For more than 15 years, Will Stout has been the Founder and President of Realmark Development LLC, a Cape Coral-based Florida development firm. More importantly to those of us in the antique and classic boating community, he is also the owner, along with Marina Grill LLC, of Rumrunner, a magnificent 2005 Hugh Saint/Hacker 37-foot Commuter, powered by twin Crusader 8.1 HO 8-cylinder engines rated at 425-hp each.
Rumrunner’s hull is a 1949 design by John Hacker. While the original plans were for a triple-cockpit runabout, the boat’s design was modified in 2003, by naval architect Charlie Jannuce to that of a commuter. Rumrunner was built by Hugh Saint, Inc. Custom Boats in Cape Coral, Florida, for Will Stout, and was delivered in 2005. She was cold molded using West System epoxy and Honduras mahogany.
She has two independent steering stations, along with a queen-size bed, full head, bar, shower, refrigerator, running water, air conditioning, and Bose sound.
With seating for 20 people, the boat has a very versatile design that can be used as a day boat or a pocket cruiser. I first saw Rumrunner at the 2012 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance where she was named Best Party Boat.
At the 2015 Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival we came upon Rumrunner again. On that occasion, my wife, Patrice, and I had an opportunity to meet owner Will Stout. He graciously invited us, along with a whole line of other people, to come aboard for a ride on Rumrunner. Wow! What a thrill that was. With her deep-V hull, she cuts through the water smoothly, giving her passengers a very pleasant and comfortable ride. The upholstery and general appointments of the boat are simply outstanding. During the course of the ride, Will offered a number of the passengers an opportunity to take the helm.
At the 2017 Charlotte Antique Boat Show, we ran into Will Stout again at a party at the home of Ed and Judy Longino in Statesville, North Carolina. Ed is the owner of Lisa Ann, a 1930 Chris-Craft 20-foot Model 100. In an upstairs loft area, Ed and Judy have a real live, full-size boat on display. I happened to be admiring the boat with Will, and I asked him if he had a real boat inside his house too. His response was, “Well, yes, as a matter of fact I do.” It’s good to be king, I guess.
Light and fast, Rumrummer is surely a true joy to own and drive. One thing I can tell you for certain – it is FUN to ride in!