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CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE!

CLASSIC LAKE UNION "DREAMBOAT"

DIMENSIONS: 32" L x 7 1/8" W x 6 1/4"H
WEIGHT: 2 1/2 Lbs

PRICE $399.00
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TO 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES $20.00

Copyright 2012 - 2005 by Land and Sea Collection, All Rights Reserved

PRESENTED is an oversize model of a 1926 "Dreamboat" as designed by the Lake Union Drydock Company, just outside of Seattle, WA. The model is built from the original builder's plans using the much desired plank on bulkhead method one plank at a time, and then finished in bright varnish over her hull and deck with red bottom paint, just like the original. The deck is detailed in hand laid planking with alternating colored hardwoods to look like teak and holly. All the deck fittings are custom cast in metal, not plastic, and exactly duplicate what was used on the real boats of that era. Special pains were taken with this project to replicate the details of the many Dreamship's which are still in service today as living replicas of bygone times.

DIMENSIONS:
32 1/2" L x 7 1/8" W x 6 1/4"H
WEIGHT: 2 1/2 Lbs

The model features a beautifully shaped hull with plumb bow, raised foredeck, and large enclosed pilot house. Extensive detailing includes glimmering decks, a black boot top over green bottom paint and a spade rudder . Everything about this model is exceptional. This is a near museum quality model, at an unrealistically low price. If you've been browsing on the internet, you will be hard pressed to find something that represents boats that are North American in design, and are executed as finely overall. You can spend a lot more money for so called "museum quality" detailing, but you can get the same satisfaction from our line of moderately priced, high quality models.

Mounted on a varnished wood stand she makes an incomparable model. A perfect addition to your home, den or office

Teak Foredeck
Teak and Holly Cockpit Deck
Cast Metal Bell, Teak Deck
As Recently Seen on Lake Union
HISTORY: In the early 1920's, West Coast boat building yards, as though synchronized, awakened to the marketing potential of stock-designed motorboats "for the average man."

In a 1924 edition, Pacific Motor Boat Magazine predicted that boat buyers would soon be able to "walk into a sales room and pick from boats actually on display," following the trend that had been established by motorcar dealers.


While East Coast yards such as Elco had already developed a few stock cruisers, the rush toward production boats did not unfold in the Northwest until the mid-1920's, when the premier builders-led by N.J. Blanchard Boat Company and Lake Union Drydock of Seattle-began to produce "standardized cruisers."


N.J. Blanchard, which had built its reputation on large, custom motoryachts and elegant sailing vessels, turned to designer Leigh Coolidge for what became known as their "Standardized Raised-Deck Cruiser," a perfectly proportioned 36-footer. After successfully producing custom yachts for 15 years, the first Blanchard stock cruiser slipped into the water in 1924, launching a wave of competition that would continue for six furious years-until the Great Depression nearly shut down all pleasure-boat yards.


One of Blanchard's neighboring yards, Lake Union Drydock and Machine Works, began producing their copyrighted "Lake Union Dreamboat" in 1926. The Lake Union Drydock boats were similar to the Blanchards, but with greater volume. (Most were 42 feet in length, with some at 45 feet, compared to Blanchard's 36-footers.)


The owner of Lake Union Drydock, Otis Cutting, had designed his first raised-deck cruiser in 1910, nearly a decade before founding Lake Union Drydock, while working as a young draftsman at the Moran Shipyard in Seattle. His first boat, built by Taylor Grandy on Vashon Island in 1911, became the inspiration for Cutting's line of Lake Union Dreamboats, which went into steady production in 1926.


Blanchard built 25 of their 36-foot Standardized Cruisers between 1924 and 1930. Lake Union produced a similar number of 42- and 45-foot Dreamboats, and other Northwest boat builders joined the raised-deck rush, including Grandy Boat Works, Vic Franck, Jensen Motorboat Company, Karl Rathfon and a few others. Despite Lake Union Drydock's copyrighted "Lake Union Dreamboat" term, most of the Northwest's raised-deck cruisers became generically known as "Dreamboats."


Why did raised-deck cruisers, as a style, flourish in the first place?
In the Northwest, where boating is a year-around activity-often under rain clouds-the design made tremendous sense. The boats were long, lean and easily-driven (Blanchards were 36' by 9'); they had full headroom below, cozy cast-iron stoves and bright, airy pilothouses-welcome when cruising in the often-gray Northwest.

And, as stock models, they were "ready to cruise" the moment they left the showroom.

While Blanchard and Lake Union produced dozens of "standardized cruisers" during the 1920's, they obviously were not "standard" in quality. Stock models rivaled custom motoryachts when it came to fit and finish, and most of the Northwest's raised-deck cruisers are still around, being restored and enjoyed.

The foregoing is an edited summary of an outstanding article authored by Marty Loken titled “Dreamboats from the Northwest: Elegance for Everybody in the 1920's”. It is reprinted here with his permission and is protected by the author's copyright as well as our own. Any reuse, reprinting or secondary publishing is specifically prohibited.

International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned within five days of receipt in its original packaging if without damage. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization from us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer if an error is due to our fault.

Buy this very special vintage motor yacht model Now! What a great find for that special collection that includes only the finest and most noteworthy.

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