Redemption

by Dallas Cooley member of the Blue Ridge chapter Best I can recollect, my love for boats began as a kid hanging my head over the bow of my grandfather’s Lazy Days houseboat on Lake Lanier. Watching the V-hull slice through the water with the roar of twin V-8’s was euphoric. The tradition continued with…

The Avenger

by John Heiderich member of the Blue Ridge chapter The Avenger was made by Impala Craft which was a division on Impala Oil Company of Enid, OK. The company was incorporated in 1969 and manufactured boats until 1973. I have not been able to find out any additional information on the Impala Craft company. I…

Grand Lady

By Mike Sabbagh member of the Blue Ridge chapter Growing up in the Cleveland area on the shores of Lake Erie we got into boating and all sorts of water sports in our teens. My older brother bought the first boat in the family, a 14’ Chris-Craft runabout with a 35hp outboard. We’ve owned several…

The Yellow Boat

By Randy Cunningham member of the Blue Ridge chapter Having progressed from a 1968 Glassmaster Tri-Hull fiberglass boat to a 1955 Chris Craft Capri started a new adventure into ACBS and antique and classic boating. Then finding a very rare and desirable 1965 Philbrick and restoring it to a level that made us feel comfortable…

A Love Story

by Dawn Merrill Edwards member of the Blue Ridge chapter Sixty-six years ago, our boat began our family story. In 1954, A.H. Merrill Company, our family run general store in Norwich, Vermont, purchased the 13’6’ Clinker-Built built in Old Town, Maine. My grandfather, Leon Merrill purchased the boat for my parents, Arthur and Dorothy Merrill.…