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19 Feet 1937 Gar Wood Runabout

19 Feet 1937 Gar Wood Runabout

$75,000 (USD)

Boat ID: 39715

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Boat Summary
$75,000 (USD)
Boat ID: 39715

I acquired this boat in 1987. It was in good shape with almost all of the original hardware. The engine as received was a Chrysler Crown with several problems. I found the original engine and restored it with a new balanced crank, new Egge pistons, and balanced the moving assembly. A new bottom of Okume plywood using darting technique to get a complete sheet with no butts, except darts, was installed and new bottom planking matching original shoveling was installed. All bottom frames, intermediates, intermediate supports, chines and keel were installed plus new transom planks of matching width to the originals. All new wiring installed and instrument cluster restored by Pat Powell.The trailer is tandem custom made by Ryan trailers in Portland. Gar Wood personally delivered the boat to the first owner as they were friends. A spare engine, 1936 Gray A244, goes with the boat plus several parts, original seat backs and ceilings. The first owner used the boat for two years and sold the boat. The second owner used the boat for two more years and then put it into storage where is stayed for forty years. The third owner revived it and sank it. The fourth owner replaced the engine – an interesting story – and sold the boat to me through Boyd Mefferd. I have an expanded history and other information available. It went into storage at my home then and spent the next 10 years being restored. The original engine was found, it went thru restoration along with the boat. It took 3 years to find another crankshaft, but bearings had to be specially made along with pistons and rings. Many additional parts came out of a Gray Marine engine distributor’s dusty shelves of old engine parts. Under four layers of upholstery was all of the original upholstery material from when the boat was new. The original boat came with red synthetic leather except for the seat cushions, which were leather. Because of the leather cushions the simple term “leather upholstery” was used in the Gar Wood merchandising material. The original cushions were lost when the boat sank on Lake George. When the throttle is opened up to about 3600 rpm the speed is just over 43 mph. I suspect without seats and minimal floorboards and a 5-gallon bucket for a seat the boat would go over 45 and I have never tried getting an additional 400 rpm out of the engine because preservation is more important. The transmissions on the 1937 Grays had only a forward detent. Reverse requires almost a two-handed effort to be engaged and must be held to keep reversing: Not an easy task. The ride is very smooth, crossing wakes is not a problem.

Location:
Sequim, WA
Views:
650
Boat Details
Year:
1937
Manufacturer:
Gar Wood Runabout
Model:
723
Length:
19
Beam:
Engine Details
Year:
1937
Make:
Gray Marine 6-150 150hp
Cylinders:
6
Hours:
< 100
Max Speed:
Fuel Type:
Trailer Details
Year:
1997
Manufacturer:
Ryan
Axles:
Tandem Axel
Capacity:
21'
Brakes:
Comments:
color matches bottom paint
Other Information
Boat Cover:
Yes
Stereo:
No
Tonneau:
No
Spotlight:
Yes
Side Curtain:
No
Convertible Top:
No
Fume Detector:
No
Fire Extinguisher:
Yes
Comments:
fire extinguisher is Halon
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