JULY 25, 2017

Thunderbird yacht is back on Lake Tahoe after 4 years.

With record water levels, refurbished engines and a new bottom, Thunderbird yacht is making a long- awaited debut at the Lake Tahoe Concourse d’ Elegance this August 11th – 12th. America’s most recognizable, and possibly the most valuable, wooden speedboat turns 77 and will be the centerpiece of one the most acclaimed and prestigious wooden boat shows in North America.

Thunderbird Lake Tahoe has its most impressive asset back on the lake after 4 years of low water, needed maintenance, and optimization of the rebuilt twin V12 super charged vintage WWII Allison engines.

The 55′ pleasure yacht was commissioned by Captain George Whittell Jr. specifically for Lake Tahoe. She was designed by famed naval architect John L. Hacker and built by Huskins Boat Works in Bay City, Michigan.

Originally outfitted with twin V-12, 550 hp Kermath engines, the yacht was later sold to Bill Harrah who replaced them with the Allison’s and fondly called her his “70 mile-per-hour cocktail lounge”.

Since 1940, the Thunderbird yacht has hosted heads-of-state, entertainers, celebrities, and people from all over the world who have come to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the elegance and beauty of this Hackercraft.

On her deck, Sinatra negotiated his contract to perform at Harrah’s casinos and former U.S. Presidents Reagan and Clinton have each taken their turn at her helm.

Launched from her boathouse in June this year, she has kicked off the Tahoe summer season with VIP members’ charters, Castle events, and special wine dinner cruises.

Thunderbird is not only reminiscent of Lake Tahoe in the “Golden Years”, she still impresses all who lay eyes on her and hear her throaty engines. For anyone who appreciates or is a connoisseur of beauty, style, and design, this wooden boat will not disappoint!

¬†Thunderbird Lake Tahoe is pleased to feature the yacht at the 2017 Concours d’ Elegance and to be participating in awarding the Thunderbird Perpetual Trophy to the most unique boat at the awards show.

With an extra five feet of water, you’ll be able to view all these antique boats at eye level from Obexer’s Marina in Homewood, CA, with majestic Lake Tahoe serving as one of Mother Nature’s most supreme backdrops. This is the year you won’t want to miss.

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