1907 Excelsior Pulling Surf Boat
General: Neither self-righting or self-bailing; 27ft. LOA, 6ft. 8in. to 6ft. 9in. maximum beam, 2ft. 6in. depth amidships, sheer of gunwale 1ft. 6in. to 1ft. 8in., sheer of bottom 2 to 4in.; 4 thwarts for up to 8 oars rowed in double-banked configuration; sprit sailing rig of jib and mainsail with centerboard.
Construction: double-ended carvel built hull of cedar planks over oak frames with copper fasteners; side and end air cases of copper; cork-filled canvas fenders.
Built by: Higgins & Gifford Gloucester, Massachusetts
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1914 Beebe-McLellan Motor Surfboat
Nearly all Beebe-McLellan type motor surfboats were purpose-built versions rather than conversions of the pulling/sailing model. Self-bailing but not self-righting. Dimensions: 25ft. 4in. overall length, 7ft. 0in. maximum beam, 2ft. 9in. depth amidships; single 2 cylinder horizontal, 8HP Van Auken gasoline engine with twin propellers; maximum speed 7.11 St. MPH; equipped for rowing and sailing as in pulling model, but with one less thwart (i.e., 3 thwarts for 6 oars rowed double-banked plus either steering oar or tiller/rudder); double-ended clinker built hull of cedar planking over white oak frames, copper fastened.