Member Boats: 1919-1942

Boats presently or previously owned by members of the Heartland Classics Chapter.

The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) has designated age classifications which include boats of all hull material and purposes.  Although well known for wooden pleasure craft of the mid 20th century, the members’ appreciation of historic craftsmanship and styling blended with the purposeful utilitarian use of all vessels leads our members to be guardians of all types and ages of watercraft.

Lady of the Lake

“Lady of the Lake” is a 1926 Chris Craft 26′ Triple owned by Wayne Spaulding of Frisco, Colorado


“Duke” is a 1926 Dart 26′ Runabout owned and restored by James Mader and Robert McQuain.  Home port is Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

Three Wishes

1930 Chris Craft, 26′ runabout named Three Wishes owned by Clay and Patty Thompson.

In 1930, Chris Craft built the runabouts in several lengths, and this one, at 26’ is one of the largest. It has the latest in styling features with its double up swept decks. It has seating for 8, and with the big six cylinder Scripps engine of 667 c.i., it can achieve a speed of 45 mph. Lovingly restored by its owner in 2006, it is in pristine condition today, and a pleasure to drive. It also sports a rare Kroh convertible top, an option in 1930.

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1930 Chris Craft 100 “Moxie” owned by Jim Frechette

This is a 20′ triple cockpit that I have owned for over 15 years. It is re-powered with a small V-8 engine that pushes it along very nicely. It has cruised lakes and rivers in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. This boat was named after an old soft drink that claimed to build up your strength and stamina. An old boxer might say of a young fighter “The kid has a lot of Moxie!”. With it’s powerful engine, the boat has a lot of “Moxie”.

I bought the boat in rough condition from a vintage car dealer in Oklahoma City. The day I went to pick it up was about two weeks after the Federal Building there was bombed. The force of the explosion had blown out the windows of the dealership and damaged a few cars. My boat, which was stored in a back garage, was not damaged but it really would not have mattered as it needed a total restoration.

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Liberty Belle

1930 20 ft. Model 100 Chris Craft owned by Terry & Julee Nibarger

 Terry & Julee Nibarger are the proud owners of their 1st woody boat.

1930 Chris Craft
Model 100
Now powered with a 1960 Chevy 283 engine with 125 hp.
Liberty Belle was a former resident of Rock River Lake, WI, where she saw frequent use.
Her new home is on Lake Viking in Northern Missouri.

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Diamond Lil

1930 20 ft. Model 100 Chris Craft owned by David Wysong.

Type: 1930 20 ft. Model 100 Chris Craft
Engine: 130 Chrysler flathead
Owner: David Wysong
Name: Diamond Lil
Twice a winner at the Heartland Boat Show

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Duchess of Leawood

1931 Hacker Craft Roustabout 24′ named Duchess of Leawood owned by Bill Overman

High Expectations

1937 Chris Craft 19′ Custom named High Expectations owned by Bob & Linda Kanak

Old Paint

1940 Chris-Craft 25′ Express (Red and White) “Old Paint”

I have owned this boat for nearly 25 years. It still has it’s original Chris-Craft “M” engine (130 HP) which has been rebuilt twice. The boat received a new bottom in 2000 and has been featured on the cover of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club magazine, The Brass Bell. I was going to name the boat “No Varnish” because there is none but my wife came up with “Old Paint”. That is a reference to the faithful horse in an old cowboy movie that always brought it’s rider home safely. “Old Paint” has cruised several times on the Tennessee River, lakes in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri and Lake Dora in Florida.

This boat was delivered new to Austin in 1940 and I am the second owner.

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Miss Fireball

1940 Gar Wood 19′ Custom Runabout
Gray Marine 150hp
Owned by Eric & Owen Lang

No Noise

1940 Hafer 16′ Row Boat owned by Dave and Virginia Hess



1940 Chris Craft 19′ Custom Barrel Back named Woodwind owned by Buddy & Sherri Butler

Woodwind is a 1940 19 foot Chris-Craft Barrelback.  This design was built from 1939 until 1942 in Algonac, Michigan.  A total of 433 barrelbacks were built during this period in 17, 19, and 24 foot lengths.

This boat left the Michigan factory on May 23, 1940 bound for its new home in Clayton, New York.  It spent many years on Lake George, New York until it was sold to its second owner near Atlanta, Georgia.  The new owner performed a restoration which was fairly accurate except he installed pigskin colored vinyl in place of the original pigskin leather.  It remained in Georgia until the second owned passed away in the early 2000’s.

Butlers purchased the boat from the estate and started researching the boat.  Buddy discovered that the orange deck seams and waterline were a one year only (1940) option along with the pigskin colored leather.

The boat has its original restored flathead Chris-Craft M engine (130 h.p.).  The bottom and numerous side planks were replaced.

The boat was named ‘Woodwind’ since both owners are woodwind instrument players, Clarinet and Saxophone in particular.

Woodwind’s home port is Oklahoma City and may be seen at numerous Heartland Classics events.

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Songbird is a 1940 Chris Craft Sportsman Utility 22′ powered with a Chris Craft 95hp engine.  She is owned by Tim and Kathy Noonan.  Homeport is Hot Springs Village, AR

Blue Moon II

1942 Chris Craft Deluxe Utility 18′ “Blue Moon II” owned by Jim Frechette

1942 Chris-Craft Deluxe Utility “Blue Moon II”
This is an 18′ model that I found in Massachusetts and shipped to Austin to restore. I have owned it about 4 years. The unique feature of this model is the ventilating windshield. Most boats have solid windshields to keep you out of the wind but in Texas heat, it is nice to have a breeze. The front windows push open as much or as little as desired. I also added a bimini top to add shade or keep you dry in a sudden rainfall.

I previously owned an identical model of this boat but I found that the front seat did not have as much room as I wanted so I sold it. It was named “Blue Moon” because of the rarity of the model. After I sold it, I was relating the story to one of our club members and he asked why I didn’t just move the seat back. I set out on a search for another boat and during restoration, I moved the seat back several inches. Now I have “Blue Moon II”.

This boat is powered by the original “K” engine (95 HP).

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