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Today, very few of Roy Stanley's boats remainand even fewer outside of museums, and in restorable condition.
There they added mahogany runabout inboards, and even challenged the small inboard race classes with the 14-foot Thunderbolt.Hutchinson built boats designed for fishing, commuting, and cruising customized to buyers' specifications and built to handle the choppy water of the St. Like many boatbuilding firms, Hutchinson did their part during both World Wars, building naval craft for the US government.The company still operates in the location they moved to in 1911; however, not as custom boat builders.Its American distributor, Jafco Marine Basin of Buffalo, NY marketed the Shepherds heavily in the US, and the boats gained in popularity. [with the] grace and agility of a runabout" as exclaimed by its advertisement in January 1954 Motor Boating magazine.By 1953, Shepherd was producing five models, including a convertible express cruiser, an 18-foot V-drive runabout, an 18-foot direct drive utility, and the Seamaster Twenty a "roomier and stauncher 20-foot utility that can ship a he-man cargo of luggage, camp gear, or provisions . In his book The Real Runabouts I, author Bob Speltz notes, "Shepherd did not switch from wood [to fiberglass] as most other inboard builders did and it seemed by 1960, the wooden inboard runabout market had all but dried up." And with that, so did the Shepherd Boat company.