This is Mr Gar Wood's personal race boat that he raced Miami to Bimini in 1966 and won!
In 2007 the current owner started his re-fit with a lot of NEW parts and work listed below...2-455 h.p. Caterpillar Engines with 150 hours, New Shafts, Struts, Gears, Longitudinal cockpit deck, Transom, Dash, Head, New 600 gal fuel tanks, New 265 gal water tank, Hull was epoxied by Gar Wood in 1966, New $5,000 Raytheon bottom machine, Top Speed of 42 mph, When idling she uses 2.4 gallons per hour and has a speed of 8 mph, Over $400,000 spent in three year restoration. She is a replica of Gar Wood's 1922 46 ft. Gar Jr. that held a 53.9 mph speed record from Miami to New York and this record was held for 35 years. The owner has researched this yacht and he believes that she was built in 1952 and raced by Gar Wood and his team. Jan Saxton Yacht Documentation in Fort Lauderdale has in her research produced a Title (year built 1965) from Mr Garfield A Wood and Gar Wood Research Division.
Ft Lauderdale Office
The discovery of an authentic Gar wood...Being involved in boating since the age of five and growing up on the great lakes I was intrigued when I found an original Gar wood. Not just a Gar wood but the old mans original race boat. The boat that he built in 1952 and died with in 1971. The ORCA was raced until 1963 when she hit a reef during a Miami to key west race. She sustained damage to her port side bottom. Gar wood drug her back to Miami where she was hauled out at Norseman boat works on the Miami river. she was fixed, and cold molded epoxied. I have a picture of Gar Wood himself standing next to the hull when she was upside down. Gar wood put the ORCA back to work racing and fishing. Theresa Wood was Gar Woods daughter in law and after extensive research I located Theresa in Tulsa Oklahoma. She told me about taking the ORCA fishing on her all girls fishing team. Upon Gar Woods death in 1971 the ORCA was auctioned off to settle his estate. Gar wood built the ORCA on Fischer Island, which he owned. The ORCA went to work smuggling marijuana. She was confiscated twice for drug running even though she never had been caught with drugs in her possession. She was much too fast for that with running speeds of 63 m.p.h. After numerous owners my wife and I bought her in 1999. We honey mooned and lived aboard her for five years. Anthony Mollica who wrote the book about Gar Wood provided much information about her calling her the ghost boat. In 2005 my wife and I decided that the ORCA needed restoration. Since I have restored many vessels we undertook the task. Three years and four hundred thousand later Frankly Scarlett had new engines, tanks, longitudinal aft deck, shafts, struts, paint, and more. At one point she looked like a swimming pool. Painstakingly, she was put back. As age befalls upon us we are now trying to find a good home for her.
3704 Del Prado Blvd. S
Cape Coral, FL 33904