1948 Higgins Deluxe Sedan Cruiser 26’
Powered by a Chrysler Crown 115 hp
Owned by Jeff Oppenheimer or Monrovia, IN
The Andrew J was found in a barn in Oklahoma and towed home in an ice storm early in 2012. The boat was restored and brought back to life by Dan Nelson of Nelson Boatworks in Minnetrista, MN. Her hull is painted Okoume plywood.
The Andrew J is the only 1948 26’ Deluxe Sedan Cruiser known to exist. She is appropriately named after the founder of Higgins Industries, Andrew Jackson Higgins. Andrew’s daughter, Dawn Higgins Murphy, still resides with her husband Bob near New Orleans and has sanctioned the name.
She is powered by the original 115 HP Chrysler Crown engine and runs eloquently through the water with the same hull configuration as the swift PT Boats of WWII, built by Higgins Industries.
In the past few years, she has won many awards including the prestigious Best of Cruiser Class-Preserved at the 2012 ACBS International Boat Show held at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.