Foster photo, February 2016
MAYBE NOT II, the 1926 22’ Nunes Brothers built, stepped hull, Tahoe vintage race boat is back.
And so our Northern California chapter’s Antique & Classic Boat Society’s story continues. This story is all about vintage race boats, about wood, and about glory. In February our Chapter President Barbara Foster and husband Dan backed Maybe Not II into their Sunnyside, Lake Tahoe driveway. The Casey Brothers, Carnelian Bay, had just completed a 2-year restoration. Barbara and Dan stopped, and just let their moment, and the Maybe Not II story “reconnect” a little bit. The parts of this racing boat’s story spans 80 years now. Here’s an overview for our Wood & Glory June event…. where Maybe Not II will be proudly reintroduced again.
“Fleishhacker Wins (1931) Lake Title. Dollar’s MERCURY takes second trailing by three seconds; fire, spills, provides thrills.”
“ Yet neither Dollar nor Kaiser had counted on the re-emergence of another swift craft of yesteryear; Herbert Fleishhacker’s MAYBE NOT-II. It was this speedster again which would take home the coveted trophy (Championship Race) that day, capturing the headlines again. “Back in the field after a four year absence, Herbert Fleishhacker Jr.’s MAYBE NOT II skimmed to victory against the close second of Stan Dollar Jr.’s MERCURY in the annual Tahoe Power Boat Club races last Sunday. Leading all the way three seconds ahead of the Dollar entry sped by the checkered flag …in a thrilling meet marked by plenty of excitement and near tragedy.”
Source: Carol Van Etten, page 41, in her book: Lake Champions, In Pursuit of Tahoe’s Racing Title, 1914 – 1958
MAYBE NOT II Overview:
Year built: 1926, Nunes Brothers Boat Builders
Length: 22 feet
Construction: Hull: Double plank mahogany, oak framing, copper rivets. Deck: White cedar, canvas covered.
Power: Original – 510HP Liberty, Current: 1960’s era Chrysler Hemi V-8, with 2 quads. Estimated speed: fast.
Design: Original – Aft cockpit, stepped hull hydroplane. Converted to double cockpit runabout; restored back to original.
Restoration: Casey Brothers, Carnelian Bay. 80% of boat’s original bottom and hull saved. Decks replaced.
Current Owners: Dan & Barbara Foster, San Ramon, CA. Contact Dan @ 925-785-4662
Past Owners: Herbert Fleishhacker, George “Bud” Emmond, Ralph Sears, David Bardelli, & Oliver Henrickson.
This special boat will be featured in 2016 at: Wood & Glory XVIII, South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic, & the ACBS International Show.
Article presented by Wayne Mooers, April 2016