Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Motorboat Monday, in which I find (or in this case, tipped) an interesting piece of boating history, and bring it to your attention. The Motorboat Monday Features have not been as regular as I would like, but this should make up for it. This is a unique and interesting boat that can be described in one word…. Dayem!
I’ll let the listing do all the talking here.
A barn find flat bottom vintage nostalgic gasser / I have been a collector and enthusiast of these old flat bottom boats for many years now, needless to say they don’t endoure well if left out in the elements for any length of time, this is a 1969 Schiada that I aquired from the original builder owner (George Davis a well recognized sprint car engine builder and long time friend of Schiada) this was his pride and joy unfortunately health issues didn’t allow him to get much use out of it and it was stored in a climate controlled garage since built and has remained untouched since the early 70’s.
The story as told to me it is one of eight checker board patterns built by Schiada four were in red and four in blue. In 1969 George went to the local Chevy dealer and bought a new 427 L88 in the crate the dates and codes are (block 3955270 date 1/6/8 head #s 3919840 dates G/31/8 A/28/9 / stamped CE951412 ) The flat bottom is 100 % original and period correct in every way down to the gel coat , upholstery , fire extinguisher ,gangues etc. its in almost unbelievable shape for a 40 + year old boat A true find.
The flat bottom has not been run in nearly 40 years the cylinders were oiled and the rocker arms backed off, it has been properly stored and currently rotates smoothly by hand, it was put away with no mechanical issues . Its time to pass this one on to some who can put it back in the water and to be admired for what it is a true survivor. Im willing to sell the engine and boat separate ( it seams sacrilegious as it is a matching #s unit in the classic boat world ) I have clear Ca titles on the boat and the trailer in my name in hand. I have done no cleaning , detailing, waxing etc. what so ever to doctor this boat up for the photos this is the way it has presented its self untouched for over 40 years its museum quality ( photos taken 3/11/2011 )
The Buy-It-Now price is $12,500 for the boat, engine, and trailer. Is this worth the asking price? See the listing here.