1957 Ditmar & Donaldson Commercial or Yacht Conversion
|Make||Ditmar & Donaldson|
|Propulsion Type||Twin Inboard|
|Location||San Pedro, CA|
|Engine Make||John Deere|
|Engine Model||6081 M3|
|Engine Type||Twin Inboard|
"Streamliner" is a great vintage wooden power boat, perfect for use as a commercial or pleasure boat. She was a successful charter dive boat in the Los Angeles / Long Beach area for many years, and was featured in a story on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Streamline was built by Dittmar & Donaldson, who were know for high quality commercial vessels and pleasure yachts in Costa Mesa, in 1957. According to the surveyor she is "built like and Icebreaker". This impressive vessel has been undergoing a continuing 2-plus year restoration.
John Deere diesel engines were installed brand new in 2007 and have about 1200 hours on them. They are rated at 375hp each. It's MER generator was installed new with rudders were reworked. The boat has new AD/DC breaker panels and wiring, new lights, new glass, new water heater, new toilets, sinks and showers, new polished aluminum dash and steering wheel, and a Fleetwood sliding glass door.
The current owner purchased her because he is a big fan of industrial design, and had seen nothing else like it. It has a very powerful, streamlined look because of its wide bean (18 feet) and its pilothouse structure, which has 12 foot ceilings inside. We suspect that its naval architect was the famous William Garden, but have not been able to document that. It has a look reminiscent of the great American streamlined trains, the G.M. Futurliner bus, and some of the nautical design work done by designers like Henry Dreyfuss, Walter Dorwin Teague, Brooks Stevens and others. As its restoration is finished up over the next few months it will remain open inside and thus be easily able to be configured by its next owner as a commercial fishing, dive, or charter boat or pleasure yacht. She would also be good as a film or television prop boat and or a platform for filming or set work.
"Streamliner" was built in Costa Mesa by Ditmar & Donaldson, which was one of the highest quality boat builders in the U.S.of both commercial and pleasure vessels. It's unique shape was possibly designed by William Garden, the renowned naval architect who often worked with Ditmar & Donaldson. A few years ago, it was an active professional dive / scuba boat which was big enough to make overnight stays at Catalina Island, and was called the "Aquatica". All of the basics have been replaced or restored, and it is ready to configure internally as a dive boat, personal or charter fishing boat, or a fantastic private pleasure craft. It could also be a great film prop, since it has 12 foot high ceilings in the upper cabin, and has so much uncluttered space inside and outside. The USCG gave a very small list of things that need to be done to get the COI renewed.
It has almost new (about 1700 hours) 375 HP John Deere twin turbo diesel engines,