This over size model is of a 1934-1935 Garwood 16 foot Speedster. 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 green bottom paint. The deck is detailed in hand laid
planking with alternating colored hardwoods just like the original.
DIMENSIONS: 31" L x 10 3/8" H x 6 1/2" W
WEIGHT: 4 1/2 Lbs
HISTORY OF THE SPEEDSTER: Gar Wood was an inventor (the Hydraulic lift)
and speedboat racer of world renown fame who got into the building of boats when he joined forces with Chris Smith (later
founder of Chris Craft) from 1916 -1923. He totally dominated the Gold Cup racing scene from 1917 to 1923 in his twelve
cylinder racers. After Smith went his separate way, Gar Wood continued production of his own line of boats.
Since 1926, Ed Noble of the LifeSaver Candy Company, and a Gar Wood customer, had
been speeding on the St. Lawrence River in his famous 33' Baby Gar, "SNAIL". He told Wood that he and his friends on
the wanted a small, sporty racer that would be like a water version of the popular European sports cars. Wood's answer
was a high performance sixteen footer with 2 seats aft of the engine that he called the "Speedster". Its performance and appearance
was similar to a cut-down Miss America racer. Noble fell in love with the boat and the first dozen produced were sent to the
St. Lawrence River for Noble and his friends. His speedster was named the "Miss Behave" and others in the group were called
"Miss Adventure". "Miss Chief", and "Miss Conduct". Speedster racing became a regular event on the St. Lawrence River right
to the start of World War II. (Today the original "Miss Behave" is in the Thousand Islands Shipyard Museum).
Gar Wood produced boats from 1921 to 1947 excluding the four years of World
War II. It is estimated that over 10,000 Gar Wood boats were built during that period. Yet less than 300 Gar Wood Boats are
registered with the Gar Wood Society and ACBS. Gar Wood Boats will always be among the most sought after craft among wooden
boaters and every one is a classic!