Baby Bootlegger is perhaps the
most beautiful wooden boat ever built. She won the
1924 and 1925 Gold Cup race. The race began as a
free-for-all in the early part of the century.
However, when the racers developed into overpowered
creatures with three and four V-12 engines, the race
was changed in the twenties into a class with a
requirement for four seats, one engine and a limit
on engine size. It was to be a 'gentleman's
run-about', and Baby Bootlegger was the pinnacle
boat of this group. Today, the Gold Cup race is an
unlimited class with Miss Budweiser and other
Baby Bootlegger is a thirty-foot pontoon of
varnished mahogany. Except for the open cockpit way
in the back, it is an unbroken stretch of mahogany.
Baby Bootlegger had three technological innovations.
First, the classic boat design has a 'hard sheer',
which means that there's a sharp angle between the
deck and the sides of the hull where they meet. Baby
Bootlegger was the first boat to have a 'rolled
sheer', with the deck smoothly rolling over to meet
Second, until Baby Bootlegger , the back of the boat
was either a straight or wide-vee transome. At the
waterline, Baby Bootlegger has a standard transome,
but above the water there is a long overhang. This
is essentially a large fairing that takes the hull
shape back to a sharp point. This combined with the
rolled sheer makes the boat look like an upside-down
canoe. There are good aerodynamic reasons for this
design, but it was seen by many as a matter of
styling, and soon after a number of cars were built
with varnished mahogany and tulipwood aft-decks: the
Stutz Blackhawk, various Hispano-Suizas and
Isotta-Fraschinis, Duesenbergs and the Auburn
Third, the rudder was a 4° wedge, like the X-15's
controls, instead of the usual airfoil shape, which
would wallow in a neutral band of marginal control
before it took effect. Not only was this the first
application of a wedge rudder on a boat, but also it
wasn't until 20 years later that it was tried again.
Baby Bootlegger will do 70 mph flat-out. In addition
to being a stunningly beautiful boat, she is
considered by many the best handling in any boat.
This Baby Bootlegger model features:
construction (very important).
Heartwood Honduras Mahogany. This best
mahogany type is used by real boat builders.
Deck is made of real individual thin strips of
planks, not a large piece of wood with faked lines,
NOT good looking vinyl on cheap wood below the
- Precisely duplicates the real boat's elegantly
curved hull and wealth of detailing.
Realistic gauges, switches...
- Hundreds of tiny copper nails.
x 6.5" wide x 9" tall