Barbara Dianne

Steven and Barbara Dewire, Blue Ridge Chapter 1966 20’ Century Arabian, Barbara Dianne, with a 1966 390 Ford Interceptor (285 hp, 8 cyl) engine. Named for my wife of 44 years, this boat is one of 44 made in 1966. The initial restoration was completed in 1985 by a previous owner. He installed the mahogany…

Cat’s Meow

By Marc Forman, Blue Ridge Chapter member Photos by Lee Heard and Marc Forman Cat’s Meow is a 1941 Chris-Craft model 101 Deluxe Runabout purchased in May of 1999. Living in South Florida, we found her online brokered through Macatawa Bay Boat works in Saugatuck, Michigan. I was able to convince the owners to video…

Dad’s Boat

by Tom Dunn member of the Blue Ridge chapter The new fiberglass 1968 19′ Penn Yan was bought by my father after a barn burnt down along with our 1960 wooden Thompson. Penn Yan had only started making fiberglass boats a few years before that and they looked almost exactly like their wood boats. It…

Tuesday Tour of Classic Boats 8.3.21

This Week’s Tuesday Tour of Classic Boats begins with Sassy, a 1978 Chris Craft Tournament Fisherman owned by Ron and Mary Konyndyk. It was photographed by Ewelina Konyndyk in the channel between Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. Its home port is Muskegon.   Betty Jane is a 1955 Chris Craft Corsair. 45 feet. Twin 350’s replacing…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.27.21

Above is a Circa 1995 “Buffalo Mini Boat” actually manufactured in Buffalo, New York. It was advertised in Motor Boat Magazine with two adult women and was said to easily navigate the “Ice Bergs” in Buffalo. Owned by Ed Dominiak of the Niagara Frontier Chapter, she is powered by a 2hp Evinrude and is said…

Tuesday Tour of Classic Boats 5.18.21

This week’s Tuesday Tour of Classic Boats is led by a 1941 Chris-Craft 19-foot Custom Barrelback, The boat is owned by Rob Wilkinson, Pacific Northwest Chapter. Rob restored the boat is his carport over the past twenty-two years with a new bottom and a few planks here and there plus a thousand other projects, wiring,…

This Boat Had to Be

By Ken and Cynthia Miller, Blue Ridge Chapter July 2018, while RVing in New Hampshire, we heard about ”The 18th Annual Vintage Boat and Car Auction” at New Hampshire’s Boat Museum in Wolfeboro. Sounded fun, so we attended and enjoyed the day. Afterwards, we started searching for similar events. We found “The 54th Annual Antique…

Georgiana

By Laurence G. Kolk member of the Blue Ridge chapter It was this particular motor launch that master boat builder Bryan favored to replicate; the classic integrity of batten seam construction was his inspiration. But he added new technology on power with a Honda four stroke outboard. Harry’s vision was to explore the limits of…