48 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Richard & Sandy Wendt
Make: 1948 Duke
Engine: Buchanan 6cyl – 115hp
Hull #: 4808
Concours Catagory: Utilities
Jazz is a 1948 Duke 22ft utility, hull number 4808 built in Port Carling, Ontario. They only built four of this model that year. It has it’s original 6 cylinder Buchanan engine.
I bought Jazz in 1997 for my wife on our 25th wedding anniversary. You will see the name Sandra Sue on the transom when restoration started.
The last time we were in Canada, the building in which it was built was still being used to restore boats. I walked up the worn treads on the stairway to the loft where the boats were built.
We took delivery at the ACBS boat show in Clayton New York.
We toured the Thousand Island region during the show for three weeks and towed it home to southern California where it sat enclosed in our garage for 10 years.
Some time in 2007, my neighbor John Tyler encouraged me to restore the boat especially because as a utility, it has such great lines and tumblehome. We both attended restoration classes at Sierra Boat on Lake Tahoe. I then realized the importance of a professionally restored bottom, and selected Todd Jeffery to do the work. Total new 5200 lapstrake bottom, included the keel. All but the first 5 or 6 steam bent ribs were replaced. Restacked the original sides. Decking is all original, and all deck seams are live. As far as we can tell the only non-original wood on the boat are the new ribs, the full length stringers, the keel and the 3/4” oak piece Todd added at the water line to fill the gap created by the restacked sides. It was the last boat he did before moving to Du Bai. John Allen did the engine in San Jose.
Just finished in time for the Tahoe Concours in 2008. Jazz won best in the utility class, last announced so had the highest score. Took it again in 2010 after Jim West redid the varnish and won best again with the highest score.