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CLASSIC WOODEN MOTOR BOATS

"Your are moving at racing speed, parting the buttery sea as with a scalpel, and waters roar by, themselves exuberantly subdued by your powers."--WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR.
 

We at Model Ship Master build the world's finest wooden classic boat models.   We have access to exotic and precious wood from Russian forests to Laotian jungles and many of our artisans have over 30 years of woodworking experience.  

 
Hinckley Talaria 29R


 


In her sensuous lines and forms, the Hinckley Talaria 29R has hints of Riva and Gar Wood.  Her bottom is more Ray Hunt, that gives better performance at sea.  
 

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Typhoon


 


The Typhoon origin began with Edsel Ford. It was a large brute, measuring in at 40' in length, with a 2000 cu. in. Wright Typhoon engine. Like a wild stallion, she was born to race. She had the seating capacity to seat up to eight adults, in three separate cockpits, but without the creature comforts and safety of any windshields.
 


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Elco

 


The Electric Launch Company, later renamed Elco Motor Yachts, began operations in 1893 and continued to 1949. It was resurrected in 1987 and continues today, producing hand crafted replicas of some of its classic launches.
 

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Chris Craft Barrel Back

 


In the years just prior to World War II, Chris-Craft produced some of its most beautiful—and now most collectable boats in history, the barrel backs.

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Chris Craft Cobra

 


The 21-foot Cobra would make 55 miles per hour.  Its dorsal fin styling takes a cue from the Ventnor introduced in 1948.  This one features 8-inch-wider beam and weights 570 pounds more than the 18-foot version.

 
chris craft cobra model
 
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Chris Craft
Triple
Cockpit


 


No other boat embraces the elegance of the mahogany runabouts like the Chris-Craft Triple Cockpit Barrel Back.  A gorgeous boat in every way, it's sleek styling and flowing lines are ever present in this 1930's beauty. Only 73 ever built by Chris Craft.
 


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Chris Craft Racing runabout


 


A 24' legendary model from Chris Craft.  Built  in 1930.



 

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Century Sabre

 


The Quintessential early '60's styling of the Century Sabres was unique in the boats of that era.  With their removable t-tops, automotive style interiors and powerful V8 engines there was nothing else like them on the lakes.
 
 

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Century Coronado

 


This 1965 Century Coronado has been fully restored and won best in show at the Coeur d'Alene Wooden Boat show in 2006. In 2008,  it won the Sheriff's award.

 
century colorado model
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Teaser


 


The award-winning Teaser became famous by winning the celebrated time trial against the Twentieth Century Limited from New York City to Albany in 1925. She beat the record by more than an hour. The Twentieth Century Limited was the fastest train on the rails at that time.
 



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Baby Bootlegger


 


Baby Bootlegger was the winner of  the 1924 and 1925 Gold Cup races.  Her Hispano Suiza aircraft engine was state of the art.  She is the epitome of all speedboats. 

 

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Miss Behave

 


 


The 16 foot Gar Wood speedster is, pound for pound, the most valuable classic speed boat in the world. Miss Behave is certainly the most well known of the original five speedsters brought to the St. Lawrence in 1935.  Today the original "Miss Behave" is in the Thousand Islands Shipyard Museum.   

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Thunderbird

Tahoe

     


Thunderbird is a 55-foot speedboat designed by John Hacker and built by Huckins in 1939.  Today Thunderbird is equipped with a twin 1000 hp Allison aircraft conversion engines, allowing a top speed of 70 mph!

 

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Dixie II


 


The legendary Dixie II is the winner of more than 100 consecutive races, including two Gold Cups and two Harmsworth Trophies.  The fastest motorboat in the world, Dixie's average speed was 28 nautical miles per hour, equivalent to 32.15 statute miles. This is the fastest time ever made in a motorboat race in this country. 
 
 


dixie II model
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Zipper


The Zipper was considered a fast hydroplane of category 225.  John Hacker designed this wonderful boat.  Zipper illustrates the sobriety and the elegance of the runabouts of the 20s & 30s. Her planing hull was made to increase speed and to increase stability in tight turn.
                         
 


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Panther

 


Build by naval architect William D. Jackson, this 15' boat could run faster than 75 mph and have only one point of contact with the water: its propeller. 


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Riva

 


Kings and emperors, princes and sultans, actors, sportsmen and celebrities headed straight to Riva to choose their boats in the same way as they went to Rolls-Royce or Ferrari for their cars.

 

riva model
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Owens Flagship


 


This famous model was powered by a twin Hercules flathead 6 cylinder engines with a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 8 to 12 knots.
 Built in Baltimore, Maryland.
 



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Twelve of our massive classic boat models have been decorating several restaurants designed by Schussler Creative--the creator of the Rain Forest Cafe.   The second order came in 2014 when Mr. Schussler ordered four different boats for his BoatHouse restaurant in Orlando, FL.  

Model Ship Master has been chosen by the owner of a Century Coronado that has won best in show at the Coeur d'Alene Wooden Boat show and  the Sheriff's award  to build the model.

Praendex Pacific's president purchased in person (he wanted to view the quality in person) four museum-quality classic boat models from Model Ship Master in July, 2007.

Be beware of some very cheap boat models.   They are not built from official plans and thus have  the hull shape very wrong.  Some of the easy-to-spot errors are the oversized hull fins and the very wrong windshields.   Their chrome-looking parts are actually plastic (see photos).  Their hulls are, surprisingly, plastic covered with wood color paint (just ask and they must tell you.)   These are more of children's toys, not suitable for beautiful homes or prestigious offices.  Click on this link for some analyses that we were paid to performed in the past.