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— Bugbite —

A modern classic race boat

Bugbite is a 2019 17’ single step race boat hand built by Kevin Fitzke to the 1935 design of A.A.Apel. Bugbite is built using only the best in modern technologies for adhesives, cold-molding, two part urethane paints/primers and two part urethane varnishes. Only hand selected Lloyds Registered marine grade mahogany and first class white oak were used for frame components and planking. Structural fasteners are marine grade silicon bronze and chrome plated brass. Kevin is responsible for hand crafting all wood work, paint, varnishing, gold leafing/lettering, engine rebuilding, mechanical installations and hand forming the aluminum windshield, air scoop and various trim pieces. All hardware is either original 1930’s period or inspired by this time frame. Bugbite is powered by a rebuilt GM 283 cubic inch flywheel forward engine, with a Borg/Warner hydraulic manual transmission, that produces around 190hp. The name Bugbite is from the classic saying “Once you’re bit by the boat bug you’re hooked” and also referencing the rather small nature of the boat. The racing letter “F” signifies the 225c.i. class in which this boat raced in and the number “36” is Kevin Fitzke’s age at the time of completion.

Length: 17’

Width: 5’

Total Weight: approx. 1400lbs

Motor: GM283 190hp


A limited production of Bugbites available for commission. Please write for more information


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