A 1954 Canadian built 24 foot Shepherd hardtop is now available. The boat is in excellent condition, and has received many awards; the most recent being, Best Classic Cruiser at the 2016 ACBS Lake Geneva boat show. As an active Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) member, I have enjoyed taking friends on ACBS cruises across the eastern US for over 15 years. This has included cruises on: the Mississippi, the Three Lakes Chain, the Eagle River Chain, the St. Lawrence, the Rideau, the Upper Ottawa, the Hudson, and the Finger Islands of Lake Huron. We have always enjoyed waiving to the open boaters as we pass them on rainy days with our side windows cranked up and our windshield wipers active. Unfortunately, I am now in my 80's and have lost most of my crew. Hence, I am now basically limiting my boating to local waters in my GarWoods.
As far as I know, this Shepherd is the only 24 foot hardtop in active use. The advantage of the 24 foot hardtop vs. the 27 footer (which is more numerous) is the added seating under the hardtop. The 27 footer has only two bench seats under the hardtop with rest of the space used for built-in furniture; whereas, the 24 footer has four bench seats under the hardtop.
The original Hemi V-8 has been rebuilt, and it has run great for my 16 years of ownership. In addition to replacing the transom, I replaced some covering boards, chines, frames, all of the interior side paneling, all of the flooring, and the fuel tank. I converted the power train from a remotely activated hydraulic shifter to a classic floor stalk shifter for greater ease in docking.
I added a Garmin GPS, an InterPhase forward scanning sonar, and a marine phone. These units are mounted on a mahogany bracket in front of the dash on the right side of the helm. These units make cruising much safer. I also built a removable maple picnic table which can be installed in front of the rear bench seat. All the seats have been re-upholstered in a shade of green matching the steering wheel, and the new stalk knobs. A two axle heavy duty trailer with brakes on each wheel, and three covers are included. I have attached a seventeen picture slide show to provide visual details. The boat can be viewed by appointment in SE Wisconsin on Lauderdale Lakes, which is 15 miles NW of Lake Geneva. My mail address is N7622 Pleasant Point Circle, Elkhorn, WI 53121, my phone is (262-742-2367), and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.