Miss Detroit III
Replica of a 1918 single step, Gar Wood hydroplane
Owner/builder - Mike Michaud
My love for race boats started in 1986 with a Jersey
Speed Skiff ride, at Jeff Magnuson's lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee. Knowing
that I was hooked, Jeff sold me the skiff the next year. I had a lot of fun with
that boat, and two years later sold it, to build the red and white sided Packard
Chris Craft race boat. Soon I found out the pride in building your own boat was
as good as driving them, and wanted to build another. But what would I build
Then I received a gift from Jeff, the book "Classic
Speed Boats", and I started looking. While thumbing through the book, I stumbled
upon a picture of Miss Detroit III on page 32. Intrigued by the photo of Gar
Wood and Jay Smith in the boat, I then read the chapter to find out that it won
the Gold Cup in 1918 and 1919 under the sponsorship the the Detroit Yacht Club (DYC).
Miss Detroit III was designed and built by Gar Wood and the Chris Craft Boat and
Engine Company. It was considered to be a state of the art hydroplane at
that time period.
That was it, I knew that Miss Detroit III would be my
next project. Call it love at first sight, but the wheels were set in motion,
and construction began during the winter of 2000. The project was finally
completed in the summer of 2005, and Miss Detroit III debuted at the
NH Vintage Race Boat Regatta.
I want to thank Jeff Magnuson for getting me started
and involved with the construction of vintage race boats - for people to see, touch, and ride
Will see you on the water !!!
The story of Miss Detroit III
The history of stepped hydroplanes
Miss Detroit III - a single step hydroplane designed
by Gar Wood & Chris Smith in 1917.
The fuel tanks get installed.
The V-drive gets installed.
The unique bow rudder installation.
The V-12 Motor - vary rare & unique - what is
Template for the V-12 motor - yup - it's gonna
The stunt driver - Donnie (Orlin Johnson)
Photo update - 3/10/2002
Mike Michaud and Bill John
Some photo updates taken on 12/11/2004
The hull planking is progressing nicely, and the motor
has been placed into position.
updates taken on 4/24/2005
The hull planking has
been completed, the motor installation has been
completed, and the steering for the bow rudder is done.
updates taken on 5/26/2005
The deck is done, and
also the inside combing areas, looks good - I'm
happy with the results.
This was a fun project crew !!!
Finally - launching
and the maiden voyage on 7/23/2005
Click here for MPEG movie
Click here for Mike's next project - Murlen
With the original
Curtiss motor recently installed, Miss Detroit III
is now part of the
Dr Ken Muscatel Collection, here is the link.
Miss Detroit III
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