One thousand one hundred sixty-six. No wait – there are more!
If you have a mahogany boat, you’ve probably been asked, “Is that a Chris Craft?” And no wonder. There are more of those registered with active members of the Antique and Classic Boat Society than any other, then followed by Century, etc. But the number and variety of manufacturers of vintage boats grows in our Directory every year. Active members this year have named 1,166 different makes of boats.
Some of those have only one boat listed, but in order to have the manufactured listed in the Directory, the boat owner must show evidence to headquarters that a “company” did or does exist. Evidence might include a sales brochure, an advertisement which shows more than one model, a dealership’s promotion of the name brand of boats. When one person or a family builds one or two boats and puts the family name on the boat, that really doesn’t count as a manufacturer. The boat may still be listed as antique or classic by its age but the make will be stated as “other” or “home-built.”
As more Late Classic boats (1976 through 1992) are registered, the list is growing. We are looking for more documentation which should be supplied when the boat is registered if the manufacturer is not already in the list. Even then, information about the different models and their specifications is helpful.
Finding that information is not just a need for the newer classics, but also for those that have been lost or ignored for a long time. Please share the information you find. All of that information helps those who are trying to authentically preserve or restore vintage boats.
ACBS members can search for boats in the Members Only Online Directory. That is a good way to find out more about your own boat and to find others with the same interest or needs.
The boat pictured as the headline of this news is a 1957 Fleetform 14′ Commodore. It is powered with a 1957 Johnson Golden Javelin 35 hp outboard. Ken and Bethany Marvel own this interesting classic with the curvy lines. They are members of the Sunnyland Chapter. The boat named Tout Pret was shown at the Sunnyland Boat Festival.
Among other unique boats at Sunnyland were these: