After high school in 1953 I went to work for Switzer Craft Boat Co. building wooden boats in McHenry. I worked for them for ten years. I then received a Supervisor position at OMC in Waukegan building fiberglass boats for three years. I quit my job in 1965 and started designing and building my own line of fiberglass boats under the brand name of Hustler.
We shipped boats to several countries and licensed my design to be built in England where they were displayed at the London boat show.
Among my most interesting sales was a boat to Johnny Carson for his kids to use and also one to the congressman from Hawaii in 1968.
At the same time, I was designing and building the boats along with racing them.
In 1967 I became National Champion in the duo engine unlimited class and was inducted into the Boat Racing Hall of Fame. My wife Jane and I went to New York to the Essex House for the award ceremonies.
We started retailing boats in McHenry in 1972 and still do to this day. I sold the boat building business in 1982 to concentrate on the retail business. We built a storage and boat service center in Solon Mills near Richmond, IL in 1988 where we can store over 400 boats. My two sons Dan and Jim, one daughter Brenda, and my wife Jane work in the business with me.
We are the 2nd oldest Suzuki Outboard Dealer in the USA starting with Suzuki in 1979; also, since 1974, have been one of the largest sellers of pontoon boats in northern Illinois.
Here is some of the boat models we produced over the years.
BOATS DESIGNED AND BUILT BY JIM UMBARGER JR.
100'S OF BOATS BUILT BETWEEN 1963 AND 1983 13' WILDCAT 15' FISH-SKI 17' LARK 17' LARK 17' LARK 15' WILDCAT 19' WILDCAT 16' VICTOR 19' WILDCAT 16' VICTOR 15' WILDCAT 15' WILDCAT
13' HUSTLER WILDCAT 13' HUSTLER WILDCAT 16' HUSTLER WOODEN BOAT 15' HUSTLER TUNNEL 15' HUSTLER TUNNEL 15' HUSTLER TUNNEL LINCOLN PART CHICAGO 1968 15' HUSTLER WILDCAT 15' HUSTLER WILDCAT 15' HUSTLER TUNNEL 16' HUSTLER VICTOR 16' HUSTLER VICTOR JIM UMBARGER JR FOX LAKE IL 1968 JIM UMBARGER JR 19' HUSTLER WILDCAT 1968 JIM UMBARGER JR 12' SWITZER CRAFT 1953 LINCOLN PART CHICAGO 1968 FIRST HUSTLER BUILT 1962 15' HUSTLER WILDCAT JIM UMBARGER JR 1972 JIM UMBARGER JR 1972 16' HUSTLER TUNNEL 15' HUSTLER TUNNEL 14' SWITZER CRAFT HUSTLER BOATS 1968 13' HUSTLER TUNNEL 16' WOODEN HUSTLER 1963 16' WOODEN HUSTLER 1964 16' HUSTLER WOODEN BOAT
BOAT RACE IN OHIO
|100'S OF BOATS BUILT BETWEEN 1963 AND 1983|
|13' WILDCAT||15' FISH-SKI||17' LARK|
|17' LARK||17' LARK||15' WILDCAT|
|19' WILDCAT||16' VICTOR||19' WILDCAT|
|16' VICTOR||15' WILDCAT||15' WILDCAT|
|13' HUSTLER WILDCAT||13' HUSTLER WILDCAT||16' HUSTLER WOODEN BOAT|
|15' HUSTLER TUNNEL||15' HUSTLER TUNNEL||15' HUSTLER TUNNEL|
|LINCOLN PART CHICAGO 1968||15' HUSTLER WILDCAT||15' HUSTLER WILDCAT|
|15' HUSTLER TUNNEL||16' HUSTLER VICTOR||16' HUSTLER VICTOR|
|JIM UMBARGER JR FOX LAKE IL 1968||JIM UMBARGER JR 19' HUSTLER WILDCAT 1968||JIM UMBARGER JR 12' SWITZER CRAFT 1953|
|LINCOLN PART CHICAGO 1968||FIRST HUSTLER BUILT 1962||15' HUSTLER WILDCAT|
|JIM UMBARGER JR 1972||JIM UMBARGER JR 1972||16' HUSTLER TUNNEL|
|15' HUSTLER TUNNEL||14' SWITZER CRAFT||HUSTLER BOATS 1968|
|13' HUSTLER TUNNEL||16' WOODEN HUSTLER 1963||16' WOODEN HUSTLER 1964|
|16' HUSTLER WOODEN BOAT|
|BOAT RACE IN OHIO|