Wood Carver

1965 Carver 17’ Commander  Powered by 1978 Evinrude      70 hp

Owned by Don and Kathy Parker, Kimberling City, Missouri

Wood Carver is a lapstrake 17’ Carver Custom Commander.   Carver’s lapstrake hulls featured a characteristic soft ride as a result of full length triple laminated oak keelson, pre-shaped  solid oak stringers, white oak ribs, double planked oak transom and 3/8” 5-ply marine plywood planking.  Carver continues to build boats today, but certainly not of oak and plywood.

Wood Carver was previously owned by Blaine and Lisa Waknitz and was restored in 2002 by Mr. Paul Morris of Des Moines, Iowa.  Paul and Marge Morris, Heartland Chapter members, are the owners of Cedar Tree, Inc., a central Iowa supplier of marine plywood, epoxy and consulting services.  We acquired Wood Carver from Blaine and Lisa in September, 2008.

In 2012 Wood Carver received some refreshening and modifications including a new rear seating and storage configuration providing room for a new 18 gallon primary fuel tank, auxiliary fuel tank and storage for life preservers, fenders, dock lines, etc.

Wood Carver has trailered to numerous classic boating events including Bay Harbor Michigan, Grand Lake Oklahoma, Lake Hamilton, Beaver Lake, and Lake Ouachita Arkansas, Table Rock Lake Missouri, Lake Eustis, Lake Dora, and Lake Harris Florida.   Her home port is Kimberling City, MO and her outboard power allows her to be a “12 month vessel”.

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