1947 HACKER CRAFT
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Steven L. Merrill
San Francisco, CA
Make: 1947 Hacker
Engine Specs: Scripps V-12 – 250HP
Hull #: CFZ8607A0047H
Concours Catagory: Commuters & Cruisers
Comanche is a one-of-a-kind, 30’ customer designed, 1947 Hacker Craft sedan built for Bert C. Scott for use on Lake Tahoe, and is powered by a 250HP Scripps V-12. She was built for Burt Scott, President of Hall-Scott Motors, for use on Lake Tahoe and is one of the last of Tahoe’s Indian named Hacker designs. Bert Scott is the Scott half of Hall-Scott Motors and it is interesting to note that he chose a Scripps V-12 engine to power the boat, not an engine of his own manufacture.
Her history, uniqueness and provenance are interesting, but she has an even better story to tell. I’m sure everyone in Woodboaterville has seen the Godfather movies. Much of Godfather II was filmed at famed industrialist Henry J. Kaiser’s, Fleur Du Lac lakefront estate. At the beginning of the movie, a grand party is taking place on the lakefront lawn and many period wooden boats are seen in the background. Enter Comanche, pulling into the dock whereby Fredo and his drunken wife disembark. You remember Fredo, Michael Corleone’s inept older brother. Later in the movie, Fredo betrays Michael, “I know it was you Fredo, you broke my heart”.
Sierra Boat has been the custodian of this boat from its earliest days on the lake, having maintained it in top condition. It has never been fully restored, only maintained. Last summer it was determined that the bottom had finally reached the end of its life.
She was purchased by John L. Merrill in 1959 and is currently owned by his son, Steven L. Merrill who continuities to use her on Lake Tahoe.