About the boat. 1946 Gar Wood model “627”, an 18’ 6” Deluxe utility that was built in 1946 by the Gar Wood boat company. Garfield Wood the owner was an accomplished boat racer and held many boat speed records. His boats were the Cadillac of wooden boats built in Michigan. This boat is serial number 7280, the 40th one of 84 built and one of only about ten that we were able to locate during its restoration. It was shipped from the factory January 9th, 1947 and was sold to the Lake Washington Yacht Basin in Seattle, Washington. This boat is the last model designated as a 1946. For about 35 years this boat sat locally here in a garage in Santa Monica Canyon having been owned by a prominent Santa Monica family by the name of Nettleship. Sadly Mr. Nettleship was killed in a plane crash and the boat lay in their garage until the time came to sell the mansion and the boat was sold. I acquired the boat February 25th, 2000 and then spent 5 years restoring it. Restoration was carried out by Roy Domke of Runabout Reflections in Sonoma County, California. The hull was re-corked and only 3 planks were replaced so this boat as you see it is almost 100% original first generation Mahogany. The interior was completely restored along with the instrument cluster being rebuilt. The engine is an original rebuilt Chrysler Crown 6-cylinder flat head. It will run out to about 35 MPH. Now it is an exquisite example of a very rare and sought-after boat. Like Wooden cars they are scarce now as so many hit the fireplace. This boat gives pleasure to all those that have been in it and to those that just see it. The tandem axle trailer was custom built for the boat by Ellis Trailers in Sylmar, California at a cost of $4,643.56 in November 2002. Still in lovely condition with the quality still showing. Stored indoors when not in use for 20 years. 1951 CHEVROLET ex GREG NOLL TIN WOODY + 1946 GAR WOOD WOODEN BOAT About the Greg Noll Woody. If you’re into surfing, then you’ll appreciate this wagon. Previously owned by the incredibly famous surfer, Greg Noll. He is the person who holds the unofficial world record for surfing off the biggest wave ever, by paddling into it on 12-04-1969 at Makaha, Hawaii and then riding it, without the assistance of any motorized vessel like jet skis as they do today. He also had in 2005 a movie released about his life: “Riding Giants” by Stacy Peralta. His nickname given him by his friends was “DABULL” as apparently that was his approach to surfing. It also happens to be the license plate for this Woody as well; “DABULLL” We have a copy of the title issued in Gregg Noll’s name. The Woody itself is a fine example that drives brilliantly. It has been upgraded mechanically to a small block Chevrolet V8 coupled to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission and the brakes were upgraded to power assistance with a dual master cylinder. The car has a really nice interior with newly upholstered seats and new German style carpet. The paint is in good condition as is the Faux Wood, which is done superbly. Wheels are painted to match the car with Moon caps and trim rings, and it has been lowered a little to give the Wagon a great stance. Finished in a Cranberry Red colour with a Tan interior. Stored indoors when not in use for almost 20 years.
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3011 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405