A Jersey Speed Skiff
Owner/Driver - Bob Mueller
First - some background information:
During the summer and fall of 2005, The
Vintage Race Boat Shop completed a Jersey Speed Skiff
reproduction built for Gerri Prusko.
This reproduction was done "in the
spirit of APBA vintage" and looks like a Jersey Speed Skiff of
the 1950's/60's. It is a legal APBA vintage race boat and runs
These boats are safe and fun to
run, and with stock warranted motors, provide for many years of
fun boat rides !!!
Click here for
project photos of "My Precious"
That was a fun project, the boat ran
extremely well, and we wanted to do another one. Then in the
fall of 2005, several conversations with Bob Mueller lead to a
handshake and our second skiff project. That project had
special, ribbon striped mahogany deck and transom, dark blue
upholstered bench seats fore and aft, and was powered by a
stock, warranted Marine Power motor with a Borg Warner
transmission. The boat runs very well, lives in a boathouse here
on Lake Winnipesaukee, and gets a good workout every summer by
providing lots of boat rides.
Click here for project photos of Tinker
Time for some detail
work, a name change and more varnish !!!
After a couple of years, it was time
for more detail work, a name change and of course, more coats of
Epifanes varnish. So in the Fall of 2008, the boat was hauled
back to the Vintage Race Boat Shop for a refresh. The first step
was to remove all the hardware and start building more varnish
coats. We applied one coat of varnish per week, allowing each
coat to thoroughly cure before sanding with 320 grit paper and
Scotchbrite Pads. The initial/previous six coats of varnish were
still is good shape, but had sunk in pretty well, just beginning
to show the wood grain, so it was time to apply six more coats
of thick, amber tinted, Epifanes varnish !!!
The next step was the name change.
After several meetings, much discussion, many designs, and many
emails, the correct lettering/font for 'Sassy" was finally
decided. Then Jerome from
JC Signs applied the
transom lettering. The first step was to properly position the
lettering, and then apply the mask/glue that holds the gold
metal leaf. Then the gold metal leaf was applied to the
mask/glue. Then Jerome applied his magic to the lettering by
creating the "engine turning" or swirling effect in the gold
leaf. This was allowed to dry overnight before a coat of
After a nice thick coat of varnish, Jerome
returned and outlined the lettering by hand, using dark blue paint
to match the upholstery. The blue outline paint was allowed to dry
With the gold leaf lettering complete, the
varnish build coats continued, one coat per week to protect the gold
leaf lettering, and to deepen the glow under the amber tint of the
Epifanes varnish. And the results - absolutely stunning !!!
Watch for "Sassy" on our
Vintage Race Boat Circuit.
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