“In 1976 we set out to buy a classic boat at Sierra Boat Co.
Somehow…we ended up buying the whole company.”
George G. Hall, December 2012
ACBS NC/LT Chapter Historian Wayne Mooers interviews and presents George G. Hall and his Sierra Boat Company memories.
He invited me into his Orinda home and shared his 90 some years of family and boating stories with me. And with due respect, George (Dode) Hall agreed to also let me share some of his special memories with his classic boating friends and customers alike. Dode celebrated his 92nd birthday this year. He is a 1983 founding member of our Northern California / Lake Tahoe Antique & Classic Boating Society Chapter and together with his Sierra Boat Company family, he has played a major part in regional and national classic boating’s growth and enjoyment over the past 40 years.
He’s also the guy who went to Italy, put his money down, and started importing the classic Riva boats into North America in the 1980’s. He’s the gentleman who for 20 years opened his company doors and marina to the Concours d’ Elegance in the past, and in September 2016, welcomed our ACBS International Show into his facilities. Today his company is still the caretaker of the largest “collection” of classic boats stored (some 250 wooden boats) on his Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe California property, more
than anywhere in the country. Please join in with your fellow ACBS friends in honoring the man – George G. Hall, and his Sierra Boat Company’s family classic boating story.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
And so his story continues.
Dode passed away peacefully
Sunday, Sept 6, 2020
Enjoy his whole 2016 interview here.