A classic launch in style, MaryEllen is actually in the Contemporary Age Classification. She was home-built in 2008, she is 26-feet long and powered with a Honda BF90 engine. MaryEllen is owned by George and Mary Lindquist, members of the Michigan Chapter.
The Contemporary Age Classification includes any wooden boat built within the most recent 25 years. Contemporary is the only Age Classification that designates the hull material.
This 1910 Johnson Picnic Launch is in the Historic Age Classification. Sophie is also 26-feet long but powered with a Gray Marine 31 hp engine. Sophie is owned by William and Heather Andersen. He says, “Would love more history on this boat. Chuck Davis had it restored on Washington Island in the 80s.”
Kathy Crisp (Blue Ridge Chapter) owns this 1928 Chris Craft Triple named Bumblebee which fits in the Antique Age Classification (1919-1942). Bumblebee was named by the original owner. Totally and professionally restored in 2015, 5200 bottom with new stringers, frames, and keel. New deck framing and planking. hull planking re fastened with bronze. All new interior woodwork. Stainless steel 40 gal fuel tank. Rare 1951Chrysler 331 hemi…one of the first few hundred ever built and installed in the early 1950s totally rebuilt with upgraded electronic ignition and Holley carb for flawless operation and performance. 12 coats of Epifanes varnish and bonded leather finish this boat off nicely. She comes with her original “unrestored” Dietritch sedan top. Lots of colorful history..once used as a rum runner and only 3 previous owners.
One more Age Classification is Late Classic. This group includes all boats built from 1976 through the year 25 years prior to the present year. So now, in 2019, the Late Classic Age Classification includes boats manufactured from 1976 through 1994.
An example of a Late Classic is the 1990 Anthony 21-foot Gentleman’s Racer. Her name is 4-Today. She is owned by Buzz and Cheryl Lamb, members of the Adirondack Chapter. 4-Today is powered with a Mercruiser 350.
We would like to see a picture of your boat in the next Tuesday Tour of Classic Boats.