Class Modified 135ci/150ci/2.5 Litre Modified
E Class Stock 280ci/5-Litre Stock
F/NM Class Modified 225ci Div. 1 /266ci/5&6-Litre Modified/National Modified
GP Class Modified
H Class Modified 7-Litre Div. 1
J/GNH Class Stock 7-Litre Div. 2/Grand National Hydro
L Class Modified 91ci/98ci
N Class Modified 225ci Div. 2 & regular 225ci thru-'75) 4 & 6-Litre
S Class Stock 136ci/145ci/2000cc/2300cc/2.5 Litre Stock
T Class Stock 44ci/72ci/1200cc/1-Litre Stock/1.5-Litre Stock
U Class Modified unlimited
Y Class Modified 48ci/850cc/1&1.5-Litre Modified
Class 3-litre (Canadian)
CQ Class 6-litre (Canadian)
Drag, Tunnel & Misc.
E & F Service Runabout
Jersey Speed Skiff
K & SK Racing Runabout - SS Superstock
PODH (Pacific One Design Hydroplane)
International Classes (boats built outside of North America)
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December 30, 2013 was the last update with 327 entries in our database.
Y/T class hull with Crosley 44 ci | Built in 1962 by Darr | Owned by Nicola DaBica of Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire
Miss Hillwinds T-2
The Rocks T-89
48 ci hydro with Crosley | Built in the mid to late 1950's by Ted Jones | Owned by Ray Maloney of Key West, Florida
I bought this hull from Marty Niles and Jack Prince in 1972. Prior to that, little history is known. I raced mostly at Miami Marine Stadium and later owned and drove a 280 Lauterbach. Restored it in 1999 and it was featured on the June 1975 Issue of Propeller.
21 Special Y-3
House Mouse Y-116
In There Y-55
Lip Ship Y-269
Big Man Y-52
Miss Seattle, Jr. Y-49
Witch Y-4 & Y-91
91 ci hydro with Alfa Romeo | Built in the early 60's by Colcock | Owned by Steve Roskowski of Mooresville, Indiana
Engine is an alcohol injected Alfa Romeo. Hull is 14' Colcock. I think it is an early 1960's boat.
Bob Cat S-68
Cold Rod S-6
High Society S-96
Proud Mary S-50
Rudy Toot S-168
Whistlin' Dixie S-85
Wild One S-?
|Alouette Angel A-100|
A class hull | Not much info on her, but a beautiful hydro.
Alky Too A-69
A class hull with a 2.5 litre modified engine | Built in 1960 by Young & Marlor | Owned by Ron Young of Kelowna, B.C. Canada
This racing hull was designed by William Young to be a 135 ci. class . After the Flat head Ford "60" was installed and working great the APBA rules allowed the use of the 150 ci Ford falcon engine in less than 72 hours the falcon engine was modified and adjusted to fit this racing hull . This racing hull also driven by the designer William Young to many many 1st place trophys in the Pacific Northwest. William Young designed and built scores of three point hydroplanes in the years from 1949-1969.
Fancy Free A-40
Flying Turns A-156
135 class hull with V-8/60 Ford Flathead | Built in 1947 by Tommy Hill Detroit, MI | Owned by Peter Sloan
Hot Flash A-21
Little Chris A-42
O' War A-87
Mr. Bud was built by Ed Karelsen in 1976 for Don Mashburne. Two national Championships and numerous speed records.0
Southern Style A-1
Yankee Doodle V A-21
225 class hull with 229 Chevrolet V-6 | Design by Don Kelson and built by Michael D. Hanson in 1981 | Owned by Bob & Kathy Bolam of Hayden, Idaho.
media sheet | webpage
225 class hull | Built by Will Farmer in 1969 | Owned by Pete Miller of Norristown, Pennsylvania
Shave II N-73
'Lil Northern Star N-56
266 cubic inch Flat Head Ford | Built in 1948 by Paul Sawyer/Rich Hallett | Owned by Gerard Chamberlin of Sutton, Ontario, Canada L0E 1R0
1949 Numerous Championships in the U.S.A. 1950 broke BOTH WORLD SPEED RECORDS referred to in 'Speed and Spray' as "The World's Fastest Limited Hydroplane" "15 MPH faster than any other limited hydroplane in the world at that time. World Record in Europe 115.045 MPH and in America 120.085 MPH. 1951 Sweeps International Circuit in Europe with wins at Milan, Italy, Turin, Italy, Zurich, Switzerland and American Champion. First Hydroplane designed with step sponsons and changed the design of hydroplanes in Europe, America and Australia. After many championships with Paul Sawyer was sold to Bill Braedon and brought to Canada. After Bill's unfortunate accident Alter Ego changed Canadian owners 5 times, however, the damaged to the rudder bracket still remains from Bill's accident. The famous Canadian Art Asbury of Miss Supertest II viewed Alter Ego in Toronto when I had it on display and confirmed that it was Bill Braden's. I researched the name changes as Bill had renamed her Aerial. I was happy to see the response in Clayton, New York last year as she drew quite a crowd and I was discovered according to Guido Ramoni and Tom D'Eath that Alter Ego's hardware was all original even the Hi-J 12/21 prop in still intact after all these years. I discovered she was originally red and white and had noticed a dark red paint behind the cockpit. Alter Ego still needs to be repainted to the original colours and the tail fin can be easily removed from the rear cowl in order to return to her turtle back design. I restored the forward decking from birch to mahogony and aluminum plated 1/4 of the bottom rear portion. She has a 350 Chevy in her and is ready to race. Unfortunately, there are no Vintage Races in Ontario and I do not have the opportunity to let the general public view such a noted racing hydroplane. It would be nice to have her some day return to the U.S.A.
Going Thing 16-F
266 class hull | Built in 1965 by Henry & Larry Lauterbach | Owned by Dan & Debbie Joseph of Wheeling, WV
The original hull was built for Gene Bramlett and the rebuilt hull was built by Larry Lauterbach.
Jersey Lightning F-717
266 class hydro with Chevrolet 283 bored out to 302 cu in | Raced in the early 1980s | Owner/Driver was Dave Guetzlaff, Sr. of Point Pleasant, New Jersey
266 class hull built by Henry Lauterbach in early 1950s.
Hydro was originally the Sunshine Baby III hull from Florida which won the National Championship in 1954 & 1957. The boat then was originally powered by a flat head Mercury. This boat was the second 266 class hydro to be powered by a 265 Chevy. The boat was sold and brought out to Spokane area in 1958. Jim Douty raced her from 1961-1973 with the Chev running 6 Stromberg 97 carbs, then later, Hillborn Fuel injection.
Miss Maple Leaf F-29
Miss Jean F-128
266 class hull built in 2005 by John & Scott Kirschner using Ted Jones plans from the 1950s. | Owned by John & Scott Kirschner
Built entirely of aluminum.
webpage | media sheet
Washington D.C. F-999
266 class hull built by Rich Hallett in 1956 | whereabouts unknown.
The hydro was successfully campaigned by Don Ward from the mid 1950s through the mid 1960s.
Time Fly's F-100
6 Litre hull built by Jon Staudacher in 1982
Wa Wa too F-247
Hoppen III, F-23
266 class hull was one of only 5 hulls built by Joe Guess. All very fast and extemely unique. This boat was powered by DeSoto with Crossram Fuel injection. This boat set 3 Straightaway Speed records in it's career. The boat was also campaigned as Iroquois Chief and Sea Biscuit. Tom D'Eath restored it in the 2003.
280ci class hull | Built in 1964 by Dr Wolf using Fred Wickens kit | Owned by Jon Courthright of Washington
To the best information obtained she must of been a Fred Wickens kit boat put together by a Dr. Deloite Wolfe from Missoula, Montana and built in 1964 and raced in the old Region 17. After the doctor had it, it was sold to Jim Mathew and raced out of Calif.
280ci class hull with 265 Chevy | Built in 1956 by Charles Lloyd | Owned by Alan Radue of Clinton Twp., Michigan
Designed and partially built in 1956 by Charles Lloyd of Harrisburg, PA. Originally owned and finished by Frank & Ron Smith of Smitty's Marina in Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
webpage | media sheet
101 Eagle E-511
280ci class hull with Plymouth V-8 | Built in 1958 by John Forbes & Bob Osbun using Buzzy Jacobson design | Owned by Steve Parker of Renton, Washington
media sheet | website
Tell Mom E-87
280ci class hull | Built in 19?? by Rich Hallett | Owned by David Boxrud of the SW part of Canada
Go Girl E-42
280ci class hull with Plymouth 273 | Built in 1968 by Jim Cunningham | Owned by Phil Kunz of Dayton, Ohio.
280 cubic inch class hydroplane hull is a Rich Hallet design, but built by Jerry Gasper | Owned by Ralph Finley of Vallejo, CA.
'Lil Soupee II
Original 280 cu in hull with Chev 265 | Built in 19?? by Charles Lloyd | Owned by Alan Radue of Clinton Twp., Michigan
Last Farmer E-150
Ducky III E-869
280 cu. in. class hull | Built in 19?? by Will Farmer. | Owned by Wes Conklin of California
Boat was 1977 National Champion
7-litre class hull with blown Chevrolet | Built in the mid 1980s by Lauterbach | Owned by Tom Bertolini of Michigan
This is the second hull built by Lauterbach after the first one was destroyed in Kent MacPhails attempt at a speed record.
Annies Dodge 2
7-litre class hull with 392 blown Chrysler hemi | Built in 1968 by Dr.Ed Johnston | Owned by David Kancianich of Tacoma, Washington
Annies Dodge 2 was the third hydro built by Dr.Johnston. He used only hand tools to build all his boats. His last 7 litre was very fast and was even driven by the late great Bill Muncey.
Best Wishes 222-H
7-litre class hull with 350 sprint car motor | Built in 1959 by Ron Jones, Sr. for Bill Muncey | Owned by Doug Whitley of Washington
Bluewater Special J-1
Canadiana Grand Prix 222
Catch Me If You Can TS-3
Eight Ball H-8
7-litre class hull | The original hull was built by Ken Kimbrough from Dr. Ed Johnston's plans. | owned by Kirk Rodgers of Spokane, WA
7 Litre hull built by Henry Lauterbach | Owned by John Pepe.
7 Litre hull built in 1975 by Jon Stadaucher | Owned by Harry E. Holst of Sauble Beach, Ontario.
webpage | media sheet
Royal Canadiana 22
7-litre class hull orignally built in 1963 by Jerry Longtin & Harvey Payne for Aubert Brillant | It is being rebuilt by Harvey's son, Don and his brother-in-law Bernard Wood.
7-litre class hull with Supercharged Chrysler 392 Hemi | Built in 1959 by Henry Lauterbach | Owned by Hayden Harris of Michigan
A wonderful historical webpage on Ray Gassner and ALL four of the Sunshine Baby hulls. This hull won the 1962 National Championship and his F class hull won 2 National Championships.
Unlimited class hull with Allison 1710 | Built in 1969 by Staudacher | Owned by John Freeman of Alexandria Bay, New York
Baby Bootlegger G-5
Gold Cup hull with Crusader 350 | Built in 1979 from Horace Dodge/George Crouch design | Owned by John Skinner III of Queensbury, New York
Reproduction built by Bill Morgan from original plans. I have a beautiful scale model built by Bill Kammerer of Manasquan, NJ. Large collection of memorabilia including APBA Yearbooks and supplement from 1932 year of Gold Cup victory.
1946 original with 1942 Ranger 12 cylinder air cooled power | Built in 1946 by John Goodhue, Jr. | Owned by Mike Michaud of Acton, Maine. Phone 207-636-2519
webpage | media sheet
Miss Detroit III
Replica of 1918 single step V12 hydroplane. Built by Mike Michaud.
photo 1 | photo 2
My Sin G-13
Wilgold III G-52 & Carenaught G-51
SK Racing Runabout with Chevrolet 355 | Built in the early 1970's from Glen L plans | Owned by Rob Kaufman of Salem, Ohio
This hull was built in the early 1970s from a GLEN L. frame kit by Dennis Goodenough of the Janesville, Wisconsin. Original power was a full race 327 c.i. Corvette engine. The boat was only raced twice as the engine was not competitive against the 390, 392, & 396 engines of the top Chicago area drivers. The boat was then converted to ski towing and boat riding for the next 31 years. This boat is significant as it is the catalog model for this design. See GLENL.com Tornado plans. The boat is all mahogany frames and stringers, mahogany plywood planked, and then fiberglassed accept the varnished mahogany deck. Length is 18’ 8” x 7’ width x 24” max depth. Current engine is a Chev 355 ci V-8 with Casale V-Drive. Propeller is a steel Mascari (Italian) 12” x 14”.
webpage | media sheet
Crazy Thing SK
SK Racing Runabout built by Stevens in the early 1960s with Hemi power | whereabouts unknown | The boat was part of the Miss Crazy Thing racing team
SK Racing Runabout built by Stevens in the early 1960s with Hemi power | whereabouts unknown | The boat was owned & driven by Leroy Penhall.
F Service Runabout | Owned by Keith Brayer
Miss Bee Bee E-4
E Racing Runabout that was Fred Wickens design | Built by Wes Knudsen of Provo, Utah circa 1958 | Owned by Randy Wold of Spanaway, Washington
Many National Championships
Too Much M-12
F Service Runabout with Cal Connell Cadillac Crusader | Built in 1957 by Forest Johnson | Owned by Noel Blair
Numerous National Chanpionships and speed records.
Vina Mae & Peggie Joyce
Neat historical page on a couple of fast B Racing Runabouts
Jersey Speed Skiff with Chevrolet 350
Built in 1980 by Dave Paraskevas, J&S Fiberglass Specialties | Owned by Bill DeGlopper of Grand Island, New York
1982 - APBA 1-2/3 MILE Competition Record holder. 68.632 mph set Feb 7, 1982 @ St. Petersburg, FL. Driven by Dave Paraskevas. Rider Roger Harris. Built in 1980 for Bill Tetro, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Flyin High Race team campaigned the boat for a little more than 2 seasons during which they set a new competition record, establishing JS-78 as the boat to beat & won the majority of the races they entered.
Pickle JS-77 R
Original hull with Chevrolet 468 cid | Built in 1979 by Beisemeyer | Owned by Jack Devlin of Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Replica Glen-L hull with 3 cylinder - Stock - Johnson Stinger | Owned by Ty/Anne Glasgow of Wheeling, West Virginia
Marine - 60
Drag class with 427 Chevy engine | Built in 1977 by Cole | Owned by Richard Grabowsky of Montclair, New Jersey
A 19' Picklefork drag hydro with a rail mounted 427 Chevy, Bassett water-injected headers, Casale V-drive, in & out box.
You 362 BGH
Australian Displacement hull with BB | Built in 1977 by Thurger Boats of Australia | Owned by Ken Warby of Cincinatti, Ohio
First Mate MH-40
1957 San Marco hull built in Italy, class 800 KG (similar to F class hydros) and was owned & campaigned by Chris Von Mayenburg from Germany. It originally had a Alfa Romeo type 159 supercharged V-8, 1500 supercharged from an official GP car. Von Mayenburg retired in the 1960, the boat continued campaigning with Switzerland drivers.
LV class / built in 1961 by San Marco / powered by Alfa Romeo 1300 cc. Original driver/owner was Mr. Brunet of Italy.Hervé Fressard of France restored her.
Power is an Alfa Romeo engine fed by twin webers.
Miss September N-75
3.0l V6 Ford Capri (British) 180ci V6 | Owned by Nathan Mills of Australia. Jones design and is 15' 6" long. The hull was running 350 GM engine with 22% overdrive. Before that hull and motor configuration, there was a 202 straight 6 with lower gears.
My Betty S-66
Clark Craft plans | Owned by Anders Svenson of Sweden
This was the boat that took Ezio Selva's life in his fatal accident at Miami in 1957. Timossi hull, 800 kg. class, Alfa Romeo 159 engine, double supercharged, 8 cylinder in-line.
3 stepped, conventional racing hydro, the same as the Rafale you see in 2002 Retronautique. My friend Herve and Olivier Guerin restored this 1930's built boat here on the old continent and this one is especially interesting.
Pecse a razzo
The hydroplanes new name translated in English - "Rocket Fish".
Vintage hydroplane owned by Herve Fressard. The only 100% French vintage hydro still working. This hydro is a 250 kg category, from about 1953. The 1300cc engine is from the 203 Peugeot model from 1950.
English Built Inboard Hydro
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