Hellzapoppin II

Designed and built by - John Goodhue Jr.

Current owner & restorer - Mike Michaud

Michauds Inboard Marine

John Goodhue Sr. was born in 1868 and was a Senior Captain, land developer and boat builder on Lake Winnipesaukee until he died in 1948. John Goodhue Jr. was born in 1904 and was also a land developer, master boat builder and tanker captain for City Service. He owned and operated boat yards in Weymouth and Braintree Massachusetts where he built hundreds of boats for the government and the private sector. Hellzapoppin I was an 18' Higgins design with a 12 cylinder Scripps engine. Hellszapoppin II was designed and built by John Goodhue with a Ranger 12 cylinder aircraft engine at his Weymouth Yard in 1946. He then moved back to New Hampshire in 1948 after WW II and in 1950 he built and operated the Goodhue Boat Yard in 1950 in Glendale, where the NH Marine Patrol Headquarters is now located. He died in 1974.

Hellzapoppin II is currently owned and being restored by Mike Michaud in Acton, Maine.




Project update by Mike Michaud on 1/19/2015.


Worked on the rudder assembly this weekend. The top steering assembly was missing, so I kinda guessed what it might have looked like. Exposed for the first time since the 1940's, the six 18 gallon fuel tanks and the insides of this boat are like new. All the framing was covered in aluminum for air flow around the huge Ranger aircraft V-12 engine. This one-off race boat had no engine stringers and the bottom (planing keel area) is 2-1/2 inches thick. For additional strength, new engine stringers have been installed.


Mike is currently researching the history of the boat, so please contact Mike if you have any photos or information about this historic vintage race boat.

Mike Michaud

Acton, Maine


Michauds Inboard Marine



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