Bob Yandt built dozens of boats in the fifty plus years his Yandt Boat Works operated on Lake Coeur d' Alene. Through the decades the Yandts designed a variety of craft that cut through the water at impressive speeds. Two vessels built in the early 1920s became some of the lakes most famous racing boats.
“He started building race boats and had some of the fastest ones on Coeur d' Alene. The Greyhound which was built in 1921 and then followed that a year later with Atta boy and both of them won the Coeur d' Alene Regattas. The Greyhound spent a long time on Coeur d' Alene Lake. It was converted into a taxi boat on the lake and then it sat for many years on land in the Coeur d' Alene area. Then a boat restorer in western Washington purchased it, Alan Thomle, and he had it for a number of years and finally two years ago decided that he would restore the boat.”
Alan Thomle finished the Greyhound just in time for the ACBS International Show in Coeur d' Alene. For the first time in decades, the completely restored Greyhound again graced the waters of the lake.
“Actually I got the boat about nine years ago but it just sat in storage in the back of my shop.
Of course we knew this big, international show was coming up in about a year and it had always been kind of our dream to get that boat done for a big show like that and it would be right here where it was built. It was built right here on this sight in 1921 and it was a champion here on the lake in '21 and '22. They had their regattas back then, they were a big thing and a big part of the history here in Coeur d' Alene. It's just kind of a real special thing to me, to be able to get the boat finished in time because we didn't know if we could even make it, especially these last two or three months. It's just been constant work, just work every day like eighteen, twenty hours a day, just about every day to get it here. We made it. It's just a neat thing.”