Fitzke Bugbite Modern Classic Race Boat

Posted: August 17, 2019
Fitzke Bugbite Modern Classic Race Boat

Kevin Fitzke the boatbuilder has gone from Bootlegger to Bugbite, and despite the latter sounding smaller and less grand than the former, the opposite is true. A couple years ago we saw the Fitzke Bootlegger Paddleboard, a stunning SUP designed after prohibition-era airplanes and wood boats from the 20s. This year, Fitzke is adding a motor and a zippy spirit to his water farer, debuting his hand built Bugbite Modern Classic Race Boat.

Bugbite is a 17' single step boat crafted to the 1935 design of A.A.Apel, but fitted with modern advancements in adhesives, cold-molding, two part urethane paints/primers, and two part urethane varnishes. Its frame components and planking are marine-grade mahogany and white oak, with structural fasteners of silicon bronze and chrome plated brass. This is probably the one Bugbite I be glad to have on my ass all summer long.

The Bugbite motors along under the power of a rebuilt GM 283 cubic inch flywheel forward engine, with a Borg / Warner hydraulic manual transmission that produces around 190hp. In addition to its mighty mite size, Bugbite gets its name from the saying, "Once you're bit by the boat bug you're hooked."

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