A Lake Geneva Classic
The Gage Company has been part of classic boating since the launch of the first steam boat on Lake Geneva in 1873. Since then Gage Marine has restored, designed and built vessels from mahogany skiffs to elegant yachts over 100 feet in length. However, of the historic boats that have plied Lake Geneva waters the wooden Gage-Hacker craft has become a tradition in Lake Geneva history.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is a long, narrow lake that can be prone to rough waters when the wind blows east to west. Therefore, in the late 1950's, Russell and Bill Gage set out to design a wooden boat specifically designed for handling the rough waters of Lake Geneva. Bringing John Hacker out of retirement for one last project, the team tested and refined a hull design in the University of Michigan wave tank, which simulates the "Lake Geneva Chop"
Known for their smooth ride, beautiful lines and great craftsmanship the Gage-Hacker brand has always been recognized as something special in wooden boats.
The design of the original Gage-Hacker goes back to John L. Hacker, who was a naval architect of international renown and whose designs are closely identified with speed on the water. He is most famous as the creator of the non-pounding Hackerform hull, which is designed for maximum performance in any kind of weather condition. John even waived his design fee to have his name associated with these fine vessels - unfortunately; it was the last project he worked on before his passing.
There were originally two Gage-Hacker model designs which began production in 1961. The first model was the "22" and had a length of 22'6" and a beam of 7'5", draft of 24" and contained a V-8 with 240 hp. The second model was the "26" and had a length of 25"10", beam of 8'3", draft of 24" and contained a V-8 with 300hp - although there was the option of a twin engine installation increasing the power to 600hp. Production of these models continued till 1967.
A New Tradition
Following years of development, Gage Marine decided it was time to bring back and update a classic. Starting from the original design, Gage Marine raised the bar on wooden boats by establishing a new modern standard for utility runabouts - the result being the "Tradition and Riviera Series". Starting with African and Honduran mahogany, every Gage-Hacker is built to a precision design. Even an inexperienced boater can instantly recognize the quality of the joinery, the elegance of the design, and the smooth performance of the machinery and vessel as she glides effortlessly through the choppiest of waters.
The boats are built using the cold mold process, have triple planked bottoms and are hermetically sealed with an epoxy sealer. This virtually eliminates any potential for rot and greatly reduces maintenance expenses.
The signature smooth ride is achieved through a unique bottom design combining a convex shape with a deep V hull and stepped chine. Mechanically, only the finest equipment is used - making it perfect for everyday use whether it be a day of watersports or an evening cruise.
A Gage-Hacker is truly an investment in quality and something that can be enjoyed for decades to come.