A 1954 Canadian built 24 foot Shepherd hardtop is now available. The boat is in great condition, and has received many honors. As an active Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) member, I have enjoyed taking friends on ACBS cruises across the eastern US for over 15 years. This has included cruises on: the Mississippi, the Three Lakes Chain, the Eagle River Chain, the St. Lawrence, the Rideau, the Upper Ottawa, the Hudson, and the Finger Islands of Lake Huron. We have always enjoyed waiving to the open boaters as we pass them on rainy days with our windshield wiper active. Unfortunately, I am now in my 80's and have lost most of my crew. Hence, I am now basically limiting my boating to local waters. Fortunately, I will still have two GarWoods to run here.
As far as I know, this Shepherd is the only 24 foot hardtop in active use. The advantage of the 24 foot hardtop vs. the 27 footer (which is more numerous) is the added seating under the hardtop. The 24 footer has four two person seats under the hardtop, whereas the 27 footer has only two, with rest of the space used for built-in furniture. The previous owner had the original Hemi V-8 rebuilt, and it has run great for my 16 years of ownership. In addition to replacing the transom, I replaced all of the interior side paneling, all the flooring, and the fuel tank. I converted the power train to a classic floor shifter from a remotely activated hydraulic shifter. The hydraulic shifter was slow, and couldn't be feathered, making docking a real challenge. I added a Garmin GPS, an InterPhase forward scanning sonar, and a marine phone. These units are mounted on a mahogany bracket in front of the dash on the right side of the helm. These units make cruising much safer. All the seats have been re-upholstered in a shade of green matching the steering wheel and the new stalk knobs. I also built a maple picnic table which installs in front of the aft bench seat. A two axle heavy duty trailer with brakes on each wheel is included.
I have attached a seventeen picture slide show to provide visual details. The boat can be viewed by appointment in SE Wisconsin on Lauderdale Lakes, which is 15 miles NW of Lake Geneva. My mail address is N7622 Pleasant Point Circle, Elkhorn, WI 53121, my phone is (262-742-2367), and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.