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Last update - March 24, 2015


Please contact the owners directly, for we 

take no part in the actual sales and we 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. We gotta save these boats !!!


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Contact the owners directly for more details !!!

For Sale:

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.

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


Asking - $6,500

Bill Gmeiner


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For Sale:

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 !!!


Price reduced, asking - $17,500

Skip Gillam

Cell:  305 790-1528

Home:  305 821-9779

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


For Sale:

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.


Currently in our Mount Dora shop after complete refinishing, Obsession is now available for sale to make room for our next project - a 225 Ventnor hydroplane - Sally Ann Jr.


Click here for the story of Obsession !!!



Bill John


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


For Sale:

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, complete and ready to run at the Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - March 20-22, 2015

Asking - $14,000

Art Rubino


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


For Sale:

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 is a modern MerCruiser Scorpion 330HP MPI motor with a velvet drive 71C transmission powering the boat. 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. The motor is a 2013 Mercruiser with 26 hrs. 


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. Ready to run at the Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - delivery available !!!

  • 26ft (25.5ft) gentleman’s racer

  • Seats 6

  • 330Hp, 350Ci, Mercruiser V8 MPI

  • 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

Asking Price - $78,500


Adam Retersdorf
Reets Boatworks

1740 State Hwy 30
Mayfield, NY   12117


Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - March 20-22, 2015


For Sale:

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 Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - March 20-22, 2015

Price reduced, asking - $8,500

Mike Yobe


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


For Sale:
Heavy Duty H-202


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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 at the Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - March 20-22, 2015


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:

Asking - $35,000

Gary Vore


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For sale:
Sir Ron III E-4


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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 Spring Thunder Regatta !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - March 20-22, 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:


Asking - $15,000

Gary Vore


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For Sale:

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 !!!

Asking - $8,300

Ron Eldien


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For Sale:

Midnight Miss - 20ft. 6in. Vintage Lauterbach Grand Prix Hydro



Hydroplane            Built in the Fall, 1972 by Henry & Larry Lauterbach

Original name       “Scorpio”  J-6 (427cu in Stock)

Original Owner      Tony Piazza

Other Owners        1978 Chris Hall (Miss No Lead), 1979 “Uncle” Norman Lauterbach (Deepwater Too), 1980 Billy Patterson (Crazy Horse)during this time, Larry and also Tom Baker drove it; 1983 Ken Brodie (North East Express), 1985 Peter Knight NZ (North East Express), 1986 John Diamanti NZ (Sudden Impact and Bluebird), 2004 Graham and Kerry Coddington Australia (Midnight Miss).


Achievements       USA National Champion 1973

                               World Water Speed Record (women) 1990

                               Australian National Champion (Vintage)

                               2004, 2005, 2008, 2010


Engine                   New Dart “Big M” block 4.50 in bore.

                               New Callies forged crank (427 stroke)= 478cu in.

                               New CP flat top blower pistons

                               New Carillo rods.

                               New Howards solid roller cam and lifters

                               New Merlin alloy heads with s/s valves, HP

                                       springs, stud girdle.

                               671 Blower (fully reconditioned) 33% overdriven

                               Enderle bug catcher fuel injection., Enderle 110 pump

                               MSD 7AL Ignition


Fuel                        Methanol

                                Peterson 3 stage dry sump system

Gearbox                 Cassale Z Drive with shafts ,gears, bearings and seals


The engine was assembled new in Australia, just before shipping the boat to USA. It has only had dyno time (1145hp, 1033ft lbs), and ran at 3 vintage regattas in 2013. The hull has had an extensive rebuild since 2009 and is in excellent condition. Boat is trailer launchable from ramp.


Recent upgrades include a new camshaft and new updated lifters along with fresh bearings and gaskets. The trailer also received a freshen up, with 4 new tires and wheel bearings. Complete and ready to run on the vintage race boat circuit, a great vintage ride !!!

Price Reduced - $65,000

Dave Richardson


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


For Sale:

Miss Windy H909 - 1966 7-litre hydroplane




This is a 1966, 23 foot Jon Staudacher 7-Litre hydroplane

Fully restored - new power, ready for the vintage circuit

Reliability and safety – fantastic performance and handling

Professional built - Dart heads, Dyer blower, 1,100 hp on pump gas

Casale 1.52%  Z-Box – rebuilt by Casale

New decks and interior restoration by Gary Pugh Boat Works

Water pump, alternator, bilge pumps, Master-Lube, new electrical

Excellent new tilt trailer – Hustler Trailers, TN

Will store over winter – delivery considered, call/email for details

Turnkey, complete with story board of rich racing history

Considering Reasonable Offers

Call/email for details, inspections welcomed !!!

Roger Hinsdale


Spring City, Eastern TN

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


For Sale:

1973 Desilva  D Class Vintage Race Boat





This is a 1973 Desilva D class vintage race boat with serial number 09-73-12. The boat has been authenticated by Desilva and the engine is a 250 cc Konig that has been rebuilt and never run. Have the name and contact number of the person that rebuilt the engine. Also have the complete race history, the original owner lives close by and is a friend of the Desilva family.


Dana Creath

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For Sale:

Twin turbo systems for Chevrolet marine motors


1. Vintage Race Aero Twin Turbo System for Marine Big Block Chevy. Includes exhaust manifolds, intercooler, (2) turbo chargers( not shown in the picture). This is a very high quality setup with less than 10hours on the unit. Will polish up very well and perform well in a vintage boat - $1,800

2. Small block twin turbo system. Have all the parts except the manifolds. It will make for a fun project - $500


Brian Lynah

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For Sale:

Thomas Scileppi Vintage Outboard Motor Collection


Chris Craft ‑‑ Challenger 1953- 5.5 Arizona Clothesline ID‑ $2,300-S/C 9/98  F/G

Chris Craft ‑‑ Challenger  – ’52 -- 5.5 ‑‑ $2.800 S/C 5/99 F/G

Chris Craft ‑‑ Commander ‑‑ 10.0 ‑‑ $3500 S/C 9/98 F/G racing lower unit D/O

Chris Craft ‑‑ Commander ‑‑  ’50 -- 10.0 ‑‑ $2900 S/C 5/99 F/G US  Pat.#2189356

Chris Craft -  5.5 ‑‑‑ '49‑‑53  & 10.0 ‑‑‑ '51‑‑53  Serial #1,000 ‑‑ 23,000 are 5.5

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 20  – ’53 -- 2.3 ‑‑ $1100 S/C 9/98 F/G

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 40  – ’50 -- 4.5 -- $1100-- S/C 5/99 F/G

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 45  – ’53 -- 4.5 -- $1100 -- S/C 5/99 F/G

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model High Speed 60 ‑’49 -- 7.2+‑ $2900  never run, burns alcohol

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 60 ‑‑ ’48 -- 7.2 ‑‑ $1000 S/C 5/99 F/G

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 66 ‑‑  ’50 -- 7.2 ‑‑ $1300 ‑‑ S/C 9/98 F/G

B/ Martin -- Model 75 ‑‑  ’51 -- 7.5 -- $1000 -- S/C 9/98 F/G

B/ Martin -- Model 75 Twist Shift --  ’53 -- 7.5 -- $1000 -- S/C 5/99  F/G

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 100 Twist‑Shift ‑‑ ’53 -- 10.0 ‑‑ $1`400 S/C 9/98 F/G

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 200 Silver Streak ‑‑ High Speed ‑‑ ’53 -- 20.0 ‑‑  $3200

B/ Martin ‑‑ Model 200 Silver Streak with Tiller Handle ‑‑ $2700 ‑‑  ’53 -- MS

Martin -- Remote gas tank -- 6 gallon -- red -- $600 S/C 5/99

Mercury KE3 – ’47 – 3.6 --

B/ Mercury ‑‑ KE 4 – Rocket Deluxe ‑‑  ’51 – 52 -- 7.5 -- $800 S/C 4/99B/ Mercury ‑‑ KE4/Rocket Deluxe ‑‑  '51‑52 ‑‑ 7.5 ‑‑ $100  Dark GreenB/ Mercury ‑‑ KE4/Rocket Deluxe ‑‑  '49 ‑‑ 7.5 ‑‑ $60

B/Mercury  --  KE-7   --  '47  --  10.0  --  1st of production of 10hp; square ID

Mercury  --  KE-7/Lightning  --   '47 - '49  --  10.0

B/ Mercury ‑‑ KF5/Super 5  ‑‑ '49 ‑‑ 5.0 ‑‑ $600  -- SC

B/ Mercury ‑‑ KF5/Super 5 ‑‑  '52 ‑‑ 5.0 ‑‑ $10

B/ Mercury ‑‑ KF5/Super 5 ‑‑  '52 ‑‑ 5.0 ‑‑ $600 S/C 4/99 F/G

Mercury  --  KF-7/Super 10  --   no lower cowls

Mercury   --  KG-4 Hurricane -- 1952 -- 7.5 hp --  complete with original lower

B/ Mercury ‑‑ KG4 Rocket Hurricane ‑‑  '50 ‑‑ 7.5+ ‑‑ w/Quick Silver Racing

Mercury  --  KG-4/Hurricane    --  7.5

Mercury  --  KG-4/Hurricane  --

B/ Mercury ‑‑ KG7/Super 10 Hurricane ‑‑  ’50 -- 10.0+ ‑‑ $2300??? S/C 5/99

Mercury  --  KG-7/Super 10  --

Mercury  --  KG-7/Super 10  --

Mercury -- KG-9/Thunderbolt -- 1950 -- 25hp --  with Dyna Start Electric Start

Mercury  --  KH-7/Super 10 "Cruiser"/with shift  --   10.0  --  made only 1 year

Mercury  --  Mark 5 (with rare front badge) -- 5 hp -- 1955 --

B/ Mercury ‑‑ Mark 5 ‑‑ ’55 -- 5.0 ‑‑ $50

B/ Mercury ‑‑ Mark 5 ‑‑  ’55 -- 5.0 ‑‑ $40

B/ Mercury ‑‑ Mark 7 Rocket Deluxe ‑‑  '55 ‑‑ 7.5 ‑‑ $125

Mercury  --  Mark 7  --    7.5

Mercury  --  Mark 7  --

B/ Mercury ‑‑ Mark 15 ‑‑  '53 ‑‑ 10.0 ‑‑ $1400  S/C 5/99 F/G

B/ Mercury ‑‑ Mark 15  ‑‑ '53 ‑‑ 10.0 ‑‑ $1400  -- 1 year made motor

B/Mercury ‑‑ Mark 20/Hurricane ‑‑  '53/'55 ‑‑ 16.0 ‑‑ $3500--3800 Extra Lower

Mercury  --  Mark 20  --  16hp 1953-55

B/ Mercury ‑‑ Mark 20/Hurricane Rare Factory Long Shaft  '54  16.0 $2400

Mercury  --  Mark 25  --  Electric Start by Mercury 1955 -- 18hp

B/ ‑‑ checked in Old Outboard book

S/C -- show condition

F/G -- run & fogged with heavy oil

D/O ‑‑ decals on

All have original serial numbers


For info and/or photos:

Rosa Scileppi



Also have a '49 Feathercraft Firefly; 1950 Feathercraft Flyer (experimental edition) and a 2004 Giesler (cedar strip Powassan Special)


For Sale:

Vintage 2.5 Litre Hydroplane




This is Eddie Baker's 2.5 Litre hydroplane, complete with trailer. Wood construction by Carruthers of N.B. The safety cell was also installed by the builder. Boat is 16 feet long and registered and raced as a 2.5 Litre stock hydro. All hardware comes with boat. Engines, props & spare parts sold separately or as package. The hull is in good shape, located in New Hampshire, just needs some good sanding, fresh paint, some TLC and this hydro will be ready to run on the vintage circuit !!!


Asking $3,000

Jim Baker


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For Sale:

Tip Back - 145 Class Vintage Hydroplane





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. Tip Back is a 1960's era 145 class hydro built by Will Farmer, complete with a 1960 Ford Falcon 6 cylinder engine that produces 90 HP. This little hydro gets up and scoots, even in rough water this hydro likes to run fast !!!

Click for more photos & details


Reduced to $20,000

Bill Mehan

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

For Sale:

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


Mike Michaud

Acton, Maine


Michauds Inboard Marine

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


For Sale:

Reproduction Vintage Race Boats





We have recently completed four reproduction vintage race boats, and we are currently working on our fifth project, Sally Ann Jr. These reproductions are based on proven vintage designs, built with modern techniques and powered with modern marine engines. These custom boats are built to run hard and provide for many years of fun boat rides, with proven hull designs and plenty of power to run at hull speeds. We also work very closely with the owner on all the numerous decisions, to make them very personal and very special boats, for they are beautiful art forms.

Reproduction Vintage Race Boats

Reproduction Vintage Race Boats

We can build one for you...



Bill John


Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit


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