Traverse City Boat Show

We spent a lovely August Saturday at the Traverse City boat show sponsered by the Water Wonderland chapter of the ACBS.  Two of our recent restorations were at the show, and both received awards:

Toots, a 1948 Chris-Craft 20′ Custom won the award for best post-war runabout.

The 1959 Century Coronado that we restored won the award for best Century.

To see photos of the restorations of these boats, please visit our current projects page.

1942 Chris-Craft U-22 Ronda Beth

Ronda Beth was in our shop for some varnish work over the winter.  All brightwork was given several new coats of epifanes.  Kirk Wingard designed and built the custom interior for Ronda Beth almost 15 years ago.  Custom touches include the bird’s eye maple dashboard, built-in storage in front seat backs, 3/4 seat integrated into the decking, and custom grated mahogany floors.

Geneva Lake Boat Show–Lily takes home three awards.

Congratulations are again in order for Chad and Andrea Durren who took home three awards from the Geneva Lake boat show this past weekend.  Their 1952 Chris-Craft 18′ Sportsman was delivered by The Wooden Runabout Co. this spring.  They have brought her to three shows (Traverse City, Hessel, and Lake Geneva) and have come home with 6 awards.  At the Geneva Lake boat show they earned Best in Class, Best Chris-Craft, and People’s Choice.  To view photos of the restoration of Lily or any of the other boats at our shop, simply click on our current projects page.

Pentwater Boat Show

Congratulations to Ken and Trudi Lautenbach, owners of Trudi, a 1939 Chris-Craft 19′ custom.  They received “Best of Show” at the Penwater boat show in Pentwater Michigan this past weekend.  Photos of the restoration process for this boat can be seen on our current projects page as well as our brokerage page.


Hessel Boat Show

Congratulations to Wooden Runabout Co. customers Chad Durren, Mark Leonard, and Jeff Smith, who each showed their boat and took home awards at the Hessel boat show last weekend.

Chad Durren received a first in class (18-19 foot utility) with Lily, his 1952 18′ Chris-Craft Sportsman.  Lily also won first in class (post war utility) at the Traverse City boat show two weeks ago.  Photographs of Lily’s restoration can be seen on our current projects page.


Mark Leonard received  a first in class (21-24 foot utility) with his 1959 Century Coronado.  Photographs of the Century Coronado’s restoration can be seen on our current projects page.


Jeff Smith received a second in class (21-24 foot utility) with his 1953 24′ Chris-Craft Holiday Amazing Grace.  Photograph’s of this restoration can also be seen on our current projects page.


We recently finished the restoration of Lily, a 1952 Chris-Craft 18′ Sportsman.  This boat was remarkably well preserved and during the restoration we were able to utilize the original wood for the hullsides, deck, and all interior wood.  The owner has put together a slideshow detailing the restoration.  Additional photos can be seen on our current projects page.


Bottom Replacement

We’ve added a series of photographs detailing the process we use during bottom replacement to our current projects page.  The particular bottom shown is from our restoration of a Chris-Craft 20′ custom.  The previous bottom had been replaced previously but failed prematurely due to poor techniques and sub-par materials.  We take pride in putting as much care into the work we do below the waterline as we do in our finish work.