The Inaugural Chattanooga Motorcar Festival held in mid-October 2019 was a Concours d’Elegance show featuring antique, classic, and exotic cars, along with a rally, time trials, and antique and classic boats. While there, I ran across this awesome custom-built boat. Dixie Flyer is a 2016 Wilson Watercar designed and built by Lance W. Wilson of Runabout Restorations, Ltd. in Guntersville, Alabama.

The construction of the hull sides, decks, and inside detail is of African Mahogany, plank on frame with battens using epoxy adhesives. The bottom is made of plywood adhesives. Everything is stained and varnished in a traditional manner.

The boat is a one-off original rear drive runabout designed to resemble a mid-Twenties style gentlemen’s racer. The bottom design has been modified to provide maximum speed as well as a level ride.

The engine is a 1966 427 cubic-inch Ford FE developing 410 horsepower to a Borg Warner direct drive marine transmission.

The dash, gauges, and steering wheel are all meticulously made.

The interior is upholstered in red tuck ‘n roll leather.

The details of this beautiful boat are exquisite from bow to stern.

Lance Wilson can be contacted at Runabout Restorations, Ltd. from their listing on by clicking here.


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