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Recently sold exquisite 1969 RON JONES 17′ ‘JUSTA PEST II’ spotted in the wild

This particular boat which came from the Michael Taggart collection was seen on Instagram yesterday being shown in a what appears to be a Florida Marina waiting transport to the new owner. We were told by a viewer back on our Facebook Page that the boat will be going to the Dayton Ohio area.

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Michael Taggart has long held a passion for vintage cruising, though his particular style is a bit different from the prototypical Mecum Auctions’ customer. Taggart prefers to fulfill his need for speed on the water, and preferably in something made primarily of wood.

With about 25 years spent building this collection of vintage race boats, Taggart assembled an awe-inspiring group of more than 20 fine examples, ranging in size from 12 to 20 feet and dating back as far as 1929. Taggart stored his fleet in a 120-foot-long pole barn on Higgins Lake in Michigan, where Eb Wickes spent more than 15 years caring for the boats as the collection curator, boatwright and mechanic.

The collection encompasses a host of ultra-rare runabouts and more, including a restored 1937 Ventnor E Class gentleman’s racer featuring a spruce frame and batten seam planks of white cedar. One of the rarest in the bunch, the beautiful boat took First Place in its class at Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show in 2009. There are others in the collection that also boast award-winning histories, including Taggart’s 1946 Ventnor 18-foot Deluxe Runabout that took Best in Show at the Antique and Classic Boat Show in Clayton, New York, and Restored Best in Show at the Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels, Maryland.


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