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by Rob

A “vintage ” wooden boater tells his Gar Wood story.

January 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

Garfield Wood in action!

Many thanks to Neil T. Kuopas, for submitting his recollections of Gar Wood of boat racing and building fame. Unfortunately, Neil lost his home and personal artifacts in the Nov. 8, 2018 Camp ūüĒ• Fire, lived in Butte Creek Canyon one mile north of Paradise, California. However, now in his eighties, Neil still has very vivid recall.
“My young dreams were centered around boats and engines. Had many boats and engines until college. After college I came across a 1931, 28-ft Garwood double-plank mahogany runabout Garwood ( Ed. reportedly) lent to his mistress to watch the Detroit Garwood Gold Cup Trophy Unlimited hydroplane races in the infield of the river course. The Black River Marina owner, in Marysville, MI, had stripped down the finish and painted the boat black with gold waterline so Garwood’s wife would not recognizing it. It was ‘old man’ Baker’s first job as an 18-year old apprentice and he taught me the same methods at 85-years old to me in 1973. The Chris Craft straight-six (in the Garwood) had been replaced by a Packard straight-8, 356 cu.in., crowned pistons, separate sea and fresh water cooling systems, etc.
No one else knows what I am talking about! However, at the North Shore of Lake Tahoe there is a classic wooden boat shop which sponsors an annual gathering and parade of the classics. They don’t believe my story! Canadians get it and thought you might enjoy this. (A Garwood similar to mine is seen near the beginning of the video)

My own Garwood
I bought my Gar Wood 28-ft. runabout after it was taken out of storage and the transom was weathered to Bare Wood.
Also, the previous owner had docked it on two slings and the Chine-board and adjacent structure was dry-rotted!! If Old Man Baker hadn’t offered to show me how to fix it I would never have bought the boat.
Needless to say, three-months of hard and sometimes meticulous labor was required to make the repairs and start the process of staining and varnishing, and Baker still had enough of the original stain and varnish!!! What are those odds?
One more tidbit…the boat had a false deck below the inside deck¬† – just the right amount of space for fifths of liquor, as the boat was used as a “RUM-RUNNER” during the Prohibition Era!!

I have many more stories and should write an article to preserve the history.
Garwood was quite the character. He raced Dick Bertram of the deep-V hull-concept from Long Beach California to Catalina Island and back for a large amount of money in the mid-60’s with his Garwood Express Cruiser vs. Bertram’s deep-V race boat. The bet and time/day were finalized.
Garwood modified his Cruiser with hydrofoils and twin-Supercharged 440 V-8 engines, as I was told. Needless to say he won the race going away. Ha!! These are the stories you don’t read about. There are more to share with anyone who appreciates the classics.
I wrote to you last week hoping to contact Alan Empringham or his sons before I pass away, love Canada and many fine people across the Dominion.”
Respectfully,
Neal T. Kuopus

In one of Garfield Wood’s races, he broke the World speed record at 102 m.p.h

 

by Rob

Solar Race boats in Denmark

November 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Although there’s nothing more enticing than the deep throb of a classic marine engine¬† exhaust,, solar power is on the rise – for good reason.¬† Enjoy the video below of the lightning-speed build¬† and running of a solar racer.
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by Rob

A Crandall designed hydroplane from the 1930s is re-created in Honey Harbour, Ontario

August 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

The McCullough brothers of Honey Harbour Ontario, already boasting a number of restorations to their credit, have been working over two years to re-create a hydroplane created by renowned designer Bruce Crandall in the 1930s. The original pattern has been lengthened to 19 feet. Originally powered by a four cylinder flathead engine, the enhanced version of the design will be propelled by a 350 Magnum engine, pushing this stepped hull racer far past its forbearer’s speed record. Mike and Bill have reached a stage in the construction where they can begin applying the cedar rivet-fastened skin to the frame.
Enjoy the short video below.

by Rob

New price on custom Gentleman’s Racer.

March 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

Custom Gentleman’s Racer: 20 ft. 2010


We have been instructed by the owner to reduce the price of this one-of-a-kind Gentleman’s Racer. Originally priced at $235,000 CDN, the price is now $179,000 (negotiable). ¬†Please see note from the owner below.
“After 6 years of working on evenings and weekends,¬† David Young‚Äôs Gentleman’s Racer is finally complete.(2010) David, now 58, started building boats with his father in the basement of their home, at the age of 14. After working at many boat-building companies, over the years, including Windsor Boat Works in Gravenhurst, and the last 9 years at Duke Marine in Port Carling, Ont. David decided in 2003 to build a 20‚Äô Gentleman‚Äôs Racer of his own. Powered by a 350 cu. in. Mercruiser 350 HP Fuel Injected ‚ÄúBlack Scorpion‚ÄĚ. This virtually brand new boat is one a kind, with many personalized upgrades & hardware castings that were first carved from wood by David himself. Additional information is available, regarding the special features and materials used.” For more information please contact David through the link here. ¬†Ad number pb418 . (More photos below)

 

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.

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