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FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL HARMSWORTH TROPHY WINNER "DIXIE II"
NEW 2006 LAUNCHING!
 
 
Radio Control Ready
Compare at $3000
 

Presented is our model of one of the handsomest classic speedboats ever built. Designed by Clinton Crane, for sports racer, Edward Schroeder, and built by Henry Nevins of City Island, NY she was powered by a Crane Whitman 8 cylinder engine of 220 horse power. DIXIE II was one of the last displacement style unlimited racers to win the highly sought after Harmsworth Trophy by defeating two British and one American challenger.
 
Her 40 foot long slim hull has a length to beam ratio of 6.67:1 making it easily driven through the water with much less horse power than her competition. Her finely sharp bow was designed to reduce resistance as  was her straight run aft. Her sheerline had a reverse camber which was years ahead of its time. Her 220 HP engine sat almost amidships and spewed its exhaust gasses in the faces of the driver and throtttleman in the cockpit behind making for some nauseous crew. From her nicely tapered stern was mounted a large steering quadrant and outboard rudder. All and all, a graceful hull whose design exuded speed.
 
 
Our DIXIE II is built like all our models with painstaking care, one plank at a time. The model is hand made in wood from the original builder's plans using the much desired plank on bulkhead method, and then finished in  marine grade varnish over her hull and deck with bright red bottom paint and gold boot top, just like the original. The scale is 1 inch equals 1 foot.
 
RADIO CONTROL READY: And for the first time, we have made one of our models Radio Control Ready. This means that she is completely waterproof and all that is needed is to fit a battery, speed control and radio to take her out and relive the thrill of the 1908 Harmsworth Trophy Race. Fair warning...these features are for the experienced RC aficionados who knows how to fit out the electronics and controls without assistance or instructions. The battery required is a 6 cell 1600 to 2000 MAH power source.
 
 
HER FEATURES INCLUDE:
 
    •  Large copper air intake 
    •  6 Copper exhaust stacks
    •  Removable forward hatch
    •  Removable steering cockpit
    •  On-off switch
    •  Built-in electric motor
    •  Built in shaft, stuffing box
    •  Installed shaft, struts and steerable rudder
    •  Brass propeller
    •  All wiring
    •  Custom stand with name plate

DIMENSIONS: 40" L x 6" W x 8 7/8" H                     WEIGHT: 6 1/2 Lbs

                Drive shaft and electric motor
         Battery compartment and steering tiller
 
 
In addition to the DIXIE II in motor vessels, we offer a Chris Craft Barrel Back and Utility, the Garwood Speedster, a classic 1920 motor yacht, a 1926 raised deck cabin cruiser, the Dreamboat, and a NEW New England Lobster Boat. In sailboats we have the Crosby cat, the Marshall 18, and Beetle cats, two different sizes of the Schooner Bluenose, the NEW Gertrude L. Thebaud, a Friendship sloop, Schooners Adventuress, America, Amistad in two sizes, the much admired Herreshoff's 12.5  "S" boats, and New York 30, the Schooner Adventuress, J Class Rainbow, Endeavour, Enterprise, Shamrock, each as full models or half hulls, and  also the three masted lumber Schooner WAWONA and Sparkman & Stephen's ocean racer Dorade, yawl Odyssey, and Concordia yawl.  Please tell us what other boats you'd like to see at auction.
 

BRIEF HISTORY:  E. J. Schroeder's, "Dixie II" successfully defended the Harmsworth Trophy in a race on Huntington Bay, Long Island Sound, winning the race with an average speed of 32 statute miles per hour. A thrilling finish to the race is described in "Motor Boat", Volume V, No. 15:

"On came that glorious little boat. Our hearts were in her...There was Pearce at the wheel, we could see the tense outline of his head and shoulders, even in a distance. As she came nearer, she seemed to swerve this way and that, as if reeling under a heavy strain. "Dixie" came careening across (the finish line), Pearce clutching the wheel with one hand. As he passed... we saw Pearce shaking (the unconscious engineer) Rappuhn desperately. (It happened that) when (Albert) Rappuhn felt himself losing consciousness, just before the (final) turn, he instinctively opened the throttle to its limit. It was then that we saw the "Dixie" jump ahead. For four miles or more, Pearce ran that boat (with one hand) and held up the helpless man, shaking him and throwing water on his head... He held "Dixie" on course (being half senseless himself. The "Dixie"... is the fastest motor boat in the world. Captain Pearce piloted "Dixie" in numerous other races in eastern waters and at Hempstead Harbor made a world's record of 36.04 miles an hour".

In those early racing boats, not only was the engine (of 8 to16 cylinders) placed forward in the boat, but so were the stubby, vertical, large diameter exhaust pipes, allowing the carbon monoxide fumes to blow steadily on the occupants driving the boat, often with unhappy results.

OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling unless we are at fault.

SHIPPING & PACKING: Due to the size and weight of the carton, the cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated after the auction and is an additional charge. You may email us before bidding to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.

International buyers welcome, but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

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