From the Owner

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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Specifications

Year:

1905

Make:

Gas Engine & Power Co.

Model:

Double-Ender Launch

Hull:

Wood

Length:

21'

Beam:

5.5'

Builder:

Gas Engine & Power Co.

Builder Location:

New York, N.Y.
Engine

Year:

1905

Manufacturer:

Detroit Engine Co.

Model:

1-lunger

Cylinders:

1

Speed:

10 mph
General Information

Boat Name:

Jo-Jo

Home Port:

Reeds Lake, Michigan

Owner:

Louie Cares
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