This Week’s Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats begins with 1956 Chris Craft 25’ Express Cruiser named Take Two. Take Two was self-restored over a 10 year period. Owners Tom and Heidi Frye of East Grand Rapids, MI enjoy Take Two on the many lakes and rivers of the great state of Michigan. The photo was taken in “Government Bay” in the Les Cheneaux Islands, in northeastern Lake Huron.
Betty Jane is a 1955 Chris Craft Corsair. 45 feet. Twin 350’s replacing original Hercules diesels. Dale Harris & Alexander Watson from Cincinnati, OH are the owners. Betty Jane was found sinking in her slip at Lake Texoma, Texas in 2001. Restored over 2003-4, they cruised to Ohio via the Arkansas, Tennessee, Cumberland and Ohio rivers in 2009. Alexander Watson wrote a book about their journey. River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America, is a travel narrative about their adventure across the American Heartland from Texas to Ohio.
“Sniffing the Wind” is the name of this picture shared by Glenn Murray. The photo was taken during a fall outing on the Rideau River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’s not just humans that have a strong relationship with our woody boats. The boat is a 1972 Gielser Georgian Bay named Tonic. The dog is a Labradador Retriever named “Juno”. Glenn and Wendy Murray are members of the Manotick Chapter.
In response to the posting of Dennis Mykols’ wake photos, James Seufert sent us this beautiful shot taken over the transom of his 1952 15-foot Lyman named Florence & Mary II. Florence & Mary II is powered with an Evinrude Big Twin with 25 hp.
The picture on the left came in response to the Wake pictures, also. Leagh and Lynn Gurllays, Okanagan Chapter, shared the Wake picture of their 20.5-foot Woody at Crescent Beach, BC last summer and the wake view is still great even at an idle. The picture of Woody is from the membership file with this quote from Leagh:
“I restored this boat app. 27 years ago, and it gets used many times during the summer months. It is always garage kept when not in use. This is one of the best boats I have ever owned as it has a full 8 ft. beam. Woody has lots of room inside and is very stable in all types of sea conditions. Every year ( during the winter months) I take another part of the boat apart for preventative maintenance , as in the mid sixties I took a wooden boat building apprenticeship course.”
Just for KIX is a 1950 Chris Craft 17′ Special Runabout with a KBL engine. Just for KIX is owned by Ken Kixmoeller who is a member of the Bob Speltz Land O Lakes Chapter.
Foster Busby and Deborah Cook, members of the Blue Ridge Chapter, share this picture of Baby Crib. Foster says, “This is our 1958 17′ Sportsman, purchased as is in 2012–got it running (K motor), let it soak, and took it to ride on beautiful Lake Murray SC. Since we bought it, we’ve been blessed w/3 grands, hence the name! Baby Crib is still running and floating, havin’ so much fun with it, restoration has been postponed probably till I retire!! (3 other Chris Craft’s in the back yard!!)”
This beautiful wake at sunset picture was taken by Richard Stout when he boated on Lake Geneva with Ella, a 15′ 1956 Chris Craft Cavalier. Ella was named for his grandmother who had a summer home on Lake Geneva. Delavan Lake Boat Shed kept it in good condition. Now Richard Stout has moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and misses the boat.
Richard says, “PS. I am a member at large in Vancouver Canada and think the ACBS is “the best”.”
We would like to see a picture of your boat in the next Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats.
- email the picture to [email protected]
- include the boat owner’s name
- include year, manufacturer, model of boat, and name
- tell home port and/or where picture was taken
- give credit to the photographer, if known
The Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats Archive can be found here.