View Full Version : Did Studebaker build boats?

05-08-2013, 11:49 PM
from the size of these fins maybe Studebaker built this boat, it was in Dayton when I picked up the Plymouth wagon on Sunday.

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/SAM_0527_zps776863e6.jpg (http://s691.photobucket.com/user/canbstudebakers/media/SAM_0527_zps776863e6.jpg.html)

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/SAM_0525_zps9abb7b21.jpg (http://s691.photobucket.com/user/canbstudebakers/media/SAM_0525_zps9abb7b21.jpg.html)

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/SAM_0528_zps1e5a2158.jpg (http://s691.photobucket.com/user/canbstudebakers/media/SAM_0528_zps1e5a2158.jpg.html)

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/SAM_0524_zpse48390ba.jpg (http://s691.photobucket.com/user/canbstudebakers/media/SAM_0524_zpse48390ba.jpg.html)

05-09-2013, 05:40 AM
If I had it i'd put Studebaker & Speedster emblems on it, and pull it with my Conestoga. I really like it. But you know what they say about BOATS,

05-09-2013, 07:27 AM
Others have been asking the same thing. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?71064-Did-Studebaker-make-Aluminum-boats&highlight=boats


05-09-2013, 07:51 AM
And here's a manifold for it.

Mike Van Veghten
05-09-2013, 07:56 AM
I've read on old wood boat forums that a coupla of the old obscure boat manufacturers used Stude engines semi regulary in their smaller (under about 20ft.).

A friend has a cool old, mostly all mahogany boat...no engine. He was looking to find out what was "originally" in it. He told me about it, so I read up on a few of the threads. Pretty interesting. One even had two Stude 259's in it.


Son O Lark
05-09-2013, 08:24 AM
I'd paint it black with Batman logos and pinstriping to match the Futura Batmobile.

05-09-2013, 09:09 AM
Do you have any more info on the boat? Is it for sale? Steve

05-09-2013, 09:16 AM
From those pix, it is clear that Stude made boats. I am thinking this one was called a, "Water Hawk" :)

Bob Bryant
05-09-2013, 09:33 AM
From the photos I would guess it was made in the 50's. The high structure and fins in the stern would keep water from spilling in, but it would obstruct vision and inhibit using it for fishing or water sports like skiing. Accessing the engine while on board would be challenging. The Water Hawk's best use might be restored with a Studebaker theme and towed behind a vehicle made in South Bend!

05-09-2013, 10:00 AM
Boats, like cars, also have styling to fit the times. Just like cars, many boats in the late 50's had fins stuck on them. There were also many companies that made marine conversion kits for just about all the automotive engines. Ford, Chevy, Mopar, even Rambler.

05-09-2013, 12:07 PM
fiberglass boats rose during the 1950s and 60s, and with its ease to take shape over traditional wood some took on automobile styling as the boat designers were experimenting and threw what ever they could in. Some of these fiberglass tail finned boats are highly sought after by collectors and very rare. Some had head and taillights just like the cars from that time even Stewart Warner gauges and dash pods. I owned one but sold it as i thought it was someones homemade project. The story i got from a bunch of old guys in Massachusetts was that they would race them just like you would race cars on an oval track, plus a few spectators.

05-09-2013, 01:27 PM
This is for sale on Reachoo.com The seller wants $600.

05-09-2013, 04:01 PM
Saturday I chanced upon a yard sale where they were offering a '63 model boat similar to this without the fins. With trailer and a honkin' big Evinrude on the back! $500 OBO. I thought it was a heck of a deal, but my fishin' days are behind me.

05-09-2013, 07:25 PM
Not to change the subject too much, but heres another site that loves classic boats as much as we love Studebaker.
Currently, it shows the struggle of when too much money is needed to rescue a boat that was really nice at one time.
Sound familiar?

05-09-2013, 10:10 PM
Different Studebaker. There was a Studebaker camper builder as well. I met a descendant of the boat company Studebakers at Springfield, MO International.

05-10-2013, 03:36 AM
I'd paint it black with Batman logos and pinstriping to match the Futura Batmobile.

George Barris wouldn't claim that!

t walgamuth
05-10-2013, 05:04 AM
The OP picture shows a boat that looks to me as if someone added the fin structure in back. Those three vertical 2x4s do not look like something from a professional boat mfgr.

Also looks more like 57 Chrysler than any Stude to me.