Wine Time

by Michael Wetzel member of the Finger Lakes chapter In the summer of 2015 we finished our new boat house on Skaneateles Lake, complete with 2 boat bays; one the standard 10’ wide for modern boats and one 8’ wide for a wooden boat. The problem was we didn’t own a wooden boat. In fact,…

Bo-Peep II

by Ronald Lane member of the Pacific Northwest chapter Hacker-Fermann Naval Architects Co. of Detroit Michigan advertised plans for a “New 55-foot Bridge Deck Cruiser” which allowed customers options of equipment and furnishings. On December 11, 1925 Mr. Ivan Kirlin signed a contract with the Defoe Boat and Motor Works Co. of Bay City Michigan…

Vanquish

by Gregory McLean member of the Thousand Islands chapter The Vanquish caught my eye at first glance – as a classic inboard river boat and that was enough to spark my initial interest. My lap-strake Lyman needed work and without a boathouse I thought fiberglass might be a more durable way to go. I had…

Playing Favorites

by Jon & Kait’s V8s member of the Lake Hopatcong chapter Chris Craft, Grey Marine, Chrysler, Cadillac, Palmer, the options are too many to choose. Pre-war blue, post-war blue, Grey Marine green, Fireball-red, how is one supposed to pick? Asking me to pick my favorite engine is like asking a mother who her favorite child…

The Caravelle

by Mike Yancey member of the Heartland Classics chapter Caravelle Boats began in 1966 and at the time were manufactured in Conway AR by Centark Industries which went out of business in 1982. However, the brand was resurrected, but financial issues resulted in another change in ownership in 2010, moving the company to Americus, GA…