This is a story of a Restoration

I restored this boat from April 2006 to October 2008. You will need to go to the very bottom, October 2008, to find the biginning. See blog archive on the right side.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It's Bragging Time!

If The Crash Test Dummy brags, (which is all the time) then so can I.

I GOOGLED my name. I found way too much info on me. But some of the things I found pleased me. Most of my boat show trips were there, and this is the one I wanted every one to see. Hee Hee

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Last Purchase

I found this on E-bay and bid on it. It is a very rare 1959 Century 19 foot Resorter. The "Carrier Deck" front deck makes it VERY rare. I drove up to Seattle area on Friday, spent the night with Norm and Marge Nelson, then picked up the boat on Saturday morning. I was home by 1 AM Sunday morning.

Now who wants me to restore this boat for them????? Or buy it?

Friday, September 3, 2010

McMinnville, Oregon...Spruce Goose

Here are some pictures of Howard Hughes' wooden troop carrying flying boat that he built from 1944 to 1947. This plane flew just 8 months after my boat was delivered to my home town. For more, GOOGLE Spruce Goose. It could carry 750 fully equipped troops.

These last two are models of the construction out of birch plywood. The skin is about an eighth of an inch thick, made of 9 plies of very thin birch layers. The wing span is 20 feet longer than a football field. It is made of 95% wood. A man can walk upright in the wings, and thus service the engines while the plane was flying.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Toledo, Oregon

This is my boat, The Other Woman. ^^^

Tugs, sail boats, row boats and mine. Mine was the only varnished mahogany boat there.

On the Way Home

Stopped and spent the night in McMinnville, Oregon. I will go through the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum today. That is where the Spruce Goose is now located. Pictures later.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Friend Came to See Me

When I made plans for this boat show in Oregon, a classmate of mine from 55 years ago, who lives in Olympia, WA, said he would like to come to it. We kept in touch, and yesterday, Garth Holmes, from the home town of my youth, came and spent part of the day with me. We had a wonderful visit. He bought me lunch, gave me two of his novels, and I took him for a boat ride. He said that was the first time he had been in a speed boat for 54 years. Garth was the Senior Class President, and we had not seen each other for 50 years until our 50th class reunion 6 years ago.

Thank you, Garth, for coming.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Toledo, Oregon

I'm in Toledo, Or. That's at the west end of US 20 hwy. It sure was a beautiful drive over here!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

At McCall, Idaho, August 14-15, 2010

These two pictures are of my boat and my friends, Randy Reed and his daughter, Susanah.
Also my boat.

On Saturday we went on a parade around the South end of the lake, to show off our boats to the locals. Then early Sunday morning we went on a full throttle run to the North shore and moored on a sandy beach. It is a beautiful lake.

On Thursday, the 19th, I'm heading for Oregon for another boat show. My boat was/is not being judged at these shows. Just talking to the people and having fun.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I'm in McCall, Idaho

Man, I've been busy. It sure is a fun boat show!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Count Down

Three days until I leave for McCall, Idaho for a boat show on Cascade Lake.

Monday, August 2, 2010

OK, Now I Know I'm Crazy

So I found this boat in Pleasent Grove, UT. I just can't help myself..........

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Starting Count Down

Getting ready for the McCall, Idaho Boat Show. I will leave Friday morning, the 13th of Aug.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tarp and Dock rash on my boat.

This was caused when the tarp ripped on the way home from Texas, and the soot from the diesel engine entered and etched the varnish.

The same side, starboard, same problem.
While loading my boat at Texas, a dock hand let it get away and it smacked the concrete wall.

A little sanding with a sanding sponge, and a coat of varnish, and all is well.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

At K & W 3

This is another concept auto. It is a 1941 Chrysler. I found 3 examples of this car on the Internet, besides this one, so maybe 10 were built. I don't know what this is worth, or what it sold for. It was offered at one of the auctions that took place there.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

At Keels & Wheels 2

This is a 1955 Lincoln. It was built for Henry Ford II. It was the only one built. It is called a "concept car". It was not built to drive very much, only as an idea for a possible future design. It is amazing it survived.

This car was purchased by it's present owner in 2001 for $1,300,000, and was then restored over a two or three year period for who knows how much. Of course it is not driven. Think of the responsibility of the people who haul it around the country to show it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

At Keels & Wheels, one

These are pictures of some of the cars that I used to own when I was a youngster.

This is a 1952 Oldsmobile. I owned one like it during 1958.

This is a 1941 Ford. I owned one like it from 1953 thru 1955. It was my second car.
This is a 1954 Austin Healey 100. I bought it in early 1962, and I was T-boned in an intersection by a person who ran a stop sign in July of the same year. It was destroyed, and nearly killed me.

I had many other cars during my life, but these were at the show, and brought back fond memories. I was surprised that not one 1941 thru 1948 Chrysler product was there. Nor a single 1958 Chevrolet. I expected, and hoped, to see a 1948 Tucker but it was absent. Only 53 of them were built.
More on next post.