Didn’t the kid in Flipper have a boat like this? If not, he wanted one. This rare 1953 Carver Commander wood runabout was hand-made in Pulaski, Wisconsin. I once closed Wolski’s on Pulaski, but that’s a different story, and if you’ve never enjoyed Milwaukee’s nightlife, you won’t get it. But you’ve probably still seen one of the bumper stickers. And you could do a lot worse things than tool around the lake in this boat with a cold Blatz in your hand. The Mercury 58A 45-horse outboard “runs like a clock,” with slightly more power. Sadly, this boat was taken from the greatest state in the union to Illinois, and that’s where you can buy it if you get over to eBay and put in your bid. You want to own this Carver. The seller promises it will turn heads. Bid
I imagine Miss California to be small, blonde and beautiful with a cockpit that fits perfectly, and that’s exactly what she is. This little 19-foot hydroplane race boat will do 125 mph. She’s had everything on her restored. There are some cracks in her finish, but the 5.7-liter Chevrolet engine is fully vintage race-ready. That’s the owner’s term. It basically means this little lady hauls ass, but she’s not a pure racing machine anymore and she’ll run at less than above-the-water speeds, too. She’s currently living in La Jolla, California, but you can rev her up anywhere you want if you jump over to eBay and make her an offer she can’t refuse. The bid is at $15,000. Sash not included.
I like that the owner of the 1979 Sanger Bubble Deck V-Drive still calls this overblown beast a ski boat. Sanger makes some nice boats to be sure, but you’re not taking this for a quick slalom run at dusk before you pull a chair up to the campfire. There may not be many hours on the Hat Racing-built LS-7 engine — only 3.5 — but it has just about everything else you can imagine tacked on, including Lucas fuel injection, Sanderson headers with water injection and Trimetric hardware. It would look more at home on the front of a completely over-the-top ’31 Ford hotrod than the back of this “ski boat,” but it’s still over the top. Interestingly, it’s a left-side drive — perfect for hustling on the back-alley boat racing market in England. It’s a 19-foot boat that seats four, if you can find two passengers who don’t mind that mass of motor in their faces. The owner has $55,000 invested in it, but you can slip over to eBay where the bidding on this “new” 1979 Sanger starts at $25,000. The boat is conveniently located in the U.S.
This is our first ever vintage Ranger fishing boat. This dandy grabs my attention primarily because it must be both a completely horrible boat to fish out of *and* and horrible boat to use as a runabout. I have never seen the I/O set up before on a bass fishing boat. It encompasses the entire rear third of the boat rendering the space all but useless. The bow has enough room for one small pedestal seat, a vintage trolling motor and a couple of lounge seating areas. This is truly and oddball that belongs in the Museum of Misfit Boats right alongside a Bass Nautique.
If you’re into misfits or curate an obscure boat museum, now’s your chance to grab this Ranger 1850 with a starting bid of (cough) $7,000 with a reserve in Vinton, Virginia.
There must be a run on old mahogany outboards. Two days and two fine examples. This is the Shepherd Junior, a nearly 16 foot plywood princess with a golden anniversary Starflite Evinrude 50 horsepower motor. Restored and ready to run out of Richmond Hill, Ontario. That’s in Canada for those who are geographically impaired. The bidding on this dandy little Shepherd starts at $5,000 with no reserve.
This is a Hollywood wooden boat circa 1968. It has an interesting configuration that I’d describe as part runabout, part utility. Both interior and exterior are restored to as new condition. The 1963 75hp Evinrude outboard fits this boat well and looks the part. Only bummer is those modern throttle controls.
You can find the Hollywood Wood on eBay in Willis, Texas where the reserved price is currently just over $1,500.
Long before Garfield was a fat orange cartoon cat, Garfield Wood was the first man to ever crack 100 miles per hour in a boat. He went on to design some of the most beautiful boats of the early 1900s – known as Gar Wood boats.
This 1935 18″ double cockpit Gar Wood is one of those examples. When you stop to think, damn, this boat is 80 years old, you have a lot more respect for what we were building nearly a century ago. I can’t imagine any boat today being admired 80 years from now. This Gar Wood is a restored example with really no needs. It has spent its entire life in and around Lake George, New York, where you can start the bidding on eBay for $54,900.
In 1969 a young engineer at Marine Unlimited, Inc. in Warren, Michigan set out to design the boat of the future. He sharpened his lead pencils (a 2H, a B, and a 7B for you drafters out there) lined them up on his drafting table alongside his t-square and protractor and went to work. One hour fifty-five minutes later he would emerge and present the elderly management team at Marine Unlimited something they could never imagine… the Stingray 2000!
The Stingray 2000 is a revolutionary single person watercraft with a 25 horsepower inboard/outboard Johnson motor designed to be so damn much fun you’d swear you were motor boating into the future. Marine Unlimited would build only one of the Stingray 2000. The elderly executives concerns over safety and unsubstantiated fear of the crazy, futuristic design would extinguish the young engineer’s dream like the CEO’s Lucky Strike cigarette being smashed into an ashtray after he draws his final, deeply inhaled drag.
The Wagemaker Wolverine – a scary name for a tame little plywood runabout. Wagemaker manufactured small, plywood, outboard-powered boats for a couple of decades out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Wolverine model was about the top of the line, and this one with the double cockpit layout is pretty cool. Absent of an outboard you can pick your power choice. I’d rig up an old Johnson Sea Horse on this one.
If you’re in the market for a fun little boat with a vicious name, shoot on over to eBay where this 14-foot Wagemaker Wolverine is currently at $2,500 (reserve not met) in Springfield, Tennessee.