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New Wooden Boats

These are New Wooden Boats. Not all wooden boats are old. This sections features newly manufactured boats from Hacker-Craft of Silver Bay, NY and Comitti boats from lake Como Italy.

These boats both use thoroughly modern construction techniques using marine ply woods and epoxy in their construction. This make for very strong and stable hulls that don’t have the inherent movement problems found in traditional hulls. While any varnished boat will require periodic re-coating, the lack of seam movement greatly reduces maintenance.

Also modern are the bottom shape , which feature soft riding, deep vee designs. Powerful engines make them perform as well as any fiberglass boat.

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  • T-44

    T-44 Wild Horses – 1997 33ft Gentleman’s Racer


    T-44 Wild Horses – 1997 33ft Gentleman’s Racer


    T-44  Wild Horses – 1997 33ft Gentleman’s Racer.

    The concept behind the creation of this boat was developed by Ken Bassett of Onion River Boatworks in Vermont and Tony Brown at Western Runabouts in California. They used the design of a 1920s-era Hacker-Craft named “Nick-Nack” as a basic blueprint – but many modifications needed to be made to accommodate the new engine and handle the power it develops.

    The idea was to put a Rolls-Royce Meteor V12 tank engine into a speed boat. The Meteor V12 was a development of the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engine from aircraft’s like the Spitfire and P51 Mustang. The Meteor was developed for use in tanks, and it was so successful that it fundamentally changed the way tanks were designed. With a capacity of 27 liters (1648 cubic inches), no supercharger (as was used on the Merlin) and a power output of 650 hp, the Meteor proved both reliable and easy to produce – in fact many early Meteors were built from the remains of crashed Merlins.

    The original boat, Nick-Nack, had been a major icon in its day. It was owned by Commodore Humphrey Birge of Buffalo, New York and it shattered the one-lap, 50-mile and 150-mile records at the Wood-Fisher race at Detroit, Michigan in 1921.

    The Commodore’s vessel had a 200 hp Hall-Scott motor fitted – approximately 70% less powerful than the mighty V12 sitting in the new boat handcrafted by Brown & Bassett. The interior is upholstered from maroon leather and there’s a forward jump seat that is said to be for “brave passengers”!

    T-44 is a one owner 33ft gentleman’s racer that has been meticulously maintained and comes on a custom-configured trailer for easy transport.

    • ID: T-44 Wild Horses
    • Year: 1997
    • Builder: Bassett & Brown
    • Model: T-44
    • Length: 33ft
    • Engine: Rolls Royce V12, 650 hp
    • Trailer: Custom triple axle
    • Price: $225,000.00
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  • 2001 Hacker-Craft 26ft Expanded Cockpit Runabout

    2002 Hacker-Craft 26ft Expanded Cockpit Runabout


    2002 Hacker-Craft 26ft Expanded Cockpit Runabout


    2002 Hacker-Craft 26ft Expanded Cockpit Runabout.

    Hacker-Craft builds some of the finest, new construction runabouts around. Sierra Boat has a lot of history taking care of these boats and they are very well suited to Tahoe’s rough lake conditions. The designers at Hacker-Craft started with the antique Hacker designs of the 30’s and updated them for modern boating. The most notable feature of this model is the expanded middle cockpit. The original boats of this size would have had a three-cockpit configuration. The expanded cockpit gives the boat more seating and a layout that is easier to get around in.

    Hacker-Crafts feature modern all epoxy glued construction. This means that they don’t need to soak up to float. It also means they are a much stronger boat and seam movement is virtually eliminated. They also feature a modern deep vee hull for excellent ride. This 2002 Hacker-Craft is power by a 5.7L fuel injected Crusader V-8. The boat also features a bow thruster for excellent maneuverability when docking.

    • ID: FOXY
    • Year: 2002
    • Builder: Hacker Craft
    • Model: Expanded Cockpit Runabout
    • Length: 26ft
    • Engine: 5.7L Chevrolet Crusader, 300 hp
    • Trailer: None
    • Price: $99,800.00
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  • Comitti Boats

    Comitti Boats

    Comitti Boats, long known in Europe for building the highest quality wooden and composite speedboats, Comitti S.p.A., in business since 1956 on the shores of Lake Como, deserves a close look by powerboat and yacht enthusiasts. Currently building six models from 6.5 to 10.5 meters in length with gasoline or diesel power from Mercruiser and Volvo, Comitti carefully manages its production volume to build the highest quality artisan-crafted speedboats in Italy. With designs inspired by the timeless style of La Dolce Vita, “the sweet life“, Comitti uses state of the art composite and wood boat building methods to produce a strong, lightweight, stunningly beautiful vessel that will last a lifetime with minimal annual maintenance.

    (History) In 1956, Mario Comitti began building high-speed motorboats on Lake Como.  His boats were at the forefront of experimental design and expressed the Italian passion for speed. Mario Comitti son, Elia, raced the boats and built their reputation as he won race after race.  Racing designs evolved and gained elegance along the way.  Design of the hull running surface, which had begun relatively flat, was the focus of much development.  A new Comitti “V” shape evolved, which resulted in better rough water handling while providing an ideal wake for water skiing. Signature down angle lift strakes on the running surface increase speed, improve handling and provide a dry ride.

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  • The contemporary Sport Boat model by Hacker Boat Company

    Hacker Boat Company

    Hacker Boat Company

    With a history stretching over a hundred years, the Hacker Boat Company, continues to craft the worlds finest mahogany boats. Hacker-Craft are wonderful reminders of a simpler time, when American craftsmanship was second to none. And remains so today.

    Our designs carry on the legacy of John L. Hacker, famed America navel architect. Since the 1930’s these celebrated boats have been aptly named “The Steinway of Runabouts.” Hacker-Crafts have exhilarated captains of industry, celebrities, Gold Cup racers and boating enthusiasts.

    Hacker-Craft are hand built in America with some of the world’s finest mahoganies and materials available. Some of our boats look like early Hacker-Craft above the waterline, but dramatic improvements have been made throughout, thanks to improved modern boat building techniques and materials. Hacker-Craft are fully prepared for salt water use. Tougher modern finishes require minimal maintenance.

    Hacker Boat Company standard models include Runabouts, Sport motor boats and Gentlemen’s racers. We also build custom designed boats, including yacht tenders, for some of the worlds largest and most beautiful yachts.

    Our boats have been names by Forbes magazine as being ’50 of America’s Best” products. the Neiman Marcus Edition Hacker-Craft was included as a “fantasy gift”, in the famous Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog; the boat was later featured on the NBC Today Show. Hacker-Craft have been seen in television commercials and catalogs for some of the worlds leading brands.

    A Hacker-Craft is built for hard use; taken care of, it can be a boat for a lifetime, or through generations. A Hacker-Craft is never out of style…

    Sierra Boat Company has been named the exclusive agent for Hacker-Craft boat on Lake Tahoe. These boats have been hugely popular with our clientele and our service operation is well equipped to take care of the proper care and maintenance of these boats, We frequently have a supply of well-maintained used boats or would be happy to assist you in the purchase of a new model.

    • Year : New and Used
    • Price :
    • Builder : Hacker Boat Co.
    • Length : 27-30
    • Trailer :
    • Model : Sport 27 and 30

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  1. Hey Mac . Congratulations.
    I would like more info on Chris craft if you get a chance .Also are there any Chris Craft boat shows coming soon