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1934 Hutchinson 28_ Triple Cockpit Gentleman’s Runabout

1934 Hutchinson 28_ Triple Cockpit Gentleman’s Runabout

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We are very excited to present Saving Grace, a 1934 Hutchinson 28’ Triple Cockpit Gentleman’s Runabout! The boat was professionally restored and fitted with a no-soak bottom! Finished in Mahogany with Ash inserts, this John Hacker designed modified vee is capable of taking your breath away before it even hits the water! In the spirit of the original, it is powered by a recently rebuilt 318ci Chrysler V8 gasoline engine (dated 1984) producing 235 horsepower! Power is transferred to the water via a Velvet Drive Hydraulic Marine transmission with reduction. The motor has less than an hour of run time. All of the three cockpits are finished in an attractive nautical scheme of green vinyl with wood floors. The main cockpit has a triple windshield that gives the captain an outstanding view ahead! Other options include a banjo steering wheel, machine turned dash, electric horn, lots of storage compartments, fire extinguisher, polished stainless steel trim, rear grab handles, copper exhaust tips, Sawyer oar, buoys, small anchor, plenty of rope, and a boat cover! It was the recipient of a Society of American Marine Surveyors (SAMS) survey in mid-May of 2013 while stored in New York. It was found that there were no safety deficiencies and that the boat is ready for immediate service! In the opinion of the surveyor, this translates into Above Average Condition with a replacement cost of $125,000. In conclusion, the summary reads like this: “The vessel, Saving Grace, is a well-appointed and well powered vessel with sharp lines and profile. It is the surveyor’s opinion that the vessel is suitable for its intended use as a recreation vessel.” Recent service since the report included a compression test in December of 2013, as well as a full rebuild of the 318ci engine including valves, pushrods, valve seats, pistons, camshaft, bearings, lifters, gaskets, oil pump and all hardware. Also done was a new Chrysler CBE5 ignition module, fuel pump, battery cables, overhaul of all gauges and lights, new CNC machined 3-blade propeller and carburetor rebuild. This service totaled $4,417. In August of 2014, the boat was treated to engine starting, resealing of shaft log and any cracks and a lake test, before cleaning and putting back on the trailer, then received new wheels and tires in May of 2014. All said and done, over $10,900 was spent ensuring that the boat was in tip-top seaworthy condition since the survey.


This Runabout was fully restored while with its Maryland owner of 16 years and completed in 2001. Having purchased the boat in 1997, the owner interviewed a number of possible wood boat specialists to assist in the restoration.  It was carefully treated to a 2500 hour restoration with the help of expert boat restorer, Doug Nichols, of Nichols Marina & Restoration in Branchport, NY. The results remain quite marvelous, having been used regularly in a number of shows and various lakes in the American Northeast and Canada.  It’s been in Lake Erie, NY; Erie Canal; Lake Ontario, Canada; Potomac River, VI; Deep Creek Lake, MD; Fourth Lake Fulton Chain Lakes- Adirondack Park, NY; and others. Shows include the Niagra Boat Show (3rd Place award) and Antique Wooden Boat Show in Old Forge, NY (two 1st Place awards).  It was also photographed for a book- Antique & Classic Boats.  With use came regular maintenance with Nichols freshening it in 2006 and again in 2011.  It was put on the market for sale in 2013.


Hutchinson Brothers Boat Works, Inc. was founded in Alexandria Bay, New York in a rented building in 1902. A true family business, all four Hutchinson brothers (James Herbert, George, Thomas and Joseph) as well as eleven to sixteen other men worked day after day to build exceptionally crafted mahogany planked boats ranging from 19’ utility boats to 48’ runabouts. From 1902 to 1964, it is said that Hutchinson built over 250 boats including houseboats, racing boats, launches, utilities, sedans , cruisers, runabouts and even boats for the war effort, many of their own design but some based off the designs of other famous manufacturers. They remain very tasteful and more exclusive alternatives to some of the more common Hacker and Chris Craft brands, but arguably just as stylish and with craftsmanship second-to-none!



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1934 Hutchinson 28_ Triple Cockpit Gentleman’s Runabout

Listed price: $100,000.00

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