The Higgins Classic Boats Association welcomes you to our website providing information about Higgins pleasure craft from the 1940's to the 1960's. We are a private not for profit group dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Higgins Classic Wood Boats throughout the world.
Founded in 1998 by David Thomas and Bill Foy as a simple newsletter group, we have grown in size and experience over the past 20 years providing Higgins Pleasure Craft owners a venue of a community family while carrying on the American legacy of Higgins Industries and the stories behind the boats. Every two years our group has an biennial meeting. In the past years we have come together a number of times displaying our beautiful Higgins pleasure craft. Last year we met in Seabrook, TX.
Higgins Industries, known for producing and designing the largest number of PT boats and Landing C
Higgins Classic Boats Association� is a Marque Club of the Antique and Classic Boat Association.
Paul and Marge Morris of Des Moines, Iowa.
It seems every now and then another Higgins pleasure boat is saved, rescued or discovered. First of all.... THANK YOU! There are not very many of these rare and fine craft left out there. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Even if you do not want to join our club, please go to the CLUB APPLICATION page and print it off and send it to us. We are in the process of collecting as much information as we can. Once assembled, we will share it with everyone. Thank You Again.
Marge Morris - Pres. Higgins Classic Boats
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Jeff and Renee Davey, owners of the "Jefferey Dave" win annual Higgins Classic Boats Assoc. award, Junior Judging Runner-up and ACBS Silver Award at this years annual International Antique and Classic Boat Association Boat Show in Port Huron, MI
The "Jeffery Dave"1949 23' Higgins Deluxe Convertible
Owners - Jeff and Renee Davey
In their words...."It all began when we acquired the boat in 2016 from Pastor Keith Lingwall who had some restoration work done about 8-10 years ago. The boat had been missing the complete windshield for quite some time... maybe 30 or 40 years? After pulling up the flooring, we saw that we were in trouble! The boat needed a total restoration including a new keel, frames up to the front seats with the rest needing repair. All new wood was white oak with 2 coats of West epoxy. A new bottom was installed with West epoxy system. The original Chrysler Royal 8 cyl. was pulled and a rebuilt 1997 350 Magnum MPI 300 HP was installed. The new engine is located 10 inches forward from the standard location allowing more aft cockpit room and easier planing effort. All new wiring, new fuel tank and dual exhaust were added. New seat bases with completely new interior upholstery (by Renee, the First Mate) was done to compliment the red and white color scheme. Top decks were painted high gloss red, custom striping was added to the sides to match "Covergirl", our Higgins 19' Deluxe Runabout. A custom mahogany windsheild was crafted and designed trying to keep some the original design, but also to improve the appearance (I think we accomplished that!)
The name "Jeffery Dave" comes from a Dunphy Jeff's parents bought new in 1965 and named after their 10 year old son Jeffery. So with that history in mind, it only seemed right to use that name once again.
This Higgins is roomy, dry and fun to ride in with plenty of power. It was an overwelming restoration at times but the awards and compliments have been well worth the effort! We are happy to have saved one more rare Higgins Boat and look forward to her enjoyment for many years to come!"
GREAT JOB JEFF and RENEE!!!