Last updated Feb 4, 2009
This is one of those stories about "I sure wish I had kept it!" Even though I was, and still am fully aware that the main objective of wooden boats is to " Make a hole in the water for your money to run through!!!" I bought this boat while in the Army in Kansas, drug it home to Nebraska for a while and then to Texas due to a transfer. It's condition was far less than desireable, though it did float (as long as the bilge pumps ran at full force!) and the motor started running coo, as it was supposed to after I made the discovery of part of the massive plumbing being disconnected. I played with it for a while, until a 3 foot section of one of the 4 inch boards on the BOTTOM of the boat decided to depart on it's own journey, with me 2 miles from the dock!!
Thank God for the power of a Buick 401 Nailhead!!!!
Next came the structure and upholstery restoration process. Enjoyable, but not quite like building a car that will make big tires into little ones in a matter of seconds!! As I finished the wood and upholstery, I was transferred to a Military Installation near the Susquehana River, 2 miles upsteam from the Chesapeake (or however you spell it!) Bay, where one of my sons still young enough to be with me and I had a truly geat time. Rebuilt the motor and played in the BIG WATERS!! Only tore up one prop, as I forgot about the tide, being from the midwest.
Reality is that had I kept the boat, it would have long since rotted without a permanent slip to store it in. The greatest thing about a wooden boat is the knowlege you are FORCED to gain, just to have it safe to play with. It was a lot of fun and would take those 4000# around 70MPH, which surprized many a challenger, some of which were extremely poor sports about being whipped by an antique!!!
19 feet long
325HP Buick 401 Nailhead, inboard powered
Took a 1 1/8 inch stainless steel shaft to hold the prop
Top speed (clocked by another boat) was 70+ Knots/hr
On take-off, full throttle brought the front up to a 45 degree angle for about 2-3 seconds, and then in slammed the water into a plane that just about tosssed one out the back!
Just more evidence that my mind has never exceeded 17 yrs old!!!
All the fiberglass trim around the top edge was painted Orange, instead of the original White
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