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  • GW Invader lookalike

    Couple years ago I talked with a guy (I think in Minnesota) who bought moulds and is building GW Invader lookalike 10 footers. I lost the info - anybody know of him? Thanks in advance.


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    Re: GW Invader lookalike

    I think that would be Joe Jenison of Keys Boat but I don't know if he is still building boats. His company is still around but I think he concentrates on boat rentals and fishing charters nowdays: http://www.uscgboating.org/recalls/m...il.aspx?id=GWI

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    • #3
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      That doesn't sound right. This was a fairly young guy and he had only been building for a few years. He was just getting a pretty decent start on promoting them. He was near the western state line somewhere.

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      • #4
        Re: GW Invader lookalike

        Are you sure he bought the molds from GW Invader? Could it be a different company?

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        • #5
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          Bayman:Sorry it took me 6 months to get back to you - I lost the address, etc - for this site - yes - the guy did buy a mold from G-W. I am from the Indiana county where Gray & Wooldridge first built the boat (in garage in Sharpsville, IN) and had one of the very early 10 footers - anyhow - I stumbled across this guy (2 years ago) who builds lookalikes and was not in a position to do anything about getting one - now that I am - I cannot locate the guy or his little operation or the literature he sent me. Thought I would try this site to see if some one might know of him or his company.Long answer to your question.Thanks for any input.

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          • #6
            Re: GW Invader lookalike

            I messed up - he did not buy the mold from G-W - but from whomever held the current rights to the mold (not sure who) but it is definitely a G-W mold. That is what I meant to say. Sorry

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            • #7
              GW Invader

              Actually, Joe Jenison of Key Boats out of Florida bought the GW Invader company. Before that, Roger Harmon had owned GW Invader boat company in Sharpsville and Tipton, Indiana. Originally, GW Invader Boat Company was started in the 1950's by Arne Gray (the G in GW) and George Wooldridge (the W in GW). It was located on Meridian Street in Sharpsville, Indiana. Arne sold his half of the business and moved to Tampa Florida, where he died in 1997. Arne was my grandpa. Recently, I have become interested in buying one of my grandpa's boats...maybe one of his 10 footers. Anyone have one they want to get rid of?

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              • #8
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                Just sold mine. Original invader sweet boat. Put it on craigs list and sold it that day. Im in ga the buyer came from michigan. The invaders in good shape are hard to come by. Google 10 foot invader boats and a few for sale will pop up. They are easy to rebuild and sweet to drive. My kids cried when ours went. Just could not justify keeping it with the new boat. Never saw another like it on any lake we operated it on. And yes I am regretting selling it.
                Monterey 206 br

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                • #9
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                  gw invader grandkid, i just found this sight and was surprised at the interest in the boats. i sold the company in 1995 to an investment group out of Muncie indiana. they kept the company for about 3 years and liquidated it. I brought the 10 footer back out in 1988. I used the old molds left over from your grandpa and George's era. I made new molds from them. I kept the boats as exact as i could. i had emblems steering and interior to match original boats. i did change the lamination and got rid of the troublesome balsa core that caused the death of many of the early GWs. This guy in florida you talk about did not buy the company. If he was making the 10 footer he probably did like so many and copied the boat illegally. i still have the last 10 footer made before George died. i was 14 and built it myself. it has been stored and sits in a climate controlled building now. the boat is just like it was the day i pulled it from the mold. I hope you find you a boat they are and american ikon of sorts.

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                  • #10
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                    Roger, If you wouldn't mind, please help us Invader fans understand the history. As I understand it, the GW Invader Boat Company was founded in 1964 by Arne Gray and George Wooldridge (who I also understand built some pretty slick hydroplanes before starting the Invader company). The company was located in Sharpsville, Indiana. Arne sold his half of the business to George (when?). George sold the business to you (in 1985?). You said you built the last 10 footer from the George era. Did you work for Arne and George as a teenager? (pretty cool summer job). And what's the deal with Keys Boats? I've seen them mentioned by others as well. There are many GW Invader fans out there. From all of us, thank you for your part in the history. I'd thank Arne and George too, if I could.

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                    • #11
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                      Roger, I am glad to have found your post on this site. I have a boat that you apparently built in april of 1975. It is a 15 foot single seat competition style tunnel. It is in rough condition and I am starting work on the restoration and exhibition of the boat. I would love to know any history about this hull as to who designed it, how many were made, who raced them and what class etc.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by brichter View Post
                        Roger, I am glad to have found your post on this site. I have a boat that you apparently built in april of 1975. It is a 15 foot single seat competition style tunnel. It is in rough condition and I am starting work on the restoration and exhibition of the boat. I would love to know any history about this hull as to who designed it, how many were made, who raced them and what class etc.
                        The guy posted once over a year and a half ago and never returned. You'd have better luck finding him by Googling his name, than you will here.

                        Please don't resurrect ancient threads. It's frowned upon. Thanks and good luck.
                        John and Linda
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                        • #13
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                          Seems to me the resurrection connected two people

                          Tis more then a lot of these threads do

                          I'm all for digging up old things, by the way I was able to connect with a guy that posted in 2006

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                          • #14
                            Re: GW Invader lookalike

                            Originally posted by JoLin View Post
                            The guy posted once over a year and a half ago and never returned. You'd have better luck finding him by Googling his name, than you will here.

                            Please don't resurrect ancient threads. It's frowned upon. Thanks and good luck.
                            Huh? I don't understand why frowned upon.....who did I hurt? If a year and a half ago is ancient, what am I?? I belong to other forums and I have never heard of such a thing.........!

                            Sorry if I did something that someone would "frown upon". If this was my forum I would be happy that someone took the time to read, utilize patronize. I was excited about possibly finding some valuable information from the man that built my boat.
                            That was my first post on I boats........Nice welcome

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                              Re: GW Invader lookalike

                              Originally posted by Lrider View Post
                              Seems to me the resurrection connected two people

                              Tis more then a lot of these threads do

                              I'm all for digging up old things, by the way I was able to connect with a guy that posted in 2006

                              Sincere thanks for the positive remarks. My feelings exactly. Glad you were able to make the forum work for you.

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