(as presented in Classic Boat magazine) My Classicglass 1974 Glastron GT 160 – Peter Scott, ACBS Toronto Member Born in 1960, I became interested in boating and water skiing at a young age. My family rented the same cottage for 20 years on Peninsula Lake, outside of Huntsville. We always had a small runabout stored in the garage at our Toronto home, beginning with a wood runabout with a 40hp Gale outboard and graduating to a fiberglass cathedral hull bow-rider in the late 1970’s with a variety of outboard motors that were periodically upgraded to allow us to slalom ski as we grew. An opportunity to buy a cottage on a small lake near Bala presented itself, and my wife and I and our 2 teenage children decided to purchase this property about 6 summers ago. With this new cottage, I knew that a boat would be a great addition to our summer experience and given the small and very calm nature of our new lake, I began a search for a family runabout primarily to teach my kids to waterski. I always imagined a wood boat would be a natural fit for our love of all things ‘vintage’ (our bunkie was a 1979 Airstream trailer), but the practicality of fiberglass and its connection to my early years of boating was also very attractive. I began to search online for a gently used fiberglass ski runabout. Once I discovered antiqueboatsamerica.com… I was hooked. Quite quickly I found a rare beauty – a fully restored 1974 Glastron GT160 for sale in the USA. This 16 foot, orange and white classic was powered by a reconditioned 1985 Merc “Tower of Power” 115hp 6 cylinder outboard, repainted with matching new decals. The boat also came with a colour-coordinated and fully rebuilt trailer! A link (http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/imageDetail,p,524,i,8883,00.html) was provided by boat restorer Don Harris, to a thoroughly documented project site for the full rebuild, with extensive photos and captions of the 1 year restoration. The project included a full top-off rebuild with new stringers and cross-framing, brand new transom, sub-frame, new interior upholstery and wood dash and period-correct paint scheme. I could tell from the detailed notes and craftsmanship that this was a labour of love and several emails later I was connected directly with the owner/builder and we began to sort out the purchase and how I would get it from his location in Virginia Beach to my home in Toronto. I met the Glastron halfway in Clayton NY, and made sure to include a visit to the Antique Boat Museum. The Glastron now resides dockside at my cottage on Medora Lake, Bala and both kids (now young adults) can ski! I am a regular visitor to the annual Gravenhurst ACBS Vintage Boat Show. The theme of “Birchbark to Fiberglass” has encouraged me to actively participate this year and I’ll have the GT 160 in-water for the event. I hope to see you there! And in case you are wondering if my Glastron is the same model used for the famous James Bond movie “Live and Let Die”, you are almost correct. That record-setting stunt used a 1972 Glastron GT 150 – an earlier version, slightly smaller, with the same colour scheme. The 120ft jump was performed over 100 times to get everything right before the actual take. Glastron built and sold 26 boats to the film company for the film. I plan to keep mine in the water rather than above it…
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