Runabout

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Runabout

A 1935 example

A runabout is a small speed boat that can be used for fishing, skiing, leisure, or as a tender to a larger yacht. The runabout concept came about in the 1920's where varnished wooden boats were powered by powerful outboard motors. Early manufacturers were GarWood and Chris Craft. After WWII the traditional runabout began to fade away, as aluminum boats were cheaper and easier to construct. During the 1960's composite materials began to take over the industry and runabouts took on more exotic shapes. A current trend towards retro styling has come about and new composite runabouts are being built with wooden inlays and veneers to resemble their ancestors.

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