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Owner History:

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' WILDCAT15' FISH-SKI17' LARK
17' LARK17' LARK15' WILDCAT
19' WILDCAT16' VICTOR19' WILDCAT
16' VICTOR15' WILDCAT15' WILDCAT
   

 

RACING MODELS

13' HUSTLER WILDCAT13' HUSTLER WILDCAT16' HUSTLER WOODEN BOAT
15' HUSTLER TUNNEL15' HUSTLER TUNNEL15' HUSTLER TUNNEL
LINCOLN PART CHICAGO 196815' HUSTLER WILDCAT15' HUSTLER WILDCAT
15' HUSTLER TUNNEL16' HUSTLER VICTOR16' HUSTLER VICTOR
JIM UMBARGER JR FOX LAKE IL 1968JIM UMBARGER JR 19' HUSTLER WILDCAT 1968JIM UMBARGER JR 12' SWITZER CRAFT 1953
LINCOLN PART CHICAGO 1968FIRST HUSTLER BUILT 196215' HUSTLER WILDCAT
JIM UMBARGER JR 1972JIM UMBARGER JR 197216' HUSTLER TUNNEL
15' HUSTLER TUNNEL14' SWITZER CRAFTHUSTLER BOATS 1968
13' HUSTLER TUNNEL16' WOODEN HUSTLER 196316' WOODEN HUSTLER 1964
16' HUSTLER WOODEN BOAT

 

 

 

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