circa 1960's - 26' Gage-Hacker Premium Show Restoration

Note: this is available for sale, please inquire

At the customer's request, we did not replace the original bottom but some hull side planks needed to be replaced.

the original deck was removed

Hull sided were stripped and faired in preparation for stain

transom frames rebuilt and re-planked

new stain and varnish on hullsides and transom

Beautiful ribbon stripe African Mahogany

the authentic Gage-Hacker wedge stripe is painted in white on the hull side after two coats of varnish, designed for William Gage by Sparkman & Stevens Design firm of Chicago.

MBBW made all new forward and aft deck frames and hatch frames, and redesigned the structure to provide superior performance and strength.

a new custom built fuel tank was fabricated in stainless steel and set in place

new forward deck fastened with stainless and bunged


hatches fit very precisely, deck bungs have been ground down, and the deck is now ready for long board sanding 

long board sanding

Coverboards and king plank stained

One coat of sealer and varnish on the stained areas

Staining the center areas of the hatch covers

beautiful contrast and color combination!

Two coats of varnish applied to the deck,


Matt installs 3M-5200 compound to fill the deck seams, they will be cleaned flush and then allowed to cure.

A fantastic mixture of hardware including deck and hullside vents, step strips and siren from Riva, a modified Chris Craft windshield, other pre- and post-War CC hardware, some Century and some miscellaneous 1950's American hardware adorn the massive decks of this beauty.  They have been laid out, position located and mounting holes have been drilled.  The hardware will be removed to complete the varnishing process and then will be reinstalled after the final coat of varnish.

The boat received eight builder coats of varnish with sanding in between and one final coat.  A stunning custom mahogany and bird's eye maple dash with Riva and Chris Craft influences was designed and constructed by Mike Teusink.

We installed the 1970's Cadillac Eldorado 8.2 liter/500 cubic V-8 that has been converted for marine use and associated running gear.

The boat went on to win Best in Class at the 2005 Lake Geneva Wisconsin Classic Boat Show

MBBW premium leather interior was used for the seats and custom re-chromed hardware some made by Riva.

Now complete, click here to see the finished boat and water test

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Macatawa Bay Boat Works
297 S. Maple Street  Saugatuck, MI 49453
Phone:  (269) 857-4556  Fax: (269) 857-4218