Van Dam Cedarville 26.5 Runabout

Completed Project



The Cedarville 26.5 is a modern interpretation of the classic lapstrake runabouts once common on American lakes from upstate New York to Wisconsin and beyond. This wood/epoxy constructed boat was designed by Michel Berryer of Van Dam Custom Boats in Boyne City, Michigan, to be the project boat for the “Career Boat Building Course” attended by our second-year students.


  • Advanced Lofting Techniques
  • Epoxy /Wood Cold Molded construction
  • Joinery
  • Engine Installation
  • Systems Installations


  • LOA: 26′ – 6″
  • LWL: 19′ – 2½”
  • Beam: 8′ – 6″
  • Displacement: 5400 lbs
  • Power: 300hp Mercury Cruiser
  • Capacity: 6
  • Hull Speed: 45 mph




  • Cold molded hull with 1 ½” bottom and ½” marine plywood lapstrake hull, epoxy encapsulated through-out
  • Sapele keel
  • Alaskan Yellow Cedar longitudinals
  • Sapele Furniture and bright-work
  • Port Orford and Sapele sole
  • Port Orford ceiling
  • 300 HP Mercury V8 engine with Borg Warner V drive transmission
  • Hydraulic steering
  • FINISH: White hull with burgundy boot and sheer strake, buff decks, bronze bottom
  • Varnished Sapele and Port Orford

What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

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