The Pick of the Day is a 1934 Hutchinson, and don’t feel poorly if you don’t recognize the Hutchinson brand. That’s likely because the Pick of the Day for today is not a collector car but a vintage 28-foot triple-cockpit Gentleman’s Runabout boat.
The craft is being offered by a museum with a sales showroom in St. Louis and is being advertised on ClassicCars.com for $89,900. According to the seller, the boat — a 1934 Hutchinson 28’ Triple Cockpit Gentleman’s Runabout named “Saving Grace” — is one of only seven designed by Hacker-Craft and built by Hutchinson.
Naval architect and boat designer John Hacker founded The Hacker Boat Company (later known as Hacker-Craft) in Detroit in 1908 (in 1911 he put floats beneath a Wright Brothers biplane and created the seaplane). He also is credited with the creation of the hydroplane, not an aircraft but a high-speed racing boat.
The Hutchinson’s Boat Works of Alexandria Bay, New York, dates to 1902. The Hacker-designed runabout on offer was restored in the late 1990s. According to the advertisement, the work was done by Doug Nichols and Nichols Marine & Restoration in Branchport, New York, and afterward the boat was displayed in various shows and cruises in the Northeast.
Nichols freshened the restoration and the show was offered for sale in 2013.
At the time, the Society of American Marine Surveyors reported, “The vessel, Saving Grace, is a well-appointed and well-powered vessel with sharp lines and profile. It is the surveyor’s opinion that the vessel is suitable for its intended use as a recreation vessel.”
According to the advertisement, the mahogany and ash wooden vessel has undergone recent service, including a rebuild of its 318cid Chrysler engine and the installation of a new ignition module, fuel pump, battery cables and propeller. The boat went through sea trials in May 2019 and, with four people aboard, achieved 42 mph.