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Vintage & Classic Race Boats That Sold !!!

Last update - March 2, 2019

We take no part in the actual sales and take no commissions. We just want to help these beautiful vintage and classic boats return to the vintage circuit for all to enjoy, not stuck away in some dark storage facility, never to be seen again. Here are some vintage race boats and motors that we have helped to save. They are listed with the most recently sold first.

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SOLD !!!

1948 Fillinger Vintage Outboard Racer




The boat is a 1948 Fillinger Outboard Racer that is in good condition and includes the Mercury 20H motor in the photo, plus another 20H motor, plus a regular 20 Mercury and many spare parts. The boat and motors are located in Kansas City, Missouri.

SOLD !!!

GEMINI – A-711



Gemini is an 18’ pickle-fork hydroplane built by Henry and Larry Lauterbach in 1979 for Walt Carter of Naples, Florida  It is one of only four pickle-forks built by the Lauterbachs.  Originally driven by Larry Lauterbach, the Gemini won the Eastern Divisionals in 1980, 1982 and 1986 and it was one of only three 2.5 litre modified boats to average over 100 mph in a 5 mile heat.


Gemini is currently powered by a 400 cubic inch Chevy V-8, which was built by Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, Tom D’Eath.  Purchased in 2001, she is almost a 40 year old boat with only two owners (& two drivers) and has been well cared for and maintained by Larry Lauterbach and myself.  The Gemini is in turn key condition and comes complete with a custom trailer and is ready to run.

This is a great vintage ride and welcomed on the vintage circuit !!!

SOLD !!!

JS-77 Zippy Pickle


Zippy Pickle JS-77 


Bill DeGlopper 716-796-5509


Grand Island, New York


Brian DeGlopper


replica Jersey Speed Skiff class (JS) hull built in 2001 by Ken Germershausen using Baron Industries design

LOA / beam

16' / 6'


2007 Chevrolet 350   CARB:  new Holley 4776 600 CFM double feed
stock Chris Craft Crusader Chevrolet 
Boat & motor were purchased from Tom Pakradoni - November 2008

power transfer

Borg Warner 71 velvet drive transmission 1:1 rotation no reduction


Sked 10.5 4 blade stainless

years raced

The original Zippy was one of the few green skiffs to compete in the APBA Inboard division. Competed in the Divisionals & Easterns held in Tonawanda, NY in the 1970's. The original Zippy owned by Ray. Still researching history.


ramp or crane  with SLINGS certified 5-2017

  • 2009 Eagle skiff trailer with single axle, new Goodyear trailer tires with spare

  • New black upholstery on custom bucket seats and new battery

  • 2017 Connolly Marine performance stainless steel skiff rudder

  • Engine maintained by Mike Endres, former GP champion and engine builder for GP 777

  • Fresh water boat in excellent condition, run on vintage circuit in the US and Canada

SOLD !!!

1992 Jamie Auld Cabover Hydroplane





For sale due to health, a 1992 auld hydroplane designed by Jamie Auld, originally owned by Jack Teschendorf. Raced as E-169 then sold to Bob Theil and raced as Ink Slinger and finally sold to me. Boat has been refinished and looks great, there are no issues.

  • APBA safety cell with five point harness

  • New steering wheel and gauges

  • Warning lights for temperature and oil pressure

  • New Kennedy racing hardware 7076  rudder with quadrant

  • New steering cables

  • New Shoenfield headers

  • New rear strut bushing also done by Kennedy.

  • Strut bushing is liquid cooled and also a new front bearing.

  • Three stainless race props with surgical finish by Titus Performance

  • Security race life jacket

  • Free air system

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Wolfe Racing spec 5 liter engine with 10 hours, runs very strong and smooth

  • Aluminum flywheel with mini starter

  • Length - 18 feet with a 9 foot, 10 inch beam

With electric canards, the boat handles really well, not a bit scary and very stable. Even at speeds over 100 mph you can release the steering wheel and she runs true, with hands off . Boat has a title and Ohio watercraft stickers, so it can run anywhere with no speed or horse power limits. Comes complete with a tandem axle hydraulic tilt trailer with a folding tongue. Will fit in a 24 foot garage, very handy and easy to keep inside. You can also launch this boat from the trailer right into the lake or river.  This boat needs nothing, ready to run,  just take her home.  

SOLD !!!

Murlen - a 31 foot Gar Wood Speedster




Click here for the complete project story !!!

Gar Wood original hull number 7148

70% original Gar Wood hardware

Mark IV 4 bolt Cross Rammed 454 CI Edlebrock fortified to 450 HP

Kill switch and Safety stop collars

Borge Warner 1.5:1 Velvet Drive Transmission

Hull Construction:  cold molded with West System

Construction Materials: Honduran Mahogany and Douglas fir

Fasteners: Silicon Bronze, Stainless steel, Brass

Custom trailer with electric brakes

Custom storage cover

SOLD !!!

Vintage Jones Cabover Hydroplane





The hard work on this vintage Jones cabover hydroplane project is already done. The hull is primed and ready for final body work before paint. The steering system is complete and the cockpit and engine bay are ready for your finishing touches. Includes a fresh 305 Chevy engine, motor mounts, headers, hydraulic tilt trailer, Jones rudder and bracket, Jones stainless steel strut, Carter Parish style turn fin, two spare tires with rims and many more extras.

SOLD !!!

 Replica of the 1934 Hacker - Little Miss Canada




Replica of the 1934 Hacker - Little Miss Canada

Name - Tight Squeeze

Builder - Tom Neff, Neff’s Classic Boats in 2008 

Length - 16’9”

Engine - 350 Chevy with Chris Craft conversion, 260hp

Transmission - Manual

Trailer - Aluminum Magic Tilt Custom made with a swing tongue

Location - Milledgeville, GA.

SOLD !!!

Vintage 1988 Hallett Barron Vector



California Ski/Race Boat:

  • Semi-V hull design, 3 blade prop, trim tabs with controls on the steeling wheel

  • 502 Blown Chevrolet Engine with a V-Drive

  • Carr Turbo 400 Transmission with 3 forward and 1 reverse gear

  • Always garaged kept, never in salt water

  • Full custom cover

  • Tandem axle trailer with brakes

This vintage ski/race boat is capable of speeds of well over 80 MPH with a 890 horsepower blower motor with cooler, dual 850 CFM Holly carburetors and custom air scoop. An absolutely stunning and fun vintage race boat that turns lots of heads on and off the water. 

SOLD !!!

1950s Vintage B Class Outboard Hydro

Swift Woodcraft Inc., Mount Dora, FL




This is a 1950s Vintage B Class Outboard Hydro made by Swift Woodcraft Inc of Mount Dora, Florida. It is nine feet long and needs some finish work. The power is a Mercury 20 H, 1956, SN 790050 and there is no trailer. Asking $4,500 for Hydro and engine or reasonable offers. Might consider separating depending on price. You will need to pick up in Southport, NC. I got this rig from my cousin who bought it in the early 1960s when he was a teenager. He ran it on Paw Paw Lake in Watervliet, Michigan. I remember getting a ride in it back then and the locals claimed it would do about 60 mph.  They tell me the engine was also called a corn popper because of the noise it made – well I can tell you it is a lot louder than a corn popper – it is like Mozart to a gear head. Needs a caring owner. I set out to restore it myself and run it, but other priorities have prevailed and I no longer have the shop space. I can email more photos or information.

SOLD !!!

26 Foot Gentleman’s Racer




Retirement Plan is 26 foot Gentleman’s Racer built in 2011 by Reets Boatworks. The boat’s lines loosely follow that of John Hackers’ Miss APBA with a few improvements. The boat seats 6 people with a rumble seat in the bow. There was a modern MerCruiser Scorpion 330HP MPI motor with a velvet drive 71C transmission powering the boat, but has been recently sold and removed. The boat is entirely constructed using the west system. The bottom is triple planked while the sides and deck are double planked with Philippine mahogany. This boat has been used exclusively by the owner of Reets Boatworks for boat show purposes.


This 2011 custom boat built by Reets Boatworks is very lightly used with only 26 hours on the motor. The boat has been used to take to boat shows to promote our custom wood boats that we build and restore. The boat is absolutely turnkey and in like new condition. Your choice of gold leaf lettering with two fresh coats of varnish over the whole boat are included in the sale of the boat to make it custom for the buyer. More pictures are available upon request, including the entire building process. We can install a new MerCruiser 383 Stroker motor for $10,000 for the new owner, so you will be ready to run with the pack at the Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta !!!

  • 26 Foot Gentleman’s Racer

  • Seats 6

  • Bow Thruster

  • Triple planked bottom 3/4 inch, double planked sides/deck 3/4 inch

  • Full waterline canvas, cockpit canvas, Sierra tandem axle trailer

  • Fresh Varnish and painted gold leaf lettering included in the price

SOLD !!!

The Specialist - a vintage 225 hydroplane





"Racer Bob" Dabrowski had "The Specialist" built in 1975 when he saw a Karelson driven by Jerry Bangs in "Champagne Lady" run the doors off Gordie Reed in "Miss Genny" at the Nationals at the Hydro Bowl in Dayton. It was the only 225 Ed built, and it ran a  George English 215 Buick throughout Region 6 during '76 through'97. It won the 1978 Southland Sweepstakes in St.Pete's Fla and beat the best in the country. See the cover of Propeller mag in April '78!! Then the boat ran as a 5 Litre/NM when Bill Densten raced the boat in the 80's.


The boat has been completely refurbished by Jason Pomerleau- new bottom, stepped sponsons, 5 ply deck in 2009, rewired and engine inspected, painted and re-numbered in 2012. The current engine is a 5L Warren Hayworth engine done up by Marty Wolfe, Wolfe Engines, Chicago. Engine details and specifications are available with history pictures.


The boat is a dream to drive-no issues whatever! The whole package includes full covers, hydraulic double piston 12v tilt trailer, two props with boxes, fuel cans,  waterproof six drawer full tool box with custom cover,  Holley 600 carb with storage box, log book, new Snell 2010 helmet, life jacket, new lift sling, '"The Specialist" banner and spare parts-full package ready to go. Also have all the history and pictures of the boat in a big 3 ring binder. Complete rig is currently in Florida and will be at the Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta.

SOLD !!!

GP-111 - Advance United -  Lauterbach Vintage Grand Prix Hydroplane





Built in the mid 1980's, Advance United is a Lauterbach Grand Prix hydroplane, the second hull built by Henry Lauterbach after the first Advance United was destroyed in an attempt at a speed record by Kent MacPhail. Currently owned by Tom Bertolini of Michigan, this historic hydroplane has been completely restored,  has been running on the APBA vintage circuit since 2008 and will be running strong again this summer at Valleyfield and Wheeling. Comes complete with a fresh blown Chevrolet engine and a custom trailer.

History of Advance United

SOLD !!!
Heavy Duty H-202


Built in 1964 by Henry Lauterbach, 21 feet long and last of the 7 Litre hydroplane boats with the teardrop sponsons. This hydro did not run much from 1964 to 1973. It was owned by Lenny Ryden, Dave Sutton and Bob Larrimore. She ran until 1992. The hydro was rebuilt in 1998 by Dave Wrezinski. Her sister boats were Chrysler Queen and Miss Crazy Thing. Complete and ready to run on the APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit !!!


Engine specs of engine in boat:
499 Big Block Chevy
4.322 x 4.25 JE SRP pistons
Callies Compstar rods
Callies Magnum crankshaft
Dart heads (cast iron) with heavily modified Ferrea valves - intakes are hollow stem, titanium retainers
Comp roller cam 272/280 @.050 748/710 lift
Victor Jr intake
Quickfuel 1250 cfm carb
MSD ignition
Engine is designed to turn 7400 RPM reliably.

Here is the link for the media sheet:


SOLD !!!

Vintage Buick 215 Hydroplane Motor




Vintage 215 cubic inch Buick aluminum V8 motor


     New heads in bags:

                Fresh valve job & surface

                New Crower springs

                New custom valves

     New Crower camshaft

     New custom valve train parts

     Extra new & used valves

     Dual point and dual coil racing distributor

     Bottom end is like new.

     Block is ready for final assembly

     Needs gasket set and maybe rings &       bearings                

SOLD !!!

An Unknown Vintage Hydroplane




Little known history about this vintage hydroplane, but it is in excellent shape. The wood is all good, the finish is ready to go and the the vintage trailer is roadworthy. For sale without motor, but I do have Chevy 4 cylinder race parts to be sold separately. I have a Hilborn injection system, Vertex and Mallory magnetos, headers, gear box and various motor parts. Boat is in Macon, Georgia and comes complete with the trailer. Just build a motor and have some fun.

SOLD !!!

Vintage Jersey Speed Skiff





1977 Moore Craft Jersey Speed Skiff

                Strong Chevy 283 cu. in. V8 (315 hp on dyno)

                                Electric water pump and fuel pump

                                Sked alternator set up

                                New Holley 600 cfm carburetor

                                New Comp Cams roller rockers

                New Eagle trailer

                                Black powder coated

                                Chrome rims

                New paint job Aug. 2015  (white/turquoise)

                                Custom covers  (white/turquoise)

                                Custom pin striping

                Rich racing history

                                1st owner – John Clark “Fast Buck”

                                2nd owner – Tom Donley “UFO”                                  

This boat was never wrecked or repaired, and has won every major regatta on the east coast. This hull is light, still very fast and a hoot to drive. Will be running strong at APBA Vintage events in Wheeling, WV and Madison, IN this summer.

SOLD !!!

A Vintage Jersey Speed Skiff



Jersey speed skiff with a matching trailer, this solid runner has a 283 Chevy motor, a paragon transmission and mahogany decks. Boat has always been garage kept, but now needs routine maintenance, re-packing, decks re-done etc. But this original Jersey Speed Skiff is currently in running condition and presentable. Will consider a trade for decent running car or Jeep Wrangler.

SOLD !!!

1956 Swift Vintage Outboard Racer





This is a 1956 Swift “Big Bee” hydroplane and a Mercury Mark 20H.  The hydro was made in Mount Dora, Florida by the famous boat builder Joe Swift (Swift Woodcraft Inc.)  The 20H was raced for a year or two back then and then put away and run by subsequent owners a half dozen times. I have owned this outfit since the early 90’s.  The original owner, see photo with the motor on his homemade hydro, installed the optional gearfoot with the large skeg which added both stability and a few MPH as the water intake hole is now on the bottom of the gear case.

SOLD !!!

Skip A-61 - A 1960's Vintage Hydroplane





  • Built in Atlantic City, late 60’s

  • Boat Builder/ Arthur Seabrook

  • L.O.A./Beam: 17’ Length 7’ Beam

  • Motor: V-6 Vortec

  • Power Transfer: Direct

  • Propeller: Two Blade

  • Launch: Crane

  • Original trailer w/ hydraulic tilt added

  • 90% restored / documented restoration

  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

SOLD !!!

N-25 Betty V - Vintage Ventnor Hydroplane



Betty V was built by Ventnor in 1947 and should be restored back to the way it was original built. Comes with the original Ventnor Master Carpenters Certificate and lots of pictures of it being built at the Ventnor Factory. It was originally named Betty V but is now named Betty VII. Also comes with the many trophies that the boat won and the original wood Betty V trailer. There is still much wood from the original Betty V so it should be restored to the original Ventnor 225 hydroplane. This is an historic restoration project, and will be a welcomed addition on the APBA vintage race boat circuit !!!

Plans for Ventnor 235 Hydroplane

More photos of Ventnor Hydroplanes

SOLD !!!

Two Vintage Jersey Speed Skiffs




As I'm approaching the young age of 70 this year, I have decided to turn loose a few of my vintage race boats. I have a couple Jersey Speed Skiffs that will be on my list to sell. The first is my 1981 Verga fiberglass that has never been rigged or in the water. Frank Verga built about a dozen Skiffs and from what I heard they were real fast but I'm not sure if they were APBA Legal. Frank did that I really liked too get to 16 feet in length. He curved out the transom instead of extending the nose of the boat, unlike most skiffs being built today. The strut has been mounted and I do have the steering quadrant that goes with the boat. The boat has brown gelcoat that was painted white on the outside which is in need of another paint job.


I am also listing a Morris skiff that was built from Ray Morris plans back in the early 50s. I just need to finish up the exhaust system to make it water ready. For more information on my Skiffs please contact me at the contact info below.

SOLD !!!

Vintage 1963 Wood Crackerbox



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APBA Crackerbox Racing !!!

This project was just completed.  It features a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283 block with 1957 Corvette Fuel Injection heads, new Edelbrock manifold and 500 cfm Edelbrock carb, Joe Hunt Magneto with Taylor wires.  This engine and boat have test time only, 1 hour and 56 minutes.  A complete ‘running’ log book will be furnished to the buyer.  A vintage rebuilt Hilborn mechanical fuel injection system is available at extra cost.

The boat has undergone a complete rebuild, where each and every part has (either) been rebuilt, fabricated, refurbished, or replaced with OEM parts.   Marine hardware is Nicson.  Gaskets were replaced or manufactured from original templates. Military spec (AN) nuts and bolts throughout.   The boat received a new aluminum fuel tank with the proper bungs for an injection system and race foam filled.

Seats were made from sheet metal, ribbed, and upholstered in heavy weight vinyl.  Mounting for both seats are contained in a single piece of oak, aluminum channel reinforced.  The entire package removes as one piece.

The side exhaust system was built from scratch and features full aluminum and silicon tubing.  The silicon is five ply and designed for wet exhaust systems.  The previous exhaust system exited at the transom, of which the holes were plugged with one inch oak and sealed with West System epoxy.  In fact, all corrections, revisions and additions were completed with West epoxy.

The entire wiring system was replaced utilizing marine grade switches.  Each wire is protected with blade circuits and they were crimped, soldered and heat shrink wrapped. All gauges are Steward Warner Wings, with convex glass faces and electrical senders.  Behind the dash is a master cut off switch wired directly to the marine Optima battery.  The only modern electrical addition is the utilization of an automatic bilge pump.

This boat was originally purchased from Scott Hare, who replaced the bottom, and rebuilt the engine. He experienced some overheating problems which were a result of the water pump vane disintegrating and plugging the ports in both the block and heads.  All the rubber slag was found and removed and the heads rebuilt to proper specifications.  Miscellaneous parts are included with the sale and are too numerous to list here.  The buyer will receive a complete log book, specification book and ring binder containing restoration photo’s and receipts.

Paint is PPG OMNI Urethane, which includes PPG sealer, primer, two coats of color and four coats of clear.  Much of the old finish, old fiberglass wrap was damaged because of the original paint.  Not Hares effort, but those of the original owner using house paint.  The interior was bead blasted, sanded, stained and coated with Helmsman urethane.  The combing above the dash was replaced, stained, and coated with six layers of varnish.  African mahogany was used as the replacement.

The trailer was restored, including new bearings, wheels, tires, wiring, lights, chains, carpets, et al.  Trailer was welded in critical areas, sanded and coated with Gator Poly truck bed liner paint.  Red color parts are all powder coated, including the trailer extension bar.

Will consider partial trade for a Jersey skiff, Chris Craft utility or another Crackerbox.  Projects only please.  Delivery to the West Coast will also be considered.

SOLD !!!

The Last - Abbey Hurricane Service Runabout






I have decided to sell my 1960 Abbey Hurricane manufactured in Miami Florida by famed boat builder Howard Abbey. Popular in the Gold Coast Marathon it was raced as both a D and an E-service Runabout. It is 18’ long. Howard liked galvanized steel screws, this may account for the lack of remaining Hurricanes! I have completed extensive work on it over the last fifteen years. Most of the bottom frames have been replaced, new frame gussets, new stringers, new battens, shears and chines. Mahogany frames and old growth clear fir everywhere else.  All fasteners are bronze or stainless; all glue joints are West System Epoxy. The plywood skin is all new but has grayed and I would replace it if I was keeping her. The boat is stored inside now.  Hurricanes were conceived in the true service runabout tradition of a racing family boat. The engine would have been under hatches with a transmission, water cooled exhaust manifolds and v-drive and forward and aft cockpits with seating for six. Steering would be from the aft cockpit.

When I first acquired her I was able to speak to Howard Abbey. He explained that the 18’ and 21’ service runabouts were made in the same jig. The only difference being the addition of one more frame. The boat has big beefy frames! The new frames were exact copies of the originals. I made no attempt to re-engineer Howard’s design. You could finish her at 18’ as an E-Service Runabout with a small block Chevy or add one more frame lengthening her to 21’ install a 392 Chrysler Hemi with six Stromberg 97’s and complete her as the famed F-service runabout “Oh-Mona!”, put a big Cadillac in and replicate Howards personal boat HURRICANE.  Use her as a plug at either length and go into business building fiberglass “Conn Craft” replica race boats!

There was only one 21’ Abbey Hurricane and that was the Oh-Mona! Bob Conn of Miami got permission from owner Del Daily and builder Howard Abbey and pulled a mold and built them in fiberglass as 21’ “Conn-Craft” F-service runabouts. Of the 15 21’ Conn-Craft copies none have been found. How many un-restored 55+ year old Florida built race boats are left? There are only a handful of service runabouts of any class left!

I’m asking $6000 which is about the same as an 18’ kit boat. Unlike a kit boat it’s assembled and has history! I do not have a trailer or a title since it was never finished.  I will supply digital copies of all photos of the restoration up till now. Advice is free! I’d like a ride when you’re done. Lots of Jersey Speed Skiffs in Vintage APBA, do you want “another one”…….or The Only One ???

SOLD !!!

1951 Hallet 48 vintage hydroplane





This a 1951 Hallet 48 vintage hydroplane, professionally restored and rebuilt with a deck-off restoration. A true 3-point hydroplane. It has a 100 HP modified Crosley motor with a big throat Stromberg 97 carburetor. Motor has very low hours since rebuild. The boat sits on the original restored trailer. The boat has natural Mahogany decks and runs on alcohol. History, documents and photos also come with it.  This amazing vintage hydroplane is turn-key and is ready for the APBA vintage circuit !!!

SOLD !!!

222-H Best Wishes - Vintage 7-Liter Hydroplane




This 7-Liter hydroplane was built for the legendary Bill Muncey in 1959 and then fully restored in 2005. The motor is a fresh 360 Chevrolet sprint car engine and the hydroplane comes complete with a custom trailer, various tools, parts and accessories. Bill Muncey owned this hydroplane for 9 years and it is the only limited class hydroplane once owned by Bill that is left. Also driven by Ron Musson, Don Wilson, Kip Brown, Brian Perkins, and Bud Burns. Located in Marysville, WA north of Seattle. Will deliver if near Seattle area.

Hull Type/Class: Original 1959 Jones 7 Liter cubic inch hydroplane (H) designed by Ted Jones and built for Bill Muncey by Ron Jones. LOA: 19' 1". Beam: 8'


Engine: V-8 Modified 1985 Chevrolet 350 (360 cubic inch) Sprint Car Engine, Fuel Injected (formally ran a 283 and 327 Chevrolet)


Propeller: Record 12x21, 1 ⅛" K-Monel shaft



1959-1966  Bill Muncey

1967-1969  Todd Slater

1970-1976  Bud Burns, Western Divisional & National High Point Champion

1977-1978  Nick Batoloto

1979-1980  Nick Batoloto and Bob Book

1980-1984  Bob Book

1985-1990  Russ Hagg

1990-1994  Bob Stanley

1995-2005  Bud Burns

2005-2015  Bob Whitley and Doug Whitley (Restored by Jim Barstow)

SOLD !!!

1954 Vintage Johnson Outboard Motor



This stunning 1954 10HP Johnson Seahorse Outboard has been fully restored to original condition and comes complete the original stand and fuel tank. It runs beautifully and is ready for display or to complete the restoration of a vintage outboard boat.

SOLD !!!

Miss Bert - a 1936 historic wooden boat



This 1936 historic wooden boat was named in the 40’s as “Miss Bert” after the original owner’s wife, Roberta.  It has been passed down through 2 families, and enjoys the racing history of the Tri-City area on the Columbia River of Washington State. This has always been a fixture to the area, only used fresh water.

This is a 1936 Mahogany Dual Cockpit boat built with copper rivets. The copper rivets were known to be used in custom Reinell, and other area quality built boats. The actual maker of this custom boat is unknown, but believed to be from the Puget Sound area. Mahogany was the top grade material used for the era. The side name & painting is original and vintage to this historic boat, this is not a recreation! You can tell the condition, boat has very low hours. There is no rot and all wood, seats, everything is original. Boat has always been kept on the trailer in heated garage type storage.

In the 1970’s the boat was refitted with a newer motor and side throttle controls. The original 1937 Johnson Seahorse 22.5 HP motor was placed on a stand in the heated boat garage where it sat for decades. During the last decade, the low hours & original Johnson Seahorse 22.5 HP outboard motor was freshened up and polished and replaced onto the boat. It runs strong & fast.... I was told mid to high 30 mph ranges for the sleek & light weight boat. The Johnson outboard is a unique 2-cylinder with compression bleed off of one cylinder for easy starts. It also has a built in flush port for water hose. It turns over easily, but was drained of gas and winterized a few seasons ago. The steering wheel is active for the outboard. Boat has lived its life in the sunny & dry desert areas of Eastern WA.

Sale of this vintage boat includes the original 1937 Johnson Seahorse Outboard with brass propeller. It also includes the vintage wooden trailer. Both boat and trailer are licensed and currently titled. Vintage trailer is in excellent condition and ready to tow anywhere. Boat and trailer were recently towed hundreds of miles from Tri-City areas to Gig Harbor, Washington where it is presently garaged.

SOLD !!!

Small outboard vintage racer



My son and I worked with a master builder to construct this small outboard vintage racer in 2013. The plans for the design came from an old popular science magazine. The boat is 95 inches long and has a 63 inch beam. The motor is a 2012 Mercury 9.9HP and has less than 10 hours on it. The boat has been garage kept since day one. It is in perfect condition and has only been operated in fresh water. He is very proud of his boat and does not want to part with it but the proceeds are going to help pay for his college education. He is currently 15 years old and is trying to save money for college. This project also gave him an interest in building vintage style boats after college.  

SOLD !!!

Vintage 1964 Mandella Flatbottom





This is a vintage 1964 Mandela Flatbottom ski boat with a 426 Chrysler motor and a very rare Cross Ram intake manifold, running two Holley carburetors. The boat and motor are 100% complete, and a real solid boat that needs to be gone over real well before running. This is a great ride, complete and with a little prep work, ready for lots of fun boat rides and also ready to run on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. Can be delivered to Tavares for the Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta.

SOLD !!!

1980 Classic 22 Foot Donzi




This 1980 Classic 22 foot Donzi 2+3 has a fresh 330HP 350 cubic inch Mercruiser motor and performance K planes. The black hull trim, gauges and tan upholstery are all in excellent condition and appearance. This is a great ride, complete and ready for lots of fun boat rides and also ready to run on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. Can be delivered to Tavares for the Spring Regatta.


1959 Vintage Velton Flatbottom






This is an absolutely stunning vintage 1959 Velton Craft with a nice adjustable cavitation plate and a 1954 354 Hemi motor with four 2 barrel carburetors and a magneto ignition system. The rigging in this boat is incredible and overkill but also art work. The motor runs strong and this is a boat that takes all kinds of water conditions. The overall condition is a 9 with a 10 on the hardware and the boat is lake ready. This is a great ride, complete and ready for lots of fun boat rides and also ready to run on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. Can be delivered to Tavares for the Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta.

SOLD !!!

JS-47 My Precious - a Jersey Speed Skiff


During the summer and fall of 2005, we completed a reproduction of a Jersey Speed Skiff My Precious. This speed skiff was done "in the spirit of vintage" with a wood deck and bench seats, looks like a Jersey Speed Skiff of the 1960's, and is a legal vintage race boat that has been running on the APBA vintage circuit since 2006. This boat is safe and fun to run at speed with comfortable bench seats in the fore and aft cockpits and with a stock warranted Chevrolet 350 motor that will provide for many years of fun boat rides. Comes complete with a custom mooring/travel cover and a custom Eagle trailer. This is a great ride, complete and ready to run on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta



Click here for project photos - My Precious


SOLD !!!

G-48  Obsession





Owner/Driver - Bill John

1946 Gar Wood, hull number 7115, modified

Speedster design, single aft cockpit, 21 foot

Bottom modified to a shingled/stepped hydroplane

Honduras mahogany hull with Spanish cedar steps

Chevrolet 510 cubic inch marine stroker motor, 630 HP

Prop is a Menkens high rake 3-blade, 13x17 cupped

Tracked at 75 mph on GPS at the 2004 Detroit Gold Cup

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. We run two slip-in mufflers in each side pipe to tone the exhaust noise down when not on the race course, and the sweet spot is right around 3,000 rpm's, cruising smoothly at 45 mph on the stepped/shingled bottom. But the real fun begins when the slip-in mufflers are removed, the motor climbs above 5,000 rpm's, the cavitation plate is jacked up and the boat begins to fly, riding on just the edges of the shingled bottom running at speeds well over 70 mph. This boat is a rocket ship, and the sound of that bored and stroked big block Chevy motor is magical through the polished 4 inch chrome side pipes !!!

Current Project Photos of Obsession

Comes complete on a custom trailer, mooring cover, cockpit cover, fresh paint and varnish and a freshly rebuilt bored and stroked 510 cubic inch big block Chevy motor.  Come on down to our Tavares Spring Thunder Vintage Regatta for a wild ride on the race course !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

On 2/18/2016 we got the phone call from our bank - transfer received !!!

Our beloved Obsession is going to Muskoka, Ontario

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


SOLD !!!

A Jersey Speed Skiff


JS-34  So Co


This is a 1978 Bender Jersey Speed that has been completely restored. The motor has also been rebuilt by R&L Engines and was dyno tested at 395 horsepower with 395 pounds of torque. This skiff is a rocket ship and has run on the vintage circuit for the past several years at vintage events in Wolfeboro, NH and Clayton, NY. Comes complete on a custom trailer. This is a great vintage ride that is ready to run on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit !!!

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Sir Ron III E-4


Built in 1960-61 by Joe Albee from plans by Ted Jones. This hydro raced until 1976 and was rebuilt in 2004. It still has the original Carolines seat, gauges and set up used by Joe when he won the first Governors Cup Regatta in Celina, Ohio. The hydro sits on it's original trailer completely redone. The original 283 engine comes with the package, in pieces and could be rebuilt. Complete and ready to run at the Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta !!!

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta - November 13-15, 2015


Engine specs of engine in boat:
Small block Chevy - 306 cu in
BRC pistons
Crower rods
Forged crankshaft
World Products S/R Torquer iron heads

 Heavily modified Titanium retainers, electropolished springs, Ferrea valves Comp Roller cam 252/258 @.050 .630/.630 lift
Victor Jr intake Holley 650 cfm carb.
MSD ignition.

Here is the link for historical and restoration photos:


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Pure Canadian - a vintage 5 Liter hydroplane


Pure Canadian is a late 1980's 5 liter hydroplane built by the Canadian builder Eldon Carothers, raced by Chris Galbraith and won the Canadian National Point Championship in 1990. Powered by a 305 cubic inch Chevy, this hydro has been through a complete restoration and has been running strong on the vintage circuit since 2009. Most recent events were the Roar & Soar vintage regatta at the Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida and the Tavares Thunder Regattas in Tavares, Florida. Comes complete on a custom built tilt trailer. This is a great vintage ride, complete and ready to run at the vintage circuit.

Video of Pure Canadian - very fast hydro !!!

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JS-18 "Despicable" - a Jersey Speed Skiff






This 1968 Jersey Speed Skiff is one of Bud Bender’s initial fiberglass hulls, and believed to be the first. Complete with a 283 Flagship Marine Chevy engine, rebuilt transmission, glass hull with a wood deck, new carpet, upholstery, stainless OJ prop, bench seat, foot throttle, usable front cockpit with storage under seat, multiple covers. This is a great vintage ride, complete with a trailer and ready for lots of fun boat rides and also ready to rock & roll on the vintage circuit !!!

  • Edelbrock Carburetor

  • MDS Ignition

  • Foot throttle and ¾ lock to lock steering

  • Three blade OJ stainless steel and 1 two blade prop

  • Two Jabsco water pumps; 1 installed/1spare

  • New custom designed cavitation plate - improving performance

  • Full storage cover and 2 hatch covers

  • New fuel pump and exhaust hoses

  • New Battery

  • Rebuilt hydraulic transmission; F/R

  • Hawkeye Trailer – 3 new tires, Bearing Buddies, padded rails

  • Fenders, paddle, extinguisher and safety equipment

  • Wood deck and padded front/rear seating

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JS-00 “Orange Crate” - one of Jersey Speed Skiff racing’s most famous boats



Few, if any will argue with Orange Crate’s status as the first successful fiberglass racing skiff. Built in 1965, then she was stripped to bare hull and completely rebuilt, including all new wood bottom, stringers and bulkheads, by owner Skip Gillam and Roger Harris about eight years ago.  She is powered by a “built” for marine use 350 (Chris Craft conversion) with only two or three vintage regatta heats on it, a transmission and an electric water pump.  Skips says, “boat handles great and could be competitive today.”  She rides on a custom trailer built by Skip. 


The “turnkey” package, priced at $17,500 includes bucket seats and a full bench seat, two vintage life jackets, full cover and spare tire.  Skip will deliver to a reasonable destination from his Hialeah, FL home.

 This is a great ride, complete and ready to run on the vintage circuit !!!

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Lauterbach Grand Prix 2-Seater Hydroplane



Catch Me If You Can is an absolutely stunning Lauterbach Grand Prix 2-Seater hydroplane is one of only three built by Larry Lauterbach and is is now available for sale. Complete on a custom trailer and because it is rigged with with a Borg Warner hydraulic transmission and a water pump, this hydroplane is a wild pleasure/ride boat and is also a legal APBA Vintage hydroplane that currently runs on the vintage circuit. Most recent appearance was at the Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta on March 20-23, 2015.

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Sunbeam Imp race motor, props & shaft



Complete 901cc race boat motor originally built by Jim Appley. Motor is out of the Steve David's Y-3 Kelson hydro "Century 21 Special". Motor needs to be freshened up with new rings, bearing @valve springs, etc. Very little time on motor, just been sitting around to long. Props and S/S Shaft also for sale.

8 1/2" by 13" prop

8 1/2" by 15" prop

3/4" by 47 3/4" long s/s splined shaft


Make an offer for motor, props, or shaft !!!

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1979 5 Litre Staudacher Vintage Hydroplane


1979 vintage 5 Litre Staudacher cabover hydroplane. Completely restored, with a fresh 305 Chevrolet motor and the matching restored Staudacher trailer. Was the former 225 mod hydro Prime Mover from Florida. This is a great vintage ride, has been active on the vintage circuit for several years and ran very well at the recent Tavares Spring Thunder Vintage Regatta.

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2013 Harley Davidson Motorcycle - Super Glide Custom




We know - it's not a vintage boat. But the garage at our new Mount Dora home is now also the new location for our Vintage Race Boat Shop and we need the space. We also recently bought a brand new 2014 Harley Davidson Road King, so it is time to sell our very first Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Bought new from the Seminole Harley Davidson dealership in Sanford, Florida and well maintained/upgraded by the Daytona Harley Davidson dealership. With only 15,000 miles, this Harley is loud, loaded with chrome, new Dunlop tires on custom chrome spoke wheels and ready to rock & roll on the open road!!!

  • Vance & Hines Stage 1 air cleaner, header pipes, tuned mufflers

  • Dyno tuned at Daytona Harley Davidson dealership

  • Brand new Dunlop tires

  • Tall boy seat and forward controls

  • Bright ass tail light and performance headlight

  • Custom rider back rest/sissy bar and back rack

  • Windshield and chromed controls

  • Lots of motor and transmission chrome

  • Custom chrome spoke wheels

  • Have all receipts and service records

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Jersey Speed Skiff -  Project Boat



At this low asking price, this Jersey Speed Skiff project boat would make a great restoration project. We believe this is a Russell Darby hull that was raced at one point. The skiff had canopies, which were cut out. Comes with a few parts and a galvanized trailer. All missing skiff parts are readily available on EBay or at Glenwood Marine.

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JS-06 Just Crewzin' - a Jersey Speed Skiff



This reproduction of a speed skiff was done "in the spirit of vintage" with a wood deck and bench seats, looks like a Jersey Speed Skiff of the 1960's and is a legal vintage race boat that has been running on the vintage circuit for several years. This boat is safe and fun to run at speed with comfortable bench seats in the fore and aft cockpits and will provide for many years of fun boat rides. It has a healthy small block Chevy motor that runs well around dock with a flywheel forward Chris Craft conversion and transmission and has the best of every thing. Comes complete with a custom mooring/travel cover and a custom trailer. This is a great ride, complete and ready to run on the vintage race boat circuit !!!

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The F-60 Wildcatter / F-999 Miss Washington



When she raced, she was the one to beat but, she was unbeatable. One of the most infamous F class hydroplanes of all time is now looking for a new home, crew and driver. She is tight and ready to run at the next vintage event. Currently located in Chautauqua Lake, NY.

Sold !!!

1931 Chris Craft - 26 foot Upswept, Triple Cockpit Runabout







       Click here for project photos !!!

ALALOU II is a very historic and very special boat, known as the "Matriarch of Winnipesaukee". Only five of these custom Model  212 hulls are known to exist. Please check the Chris Craft Antique Boat publication "Mahogany Memories" for an extensive write-up. All factory custom original hardware and gauges, boat is in excellent shape with a solid running Crusader 454 motor and comes complete with a cover and custom dual axle trailer. Boat has a rich racing history in the 1930's, was completely restored by Charlie Gath, has been an award winner at many local ACBS boat shows and has been well maintained through the years. ALALOU II was shipped directly from the factory to Lake Winnipesaukee, was formerly owned by the Free Republic of China (Chiang Kai-Shek) and has always been kept on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Sooy 2.5 Litre Vintage Hydroplane




This vintage 2.5 litre hydroplane is 15.5 feet long and has a Pinto 4 cylinder motor with lowered oil pan. Complete with trailer, extra motor and extra parts - manifold, carburetor with wedge, oil pan, straight pipes, and 3 extra drive shafts. Also includes a nice prop in a box, fly wheel, a couple of miscellaneous boxes and some extra wood for patching. The paint is peeling but the wood is sound. This hydro has not been in water since 1995 when regulations for cells were enacted. Would love to see a rookie or father & son/daughter team take this on as a project. This boat was built by Jim McLean and he adored her. Will make a great vintage ride !!!

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1954 Gravette Dispro



This very race 1954 Gravette Dispro has been completed restored by the current owner, including the Coventry Victor 2 cycle motor. Comes complete with a custom cover and trailer, and ready for a sunset cruise.

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Miss Align - a Jersey Speed Skiff



If you want to join all the fun on the vintage circuit, here is an APBA legal vintage race boat that is complete and ready to rock & roll. Miss Align is a Jersey Speed Skiff built in 1984. It is a J&S hull, with a 350 Chevy engine and paragon manual transmission. This skiff is beautifully detailed, has lots of horsepower, and is a blast to run.

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Vintage A/B Outboard Hydroplane



This is a 10 foot mid 1960's Costa Craft A/B hydroplane with a running Mark 7 outboard. Costa Craft was built by the Pigeon Hollow Spar Company of East Boston, MA. This hydroplane is in good condition, yet does show repaired battle scares from it's racing days. All the original hardware in on the boat and have additional pictures. Also have an unregistered trailer that fits the boat nicely, with new bunks, lights, 2 inch hitch and chains for an additional $200. What a great vintage ride !!!

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JS-47 My Precious - a Jersey Speed Skiff


During the summer and fall of 2005, we completed a reproduction of a Jersey Speed Skiff My Precious. This speed skiff was done "in the spirit of vintage" with a wood deck and bench seats, looks like a Jersey Speed Skiff of the 1960's, and is a legal vintage race boat that has been running on the APBA vintage circuit since 2006. This boat is safe and fun to run at speed with comfortable bench seats in the fore and aft cockpits and with a stock warranted Chevrolet 350 motor that will provide for many years of fun boat rides. Comes complete with a custom mooring/travel cover and a custom Eagle trailer. This is a great ride, complete and ready to run on the vintage circuit !!!



Click here for project photos - My Precious


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H1 Miss DeSoto - a Grand Prix hydroplane


The H1 Miss DeSoto has the most decorated list of race wins, high point championships and still holds the H class World Record of 151 mph which will always stand as this class since evolved into what is now the current GP class. Buddy Byers has one of the most impressive driving records in inboard hydroplane racing and the Miss DeSoto was a big part of that history. She has been restored with complete accuracy and attention to details and is currently in top running condition. We are reluctantly looking for a new owner for the H1 Miss DeSoto so someone else can carry on racing this historical racing legend from the past into her future. Complete and ready to run again on the vintage race boat circuit, what fun!!!

Records set by the Miss Desoto;

National champion 1957-58-59,  high point champion 1957-58-59 -60-61-62,  World record holder and 3 time winner of the coveted Calvert Cup 1957-61-62,  International grand prix champ, 1st place nine hour endurance winner, 1959 Orange bowl champion, Southland regatta champion, Eastern division champion.


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Macaroni - a vintage 5 litre hydroplane



Macaroni is a 1970 Ron Jones Cabover Hydroplane measuring 16'10" long, 8'1" wide and will be available, in the water and ready for a test drive this spring at the APBA Dayton Testing Session & Drivers School !!!


Comes complete with all the history from the time it was ordered from Ron Jones, including all the owners and all the racing history documentation. The boat was in dry storage since 1991 when purchased from the Jim Davidson Estate in Maryland. The boat was restored to run on the vintage Circuit with 4 mm Occume double bottom, new transom, restored frames, new fuel tank, inside clean and varnish, new deck battens, new 6 mm Occume deck, all refinished to original paint scheme with Imron paint and Clear Coat by Steve Balcer during the winter of 2006.  All original hardware, including the rebuilt Stromberg carb, strut, shaft, rudder, foot pedals, seat, fin, steering and all the brackets. Original 273 Mopar engine refurbished by Dave Nagel and run on the Vintage Circuit during 2010 and 2011. Perfect running engine. Original Jones trailer is Macaroni yellow with new hubs, bearings, mag rims and new tires! New lifting slings are included along with all the documentation. This is one of the finest vintage race boats running on the circuit today and is ready for the 2013 season !!!

Sold !!!

Stevens SK Vintage Flatbottom

This Stevens SK was bought new in 1969 by Harned Marine in Vestal, NY. I bought it from them in 1971 with a Merc1250, sold it 17 years later, and then bought it back and restored the boat in 2009. Boat has been repainted, with completely new seat frames, new upholstery and a fully restored Merc1500 from a Mercury technician in MN. Comes on the original Vance trailer, un-restored, only needs painting and is very road worthy. I have used the boat very little on the TN river and now runs better than new. The Merc1500 has T&T and built on a XS J-block. Need to sell to thin out the garage. This is a great vintage ride,  complete and ready to run on the 2013 vintage circuit, what fun !!!

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Ford 312 Marine Engine

RH Rotation with mounts

Block casting# C2AE 60150


All components have been thermally cleaned, shot blasted & magnafluxed. The cylinder block has been resized & diamond honed .030. As well as decked & squared. All new cam bearings & brass core plugs. The crankshaft has been magnafluxed, ground & radiused Mains 010 / Rods 010. All of the connecting rods have all been magnafluxed, pin bushings replaced & sized. Connecting rod big end has been resized. The cylinder heads have been magnafluxed, resurfaced, hardened exhaust valve seat installed for a no lead conversion, valve guides, new springs and valves. The manifolds & risers have been thermally cleaned, pressure tested, & shot blasted. This motor is detailed and ready to bolt into your restoration.

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Black Magic - a vintage 280 class hydroplane


Built in - 1959
Builder - Robert Conn (ConnCraft)
Hull Material - Fiber glass
Engine - Modified Chevrolet 350
Length - 17foot, 3 inches

The Black Magic is a fiberglass hull built in 1959. The wooden Black Magic, an International hull, was used as a plug to make the molds. The International hull was copied from a Lauterbach. The fiberglass hull was 140 pounds heavier than the wood hulls and they were not really competitive, so only three were made. The boat was campaigned in the south-eastern area in the late 50s and early 60s. She participated in the Orange Bowl Regatta in Florida. Johnny White was the owner/driver of both Black Magics. A partial restoration has already been done and the hydro has run on the Vintage Circuit since 2004. Comes complete with a 2008 custom built trailer, and with some work it will be ready to run again on the 2013 Vintage Race Boat Circuit !!!

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1979 5 Litre Staudacher Hydroplane


1979 vintage 5 Litre Staudacher cabover hydroplane. Completely restored, with a fresh 305 Chevrolet motor and the matching restored Staudacher trailer. Was the former 225 mod hydro Prime Mover from Florida. This is a great vintage ride and was active on the vintage race boat circuit all last summer. Complete and ready to run again this summer, what fun!!

Sold !!!

Palm Beach Gentleman's Racer


This is a beautiful and fast reproduction of a 22 foot 1923 Palm Beach gentleman's racer that was built by Hacker Craft in 1998. Comes complete with a custom aluminum trailer with new mag rims and tires. The motor is a 460 cubic inch Ford big block built in 1987. The boat was built strong with a 5200 bottom and has a new interior. What a great vintage experience, complete and ready to run on the 2013 vintage circuit, what fun !!!

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2006 Jersey Speed Skiff   JS-X




Project X started in 2011 with an extensive refit for reliable river runs and lake cruising. The refit included a new 350 Chevy motor, Paragon manual transmission, new shaft and prop, new Glenwood polished stainless steel rudder and a Tides Marine Drip-Less stuffing box. The hull and deck are hand laid fiberglass in white gel-coat. The bottom is solid fiberglass, with no wood to rot, and the stringers are molded fiberglass. The bulkheads are Ocume marine plywood 9mm thick and are finished natural. The inside of the hull and deck and gel-coated and the color is gray. JS-X has custom gray bucket seats, black rub-rail with stainless steel insert and a removable steering wheel for ease of entrance and exit. Complete with an aluminum trailer, this Forsberg/LaPointe hull design has proven performance and handling, and recently participated in the Tavares CRA Vintage Race Boat Regatta and the ACBS Sunnyland Boat Show.


Jersey Speed Skiff

Hypertension  JS-67


This is a Jersey Speed Skiff, a J&S hull named Hypertension JS-67 . Was formally Jay Whitley's Mudflat Missile. This skiff was the world champion in the Jersey outlaw 315 cubic inch class. Comes with a fresh 315 motor and lots of Sked/Glenwood hardware. Ready to go on a 2002 aluminum Load Rite long distance trailer with 15 inch tires. Complete and ready to run again with all the skiffs on the vintage race boat circuit, what fun!!!

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1941 Morin Craft



1941 Morin Craft runabout 22'6" double cockpit by Greenwood Lake Launch Works. Powered by 1948 Chrysler Crown 115 HP. Boat/motor restored in 2005. 2005 Dual axle trailer, new upholstery, full cover, etc.

Click here for project photos

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1953 Chris Craft Racing Runabout




This boat boasts originality. She has the original bottom, and the top sides show the original stain from the factory. The decks have been refinished, the upholstery redone, and the bottom repainted with Petit hard racing bronze paint. She won 1st in its class and Best Chris Craft award at the 2004 ACBS Boat Show in Meredith, NH. She is powered by a Chris Craft 158 HP MBL engine. Unique to this Chris Craft are two factory mounted side gauges. With its new upholstery and cockpit covers she remains a true turn key investment. The boat was last in the water in 2009 and was more recently on display at the NH Boat Museum. A custom Windsor trailer is included in the sale, so come join all the fun on The 2013 Vintage Circuit

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Vintage 5-Litre Hydroplane

1968 Lloyd hull - Ford 302


Happy Buddha  E-207

Click here for more photos


Engine fully race-prepared, new out of the box in 2005

(Less than 5 hours total running time).

Hull completely restored over four-year period - 2000 to 2003.

Has been run on the Vintage Race Boat Circuit since 2003,  at Wolfeboro, Buffalo, Detroit Gold Cup, Madison, Celina, etc., etc. Very well-known hydro, fast and reliable boat. Turnkey, ready to run, just add gas and go. Includes excellent trailer, great boat cover and misc. bits and pieces.
Boat is located in S.W. Michigan.

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Sting Ray - a 1969 Sooy 280 Hydroplane


The Sting-Ray was built by Dick Sooy in May's Landing, New Jersey. This was not a kit boat, but purchased as a built hull with hardware less engine by the original owner. Raced successfully from 1968 to the late 1970's. Powered by a professionally rebuilt 1967 Plymouth 273. Hull was rebuilt/restored by, Frank M Weeks Yacht Yard 2008-2009. Quality materials and craftsmanship throughout ! Over $35,000 in receipts. All new plumbing, electrical and fuel systems. All chrome re-chromed and all aluminum polished. Original trailer restored using original parts and new old stock parts. Also included in sale is the original 273 that ran in the boat when built on rolling dolly. Lifting slings also included. Many original race photos and newspaper articles included  Ready to Show and Go. The looks are pure 1960's, great looking and running. Another restoration I currently am involved in warrants the sale.


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1952 Century Speedster




1952 Century double rear cockpit racing runabout. Boat was originally a 1952 Century Resorter and was rebuilt over a four year period to its current design. The original gray marine 4 cylinder engine has been replaced with a 1961 GM 350ci V8 which was professionally built by R&L Engines in Dover, NH. The boat is in very good condition with new bottom paint this year and fresh varnish last year. Complete with a custom cover and trailer, ready to go !!!

Click here for project photos

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Chris Craft 283 Marine Motor



This motor was taken out of a 1950's Chris Craft utility last year and comes complete with all the Chris Craft marine conversion hardware. The motor ran ok but as the photos show, the compression is down in a couple of cylinders and the motor should be rebuilt. But it is complete with all the hard to find marine conversion parts, including the complete transmission!!


At the recent Tavares CRA Spring Fling Regatta in March, we finally sold this 283 Chris Craft Marine Motor to hydroplane legend Howie Benns for $1,200 cash. We also agreed to store the motor in our shop until he picks it up at our Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta in September !!!



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1931 Chris Craft - 26 foot Upswept, Triple Cockpit Runabout




ALALOU II is a very historic and very special boat, known as the "Matriarch of Winnipesaukee". Only five of these custom Model  212 hulls are known to exist. Please check the Chris Craft Antique Boat publication "Mahogany Memories" for an extensive write-up. All custom original hardware and gauges, boat is in excellent shape with a solid running Crusader 454 motor and comes complete with a cover and custom dual axle trailer. Award winner at many local ACBS boat shows and owned by the current owner for the past 25 years. ALALOU II was shipped directly from the factory to Lake Winnipesaukee and was formerly owned by the Free Republic of China (Chiang Kai-Shek).

Click here for project photos.

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Lauterbach Grand Prix Hydroplane




SCORPIO, GP 115 is for sale after two years on the vintage circuit, running a 760 HP Chevrolet motor with Holley carbs and a Vertex mag. Boat and trailer are like new, comes with Lifeline Jacket and Bell Helmet, slings ,spare mag, running a two bladed prop and have a new two blade in a box. This hydro is a Larry Lauterbach masterpiece, that is ready to rock & roll on the APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit

Click here for project photos


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JS-18 "Despicable" - a Jersey Speed Skiff !!!




1968 Vintage Jersey Speed Skiff, a Bender hull, 283 Flagship motor with rebuilt transmission, glass hull with a wood deck, new carpet, upholstery, stainless OJ prop, bench seat, foot throttle, usable front cockpit with storage under seat, multiple covers.  Complete with a nice trailer and ready for lots of fun boat rides !!!

Sold !!!

280 Karlson Hydro



Completely gone through, and in need of nothing.

This hydro has a lot of history.

Located in NH


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Penn Yan 12' car-topper and motor


Boat and motor are in excellent shape and have been in storage since taking a 1st in class at the New England ACBS boat show. The hull has been painted dark green, otherwise it is as represented here.

Sold !!!

"Gladys" - a 1920's Hacker Racer



New/replica built in 2004

Traditionally built with mahogany

3M-5200, West System Bottom

GM 305 V8, velvet drive


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EDNANDY III - a 225 class hydroplane


Ednandy III is a 1935 Walter Leveau design that was completed in 2005. She is a very early single step 225 class hydro and her hull is constructed of sepele over sepele/Spanish cedar frames. She is very well engineered throughout with a nice driveline including a transmission, excellent instrumentation and wet exhaust. Ednandy III’s power is a custom built 258 cubic inch Chevy V6 with an oddfire racing crank, racing rods and pistons, Vortech heads and a custom cam. She starts and runs beautifully for fun and on the vintage race boat circuit.

Includes a custom trailer and a full cover.

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1960 Lauterbach - 7 Litre hydroplane - "OH HENRY!"


Recent, complete restoration from the shop of Larry Lauterbach. This boat was built in 1959/60 in the original Lauterbach, Portsmouth VA. shop (have pictures to document). One of only two known Lauterbach's that were never raced in competition, this boat is completely original except for the 427 Chevrolet power plant. The engine and boat have been gone through and are winterized in heated storage and are ready for the 2008 Vintage Race Boat Circuit. The boat sits flat on the original trailer and tows easily with a small SUV or pickup. If you want to own one of the best of the best, an original Lauterbach, that is fun, fast and easy to run and maintain, this is your boat.


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Zoomerang's Truck/Hauler



      Truck carrier for 5 litre/grand prix hydroplane

1989 F-350 crew-cab with 7.3L diesel

213,000km - 132,000 miles

New engine with 15,000 km

New transmission with 15,000 km

2 new fuel tanks

Rear platform steel structure - 8' x 18'

All aluminum covering

Large rear bumper of solid wood

Rear safety device for rudder

4 exterior locking compartments - 34 cubic feet

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1948 22' Chris Craft Sportsman Deluxe



Hull #U-22-1142. ACBS Award Winner. Near perfect example of the classic Sportsman built and sold in 1948. This boat used for family outings and shows only. Never skied. Original lusty 130 hp. Chris Craft M motor. Newly double-planked full mahogany bottom, stern, transom, white oak ribs professionally re-built by Ivan Phelps' Wooden Boat Shop. Fresh 4 coat Epifanes varnish, white hull and correct Petit Copper Bronze bottom and Boot stripe professionally prepared and painted by Vintage Race Boat Shop. Motor, carbs, electrics and transmission examined, adjusted by Boat Engine Master Mechanic Jim Kondrat. Boat exceptionally idles down to 300 rpm. Reliably tops 30 mph. Immaculate, correct interior upholstery Medium blue Tolex. Tight original hardware.

.........Rare original equipment includes:
o Amidships pass-through third seat
o Deck-mounted circular chrome harbor horn
o Iva-Lite spotlight with dash-mounted control
o Black Deluxe Model Steering Wheel (Restored)
o Convertible top
o Boarding ladder

...........Other Important:
12 Volt electrical system, New Fuel Tank, New Bilge Pump and Blower System, Ritchie Binnacle Compass, Custom Mooring Cover, Trailer by Dick Winsor (Winsor Metal Prods.), Original CC Hull Card and Test Review, Always stored inside, Used only on fresh-water New Hampshire lake, Only reason for selling, want small fishing boat.

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 26 Foot, Triple Cockpit HackerCraft

Going to Stockholm, Sweden !!!


This very special HackerCraft was custom built in 1986 for the "then" President of Donzi Marine, with special hardware including an aft cockpit windshield, tan doeskin upholstery, yellow deck seams and a high crown deck. This stunning boat has been well maintained for the past 5 years by the Vintage Race Boat Shop, has lots of fresh paint and varnish, a new Sunbrella cover, the 454 cubic inch Crusader motor just purrs, and the custom 4 blade prop provides very smooth and snappy performance. Comes complete with a custom trailer, and is located at the Sawmill Marina in Wolfeboro. Condo dock is also available.


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F-97 Roman Candle

Vintage 3 point hydroplane project.

Interesting racing history 1950-1974. Most woodwork

 complete, much hardware, new Casale in-out box and trailer.


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 "L'il Lightnin" - a 145/2.5 litre class hydroplane



This Staudacher hydro is in pristine condition and was brought out of storage after many years. It is currently running as a 1.5 litre boat. The boat currently has a safety cell, but also comes with the original Staudacher cowls, seat and some other original parts. Am selling to help my son acquire an new composite 1.5 litre hull. This outfit is complete with boat, trailer, and prop. A great little boat with some history and very little work required to go playing on the vintage circuit. All you have to do is remove the capsule and re-install the old cowls and you are off to the races. A great deal for someone looking to have fun cheap!!

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Custom 1995 Chevy pickup truck - hotrod

This customized Chevy truck has the "Jeff Gordon Special" package that sports a custom blue paint job, custom wheels, and is a rocket ship. Truck was used as a tow vehicle for Vagabond.

Custom blue metal flake paint job

Blue leather interior with Jeff Gordon accents

Custom chrome wheels and new Goodyear tires

Lowered suspension system

Modified motor and exhaust system

Custom CD stereo system

Tourneau cover

Fresh brake job, tune-up and new battery


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1940 14' Penn Yan "trailer Boat"



This boat is in excellent condition and is a complete with original brass hardware which is very special including oar locks, original oars, etc. Boat has had very limited use and always kept in dry store. This boat is ready for the water. A must for those who appreciate a rare boat. Will deliver within a reasonable distance of Wolfeboro.

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Miss Detroit III - an exquisite replica




This absolutely stunning 2005 replica of Gar Wood's historic 1918 Miss Detroit III, comes complete with modern, reliable V-12 power and a new custom trailer. The boat is dialed-in and ran very well at the 2005 Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta.

Click here for complete project photos.



Click here for MPEG movie


Click here for a more complete story of Miss Detroit III


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1956 Chris Craft Capri - 19 foot



This boat underwent an extensive restoration 4 years ago. A new soak free 3M 5200 bottom has been installed.  The chines were replaced with white oak and the transom was rebuilt with fresh mahogany. The interior has been totally redone with new upholstery. The decks are 75% new wood. The boat has it’s original KCL 120 hp Hercules motor that has been completely rebuilt. There is a full custom mooring cover.


This is a turn key classic complete with trailer, full canvas, engine instruction and parts book and original boat order and sales paper work from 1956. If you are in the Wolfeboro area I will deliver for free.

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StingRay - a 1969 Sooy 280 Hydro


Raced successfully in the early and mid 70's by Mike Torrigian.  First 280 to incorporate "outboard skidfin".  Complete with all hardware, running gear and original trailer.  No motor, boat needs restoration. Currently under cover in Charlotte at Jeff Buckley's Shop, ready for expeditious delivery to somebody's working toy box.



GP - 1001  Dinomytes



OWNER:          Gordon Jayne

BUILDER:       Henry Lauterbach


CLASS:            Grand Prix

ENGINE:         511 "Blown" Chevy

Building of this very competitive Grand Prix hydro was in 1985 by Henry

Lauterbach and was completed in time for the 1986 racing season. The hydro was built for owner Jules Lebouf .  The hydro carries an impressive list of past championships and is still very active on the APBA Vintage & Historic Circuit.  Very few can lay claim to records as below.


RECORDS:    1988 World Grand Prix Champion

                         1988 American Grand Prix Champion

                         1988 Canadian Grand Prix Champion

                         1991 North American Grand Prix Champion



                               Gordon Jayne


ENGINE:              511 Chevy,  10.5 compression,  Hilborn

                               "bugcatcher" fuel injection,  Mooningham

                               871 blower,  50% overdrive Casale gearbox,

                               Dry sump oil system,  Methanol fuel.


SPARE PARTS:   To numerous to list but include:

                               Extra blower manifold,  complete Casale gearbox

                               plus additional spare parts and gear sets,  spare

                               injection unit,    extra prop shaft,  extra magneto,

                               extra fuel pump,  and spare strut.


The GP-1001 Dinomytes is truly one of the top Grand Prix hydros remaining on the Vintage & Historic Circuit.  A real crowd pleaser,  VERY FAST !!!!


ALL ORIGINAL:  Boat and tow vehicle are all original as raced.  Not replicas, not restored, but original.  Each has been maintained for safety, in original condition.

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Custom trailer for a 16 foot boat



This trailer hauled "My Precious" on the APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit last summer, is in good condition, but has been replaced with a brand new Eagle "show" trailer. This is a nice "older" trailer for a 16 foot boat, with fresh paint, tires and wheel bearings, and ready for many, many more miles. The bowstop and bunks are easily adjustable for a custom fit.

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1957 Mercury Outboard Motor



This 1957 Mercury Mark 75 (60 HP) has

been restored to show condition.


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1942 Century Sea Maid - Model 171 - 17 foot



"Lightning" is one of three remaining pre-war split cockpit barrel stern Century's. Repowered with Grey 6-175. Boathouse kept in New Hampshire since 1995. Twice best Century at New England ACBS show, trailer included.

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1961 7 Litre Lauterbach hydroplane


 Powered by a 540 hp Chevrolet motor, this boat and motor are freshly restored and ready for APBA Vintage Events.Comes with a tandem trailer - float off or crane launch - and a spare prop.

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 Jersey Speed Skiff


This is a true vintage hull, over 25 years old,

 and ready for the APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit.

Zero hours on rebuilt 283 Chevrolet motor

Zero miles on custom trailer

New stainless steel fuel tank

Left & right battery box with switch on dash

Horn, light, fire ext, wet exhaust

Hull, motor and trailer have never been in the water ???!!!

Can be see at Vintage Race Boat Shop in Wolfeboro


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Vagabond - 280 Class, three-point hydroplane, built by Dick Sooy


National Champ - 1965 - St. Pete, Fl

National Champ - 1967 - Guntersville, Ala

National Champ - 1969 - Morgan City, La

Vagabond set the kilo record on September 24, 1966 at New Martinsville, West Virginia, at 107.071 MPH

"Vagabond" was Dick Sooy's best known E Class hydro, winning three National Championships and setting two world kilo records from 1965 to 1969. Everybody involved in racing remembers this boat. Exceptionally seaworthy due to unique, split sponson design. Completely rebuilt from original in 2000. Decks are 2mm oversize for extra stability. Repowered with stock 305 Chevy although 265 is available. Custom trailer and tow vehicle. Run successfully since 2001 in Vintage Class (non-racing but fastest growing class in APBA). A joy to drive. Ready to run at Race Boat Regatta in Clayton this August.

Complete package includes:

Completely restored boat, fresh varnish, ready to run

Custom trailer, painted to match tow vehicle

Custom tow vehicle - 1995 Chevy pickup, lowered, hotrod

Complete Lifeline racing jacket, helmet, goggles

Two props - original racing and new DeWald stainless

Lots of photos, memorabilia and spare parts

Ready to rock & roll on the APBA vintage circuit ??!!!

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Chris Craft Speedster


Current owner did a very nice job converting the original Chris Craft Continental utility design to a single aft cockpit speedster. Boat was then brought to the Vintage Race Boat Shop to improve the performance and for refinishing. The bottom was detailed, a new technology 4-blade stainless steel prop was installed and the boat was refinished just last spring. The 318 Chrysler motor runs like a top with the 13x13 4-blade prop, and with the additional transom lift of the 4-blade design, the boat runs very flat and very nicely. This is a fun boat, is quite a looker, and comes with a custom trailer, fresh paint and lots of fresh Epifanes varnish.


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