1929 Chris White Antique Outboard Runabout

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Class Power
Category Antique and Classics
Year 1929
Make Chris White
Length 16'
Propulsion Type Other
Hull Material Wood
Fuel Type
Location Kennebunkport, ME
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Engine Type Other
Additional Equipment
Road Trailer
Cockpit Cover
1929 Chris White Antique Outboard Runabout

November 2019 - Offers Please! Here is a very rare 16' Dee-Wite restored outboard runabout that has never been launched since restoration was completed in 2013.  The previous owner purchased the boat in 2006, needing a complete refit. He contracted the work to be done, it was completed.

Check this out:  http://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2011/05/30/dee-wite-makes-boating-a-national-pastime/

The Dwight Lumber Company of Detroit, Michigan began building wooden boats in the mid-1920s, by the late 1920s they were specializing in smaller boats named Dee-Wite Boats. One of their marketing slogans, as shown in a small 1930 paper ad was, Dee-Wite Makes Boating A National Pastime, a bold statement considering the number of companies building mahogany runabouts at the time.

Bob Speltz best describes the Dee-Wite line of boats in his book The Real Runabouts IV.

By 1929 Dee-Wite boats were being sold on a national basis. Although the firm built only outboards for a couple of years (1928 & 29), one of their boats was quite unique. A double planked mahogany outboard runabout was quite an oddity in 1928. You will note that the boat is quite common in her appearance, but it was hefty, outboard-wise, for those days. The hull was 16 long, 54 wide. Six adults could ride in comfort in two separate cockpits aboard the craft, with upholstery for added luxury and convenience. With a large outboard of the period, the 16 runabout was said to have reached 35 MPH with two passengers aboard.

Having broken the ice so to speak, 1929 saw that original 16-footer restyled with cockpit coamings raised on each side that swept upward aft, forming a covered motor box under which the outboard motor was nicely concealed. With the engine cover, the boat had the appearance of small inboard. Subtle changes were made on the model for 1930, including a semi V windshield rather than the original flat glass panel type.

With the Depression in full force by then, the small boat buyer was really knocked out of the market, so later in 1930 Dee-Wite totally dropped all outboards to concentrate on the more deluxe inboard speedboat of the era.

Dee-Wite continued in business at least into 1934 when sorry economic conditions finally spelled the death knell of this fine builder. Bob Speltz The Real Runabouts IV

When we toured the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandrea, MN last fall, we had an opportunity to see one of the best examples of an original Dee-Wite Deluxe Outboard on the planet.


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