Love at First Sight

by G. James Sammarco member of ACBS The first time I saw it, it was rolling slowly against the dock pilings on Chautauqua Lake, NY. My family vacationed at Chautauqua since 1915 but had never owned a boat. It was love at first sight. It was delivered to my Uncle Charlie on the Fourth of…

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1963 Formula

By Robert DiNesco, Sunnyland Chapter Bob DeNisco, Jim Wynn and George Peroni were all childhood friends and graduates of Miami Edison high school. After military stints and college each found their way to be involved in the offshore boat racing community in Miami, Florida. The Cigarette was the progeny of Don Aronow’s vision of a…

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The King

By Edward Cox, Blackhawk Chapter Our Streblow V Drive “The King” came to us from Indiana in the spring of 2019, just in time for a summer on the water. Measuring 28 feet and weighing in at 8,000 pounds, everyone agreed that he surely would be “The King” of Geneva Lake. Already 20 years old,…

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1973 Pay’n Pak

By Ken Muscatel, Pacific Northwest Chapter It remains one of the most popular unlimited hydroplanes ever built. To this day, the deck-to-deck duels between “The Pak” and “The Bud” remain legendary. Dave Heerensberger’s Pay’n Pak was as revolutionary in its design and construction techniques as it was popular for the futuristic wing on the back…

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1956 Safticraft

By Dallas Cooley, 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 my father’s houseboats.…

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1965 Correct Craft Barracuda

By Steven Horwood, ACBS Member Sitting on a 1965 Vance tandem axle trailer and repowered with a Ford 5.0L, MISSing AuTrain is a 1965 Correct Craft Barracuda. I purchased the boat in November of 2010 here in Michigan, after being assured by the previous owner of intact stringers, only to later find out that 70…

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