GAD-A-BOUT is an award winning, custom Dolphin Deluxe triple-cockpit, Honduran mahogany-planked runabout, originally built for John Dunlap, the founder of the Dunlop Tire Company. She has had only four loving owners in her 88 years of existence, and all have pampered her and kept her out of the elements in a boathouse.
Re-powered for performance and ease of service in 1980, she traded her Sterling Petrol V12 for the ever-popular Chrysler 318 V8. All hardware and fittings remain original, as do the gauges and controls. She has been upholstered and refinished to stay true to her era.
GAD-A-BOUT is a double-planked, Honduran mahogany, triple-cockpit runabout. She has been re-powered from her original, massive (and impossible to re-part) Sterling Petrol V12. She has been boathouse kept for her entire life, used exclusively in freshwater, and has been maintained to perfection. Other than the re-power, she has been kept original, and has all the in-period hardware, fittings, gauges, etc.
The helm is to port. She has the common, floor-mounted gear selector, wooden steering wheel with throttle, and push-button start. All gauges and controls are as original. The windscreen is vented, and nighttime use is aided by the foredeck spotlight, mechanically operated from the helm.There is luxurious, plush seating for 8 - 10 in the two larger cockpits forward, plus the smaller "rumble" cockpit aft. All cockpits have (new) step pads and oriental rug deck covering.
With an amazing running attitude, with little bow lift, she is dry, quiet and comfortable. The aft cockpit benefits from the addition of the optional spray shield. John Hacker was an award-winning designer and builder of racing boats, and held over 20 speed records and five Gold Cup wins, among numerous other titles, trophies, and victories. The Hacker legacy is one of speed, and GAD-A-BOUT continues to offer a thrilling ride.
In the past six months she has received:
- Refinishing with three coats of Pettit Z-spar varnish
- Pettit Vivid bottom paint
- New exhaust manifold and hoses
- Trailer service including tires, bearings, and brakes
- Engine service
She tows remarkable well, featuring a custom Elite dual axle trailer, with brakes, spare tire, and custom bunking. She offers a full-boat cover, along with individual cockpit covers. Fully appointed, she is offered with all lines, fenders, PFDs, and safety equipment.
GAD-A-BOUT is a multiple antique boat show award winner, including many Best of Show, People's Choice, and Best Triple Cockpit trophies.