PALM BEACH DAYS is a name not seen on the waters of America for over 80 years. Built from Hacker plans by Herb Ditchburn, as RAINBOW III for Canadian Harry Greening, she raced one season and was then sold & renamed PALM BEACH DAYS for the rest of her life.

In 1977 Mark Mason learned that PALM BEACH DAYS was a sister ship to EL LAGARTO, the famous three time Gold Cup Champion, which is retired and resting in the Adirondack Museum in New York.

Mason then placed PBD high on the list of important racers that should be built again one day. Mason, a recognized historian of antique mahogany speedboats, was invited to archaically measure EL LAGARTO and the plans which evolved have allowed him to recreate PALM BEACH DAYS.

Mason believes these lines to be the finest ever drawn by John Hacker and his most famous design. Her distinctively radical stern and ingenious outboard rudder, set design and styling trends which followed for the next decade. She is as breathtaking today as she was 85 years ago.

This historical reconstruction of PALM BEACH DAYS has her lines accurately reproduced and exemplifies the 1920’s era of Gentleman’s Racers. She is capable of carrying 4 people across the Lake and back for dinner, yet race for the championship on the weekends. Seated in her cockpit, the pleated green leather, substantial walnut steering wheel and WWI era instruments, brings one back to the 1920s. Her massively strong hull, immense outboard rudder and powerful modern V8, give her exhilarating performance and durability for a lifetime of enjoyment. With speeds touching 70 MPH, every trip across the Lake will leave you feeling like a Gold Cup Champion.

Designer /year: John L. Hacker,  1923
Original Builder: Ditchburn, Muskoka Lakes, Canada
Hull Style: Gold Cup Racer – Mutliple Step Hydroplane
Colors: Mahogany with Gold Leaf Graphics
Length: 26  Ft
Beam: 6 Ft
Weight: 3400 Lbs.
Engine: 548 Cubic Inch GM V8 Offshore Racing Engine
Performance: Cruises @ 50 MPH,  Top Speed 60+ MPH
Materials: Ribbon Stripe African Mahogany
Construction Details: Vacuum Bag Triple Planked Epoxy Cold Molded
Hardware: Nickel Plated Cast Bronze
Dashboard: Ribbon Striped Mahogany & Vintage WWI Aircorps Gauges
Instrumentation: WWI Aircraft with Bevelled Glass Lenses
Steering Wheel: Vintage Period Walnut Hacker Wheel
Upholstery: Genuine Green Leather
Price: $400,000

For more information, Mark Mason at 603-369-0042 or email

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