Google 1949 Shepherd Runabout


Year: 1949  
Manufacturer: Hall’s Boat Corporation
Price: US$43,000  

This runabout is in absolute showroom condition. It is an excellent handling boat, in remarkable condition.    An excellent value, and thoroughly enjoyable boat, it won 1st Prize for “Best Runabout” in 2001 at Clayton’s 37th Annual Antique Boat Show. Back in its early years, Hall’s Boat Corporation sold these Shepherds on Lake George. This is a boat with real personality. The Shepherd Boat company was a small semi-custom builder of wooden boats, somewhat understated in styling but of high quality. The company was established in Ontario, Canada after World War II, initially selling boats only in Canada. In 1949, Shepherd introduced its first boat for sale in the US – a 17-foot twin cockpit forward model runabout. Its American distributor, Jafco Marine Basin of Buffalo, NY marketed the Shepherds heavily in the US, and the boats gained in popularity. By 1953, Shepherd was producing five models, including a convertible express cruiser, an 18-foot V-drive runabout, an 18-foot direct drive utility, and the Seamaster Twenty – a “roomier and stauncher 20-foot utility that can ship a he-man cargo of luggage, camp gear, or provisions . . . [with the] grace and agility of a runabout” as exclaimed by its advertisement in January 1954 Motor Boating magazine. In his book The Real Runabouts I, author Bob Speltz notes, “Shepherd did not switch from wood [to fiberglass] as most other inboard builders did and it seemed by 1960, the wooden inboard runabout market had all but dried up.” And with that, so did the Shepherd Boat company. Speltz goes on to say, “Today, Shepherd runabouts are gaining favor nationwide with collectors. It is hard to find a better constructed or nicer equipped speedboat than a Shepherd!”

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Length Overall 
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6 Cylinder Chrysler
22 ft

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