1948 SHEPHERD 22' SPORTSMAN SPECIAL

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1948 SHEPHERD 22' SPORTSMAN SPECIAL

1948 SHEPHERD 22' SPORTSMAN SPECIAL - This is a major Project Boat (read Pattern Boat) but perhaps the rarest boat custom built by Shepherd boats in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario.  Purported to be one of two built of this model.  The whereabouts of the other boat or if it even survived is unknown at this time.  The late 40's early 50's Shepherds use very similar styling cues taken from the Chris Craft Customs of the day with a double compound transom and similar front deck planking and stem area. 

This one was custom built for a Winnipeg Dentist who used it at his cottage on Lake of the Woods. Both boats were different in that they had long rear decks and no rear cockpit behind the engine.  Most Direct Drive Shepherds of this type had a mother in law seat in the rear or were just changing to V-Drive configuration.  From what we have learned so far it was referred to as the 22' Sportsman Special.  It originally had a rare Direct Drive Packard Marine Straight 8 Flathead Engine which unfortunately mysteriously disappeared before the current owner acquired it - likely running in a car now!!

At some point likely in the 1960's or 70's this boat made it to the West Coast where over time it ended up with a painted White hull and Chocolate Brown deck over top the beautiful Honduras Mahogany that Shepherd used. Even worse it eventually was left out in the elements where it suffered irreversible wood rot damage to most of its hull. It is now in poor condition but still salvageable as a Pattern Boat.  The current owner has done his best to preserve what's there by removing the transom planks and some of the hull planks to allow for air circulation but it will need to be attended to sooner than later. To give you a bit of an idea on how it would look we have added a couple of pictures of a late 40's Shepherd with the mother in law seat in the rear. Imagine this one without that feature.

The owner is open to reasonable offers considering the rarity of this significant Canadian Classic boat. Plus our restoration division - Boathouse Bay Classics - would be happy to quote on a restoration on the boat to your specifications.

Contact us for more information on this exceptional runabout.