Race Boat Shop
Your Webmeister - William
Edgar John III
conversation with Hank Why and Linda Dabica in the Fall of 2000, led to my volunteering to
maintain the Website for our beloved
NH Boat Museum. I had designed, installed, and managed large
corporate information systems for over 30 years during my professional career,
and as I began to eye semi-retirement, thought it was time to apply some of my
skills to help our local NH Boat Museum.
Then in the Spring of 2002, I finally took the plunge, casting off my career in
corporate America, and starting my new, semi-retirement career with my own
Race Boat Shop located here in beautiful Wolfeboro, NH. It was
time to follow my dream and my bliss, working on vintage wooden boats and
maintaining my own, very active vintage Website. I was ready and
well qualified, after 25 years of on-the-job training while owning, rebuilding
my beloved Gar Wood Speedster
race boats and boat racing are in my blood, and our
fifth reproduction project will be a reproduction of my grandfather's Sally Ann Jr
a 225 hydroplane that was an APBA national champion.
My grandfather, William Edgar John Sr. was a
naval architect, owned a shipyard in Rye,
New York, raced in several inboard
classes, and was inducted into the APBA's Honor Squadron in 1955, two years after my other hero, Gar Wood. My
father, William Edgar John Jr. raced
International-One-Design sailboats on Long Island Sound where he was Fleet Chairman for many years and
was the first President of the IOD class, based out of the
Larchmont Yacht Club where he was very active.
My grandmother was also active in the early days of
power boat racing in this country. She actually drove and won quite a few APBA
boat races, and I have two large trophies that she won in 1914.
Both my grandfather and
grandmother are in the above photo.
William E John & Associates - shipyard
in Rye, NY
"Welcome" - 1903 73 foot Lawley Cruiser owned by William E John Sr.
alas, my mother moved us kids up to Lake Winnipesaukee when I was very young,
and I spent my early summers at my grandmother's on Governors Island. She had a
Century Coronado with u-shaped dock, canvas cover and electric winch - very
cool. I also worked at the Goodhue Boat Yard in Glendale - on the gas dock - the
best job I ever had. Speaking of landmarks, Tup Goodhue and I played in a rock band
"The Fugitives" and we were the house band at Irwins Winnipesaukee
Gardens during the summers of 1965 and 1966. Tup and John Goodhue
used to race in the marathon water ski races on Lake Winnipesaukee, and I can
remember the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Shows on Paugus Bay and Boat-O-Rama at the
Weirs. These are just some of my memories of Lake Winnipesaukee - that
make it a very special place for me.
The Fugitives - Irwins Winnipesaukee
Gardens - summer of 1965/66
while visiting on vacation during the summer of 1979 - I read a "Jerry
Harper" ad in The Laconia Citizen for a 1948 Gar Wood with a Chrysler Hemi
motor. I went to see the boat and bought it on first sight. My life has not been
the same since. Now I still have my beloved
still trying to make it go faster, and still enjoy giving boat rides, especially
at APBA Vintage Race Boat Regattas. In fact, several years ago at a Detroit Gold Cup Vintage
Event, I gave Tom Pakradooni, current APBA Jersey Speed Skiff national champion,
a ride in my Obsession, and he was telling me stories of my boat when it raced
in the marathon water ski events on Lake Winnipesaukee. What a great boat ride
that was - driving my Gar Wood Speedster on the historic Detroit Gold Cup race course.
And now I have my very own
Vintage Race Boat Shop, happy as a clam, and maintain
active and dynamic Website.
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire For the
past ten years, we held our Saturday Morning Gatherings at our shop
in the beautiful and historic village of Wolfeboro, New
Hampshire at 7 King Street,
just off Bay Street and across the street from the entrance of the Sawmill Marina and the Wolfetrap
Raw Bar & Grill. We provided fresh pots of coffee, shop projects
to discuss, a big screen TV and usually had some
vintage boat racing videos playing in the background. We usually had around 15/20 vintage wonderers attending,
with a couple of stools and chairs,
hot coffee, way too many donuts, and lots
of good vintage
Mount Dora, Florida In April of 2014, we closed our Wolfeboro shop and hauled our tools and
beloved Obsession down to our new home and shop in Mount Dora. We are now
busy getting ready to rock & roll on the
Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. Come on down and join us for all the
fun. Our new home/shop located in the
beautiful and historic village of Mount Dora, Florida on East 3rd Avenue, two blocks
from our friends Gordie and Patti at the
Grandview Bed &Breakfast
and just four blocks from the Mount Dora public docks and ramps. Our Saturday Morning Gatherings begin with a full
breakfast at Betty's Greenhouse Grill at 3725 Old Highway 441 in Mount
Dora, followed by another gathering at one of the many boat shops/toy
Betty's Greenhouse Grill
active lifestyle and many social activities were the reason we chose the
Mount Dora and Tavares area. In addition to the many social gatherings, boat
shops, toy chests and car collections, all the guys/kids down here ride
motorcycles. So we took the two day course, got our motorcycle license and
now have two Harley Davidson motorcycles in our garage/shop along with our
gather on Wednesday mornings at Bill Feikert's shop to ride our
motorcycles and of course on week day afternoons we also gather at Bill's shop for our lively 4 pm Peanuts & Beer sessions. We are also
active members of the ACBS Sunnyland Chapter, APBA Region 5
and the Classic Race Boat Association,
where we are busy
working year round to promote and build the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit.
We are quite active
year round down here in sunny and warm Florida, where we can ride our motorcycles and
play with our vintage wooden boats all summer and winter long - we just love it !!!
- we finally
did it. On 2/7/2016 we signed the papers for the sale of our
beloved Obsession. After 36 years of ownership, countless ACBS
Boat Shows, lots of fun running on the APBA Vintage Race Boat
Circuit and many, many fun boat rides, it was time for a new
adventure. On March
20, 2016 our beloved Obsession was
picked up and hauled north to
and will be
maintained for the new owner by our friend Paul Brackley at
Here it is - our next
vintage/classic race boat !!!
21 foot Schiada was custom ordered from the factory in
Torrance, California by the former owner who drove all the way
from the East Coast to pick up and haul back East in 1998. Since
then the boat has always been kept in climate controlled storage
and only used occasionally for weekend cruising with the family.
With only 170 hours of use on the powerful 502 cubic inch 500
horsepower MerCruiser motor, this boat is absolutely stunning
and in showroom condition. This Schiada River Tunnel design
utilizes twin tunnels straddling a specially designed center pod
for additional lift, while its three point running surface
completely eliminates troublesome chine walking. And with the MerCruiser 500HP motor for power, this virtual rocketship
sprints to well over 90 miles per hour with ease !!!
found this classic Schiada with the help of Mark
Antique Boat America
and we headed north
to Clayton, New York on May 1st to pick up the boat and haul
back to our home in Mount Dora, Florida. This was just in time
for our next Monthly Run Run & Gathering on May 7th. Please join
us for the début of our next vintage/classic race boat !!!
Monthly Fun Run & Gathering
We are very excited and looking forward to running our
Schiada on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. With top
speeds of well over 90 miles per hour, we should be able to keep pace with
the Flatbottoms and Donzi's. Our first event will be the Tavares
Fall Thunder Regatta. Check out these links and come join us for
all the fun !!!
Tavares Fall Thunder
Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit
Objectives for our shop Website:
Keep it active and dynamic with
Keep it simple and focus on
content, not "flash and dash".
Create a Webpage
for every shop project and post constant updates.
Create a Webpage
for every vintage event we attend and post lots of photos.
photo archives of
vintage wood boats, projects and vintage events.
Trading Dock Webpage
to help sell/save vintage wooden boats.
Event Webpage to help promote ACBS and APBA vintage
For the past 10 years, we have used the power of Internet
Websites and Email to help promote and support local ACBS events and
APBA vintage race boat regattas. Usually once a month, sometime more
frequently we send
an email with lots of vintage
banter promoting vintage events and updates on our shop Website. Over
the years our email list has grown to well over 2,000 active members and we
have a lot of fun publishing. Send an email if you want to be added to our growing list !!!
Then several years
ago we also added newer social media technology and now maintain two Facebook accounts, where we
are quite hyperactive, posting daily updates. Lots of fun !!!
Thank you for taking the time to read
our story, and we hope that you enjoy our shop Website,
for it is a labor of love with our constant/daily updates. Please e-mail your thoughts, comments and
PO Box 1457
Mount Dora, Fl. 32756
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Saturday Morning Gatherings
Monthly Fun Run &
Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit
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