At the height of the Prowler’s popularity, the list of Forest E.Johnson’s friends, acquaintances, and clients included celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Sam Snead, Don Aronow, Sam Griffith, Ernest Hemingway, and even the president of the United States, Richard Nixon, who once dialed up during a brief economic downturn to assure himself that his favorite boatbuilder was okay.
This was the FIRST fiberglass 23' the legendary Forest E Johnson built, going from his favored fragrant cedar to smelly polyester,
"In 1968, he did two fiberglass Prowler models,” says Johnson Jr. “One was a 32-footer and the other a 23-foot runabout.”
She is an excellent 'RESTO-MOD' Classic, combining classic racing pedigree with all modern accoutrements.
Mercrusier 502 MPI 415 HP Fuel Injected, Stainless Marine exhaust system, Bravo Outdrive, 3 blade stainless prop, Galvanized two axle boat trailer, Merc 280 Trim Tabs, Rear sunpad, front seat are also drop out bolsters, dual batteries with switch and built in battery charger, fresh water tank with shower unit, Garmin GPS Sounder with internally mounted transducer, Opening windshields left and right, Stainless tube oversized Bimini top, boat cover, all safety gear, LED nav lights.
From a 2015 Article by Captain Bill Pike for Power & Motoryacht Magazine:
"It was a simple plan. Forest Johnson, one of the biggest names in the marine-photography biz, would drive north to Orlando from his home in Ft. Lauderdale with the archival material we’d been talking about for weeks. I would simultaneously head south from the ol’ ranchero in Tallahassee and meet Johnson at noon in the lobby of Orlando’s J.W. Marriott Hotel, where we’d kick back, enjoy a sandwich, look the archival stuff over, and talk about Johnson’s boatbuilder dad, Forest E. Johnson. With luck, a story would result, focused primarily on a series of classic wooden powerboats built by Forest E. between the late 1940s and the late ’60s, each distinctively designated “Prowler.”