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1979 Squire Shop

Restoration of the 1979 Squire Shop unlimited hydroplane is under way. Designed by Dave Knowlen and built by Norm Berg, this was the boat that legendary driver Chip Hanauer used to scored his very first Unlimited victory.

Follow the progress of the restoration here and by visiting the 1979 Squire Shop Restoration Blog.

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Latest Activity: Aug 5, 2017

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Comment by Gary Laws on December 14, 2016 at 5:36am

You can also find updates at:


here you will find a ton of restoration progress photos, videos, and historical information.

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on December 13, 2016 at 9:08pm

Follow along as we continue with this restoration, updates can be found at the link below..


Comment by Phil Lampman on November 24, 2016 at 10:36pm

Do you still need the Heavy Duty Shop vac, or are you waiting for the boat to dry out? I was going to bring mine down, but unless you need it this weekend, I'll plan on bringing it down on Turesday morning.

Comment by Gary Laws on November 24, 2016 at 11:11am
The hull has been pressure washed out, we are getting close to putting it back together!
Comment by David Knowlen on November 22, 2016 at 10:27pm

Norm Berg and I are excited to see one of our Norberg boats restored.  Thanks,, Squire Team!

Comment by Gary Laws on November 13, 2016 at 6:46am
Excellent work guys, I wish I could have been there!
Comment by Timothy Ramsey on November 12, 2016 at 6:14pm

Okay a quick change of plans, the left sponson is now off of the boat as when we started to remove the cockpit it was very clear that the left sponson was in a much bigger hurry to come off than the cockpit was.

A special thanks to Steve Compton for the hard work to get this off today, Tuesday will be another day and we'll begin removing the right sponson then..

Comment by leonard feeback on November 10, 2016 at 8:09pm

Hi Gary, your going to need some really big shop vac's from the look inside that left sponson. Most of the hull looks pretty good for being out in the weather for so long.

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on November 10, 2016 at 7:16pm

The decks are off and the cockpit is close to laying on the floor thanks to the crew lead by Steve Compton tonight. Nice work guys..

See you all Saturday morning..

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on November 4, 2016 at 5:30pm

Gary and I will be at the shop tomorrow morning until about 12:30 to start making plans for disassembling this old gal, drop by and say hi if you are in the area..



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