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by Rob

Monday December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

A look back at two historic race boats: Miss Detroit III and Miss America VIII.
Miss Detroit
Gar Wood won the 1918 Gold Cup Race in “Miss Detroit III” powered by a rare 1916 Curtiss V-12 aircraft engine. Michael McBride captured the photos for this story on Woody Boater.
Miss America VIII
1929 Gar Wood Miss America VIII – Winner of the Harmsworth Trophy in 1929 and 1931; fitted with its original twin, one-off Miller V16 engines, which were specially designed for Miss America VIII by Harry Miller to break the World’s Speed Record.
Even in 1929, the steering mechanism on a Miss America was primitive by today’s standards! Photo below.
Miss America VIII-2

by Rob

Tuesday September 30, 2014

September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Unique Sea-Sled makes appearance at ACBS Boat Show.
This truly unique 1917 Hickman Sea Sled, powered by twin engines and monstrous propellers, will surely fly across the water with it’s catamaran type hull. Note the unique rudder configuration.



by Rob

Thursday June 6, 2014

June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Thrill Ride on the Rainbow class long deck race boat “Wa Chee We”.
Enjoy this ACBS Toronto Chapter Media Event video, which features a ride aboard a long deck restored race boat, Wa Chee We. This vessel is the poster boat for the 2014 annual Gravenhurst ACBS Boat Show, to be held July 5, 2014.

by Rob

Friday March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Rainbow III
With Spring officially here (at least in theory), it’s time to begin fantasizing about wooden boating. We hope that the photos of Rainbow III’s restoration will add to your determination to get on with your own restorative work, or at least go wooden boating!
One of the iconic race boats from the Muskoka Region is Rainbow III is a 25 ft gold cup racer with an external rudder which now resides on Carnelian Bay, CA, United States. Designed by Harry Greening she set a world distance record of 1060 miles in 24 hours on Lake Muskoka. Her hull design has been replicated on numerous boats both old and even today her lines appear on many interpretations of the Gold Cup race boat.
Even clothing Designer Mogul Tommy Hilfiger has shown off Rainbow III in his 2008 Fall Winter Campaign. Click on the Hilfiger ad photo to see Rainbow III and Ditchburn history
rainbow IIIa

by Rob

Sunday March 9, 2014

March 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

1929 European Race Boat Decades Ahead of Its Time.
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We recently received news of an incredible one-of-a-kind 1929 Finnish race-boat, constructed by top marine builders as an experimental prototype. The boat, called Sikari, (meaning “Cigar”) is currently undergoing restoration, after many years in storage, to be ready for the summer of 2014.
Enjoy the story, photos and video below.
The boat is called Sikari, and she was built in 1929 in Turku, Finland. The company that built it was Finland’s most known boat building company, Åbo Båtvarf – Turun Veneveistämö. The boat was designed by the name “Snabbgående Experiment Motorbåt” which is Swedish and means “fastgoing experimental motorboat”. So the boat was an experiment, a prototype and she was built for the company’s own purposes. It may have been a prototype of a new kind of a motortorpedo boat, but that’s just speculation. It’s not sure if it was Zake Westin, Bruno Westin or Jarl Lindblom who designed the boat but it has been said that all the major designers of the company were involved. Originally the boat had either a 6 cylinder Universal or a Scripps engine.

The company didn’t sell Sikari to a private owner until the beginning of the 1950s. At that point the boat didn’t have an engine and the new owner, Vieno-Verner Sillanpää equipped it with a Ford Flathead V8 engine. With a V8 flathead the boat is capable of 60 knots speed. The boat is designed so that the propeller pierces the surface of the water. The boat’s design is unique and I have never seen one like it. This boat really is one of a kind.

Sikari has been in my family since the late 1970s when my father bought her and started restoring her. She was stored for many years, but now we are working to get her back to water next summer. We had her in two exhibitions in spring 2013, Vene 13 Båt boat exhibition and American Car Show 2013 both in Helsinki, Finland.

I have included pictures from the exhibitions and older pictures too. Here is a video I have of Sikari:

Best regards,
Jani Vahto
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