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1954 24' Shepherd Hardtop

This Shepherd is in excellent condition, it has received many awards; the most recent being Best Classic Cruiser at the 2016 ACBS Show.  Current owner has taken friends on numerous ACBS cruises across the eastern US including on:  the Mississippi, the Three Lakes Chain, the Eagle River Chain, the St. Lawrence, the Rideau, the Upper Ottawa, the Hudson and the Finger Islands of Huron.  The hardtop with crank up side windows and windshield wipers provides both space for friends and foul weather protection during cruise events.  To our knowledge this Shepherd is the only 24' hardtop in active use.  Shepherd offered hardtop versions of their classic open "V" driver cruisers, but very few were built.  The hardtop version has 6 inches more freeboard and a foot shorter deck to provide more space under the hardtop.  It also includes a second row of forward seats, in addition to the large aft bench seat.  The open 24' Shepherds had only one row of seats forward.  The hardtop arrangement accommodates up to eight under cover, and seating for four more than the open cruiser arrangement.   The original Hemi V-8 has been rebuilt.  In addition to replacing the transom, the chines, frames, all of the interior side paneling, flooring and fuel tank have been replaced.  The power train has been converted from a remotely activated hydraulic shifter to a classic floor stalk shifter for greater ease of docking.  Boat is equipped with a Garmin GPS, an InterPhase forward scanning sonar and a marine phone.  These units are mounted on a mahogany bracket in front of the dash on the right side of the helm.  These units make cruising much safer.  All seats have been re-upholstered in a shade of green matching the steering wheel and the new stalk knobs.  Comes with a custom built removable maple picnic table which can be installed in front of the rear bench seat.  A tandem axle trailer with brakes as well three boat covers are included. $69,000