Vintage Race Boat Shop


We maintain vintage wooden boats,

by providing year round maintenance

and treating each boat with special care.

Bill John


Also building reproduction vintage boats.

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Bill John - owner/driver

Gerri Prusko - riding mechanic


Vintage Race Boat Shop

PO Box 1457

 Mount Dora, Fl. 32756


We love Mount Dora, Florida !!!

What's new ???

Trading Dock

Our Vintage Boats

Reproduction Boats

Saturday Gatherings

Vintage Newsletter

The Vintage Circuit

Vintage Regattas

Photo Archives

Reproduction Boats 

Tech Articles

Stain & Varnish

Edge Bonding-Part 1

Edge Bonding-Part 2

Edge Bonding-Part 3

Stepped Hull Design

Shingled Hull Design

Unlimiteds-3 Pointers

Lake Winnipesaukee

The Early Years

Boat Racing-1926

Boat Racing-1927

Boat Racing-1928

Boat Racing-1929-1

Boat Racing-1929-2

Hagerty InsuranceJamestown Distributors

A message from the Owner/Webmeister

Bill John

Links !!!

Currently in our Mount Dora shop !!!



G-48 Obsession - 1946 Gar Wood, hull number 7115, modified

Owner/Driver - Bill John

After years of hard running on the vintage circuit and constant use on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, our beloved Obsession was hauled back to the shop for some TLC. The hull remains in excellent shape after our Edge-Bonding project over ten years ago. The edge-bonded seams still look fresh, but more importantly added great strength to the hull. 

Project Photos !!!

In April we closed our Wolfeboro shop and hauled our tools and beloved Obsession down to our new home and shop in Mount Dora, Florida. We are now busy getting ready to rock & roll on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. Come on down and join us for all the fun.

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

March 20-22, 2015



The past will come alive as the vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida for our next annual Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta. Tavares is now a major stop on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit with over 65 beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats running demonstration laps on a 1 mile oval course on beautiful Lake Dora. In addition to seeing and hearing these unique and beautiful boats run, spectators are invited to view them close-up in the pit area at Wooton Park on both Saturday and Sunday. We will be running large heats of all vintage classes, including outboards, small hydros, mid-hydros, large hydros, flatbottoms, skiffs, speedsters, gold cuppers, and fire breathing grand prix hydros. The sights and sounds will be just magnificent, come join all the fun !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - March 20-22, 2015

Last Update: November 24, 2014

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