The legendary 33’ “Baby Gar” Runabout was Wood’s first “gentleman’s runabout.” It was a boat that although it had all characteristics of a powerboat, in fact was a safe and luxurious boat with 3 cockpits.
Liberty aircraft engines provided the 400 or 500 horsepower needed for great performance and most of these boats were custom-built for wealthy sportsmen and millionaires.
The newly built boat factory in Marysville started producing 28-foot and 22-foot triple cockpit runabouts. In addition the production of a new 33’ runabout started. All boats were luxuriously appointed with leather seats, an abundance of chrome, and the attractive and sportive Gar Wood folding V-windshields.
In 1934 the factory started the production of the famous 16-foot “Speedster” which was an instant success.
Gar Wood boats today
A variety of runabouts and utilities of different sizes have been produced, often with the choice for different models like limousine or sedan. The excellent standard for quality, finish and performance is remarkable.
In the post-war years Gar Wood Boats faced many challenges and unfortunately had to close the company forever in 1947. Gar Wood died in 1971 at a respectable age of 90.
It is estimated that over 10,000 Gar Wood boats were built between 1921 and 1947. Several registers in the US indicate that there are about 300 Gar Wood boats left today. These boats are highly treasured by their owners as well as by collectors and are now considered as the actual origin of the wooden runabout.
Based on the legacy of Gar Wood a new company has been created in the New York state which produces custom wooden classic boats in the spirit of Gar Wood.