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by Rob

A new hydroplane is underway in Honey Harbour, Georgian Bay.

January 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

McCullough hydroplane

Congratulations  to Bill and Mike McCullough, who  are building this race boat in  their Honey Harbour shop this winter. Bill is the builder with Mike as side-kick.  Bill worked with Vic Carpenter, (Superior Sailboats) for many years in the 80s and also worked for Gary Clarke for a few projects where he gained the knowledge of fine boat building.
This hydro is a new build and a copy of a 1936 Bruce Crandall design 135 CU Inch Stepped Hydroplane Race Craft. Originally these craft were 15′. The McCulloughs  “jumbo-ized” the plans and made a 19′ version, using white oak frames and western red planking for looks and lightness. In between each frame are two steamed oak ribs. Planking will be West System affixed and copper riveted for extra strength and amazing looks. Bill and Mike are choosing a modern Chev. 350 magnum EFI for a power plant, which certainly will make it fly! It is a proven hull and will be a joy to run. The McCulloughs will have the the boat completed for Spring of 2018. The hydro will be tested and up for sale. For further information, please contact Mike at at islandmike2(at)hotmail.com to set up a viewing.