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1978 Philbrick Twin Cockpit Runabout
Wood Boat Post 1965
Tahoe City, California
Don Philbrick built his first boat in 1934 while in high school. He started with racing hydroplanes and by 1947 he had rented a warehouse on the Estuary at the foot of Oakland’s 5th Avenue at the Embarcadero. His landlord was the Port of Oakland and this is where he went into business as Philbrick Boats. Don built numerous wood boats over the years and in the late 1960’s he decided to retired. It wasn’t very long before he wanted to get back in business, after being inspired by some marketing people and former boat owners.
Coming out of retirement, it was in 1977 that Don decided to build a limited number of 21 FT runabouts and during the period from 1977 through 1981 he built a total of eleven (11). They are referred to as the “”Sisters””. Dreamcatcher is boat #3 built in May 1978. These 11 boats were the last of Don Philbrick’s production boats.
The 21 FT boats were marketed through a small dealer network in the Bay Area and Pacific Yacht Sales, Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe. The 21 Ft boats sold in the range of $25,000 depending on engine and other accessories. Most of the business was at Lake Tahoe where interest is such a craft was abundant.
For the 11 boats in this final series, Don upgraded his construction methods to include fiberglass sheathing on the bottoms, epoxy glue on edges and end planks and a sprayed-on urethane finish made up to his own specifications. These particular boats were built on oak frames and planked with Honduras mahogany, weigh 2,600 lbs. and were considered light for their length and horsepower options. Don built fast and high-performance boats!
Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance – 2011, 2012 and 2017 (2nd Place in Class)
Northern California/Lake Tahoe