February 11, 2016 in Uncategorized
Ventnor boats got their start way back in 1902, in, (no surprise) Ventnor, New Jersey. Over the years, the company became know for its lightning fast custom speed boats.
The company was esteemed for it’s highly competent engineers. It’s racing hulls were used to establish new world speed records. Among Ventnor’s champions was Sir Malcolm Campbell’s “Bluebird”, which at one point in time was the fastest boat in the world.
During World War II the Company converted production to warships…large rescue boats and sub chasers. One of the innovations from the war was the use of lighter weight plywood for construction.
After the war years, Ventnor built many kinds and sizes of boats, enjoying a solid reputation as a builder of fine vessels.
The photos, below, kindly submitted by Tom Sweeney, show a complete restoration of a 1947 Ventnor. Judging from the shots, there wasn’t much of the original planking and frame left to restore! What is apparent, as well, is the inherent strength of the skeleton of these speedboats.