safer. I also built a removable maple picnic table which can be installed in front of the rear bench seat. All the seats have been re-upholstered in a shade of green matching the steering wheel, and the new stalk knobs. A two axle heavy duty trailer with surge brakes on each wheel, and three covers are included. (Larger axles and tires were installed in 2013). The boat can be viewed by appointment in SE Wisconsin on Lauderdale Lakes, which is 15 miles NW of Lake Geneva. My address is in Elkhorn, WI 53121. For more detailed contact information, please click on the link. Ad number pb727

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