Prewar Lionel-Craft Boats
A clockwork mechanism inside a Lionel-Craft boat operates the propeller. After the mechanism is wound and released, the boat can travel on a body of water and automatically return before the propeller stops. To get the boat to return, the rudder needs to be secured at an appropriate angle.
Pleasure boats (also known as runabouts) were produced from 1933 to 1936, and again from 1938 to 1941. Racing boats were made from 1936 to 1937. Note that boats made from 1933 to 1934 did not have seated figures.