Omega started as a sketch by John Hacker for a 19 ft Fast Runabout which I purchased for $20.00 from a marine museum library in 1996. I re-designed his sketch into a 20 ft length while maintaining his curved shear line but adding a V bottom plus fin as well as changing the sides and tumble home transom. After 6 months I had finally created a full set of plans with offset drawings. Traditional white oak frames with batons overlaid with Honduras mahogany created the carvel sides and deck. Stainless fasteners plus West system epoxy with a glass bottom make this boat extremely serviceable and dry. Mohawk alcohol stains plus a 2 part polyurethane varnish allows for greater wood grain transparency and durability. We attended the Skaneateles International boat show in 2014 and won the People’s Choice award and still scored 93 points on judging with the original finish intact!
Omega has won Best Amateur-craftsmanship awards as well as Best Contemporary in her class.
Powered by a 350 Chev motor lightened by aluminum Corvette oil pan plus exhaust headers and intake and bell housing takes this boat up to 50 mph quickly and safely.
Omega was first shown at the Huntsville Swing Bridge Regatta on August 23rd 1999 after a ‘grinding 2-1/2 build time’, while working full time.
A hobby has become my passion.
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