Motor yachts were very popular in the 1920’s and 30’s. Companies on the east coast were building this style for wealthy businessmen to commute from their homes to work in New York. Several boatyards in Seattle made these very popular styles of cruisers which were perfect for Northwest waters and weather. Norm Blanchard and Lake Union Drydock and Machine Works were just two of the boatyards that built this style of yacht. While our model is not fashioned after a specific manufacturers boat, it is similar in style to many of these fine yachts that still grace the waters of Puget Sound today.
In the mid 1920’s, N.J. Blanchard Boat Company and Lake Union Drydocks were busy building production cruising yachts for the waters of the Puget Sound area. They called these “Standardized Cruisers” and Lake Union Drydocks called their models “Dreamboats”. Our new model is of a 42’ Dreamboat which was one of the most popular sizes made by Lake Union Drydocks in Seattle. Our model features all planked construction including top decks, teak & holly look standing deck aft, red bottom paint and varnished cabins. Special care was taken to replicate many of the features of the Dreamboat which still can be found on the waters of Puget Sound.
In the late 1930’s, the streamlining craze in industrial design influenced the production boat designs. Chris Craft came out with it’s Custom Runabouts with a streamlined look. These became known as “Barrelback’s” and had a stern that was wider at the waterline than at the deck level. This formed almost a perfect semicircle transom on the boat. This style was produced from 1939-1942 by Chris Craft. During that time, 391 were built. The Custom Runabout featured folding V-windshields and the wood was varnished over the Chris Craft red mahogany stained sides. The decks contrasted with walnut-stained covering boards and king plank.
The “Utility” models were introduced during the depression to offer runabouts with less features at more affordable prices . This strategy took hold as this trend became the best-selling sector of the runabout market. Our model is fashioned after a 1947 17’ Utility and features rubber floor mats, varnished wood hull and deck, brass rudder and propeller and much more. An excellent value and a nice addition to any runabout collection.