Skippy Jr. is a 1940 Yandt 23′ Triple Forward Runabout with a Chrysler M2 V-Drive.
This story, still in progress, is told by Wes Yandt. He and Sue are members of the Inland Empire Chapter of ACBS. You can read details of the “Skippy Jr restoration” by reading more of Wes Yandt’s blog @ http://yandtboats.wordpress.com/about/
It was built by my great uncle Bob Yandt on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene on the same ground that the world famous Coeur d’Alene resort sits today.
Steamboat Captain Glen Powell commissioned the boat for use on the lake as a water taxi after seeing a 1939 22′ Garwood Streamliner on the lake that the Yandts had sold to another customer. Skippy Jr was a knock off of this Streamliner.
He used it as a water taxi for several years and then sold it to the locally famous Capt. John Finney, who used it as a taxi and also as a mail boat. The boat was in the Finney family for about 40 years on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Skippy Jr found her way back into my family’s life in 2012 when the owner decided he needed to simplify his life. It took several years for my wife and me to build up the nerve to commit to this project but finally we purchased the boat.
We stashed it away in storage for a year or so and then started a full restoration (rebuild) in March of 2015 with flipping party. We invited all of our Inland Empire chapter ACBS friends over to help.
The work continues – now we’re all eager to see the finished Skippy Jr.