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Bob Speltz Real Runabout books

Postby John Hart » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:39 pm

Has anyone looked at or purchased any of the BS Real Runabout books?

Just wondering which might have the most about Thompson's, Cruisers, Lymans, etc... maybe none of them....

Any recommendations would be appreciated...

Thanks.

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Postby johnpthompson » Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:46 am

I think it vol4, but there is only one that deals with outboards and it does have chapters on both Thompson strip built and lapstrake boats with pictures. Some of the information is not correct. For example, the motor rating of a boat pictured, etc.

It will be next weekend before I can get to my where my copy is located. On the front cover is a lake scene with outboard boats.

Andreas may be where he can confirm the vol. #.

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Postby johnpthompson » Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:50 am

I just went on the ACBS site and it is Vol. IV. It is available there for thirty dollars.

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Postby LancerBoy » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:09 pm

Yes, Volume 4 has the most information on outboard boats. It has sections on Thompson Bros. Boat Mfg. Co. (one on strip built and one on lapstrake), Cruisers, Inc. and T & T Boats.

It might have a chapter of Lyman, but will be restricted to outboards.

As John said, it is full of inaccuracies. Bless the work done by Bob Speltz, but he was replying on inaccurate information. He did not do much if any fact checking. I never met Bob, but was three term president of the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. I know his sister Mary Keating and have been in her home. She has ridden in my Thompson boat too.

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Postby John Hart » Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:08 pm

Great... thanks for the info fellas......
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