Riptide

Featured as the “Queen” of the 1939 National Powerboat Show, she was purchased there by restaurateur Howard Johnson,  After losing a race with her, she was traded back to Elco for a larger yacht. In the early 1950’s, she purchased by mobster Moe Dalitz, who first kept her in Detroit, and later kept her on Lake Mead where she was used as a hospitality boat for his new hotel, the Desert Inn.  Later she was owned by Marion B. Hicks, who owned the Thunderbird Casino.  She was later moved to San Diego and then to Los Angeles. During the early ’80’s, she was featured in 53 episodes of the TV show :”Riptide”. After the show’s end, she fell into disrepair in San Pedro, CA., where her present owners saw her and fell in love. They spent five years doing a complete restoration while cruising the waters of Southern California. They moved her to Port Orchard, WA in 2010 and undertook a second restoration. She is a multi-award winning vessel including “Peoples Choice” at the Bell Harbor Wooden Boat Festival, “Best Power” and “Peoples Choice” at the Olympia Wooded Boat Festival, “Best of Show” at the Des Moines (WA) Waterland Festival, and “Best of Show” Rainbow Harbor Classic Yacht Festival.