This is the steel bodied Mullins I mentioned yesterday.
Wooden ribs and gunwales.
The Outboard Special was their model designed for detachable motors.
If you want to hear the history of the boat industry tersely and interestingly told, make it a point to run across C. C. Gibson of the W. H. Mullins Co., some day and get him to talk.
Gibson's pet hobby is “specialization in boatbuilding". He believes that it is all right for some builders to build boats to order of any size and at any price, but he will tell you that for 20 odd years the Mullins company have confined their operations to the building of power boats ranging in size from 16 to 26 feet and they have left the “big work" to the other fellows.
“Specialization has a double-edged advantage" says Mr. Gibson. “It helps the builder because he can bring all his ingenuity to bear on a few sizes. It helps the boat buyer be
to the details. He has already disposed of nearly all the space allotted to exhibitors and has many applicants for the little space left. This winter the show will be larger and better than ever. More space has already been engaged by manufacturers than at any previous show in the history of the association and consequently things look very good.
(1916 Power Boating, Volume 15)