Louie Cares, a boat collector & enthusiast from Grand Rapids, Michigan, found this boat in a storage shed in Connecticut in 2009. He decided to send it for a forensic restoration to Peter Breen Antique & Classic Boat Co. from 2011-2013. The project took 18 months. Built by the Gas Engine & Power Co. (later known as Consolidated Shipbuilding after WWI), ‘Jo-Jo’ is 21′ long, features a fan-tail transom, wrap-around seating, a canvas on oak frame roof assembly, and a large, very signature & historic 1 cylinder power plant. These early launches used primarily oak in coaming boards, covering boards, & interior carpentry work and panelling, but also used mahogany to contrast all that oak as this boat does with the book-matched mahogany strip decking. Jo-Jo’ can commonly be seen on Reeds Lake, Michigan, putting along just as she did 115 years ago.
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