top of page
Custom Rebuilt 1933 Wheeler Playmate
The original Pilar was owned by Ernest Hemingway, who paid $7,455 in 1934. For 34 years, Pilar remained a constant in his life and sanctuary to him.
After Hemingway's death, Pilar was left to captain and friend Gregorio Fuentes, the inspiration for the classic, "The Old Man and the Sea." The boat was later acquired by the Cuban Government and is now on display in Hemingway's estate in Cuba, Finca Vigia.
We were approached by Andy Garcia and Edward Walson, producers of the major motion picture, Hemingway and Fuentes.
They found Elhanor, a 1933 Wheeler Playmate, which had been in Norman Vanderbuilt's family for 50 years, in upstate New York, to play the pivitol role of Hemingway's Pilar.
She needed a structural refit as well as modifications to be transformed into Pilar, which was a Wheeler Playmate like no other. The boat was no set piece, but a working boat that needed to meet the rigors of the sea as well as the film shoot.
The new Pilar took about eight months. Without any blueprints or drawings, all plans burned in a fire, and the original still in Cuba, Moores Marine relied on photographs and input from Hilary Hemingway, Wes Wheeler and Andy Garcia.
After stripping Elhanor, she is ready to be refit.
As we gained momentum, Pilar was coming to fruition.
Working on the bottom to make sure the new Pilar was ready for the water.
Painted to be as classic as the original.
Hemingway on Pilar.
Pilar's transom in 1935 with Hemingway and friends aboard.
Jim Moores takes the wheel as Pilar hops into the water.
The final product, Pilar is a beauty and we can't wait to see her on the big screen in "Hemingway and Fuentes."
bottom of page