Typhoon was designed back in 1929 by George Crouch. Among
the other famous designs from George Crouch were the ever
popular Baby Bootlegger, and the award winning Teaser, to
name a few. The Teaser became famous by winning the
celebrated time trial against the Twentieth Century Limited
from New York City to Albany in 1925. She beat the record by
more than an hour. The Twentieth Century Limited was the
fastest train on the rails at that time.
The Typhoon origin began with Edsel
Ford. Edsel Ford was an avid race boat enthusiast. Knowing
the background, and seeing the famous Teaser in action,
Edsel Ford wanted a new fast boat just like it for his own
personal use. He contacted the yard that built the Teaser
and had an exact copy built, naming it the Typhoon. The
Typhoon was a large brute, measuring in at 40' in length,
with a 2000 cu. in. Wright Typhoon engine. Like a wild
stallion, she was born to race. She had the seating capacity
to seat up to eight adults, in three separate cockpits, but
without the creature comforts and safety of any windshields.
Edsel Ford never used it as a pure racer, however. His
primary use for the boat was as a commuter speedboat between
the Ford factory and his home in Lake St. Claire.
In 1941, Ford sold it to Howard Hughes who kept it running
during the war years, but soon sold it after the war. The
Typhoon then went through a series of owners over the next
few years ending up in Kentucky. Then in the late sixties,
her current owners had her shipped from Kentucky to Seattle
Washington. In the late 1960's, at Bryants Marina in
Washington, the boat that was docked next to the Typhoon
caught fire. The fire raged out of control, and soon
engulfed the Typhoon . The Typhoon was a total loss.