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Posted by on Mar 5, 2009 in Boat Show, UK, US |

A Beautiful Woodie Shows Well in Vermont

Wooden boats never say die. And new ones come along to shine now and then, too.

The cold-molded, heavily varnished WindsorCraft 36 reportedly does 32 knots.

The cold-molded, heavily varnished WindsorCraft 36 reportedly does 32 knots.

Instead of fiberglass, you could have found African mahogany and rosewood gleaming at you this winter in a northern New England boatshow such as the recent Vermont Boat & Marine Show in Burlington, Vermont. The Windsor Craft 36 HT is a yacht-quality wooden boat built in Turkey, a country who’s boatbuilders are never happier than when laying on extra coats of varnish, and this boat is not shy of the stuff in any department.

The 36 has twin 300 hp VOLVO 5.7 Gi DP-S gasoline engines, ample thrust for a 10-ton boat, and is sold in New England by Boats by George on Lake George, New York. At the recent show by Lake Champlain, the folks from Burlington Boatyard highlighted the boat on their blog recently and took the photo above. They also put up a nice Flickr album.

The boats are a niche line for Boats by George, which also sells more mainstream brands, Cobalt Boats and Four Winns. Likewise, the Windsor Craft line of four models, 30 to 40 feet, is owned by Genmar, better known for its other dozen brands, such as Glastron, Carver, and Four Winns.

Despite the remarkable looks of this boat and the way that bright-finished boats tend to become instant classics in your mind’s eye, the Windsor Craft is a very up to date design with its modern twin Volvos and equipment ranging from a chart plotter to microwave oven. Prices for the boats range just under a half million dollars to a million plus.

John Burnham

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