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GERONIMO

1949 STANCRAFT TORPEDO

THE INFO

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MAKE/MODEL

1949 Stancraft Torpedo

 

ENTRY CLASS

Wood Boats Post-war to 1965

 

HOME PORT

Altus, Oklahoma

 

THE OWNERS

Clay & Patty Thompson

THE HISTORY

Stan Young started STANCRAFT to build boats after the war, and this torpedo style runabout was his best design. He built 10 of these from 1946 to 1954, but most of his business was building cruisers and fishing boats, so these high price runabouts did not sell well. Today, only 6 exist, and I am proud to own this one, Hull number 3, from 1949. GERONIMO is powered by a Cadillac engine, and it’s pointed streamlined transom gives it timeless beauty.

UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS

These rare Stancraft Torpedos actually came in two styles. Of the 10, the first 5 differ slightly from the last 5, in that the last ones had a wider transom, not too visible when in the water, as they are ‘finlike’ wings attached under the waterline for better stability. Hull no.3, GERONIMO, due to its price, didn’t sell immediately, so it became a ride boat on FLATHEAD LAKE at the marina for one summer to generate some revenue. The marina employees painted FLATHEAD TAXI on its sides.

THE AWARDS

A real crowd pleaser wherever it is shown. Best in Show at Keels and Wheels, Houston, TX. Best in Show, Grandlake, OK.

ACBS CHAPTER

HEARTLAND/ SOUTHWEST

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