Story and Pictures by Rob Pryor
After spending the summers at Normandy Beach NJ since 1955 and enjoying the use of the Barnegat Bay, my family and I decided it was time for a new boat.
In January of 1965, we went to the New York Boat Show and found a 16’ Chris Craft Cavalier Ski Boat which would be perfect for our summer fun. We took delivery at Belmar Marina in June of the boat we named Pryority. For the next Twenty Two Summers, we had lots of skiing including five-man pyramid’s, ski jumps, even flying on a “Kite with ski’s” giving us lots of pleasure with our Cavalier.
At the end of 1987, my brother and I became very busy with work and I sold the summer house and moved two miles inland. The next twenty-seven years the Cavalier sat on the trailer in the side yard in disrepair.
In 2015 I decided it was time to rebuild the boat. In February I put the boat in the garage ready to turn it over. I took the 283 V8 / 185hp to Van Ness Engineering for a complete re-build. The engine was completed November. I replaced the ribs and bottom on the boat and did a lot of internet search to find needed parts.
Pryority was completed with the finishing touches and ready for the summer of 2016.
This website serves so many purposes. First of all, it is to share the experiences of those who love vintage boats and boating. Those viewers who are lucky enough to belong to a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society get to share those experiences face-to-face.
This is how you can easily share your pictures and stories:
Individual pictures of a boat will be included in the next Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats
include owner’s name(s), year, make, model, given name, location, and photographer if known
Boat Story may include several pictures. The story might focus on the history, or restoration, or travels with the boat, etc.
Event Report may include several pictures to tell about an event which involved vintage boats or boating.
Announcement – sometimes it’s beneficial to spread the news about a change in a planned event or share breaking NEWS.
Having at least one picture with the announcement helps to present the news, but not necessary.