Miss Lakeside | 1925 Vintage Hickman Sea Sled

Miami, FL, US

Miss Lakeside | Vintage Hickman Sea Sled 28ft

US $189,000

Miami, FL, US



Miss Lakeside, has a unique hull design, named Sea Sled, came from Canadian engineer and inventor Albert Hickman, who started building boats with an inverted-V hull before World War I. Sea Sleds were very fast and the U.S. Navy and Army used them during the Great War. Their exceptional speed was produced by funneling the bow waves beneath the boat along with captured air that cushioned the ride and reduced friction. The V-shape gradually flattened to create a zero-degree deadrise at the transom that reduced the wetted surface the same way vents and steps are used in many modern monohulls.
Miss Lakeside was built in 1925 at 27 feet, 6 inches in length, with a 9-foot beam and a 1-foot draft. A double-planked mahogany hull was braced by steel-reinforced oak frames. She was powered by a 200-hp, straight-six gas engine manufactured by the Hall-Scott company, an innovative marine engine that shared the overhead cam design developed for airplanes and employed in Duesenberg automobiles.
The Sea Sled’s exceptional speed also came from a surface-piercing prop system, which just like the lifting strake was another patented Hickman invention. The straight, horizontal shaft passed beneath the floorboards directly through the transom just above the planing surface. Hickman’s original Sea Sled steering design relied on aft-mounted side panels that swung out to force the bow to turn in the same way an aileron forces an airplane wing to lift. Hickman stubbornly stuck to this system, even though Sea Sleds turned much slower than other boats. Today, Miss Lakeside features a large 3-bladed, surface-piercing bronze propeller as designed by Hickman, but is flanked by two teardrop rudders with exposed linkages.
In their time, Sea Sleds were among the fastest boats in the world. In 1914, an off-the-shelf 26-footer with six people aboard made a trip from Boston to Bar Harbor, Maine. In fog, large seas and gale-force winds, she averaged 30 knots and topped out at 40 knots. Criminals liked Sea Sleds, too. Rumrunners used them and when thieves robbed a Vanderbilt mansion, their Sea Sled outran the police.  Between 1925 and 1934 over 6,000 Sea Sleds were built under license in West Mystic and Groton, Connecticut.


  • Length: 28ft
  • Beam: 9' 0"
  • Year: 1925
  • Hull: Wood
  • Status: Active

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  • Length Overall: 28 ft
  • Beam Measure: 9' 0"


  • Total Power: 200
  • Engine Brand: Hall Scott
  • Year Built: 1925
  • Engine Model: OHC Straight Six
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Unleaded
  • Engine Power: 200 hp

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