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Antique Runabout


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1939 Gar Wood Runabout - 'Miss Lisa'
Owner: Matt Byrne
Home Port: Aurora, IL


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1937 Chris Craft Custom Runabout - 'Sanibel'
Owner: Chris Millard
Home Port: Carlinville, IL


Canoe


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1957 Willits Brothers 17 - 'Willits Brothers Canoe'
Owner: Paul Miller
Home Port: Elburn, IL

Double planked Cedar canoe. One of 1,000 built by the Willits Brothers of Tacoma, WA.


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1914 Peterborough Cedar Rib
Owner: Peter Mueller
Home Port: Lake Forest, IL

PETERBOROUGH CEDAR-RIB CANOE
Model 87, built between 1914 and 1921
The Peterborough Canoe Company’s catalogue states:
“The Cedar-rib canoe is the triumph of the canoe building art. It combines strength, rigidity, lightness and durability. They are the best and strongest canoe made.”
These types of canoes were built of tongue and grooved cedar ribs running from gunwale to gunwale, and held together by the gunwales, keelson, and stringers running lengthwise.


Classic Cruiser


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1951 Chris Craft Super Deluxe Semi Enclosed - 'Chrysalis'
Owner: Ted Cartner
Home Port: Antioch, IL

CHRYSALIS is a 1951 "Super Deluxe Semi-enclosed Cruiser".  She has her original twin Chris Craft Model KL, 105HP each, engines.  The hull has all original wood above the waterline.  Previously modified to seat 16 passengers, she was used as a Coast Guard approved tour boat in Grand Lake Colorado. The extra seating has been removed and the interior put back to original.


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1948 Higgins Deluxe Sedan Cruiser - 'The Andrew J'
Owner: Jeff Oppenheimer
Home Port: Indianapolis, IN

The Andrew J is the only 1948 Deluxe Sedan known to exist. She has been pristinely restored to original specifications and is a joy to cruise in. She is powered by the restored original Chrysler Crown engine. Rain or shine, open the windows and enjoy the day! Fondly named after Andrew Jackson Higgins, founder of Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA.


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1954 Chris Craft Super-Semi Enclosed - 'Casual Elegance'
Owner: Ron Van Horn
Home Port: Crystal Lake, IL


Classic Runabout 21' & Over


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1956 Shepherd V-drive Runabout - 'No School Today'
Owner: John Dort
Home Port: Wilmette, IL

Purchased in June 2013 up in Orillia, Ontario this was the culmination of about 4 years looking at Shepherds once I got the wooden boat bug.  This was an unlisted boat that was referred to me through Ed Skinner who formerly ran Duke's Marine Services (out of the historic Duke's Boat shop) in Port Carling, Ontario.  Although not original to the boat a 1957 392 hemi was rebuilt and fitted to the boat in 1991.  The engine and transmission have required some attention and also I had the wiring and gauges replaced.  Happily, the boat finally maid its US launch just this August in Lake Geneva. 


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1948 Truscott Runabout - 'ROOTS'
Owner: James Wilkin
Home Port: Chicago, IL

Very rare, one of the last boats built in St. Joseph Michigan


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1965 Custom-Bill Budych Runabout - 'Water Safety Patrol Boat #1'
Owner: Ted Pankau
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

Custom built by local boat builder Bill Budych along with Dude Assman, this boat was made especially for the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol, and launched in 1966. Budych's plans were somewhat of a cross between Chris Craft and Hackercraft qualities, and the boat was beefed up in order to take the pounding of a work boat on Geneva Lake. The Water Safety Patrol still uses this boat today, and it is considered the "Flagship" of the 6-boat fleet.


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1955 Shepherd Runabout - 'Mimi G'
Owner: Lars Bergersen
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI

Completely redone in 2013 including repowering with a Mercruiser 8.1L V-8 Horizon V-Drive engine, an updated electrical system, updated water intake system for improved cooling, updated fuel system, new Sea Star steering system, new Teleflex throttle & shift controls, custom built dashboard with tilt steering and glove box to house new stereo system, new mahogany steering wheel, new Glenwood speed rudder & tiller, new Aquamet prop shaft, new thru hull exhaust tips, new ultra teak marine carpet, custom built African mahogany cockpit sealings and moldings complete with stainless LED courtesy lights finish off the interior beautifully, custom built mahogany swim platform, new Buell air horns and all the varnish on the entire boat has been refreshed with 7 coats. Asking $110,000


Classic Runabout Under 21'


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1950 Chris Craft Special Runabout - 'LADY LUCK'
Owner: John Canalle
Home Port: Richmond, IL

I purchased this boat 11 years ago from a guy in Michigan. He had intentions of restoring it, but never did. I have since replaced the keel, gripe, some frame members, the chines, hull, topsides , and deck with resawn philipine mahogany. All bedded in 5200. The interior wood was stripped and sanded. the engine housing sides were re glued and a new engine cover deck was installed. We rebuilt the engine, and made it a 12 volt system. The boat was not named when I got it. I'm a Frank Sinatra fan, and looked up what song was written in 1950....... Luck Be A Lady. It was a lot of tedious work, sometimes I had to walk away for a while, but It was worth it. LADY LUCK is a fun boat on the water.


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1950 Chris Craft Riviera Deluxe Runabout
Owner: Carl Bergersen
Home Port: Walworth, IL


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1947 Chris Craft Rocket - 'Class of `47'
Owner: Perry Edwards
Home Port: Muskego, WI


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1940 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout barrel back - 'Barchetta'
Owner: Jerry Perez
Home Port: St. Charles, IL

Barrel back, all original, freshly gone over.


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1948 Ventnor Sport Runabout
Owner: Larry Lange
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

Since 1902 Ventnor has been known as “the builders of the worlds fastest speed boats” with such recognized Gold Cup winners as “My Sin”, “Hotsy Totsy”, “Tempo”, and “Tempo IV”
During war time Ventnor built large aircraft rescue boats and submarine chasers. Following the war Ventnor entered the pleasure boat market with single engine runabouts and twin engine cruisers. At this time Ventnor’s reputation for building the worlds fastest speed boats carried a lot of weight. When the “finned” runabout was unveiled it did draw a lot of attention, but had a high price tag ($3,990) due to the complexity of the design and of course the labor to execute the design on the factory floor.
Remember this was 1947. Fins on cars didn’t become popular until 10 years later and even when Chris Craft came out with the Cobra it wasn’t as well received as the designers thought.
After personally completing a frame-off restoration of a rare 1940 Pontiac Woody Wagon in 2003 for myself, and looking for another challenging project to work on in the evening and weekends, I came across this equally rare 1948 19’ Ventnor Sport Runabout; with only six other of these particular models left in existence.
The boat was a total wreck with the decks of the boat being crushed, bottom and sides were fiberglass up to the top decks, bottom was rotten, transom rotten, and a couple holes in the sides.  
The project was postponed, and restoration started in January 2011. The new deck planks are compound curved, tongue & grooved Honduras mahogany that is “blind nailed” as it was originally constructed. As you can see there is no perimeter seam where the decking meets the covering boards; also as originally constructed.  The new covering boards are compound curved, stack laminated, nailed cove and bead mahogany like a canoe with the last piece having a rabbet that accepts the decking. Every individual plank had to be measured at every frame station to make sure from port to starboard, to the centerline of the hull was the same for every plank, or the last two planks at the front of the motor hatches wouldn’t be the same (They are within 1/32”).
The boat is restored to all original “as built” factory specifications right down to the motor clamps, tacked upholstery, wiring, etc.  An interesting construction feature for this Ventnor in 1948 was a bottom of 5-ply Weldwood inner plywood with 9/16 Mahogany outer planking. Another feature is the non-trip chine which is taken from there racing hulls. The motor is the “Factory racing version” of a stock Grey Marine 150 hp twin carburetor Fireball. This boat is currently the only correctly restored Ventnor of this model in existence.  
During the 2011 36th Annual ACBS International Boat Show the boat won an unprecedented amount of awards -  
1st Place Restored Classic Runabout

  • 1st Place Peoples Choice out of 130 + boats
  • 1st Place Hagerty Youth Judges Choice
  • Blackhawk Chapter ACBS “Sharpest Arrow for Best Original Restoration as Delivered from Factory” and many other awards since it was launched in 2011

We enjoy bringing the boat out to boat shows to see the response of the spectators and other boat owners of this unique design.


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1955 Correct Craft Hurricane - 'Soul Mate'
Owner: Alan Arrighi
Home Port: Big Rock, IL

1955 Correct Craft Hurricane 19' Runabout powered by a Chrysler Marine 331 Hemi. Owner restoration from the keel up over a five year period.


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1947 Higgins Deluxe Runabout - 'COVERGIRL'
Owner: Jeff Davey
Home Port: Berlin, WI

This Higgins sports a 327 Gray Marine V8 twin carb 225 HP.  She has a top speed of 50+ MPH.  After two years, a total restoration is complete with help from Norton Boat Works in Green Lake, WI.  A new bottom, frames, stringers, wiring, gauges, and new teak and holly flooring were installed.  The engine was completely detailed and sports new copper exhaust.  This will be the first major show for COVERGIRL and the second time in the water since completed.  This boat has been in our family and stored inside for 33 years.  Originally known as Hudson Bay and BOAT, now named COVERGIRL because we own a custom marine canvas company and my wife is known as the “cover girl”!


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1947 Chris Craft Custom Runabout - 'Gina'
Owner: Tom Wagner
Home Port: Bull Valley, IL

"Gina" the 1947 20' Chris Craft Custom was completely restored by Tom Wagner 15 years ago.  This boat was upside down in a garage painted black.  We have been enjoying it and named it after our first daughter.
 

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1961 Shepherd Runabout
Owner: Alan Bosworth
Home Port: Elmhurst, Il

Shepherd Boats were built in Niagara-on-the-Lake….Ontario, Canada. This specific Shepherd was on display at the Chicago Boat Show in 1961 when my Aunt & Uncle bought it new. In 1993 the Shepherd’s bottom needed replacing at which time my Uncle debated selling it. However he passed away right before doing so.A few months later I decided it was well worth saving the boat, keeping alive so many fond memories of fishing & riding (getting soaked) in Uncle Muff’s Shepherd. The boat has gone thru a couple of restorations yet still has most of the original wood. The original Chrysler motor was rebuilt once and is still in use.This boat has been docked at Pier #1 since 1961 on Geneva Lake for the last fifty-two(52) years.


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1947 Century Sea Maid - 'Zip A Dee Doo Dah'
Owner: Gary Conger
Home Port: Green Bay, WI

This craft from Norton Boat Works at the 2012 Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show. It was chosen the best Century at that show and also at the 2013 show. Joe Norton located the craft in Iowa and completely rebuilt it and installed a new Mercury 3.0 135 HP engine. It was completed just 2 weeks before the 2012 show.


Classic Utility 21' & Over


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1949 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Sweetie'
Owner: Chris Fox
Home Port: Bonita Springs, FL


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1949 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Uncle Buster'
Owner: Bob VanOrsdel
Home Port: West Des Moines, IA


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1957 Chris Craft Continental - 'Schatzi'
Owner: John Wenstrom
Home Port: McHenry, IL

!957 23' Chris Craft Continental. One of 170 built between 1956-1958. Beautiful riding boat with optional 3rd seat. Stripped to bare wood, refinished complete with 10 coats varnish by Fox River Valley Boat in 2012.


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1967 Century Coronado - 'Miss Millie'
Owner: Mark Svoboda
Home Port: Geneva, IL

1967 was the last year Century manufactured a mahogany wood hull. The boat was order and delivered to Kramer’s in Fox Lake, IL for Rex Fitzpatrick of Elmhurst, IL. We purchased the boat from Rex in 1986. We did a moderate restoration in1986/1987 and a complete restoration in 2001/2003 including the hull, decks, chrome and interior. Powered by its original Chrysler 325 HP motor, Miss Millie will do approximately 40 MPH. The boat has won numerous awards at shows around the midwest.


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1962 Hacker Budych Hacker - 'Thumper'
Owner: William Budych
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

A one of a kind craft. William Budych Sr. built this boat for himself in my grandmothers garage. Sr was working for Mr. Russel Gage at the time. Dad and he had a great relationship, one hand washes the other. The boat was constructed for dad's personal use, however, it became the FLAGSHIP for sales of the 22' Gage Hackers. Bill Sr. headed up all of the production of the 23' Gage Hackers. They attempted to build a few after he had left & you can certainly tell the fit and finish of the couple built after his departure. This boat is a family treasure, never to be sold or traded.


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1960 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Lorelei II'
Owner: James Hooker
Home Port: San Diego, CA

Lorelei II was purchased in 7/12. The prior owner loved to water ski so he re-powered it with a more powerful motor (454 cu in Chevy marine power with 420+_ HP) & had the transom ring reinforced to accommodate pulling skiers. The stern ladder was made by Streblow. We have done cosmetic upgrading & added a Bimini top. Lorelei II was awarded second place in its class in the 2013 Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show.


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1965 Gage Hacker Utility - 'Kitty Hawk'
Owner: Robert Stenander
Home Port: Chicago, IL


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1952 Chris Craft Holiday - 'Lucky Penny'
Owner: Keith Pozulp
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI

The Lucky Penny is a 1953 23' Chris Craft Holiday with the original 158hp MBL engine, original chrome hardware, and mostly original woodwork. The 23' Holiday was built between 1950 and 1953 and the Lucky Penny is 1 of 88 ever built with it being hull number 86. A complete restoration was first started in 2004 by the Fox River Valley Boat Company and she is still maintained by Tom Wagner and his crew. Over the years we have been diligent in keeping the Lucky Penny as original as possible and she now spends all of her time cruising the beautiful waters of Geneva Lake while hailing from the town of Williams Bay.


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1959 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Till Havs'
Owner: David B. Williams
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI

This boat has been on Lake Geneva since newly purchased in 1959.  The original owner named it “C deuce” (a capital “C” followed by a deuce of hearts).  The third owner,  who’s mother immigrated from Sweden, renamed the boat “Swedish Crossing”.  The current owner, who is an opera lover, renamed the boat “Till Havs”, a Swedish art song sung by the great Swedish tenor, Jussi Bjorling, meaning “to the sea”.  This boat is basically original except for the upholstery and has received tender loving care from Bill Budych and Bill Budych, Jr. for 53 years!


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1948 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Effie'
Owner: Tom Whowell
Home Port: Fontana, WI


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1956 Chris Craft Continental - 'Lone Palm'
Owner: Gary Paxson
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

This boat was the family boat for the Cameron's of Geneva Lake Boat Co. I had restoration started on her 1996-2013. Had always wondered why people took so long to do them. I found out Money, the economy and life itself. the journey to completion was long but more rewarding than I ever imagined. Though I had this work done at The Delavan Lake Boat Shed I did get hands on and dirty. I learned much about boats, construction, patience, and people. The journey took me to a couple of courses at Wooden Boat School in Maine; Lofting and Fundamentals of boat building. Most importantly the people who put their skilled hands on Lone Palm is what I will cherish the most. There are only 8 pieces of original wood, you will see none of them. Did this cost more than the plan? yes did I complain? No, It's a boat there is no rationalization. The Joy I get when I ride in her, but really the joy is watching the faces of the men and women who built her when we spring launch and fall decommission her. The joy I see on the family faces and that special someone is priceless. That's why I want to do it again God willing. The name comes from a Jimmy Buffett song , and a metaphor for me; though it is possible to add another palm tree.


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1947 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Big W'
Owner: Linda Stolz
Home Port: Elmhurst, IL


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1955 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Capt'n Bob'
Owner: Ken Boeschen
Home Port: Woodridge, IL


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1949 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Her's'
Owner: Al Herr
Home Port: Washinton, MI


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1959 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Chiasso'
Owner: Carl Bergersen
Home Port: Walworth, IL


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1961 Gage Marine Gage-Hacker - 'Flapjack'
Owner: Jim Hanny
Home Port: Fontana, WI


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1952 Chris Craft Holiday - 'Obsession'
Owner: John Barrett
Home Port: St. Charles, IL


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1940 GarWood Overnighter - 'AnnRita'
Owner: Dave Bortner
Home Port: Mound, MN

Our complete restoration of this very rare Gar Wood model. Too many details to list, see us on the docks.


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1965 Chris Craft Cutlass Cavalier
Owner: Lars Bergersen
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI

Boat was redone in 2007, new larger fuel tank, completely rewired, new gauges, new floor coverings, new seats and upholstery and new decking. It has a full cockpit cover and a trailer and is for sale for $15,000


Classic Utility Under 21'


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1964 Correct Craft Atom Skier - 'Still Skiing'
Owner: Dave Rezabek
Home Port: Morrse, IL

Awarded MOST ORGINAL 2009 Lake Geneva awarded several BEST IN CLASS at Correct Craft reunions used ever year for retro ski day as pull boat bring out all the old wooden skisand ski vests


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1967 Century Resorter - 'Rising Sun'
Owner: William Norris
Home Port: Rock Island, IL


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1957 Chris Craft Sportsman
Owner: Pat Penhallegon
Home Port: Dalton City, IL

This boat is one of 68, 20' Chris Crafts built in 1956. Because it was built late in the year, it was altered at the factory to be sold as a 1957.

It was originally delivered to Lake Decatur in Decatur, Illinois. I am the fourth owner having purchasing it from its previous owner in 1974.

With the help of a good friend/talented woodworker, the bottom framework and planking was completely replaced with new mahogany and with all new Silicon Bronze screws and bolts. The bottom planking design was upgraded to include modem sealers and 3M-5200 adhesive bedding compounds as described in Don Danenberg's first book on Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Restoration.

In 2012 the boat was sent to Danenberg Boatworks in Manistee, Michigan. The topside planks have all been removed, refurbished, sealed and reinstalled with new Silicon Bronze fasteners and modem sealers and 3M-5200. The decks and Transom are all new Philippine mahogany. The entire interior furniture and ceiling planking have been rebuilt, stained and varnished and reinstalled. The exterior has been faired, stained, sealed, and varnished and painted. The restoration was completed in June of 2014.

The boat is powered by the original Chris Craft MCL (175 hp).


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1960 Century Resorter - 'Gini'
Owner: Brad Flodin
Home Port: Lake Tahoe, NV

Just got this Resorter from my cousin in Lake Tahoe as an early Christmas present. She pulled it out of barn where she sat for over 40 years and it wasn't in very good shape. After a 5 year restoration done by Chris Ford it looks a whole lot more like what it is suppose to look like. Every inch of this beauty has been redone from the bow to the transom and everything in between including a total rebuild of the 170 HP V8 Ford Interceptor motor and the rare lite green interior. It even still has the original flooring and trailer.


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1955 Chris Craft Sportsman
Owner: Lars Bergersen
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI

1955 17' Chris Craft Sportsman, with rare, original KB Chris Craft engine- 128 HP with triple carburetor set up. This boat still had it's original finish from the factor on it when we began our restoration. It is an amazing example of an untouched hull that has no dings or discoloration from over sanding. The hull is at full thickness and all plugs and fastenings are as tight as the day it came out of the Chris Craft plant. Full restoration in 2012 including new upholstery in the original red tolex, new Nautolex flooring throughout, complete refinish with a 2 part UV resistant finish, all the chrome replated, new full Weathermax cover and a new custom built Vanguard trailer. Asking $28,000


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1957 Higgins Sport Speedster - 'Lil Buddy'
Owner: Erik Petry
Home Port: Rochelle, IL


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1956 Century Resorter - 'Sonny'
Owner: John Larson
Home Port: Hebron, IL


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1958 Chris Craft Cavalier - 'Ginny T'
Owner: Barry Hynes
Home Port: Cary, IL


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1956 Century Resorter - 'Sommar Zeit'
Owner: Michael Casten
Home Port: Sterling , IL


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1961 Chris Craft Continental
Owner: Bruce Winter
Home Port: Muskego, WI


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1959 Chris Craft Continenal - 'Sportin A Woody'
Owner: Nick Caselli
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI

Preserved condition 251 original hours, all original wood , interior , motor and gages.  Rare Coral color interior.   Original 1959 " Moody" trailer.  283  motor with 4 barrel   carb. Third owner, 1st from Minaqua 2nd from Milwaukee 3rd in Williams Bay.  Revarnished in 2010 with 7 coats of varnish. purchased in August 2001 Original price $ 4270.50


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1957 Chris Craft Continental - 'Miss Kimmy'
Owner: Bill Shultz
Home Port: Glen Ellyn, IL


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1955 Chris Craft Sportsman - 'Rare Stake'
Owner: Jake Hepner
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

Chris Craft boats have been part of our family since my grandfather was a kid.  I was lucky enough to have him introduce me to this world as a youth growing up near the Illinois River, and even more significantly, getting to work on and enjoy riding in his boats with him as I grew up.  This beautiful boat is a 1955 Christ Craft Sportsman.  It was originally shipped from Cadillac, Michigan to Dredge Harbor Yacht Basin, New Jersey.  It has the original Hercules Christ Craft motor.

 

We don't know much of its history before it came to my grandparents.  My grandpa found it in rough shape, to say the least.  After a few years of getting it into mint condition my grandpa had it on the waters of Green Lake, Wisconsin and a couple bodies of water in LaSalle County.  The beauty exists in the care, the sound, the beauty, and the pride it creates.


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1957 Chris Craft Continental - 'Birchwood'
Owner: Karen Birch
Home Port: Barrington, IL

This boat was purchased new in February of 1957 by Karen's late parents, Robert and Maxine Birch, of Griggsville, IL. Her dad became a Chris Craft dealer in 1956 and Karen has his original franchise certificate. This boat is all original and Karen has the boat's original order form, invoice, service manuals, prop, fenders, hand spot light, ladder and water skies that her dad used. Her dad's captain hat sits so proudly on the boat's dash. Karen uses one of the original canvas boat covers that had never been used and was being stored in her dad's attic. This boat spent most of its time on the Illinois River in central Illiniois where Karen has great family memories. The last time the boat was in the water was in the summer of 1978 on the Mississippi river. Since then the boat had been sitting on her orginal cradle and boat trailer in a machine shed on the family farm. In May of 2010 the boat was transported by flatbed to McHenry, IL where it was completely restored by Fox River Valley Boat Company. The boat was never named so Karen choose "Birchwood" in memory of her late parents. Karen's late parents are always with her on this boat and this boat is a constant reminder of how wonderful her parents were and the fabulous childhood they gave her.


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1959 Century Resorter - 'Fifty-Nine'
Owner: Jim Hayek
Home Port: Davenport, IA

She is #135 of 180 produced in 1959. She is made with the classic "Carrier Deck" front end which gives the hull a beautiful contour of mahogany. And, one of the dryest rides on plain by rolling out the wake. She has the Graymarine V8 327 cu. in. engine which produces 225 HP and will run 45 mph at 4000rpm. But that is rare because she now is over 50 yrs. old. And as all wooden boat she just like to idle along and rumble... They came with a sliding leather convertible top, which I don't own because Matt Byrne won't sell me his with out the boat under it. She also came with a built in 3 rung ladder mounted on the back. She's real fine my "Fifty-Nine"


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1960 Chris Craft Continential - 'At Last'
Owner: David Vogeler
Home Port: Trout Valley, IL

This 1960 Chris Craft Continental is in the utility class of antique and classic boats. It was one of the more popular models manufactured in 1960 by Chris Craft due to its versatile layout. While mostly used for family pleasure boating, the open cockpit made it a great design for fishing or skiing. In 1960 the base model sold for $4,210.00. At that time the average salary was $4,743.00 a year. The boat came equipped with the standard Chris Craft K engine a straight 6 which produced 100HP, or the optional V8 with 185HP for the jaw dropping additional fee of $60.00 or about a weeks salary. This boat was equipped with the high performance 283 Corvette engine which became available in the latter part of 1959. The higher horsepower and torque of the Corvette engine made it ideal for pulling skiers. It was also fitted with a center mounted ski pole. Top speed is just over 40 mph. The boat was delivered to Chris Craft Boat Sales Inc. located at 2500 S. Ashland Avenue in Chicago on January 28, 1960. The boat was found rotting and in disrepair in 2000. A complete restoration was performed in 2005. There were 497 Continental’s manufactured from 1959 to 1960. Only 41 are known to still be operating today.


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2003 Van Dam Saloon runabout - 'Nokomis'
Owner: Charles Colman
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI


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1980 Millerick Brothers Boat Works Edwardian fantail motor launch - 'PINK HOUR'
Owner: Peter Mueller
Home Port: Lake Forest, IL

This boat was found in the woods of a Sonora, California estate. Originally steam powered, the 30' ten gauge steel hull built in 1980 by Millerick Brothers Boat Works was not operational but in excellent condition and showed great potential. She went through an eight year restoration of labor and love by Tom Batchelor of Reno, Nv. "Pink Hour" was stripped to bare metal, repainted, and refitted with a beautiful, meticulously restored 3 cylinder 20 hp Easthope gas engine. Original brass hardware and accessories were scrounged from collectors, swap meets, and salvage yards across the country, and what couldn't be found was carefully recast, machined, and fabricated in the correct period style. She can seat 8 passengers comfortably, and the top of the teak icebox doubles as a sitting area. The Easthope pushes her along at full hull speed ( 6 knots) at approximately 150 rpm, using less than one gallon of fuel per hour from her 30 gallon tank. She has both fore (cable) and aft (mechanical) steering as well as full reversing gear. Since her restoration, she has operated solely on the clear, pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. Recently she was purchased by Peter and Robin Mueller and moved to Lake Geneva, Wis. Engine specifications: 3 cylinder, 4-1/2" bore, 6" stroke, dual ignition (Bosch magneto and 12V coil), OHV, hidden 12V starting system that replaces the original hand start. A neatly installed alternator runs via a flat belt off the flywheel. Lubrication is by internal splash and external Manzel oiler which runs off the water pump connecting rod. Water circulation is by an exposed original bronze piston pump. The reversing gear and engine are mounted on a single integral cast bedplate and weighs approximately 1,200 lbs. Unique accessories: two wicker parasol holders and period-style parasols, original hand-operated "ah-oo-gah" horn from the Talking Horn Company, two Pyrene brass fire extinguishers, antique brass boat hook, porcelain knife switches for operation of lights, Saint Christopher medal, matching set of original Cello running lights and stern spotlight, original Phare-La Rai bow searchlight, and an illuminated binnacle. A spectacular example of an Edwardian fantail motor launch, she won both People's Choice and Most Elegant Boat at the prestigious lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance in August 2008. Named for the alpenglow on Lake Tahoe's eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, "Pink Hour" is truly a magnificent piece of functional art which starts and runs beautifully and is easy to launch and operate. She is one of a kind and without equal.


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2013 Glen-L Gentlemans Racer - 'Attitude'
Owner: Craig & Vivi Smith
Home Port: Clinton, IA

Using plans from Glen-L I built this boat in 21 months. The cold-mold construction utilized African mahogany epoxy resin. The bottom has a fiberglass layer for protection. All of the reliable mechanicals were salvaged from a retired ski boat. The engine and prop were rebuilt and the fuel tank was modified to fit the boat. The trailer was reconfigured to match this hull. Building this boat was a wonderful experience with a steep learning curve.


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2014 ONeill Craft Poncruiser - 'Cocktails'
Owner: Roger O'Neill
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WA


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2014 Streblow Gentleman's Runabout - 'Bucket List'
Owner: Larry Streblow
Home Port: Oshkosh, WI

Bucket List is the result of Larry Streblow's lifelong dream, to build a vintage-style wooden boat. A woodworker, carpenter and craftsman he built this Runabout in about a year using Ken Bassett's 1989 plans for the Runabout - Rascal. Weighing in at appoximately 790 pounds and reaching speeds up to 55 mph, this cruiser's outer layer is constructed of solid mahogony and features a mulit-layered hull with West System. This brand new beauty is for sale, as Larry says, "he's a builder, not a boater!"


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2001 Alsberg Jumpseat 16' - 'Ooh Oui'
Owner: Glenn Elston
Home Port: Rock Island, IL

From the water line up Ooh Oui's lines are that of a 1939 Century Thunderbolt. Beneath the water it's a modern delta-conic hull, dry and stable. This synthesis of old and new is rendered in fiberglass with wood grain look. It's powered by a 175 hp Mercury Sport Jet. Ooh ee, jet boat fun! Oh Yea, wood look without the wood maintenance. Ooh Oui. My family loves this boat. Three can ride in the main cockpit leaving the beautiful long bow deck undisturbed. Or, the hatch on the bow deck can be removed for access to a jumpseat with room for two more passengers.


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2014 Symphony Elektra Six-2 - 'Dolce'
Owner: Marcel LaFond
Home Port: Duluth, MN

All-electric launch with bonded aluminum skin and Lamboo (bamboo) interior with mahogany trim, 10 passenger, bording post, center console, 6.5 mph, almost silent running for 10 hours at 5 mph. Symphony boats are easy-care marine aluminum with wood structure and interior. SBC boats feature foam core for light, quiet and rigid hulls, bonded with epoxy and finished with satin varnish. The Elektra is perfect for resorts and rentals, easy to handle and has excellent capacity.


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1989 Harris Fantail Launch
Owner: Donald Bauer
Home Port: Lake Villa, IL

Custom built rendering of a 1910 Launch


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2011 Gage Hacker - 'Major Kinzie'
Owner: Gage Marine
Home Port: Williams bay, WI


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2014 Hackercraft Sport XL
Owner: Gage Marine
Home Port: Williams bay, WI


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2011 Glen L Zip - 'Oliver IV'
Owner: Roberta Hegy
Home Port: East Troy, WI

Amateur built classic style outboard runabout. Mahogany framing with Okoume plywood sub planking with Philippine and African mahogany planking and decking. 1969 Merc 500 outboard powers this boat to 34 mph.


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2007 Cook Craft Cook Craft #1 - 'Scooter'
Owner: Pete Cook
Home Port: Antioch, IL


Fiberglass


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1963 Powercat 3 point hydro - 'Powercat'
Owner: Ed Smith
Home Port: Villa Park , IL

Record holding drag boat


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1959 Glasspar Seafair Sedan - 'Mama Mia!'
Owner: Terry Dickson
Home Port: Sleepy Hollow, IL

Glasspar Seafair Sedan All new for ’59 . . . a classic cabin cruiser with traditional down-easter lines. Note the rakish sheer of the hull. New step chine makes this one of the fastest and most comfortable of all 17’ cruisers . . . speeds of more than 30 mph! Fully equipped for luxury cruising. 1961 Mercury . . . the motor that started it all . . . leads them all! makes the most of the good life . . . the new 80 hp Merc 800 / 6-in-line


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1958 Lonestar Meteor
Owner: Bill Anderson
Home Port: Hudson, IL

Totally restored,boat,engine,trailer,restored ,ground to bare cloth,then reglassed,,new transom,balsa wood floor,back to as close to period correct as possible,period correct super gator trailer,1957 Johnson,golden Javelin,rebuilt,alot of NOS hardware,or replated, handles water fine


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1966 Donzi Marine 18 2+3 - 'Donzi'
Owner: Tony Boudos
Home Port: Oak Forest, IL

She's a Fiberglass,Triple Hatch, Barrelback Style 18' Donzi.


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1973 Chris Craft XK22
Owner: John Gambill
Home Port: Hillsdale, MI

When I sold my1957 Arena Craft Barracuda just two weeks before the ACBS International Boat Show in Branson Mo in September 2012 she had already been registered for the show so at just two weeks before the show I was boatless and had already made and paid for everything in Branson, hotel, boat registration fees etc. I went on Craig’s List and found this 73 Chris Craft XK 22 in Lorain Ohio. Julia and I made a Sunday trip to Lorain Ohio to see the boat. She was in such poor condition I just didn‘t think I wanted to tackle a job of that magnitude so we drove home without her. Not being able to get that darn boat out of my mind three days later I drove back to Lorain and bought the boat. She was a real mutt!! however, she did run so off to Branson we went . She was in such poor condition that she certainly couldn’t be entered for judging but she did go on display with a big sign taped on her stern that the boat was just purchased a few days before the show and that the restoration would start in two weeks. The first week of October 2012 she was placed in the garage and totally stripped out and the restoration began, she was finally finished on 6/6/ 2014.

It’s been a long hard road with hundreds of hours spent fixing, grinding sanding and filling imperfections, however, I think the final end result has been well worth all the hours and work. She has some sizzle and lots of bling! and so I think she will stand her own and the best part of all is the fact that she runs through a two foot chop like it isn’t even there!

I hope everyone enjoys viewing her half a much as I did making her live again hopefully for another four decades and beyond.

Remember, "Classic Glass" lives forever!


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1971 Century Coronado
Owner: Richard Frederick
Home Port: Libertyville, IL

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1966 Lyman Sportsman Hardtop - 'Freedom'
Owner: Andrew Kubicsko Jr
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

The boat underwent a complete restoration bringing it back to its original stock condition by sandusky bay marine restoration during 2003/2005 It has been documented as the last 28' built by the Lyman Boat Works Co. Originally built as an "open sportsman" the buyer requested that it be sent back to the factory and have a custom Teak hardtop installed on the boat, making it possibly the only full Teak hardtop Sportsman Lyman ever built. The boat now resides on Geneva Lake Wisconsin


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1956 Thompson Sea Coaster - 'Jolly Dragon'
Owner: Peter Mueller
Home Port: Lake Forest, IL

 Boat is 100% original with only new paint and varnish.


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1956 Chris Craft Sea Skiff - 'BOEING'
Owner: Lynn Ricter
Home Port: Fontana, WI


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1953 Chris Craft Sea Skiff - 'Executive Privilege'
Owner: W.J. GOES
Home Port: Chicago, WI

I purchased in 1973, third owner. The second had a year and never used. I know the original family from our next door lake of Delavan Lake. Her original name was Holdmore, for her sister ship was named ucanalgo. a family rivalry of boat names and capacity. The name is Executive Privilege but is not no the transom. She is not designated by name. A wonderful wave riding boat with high sides, able to walk around, change positions, not just seated for your entire ride...... See you on the water......


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1964 Lyman Gulfstream - 'VASA'
Owner: Bob Klockars
Home Port: Fontana, WI


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1966 Century Raven - 'KAGAKSHI'
Owner: Tim Fredman
Home Port: Nashotah, WI

The Raven was Century's answer to the popular Sea Skiff produced by Chris Craft. KAGAKSHI (Potawatomi for Raven) is a 1966 model that featured an improved interior layout, the first year for the sweptback windshield and the final year of the satin black topsides. This boat is production number 14 and was originally sold and delivered by Kinn Motors Marine in Oconomowoc, WI. Originally kept on Big Cedar Lake by the original owner it has also spent some time on Beaver lake near Hartland, WI and now resides on Pine Lake near Nashotah, WI. It has always been a user boat and has had minimal plank replacement and some transom repairs over the years. The only time the boat has been outside of the 20 mile radius from where it was sold was last September for the 2013 ACBS Annual Meeting & Show at Coeur d'Alene, ID.


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1964 Lyman Islander - 'Happiness Is...'
Owner: Lars Bergersen
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI


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1970 Lyman Sleeper - 'BEU-T'
Owner: Robert Kuehn
Home Port: Park Ridge, IL

Boat on Lake Geneva since new. No trailer.


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1963 Thompson Sea Coaster Deluxe
Owner: William Putzbach
Home Port: Arlington Hts, IL


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1963 Lyman Utility - 'Sachem'
Owner: Brian Cassidy
Home Port: Elmhurst, Il

Boat is offered For Sale.Dark green hull. Hunter green "Sunbrella" upholstery. Beautiful, new teak floor. Stereo, speedometer, depth finder, compass. Bottom rebuilt with original boards by Lange Woodworking of Lake Geneva. Asking $42,000


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1958 Yellow Jacket Riviera
Owner: Dave Wilson
Home Port: ,

Restored 1958 Yellow Jacket 14' Riviera powered by a 1963 Mercury Merc 700. Owner, Dave Wilson, Motorheads of Illinois


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1958 Thompson
Owner: Dean Hurder
Home Port: ,


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1961 Sportcraft Sportsman - 'Dory J'
Owner: Richard Kasmar
Home Port: Rochelle, IL


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1954 Thompson Hi-Speed TVT
Owner: Shell Kottkamp
Home Port: Auror, IL


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1953 Wolverine Wagemaker
Owner: Blackhawk Youth Group
Home Port: ,

This Wolverine was restored by the members of the Blackhawk Youth Program. The group is comprised of around a dozen children ages 6 to 18. The group was started in 2010 as a way of introducing the kids to the wonderful world of wood boating. They participated in every stage of the restoration process. They also learned how to handle a boat and all of the kids over 12 have completed a boating safety class. The group is currently restoring a 1956 Correct Craft Ski Boat which we expect to have ready for the next show. The boat's unofficial name is "Rainy Day" since it seemed to rain every time we brought it to an event.


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1960 Bell Boy 265 Runabout - 'Bell Boy'
Owner: Mike Freidel
Home Port: Marshall, WI

A 1960 Bell Boy 265 Runabout with a custom mahogany interior. All hardware original and in great condition. Merc 700 is early 60's and runs well. Has tandem trailer with rollers


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1960 Cruiser - 'Cruiser'
Owner: Patrick McLean
Home Port: ,

Includes Mastercraft trailer with new tires.


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1940 Larson - 'Mistery'
Owner: Mike Luxem
Home Port: Glenview, IL

This is the first time this Cedar Larson Hardtop will be exhibited.  It has been in storage for the past 20 years.


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1950 Wagemaker Wolverine - 'Old Times'
Owner: Nick Wagner
Home Port: Bull Valley, IL

This 1950 Wagemaker Wolverine was purchased the Fall of 2012.  Nick Wagner  with the help of his dad, Tom and the workers at Fox River Valley Boat Co. completely restored this boat.  Nick has named the boat “Old Times”.  Nick entered this boat last year when it was grey.  He found a 1955 – 25 hp Johnson outboard.  Nick is excited to show the finished product. 


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1957 Thompson Sea Lancer
Owner: Frank Lozich
Home Port: Tinley Park, IL


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1958 Wolverine Mohawk - 'Uncle Joe'
Owner: Kenneth Uher
Home Port: Beecher, IL

This 1958 Wolverine Mohawk was purchased new by my great uncle Joe from Milocraft in Chicago. Being always garage kept and mostly used for fishing up north the boat was in pretty good shape. I took possession in 2008 and striped the boat for complete makeover. I finished 2011 with 19 coats of captains varnish on the top sides and 6 coats of interlux on the sides and bottom.


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1960 Chetek Princess Convertible - 'WHY NOT'
Owner: Ron Campana
Home Port: Thomson, IL

1960 Chetek Princess Convertible - 18 ft - stored since 1988 - restored in winter and spring of 2014 - has original 1961 Johnson V4S-13 75hp engine - on original Sportsman trailer - fine example of wood lapstrake from the 60"s - built in Chetek, WI.


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1947 Trojan Hot Shot Cottage Racer - 'lil' suzy'
Owner: Moss Cartwright
Home Port: Clarendon Hills, IL

right after WWII capt Smith a p-40 fighter pilot wanted something to do. He bought a new Trojan race boat for $247 and famous for winning races in upstate New York..One day he took out 3 competitors with his "wake of death" move. The stunt got him banned from racing.. He rolled Lil' SUZY into a barn where she sat for over 50 years.. Now restored, we have a blast racing around Klinger Lake in Michigan


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1963 Thompson & Thompson Breakers
Owner: Robert Oday
Home Port: Cary, IL

This is what I call an “Oh by the way” boat. Four years ago we were in the market for a 60’s vintage outboard motor. We located one in suburban Milwaukee and drove up to take a look. The motor was great and we agreed to buy it and then the “Oh by the way” came up – Oh by the way if you want the motor you need to take the boat and trailer as well! At first glance this boat would never see the water again as it had a nice hole in the hull and delaminating wood. On the way home all I was thinking about was how could I turn it into a bar? Well after getting it home my ideas went up in smoke, as after my son Mitchel, our neighbor Andrew Vogeler and I looked it over, all we would need to do is make the hull repair, varnish and paint and we would have a good all original user boat. So, after a winters worth of work, another wood boat got added to the collection.


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1958 Shell Lake Rocket
Owner: Dan Callahan
Home Port: Rockford, IL

No. 168 red/white two tone. Beautiful in design and superb in appointments, the Rocket is the ideal boat for all- around family enjoyment, with its futuristic deck, fin styling and flared bow design. Special features are the new tri-lateral rear seat pattern with step-through front seat and triple keel, non-skid planing hull surface, complete with deluxe hardware, windshield, and steering. Transom bulkhead and bottom drains with Styrofoam and air tank flotation, assuring you added safety.


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1978 Streblow Runabout - 'Fire Escape'
Owner: Leonard Bonnevier
Home Port: Oak Forest, IL

Originally built in Kenosha Wisconsin, by the Streblow Family in 1978 and  purchased and operated on Geneva Lake by the Schriber family until we purchased  the boat in 2001.  After we purchased the boat, we did a light refinish on  the exterior and totally replaced the interior, no mechanical work outside  routine annual maintenance has been required.  The boat was never named  under the Schriber family ownership, so I thought long and hard as to why I have  this boat and finally came up with an appropriate name.  After a 36  year career in the Fire Department, the name "Fire Escape"  seemed to fit the bill.  Now she sees continual service all summer long  providing my wife and I along with family and friends the pleasure of crossing  the waters of Geneva Lake in a true classic boat.

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1997 Streblow Sport Vee Cuddy - 'Jean Marie'
Owner: John Simms Jr
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI


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1958 Streblow Rebel - 'Rebel Without a Cause'
Owner: Eric Moberg
Home Port: Johnsburg, IL

Eric and Kathy's 1958 Streblow Rebel 19' is one of the oldest surviving Streblow inboards. It was purchased as a derelict in 1994, and was refurbished by the Moberg family over the next 3 years. Most of the planking is original. The Rebel is one of only two 19' Streblows built in 1958, and has the original Cal Connell Cadillac Crusader 390 cu. in. engine. Only one other Streblow used this engine, which was the most powerful engine available in 1958. The Rebel is used regularly on the Fox Chain in Northern Illinois.


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2009 Streblow Utility - 'Rodan'
Owner: Ken Rodeck
Home Port: FONTANA, WI

Last new Streblow built by Randy Streblow. He customizes to my and design to make a special boat for my family.


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2000 Streblow Custom V Drive - 'Mare-El 111'
Owner: Gary Huge
Home Port: Kirkwood, MO

Custom built for the Huge’ family by Randy, Kathy and Kris Streblow with Steve Horton from 1998-2000, Mare-El III is a 26 foot V Drive with a 10 foot beam.  The power is a Crusader 525.  Randy Streblow joined the Huge’ family on trips in Mare-El III from Kenosha to Chicago, Kenosha to Port Washington and Washington Island among others.  Mare-El III has exceeded our highest expectation in the areas of performance, handling and quality.


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2010 Streblow 23 Vee Drive - 'Bucket List'
Owner: Jimmy Kelsey
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

As Randy's final build Bucket List holds a special place in our hearts. Built over the course of two years this beauty is a prime example of what Streblow Custom Boats is capable of. The late Mr. Renner, Randy and Steve Horton worked over every detail of her design from start to the final touches. This boat showcases many firsts for the company: Full floating wrap around seating, built in helm seating pulling the beauty of the deck into the interior, removable seat cushions, allowing the interior color to be changed easily, full stainless steel and glass windshield, Volvo Penta QL trim tab system allowing the boat to be automatically leveled in any conditions, molded in speaker grills and full mahogany aft deck with hydraulic hatch. She is currently available with price upon request. Please enjoy.


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1970 Streblow Sports Utility - 'Mr T III'
Owner: Don Taylor
Home Port: Williams Bay, WI

In February 2001, I purchased a 1970 Streblow custom wood boat. This twenty three foot beauty had a great history that accompanied the boat Namely, a gentleman from northern Illinois, William D. Wallace, was a partner in a silver mine with John ‘Duke’ Wayne Wallace purchased the boat new from the Streblow factory in Kenosha, WI.,and they decided to name the boat “HI LO SILVER”, a very fitting name. They operated the pleasure craft on Lake Delavan in Wisconsin, for almost ten years.  John Wayne passed away in 1979. With the drop in the price of silver in 1980, they decided to sell the boat. Larry Streblow and son Randy purchased the boat and retuned it to their factory in Kenosha. The Streblow family remodeled the boat and kept it for personal use for a couple of years until it was sold to Gregg Liebovich from Rockford, Illinois. He kept the boat for eighteen years on Geneva Lake. After cruising Geneva Lake over the summer, I load the boat and haul it on my annual journey back to Lake Eustis, Florida, where I, along with the help of my friends, refinished the boat and renamed it ‘Mister T III’. John Wayne would be impressed with the revitalization of “HI LO SILVER.”


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1973 Streblow 26 Custom - 'West End Girl'
Owner: Tom Marek
Home Port: Fontana, WI

West End Girl is a 1973 Sterblow 26 Custom. It is the first 26 V-drive the Sterblow family ever produced. The original owner was Bruno Presky from Long Grove, IL who also had a summer residence on Geneva Lake, where the boat has spent its entire life. I purchased the boat from Bruno in August 2003. The boat has consistently logged between 130-160 hours of use per season over the last 10 years. Routine maintenance and some refresh of the wood has been performed over the years as needed however we decided in December, 2012 it was time to perform a complete restoration of the boat. This was done by Streblow Custom Boats. The process started with the heart of the boat, the powertrain. It was originally powered by a 440 Chrysler, however we decided to purchase a brand new Crusader 496 cubic inch high output motor mated to a brand new Velvet Drive transmission and Walter V-drive spinning a high performance 4 blade propeller. There are no mufflers on the exhaust system and there are 4 inch diameter exhaust pipes on the stern of the boat. Needless to say the boat has an excellent sound and performs quite well. All of the woodwork was taken down and refinished, the bottom paint and white paint is all new with the addition of black accent stripes, all deck hardware was re-chromed and new carpet, windshield, dashboard, gauges, air horns, cowl material and a steering wheel were added. The boat previously had deck rails on the stern of the boat, these were removed to give the boat a more sleek appearance. Also removed was the swim ladder located in the middle stern of the boat and traded out for an integrated wood swim platform with spring ladder. The upholstery is mostly original Chestnut colored Naugahyde material however some of the worn pieces have been replaced as you can still purchase Chestnut Naugahyde. Streblow did a wonderful job restoring the boat, I couldn't be more pleased with how it came out.


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1986 Streblow - 'Awesome'
Owner: Jim Foster
Home Port: Lake Geneva, WI

I became the third owner of this 1986 Streblow two years ago. Over the past two winters her exterior has been completely refinished with a partial reconfiguration of the bow and stern and replacement of the original teak swim platform with one of matching mahogany. In addition, with the assistance of Kris and Steve, the interior has been completely redesigned and new upholstery installed. She is now Awesome.


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1972 Streblow Sport Utility - 'Once A Tree II'
Owner: Wes Samuels
Home Port: Fontana, WI

1972 STREBLOW FOR SALE 23 ft., 1972, Streblow Custom Boat.  Beautiful condition, 440 Chrysler Engine 330 HP.  Interior in excellent condition.  Rare custom bimini top, teak swim platform, and full waterline cover.  Maintained year-long and stored for the winter months by the Streblow family!


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1969 Streblow Triple Cockpit - 'El DO'
Owner: Kris Streblow
Home Port: Delavan, WI