A face only a rudder could love!
The absolute high lite of the Algonac trip was a short…to short visit to Algonac Marine Cast, formerly known as Algonac Cast Products. What ever their new name is, this is the mother load of original parts for your classic boat. Really! They’re not only still in business, but under new ownership and doing well and an open and friendly ownership, and for the first time ever, open to you to order from them. In other words, you don’t need to be Chris Craft to order from them. The folks there could not be nicer, wait did I say that already.. So? It can’t be said enough. OK one more time, this time in pictures.
We have no idea what he is making, but its cool.
That’s one heck of a strut
Working on a special strut.
Cleaning out something
Pulling out parts molded in sand.
We could have taken this picture 50 years ago and not changed a thing. And yet, I bet there still is no better way to do things. The perfection of time tested methods of quality.
The place is a working time capsule of the way things in America were, are, and should be done! It just made my varnished heart sing to know that such places are still around.
Even the rusty fence is cool.
Keith parks here.
Even the work truck is bad ass! F350 manual the truck of the gods!
Look at that lettering. All hand made and original to them. Right on the front of the building
This flag pole is very cool. I am so going to try and replicate this. They were a bit upset that they could not find the original flag.. but they promise one will soon be flying.
The architectural detail screams American industry at its best!
Even the building is cool. This could have been photographed 50 years ago as well. I vote this place the best preserved business in Woody boating!
Right across the street from a Beer shack! Perfect location I say!
I suppose the beer place has been there a while too!
Oh, they got parts.. original castings, molds of every part in the classic boat universe, but don’t have them all cataloged yet. There is a paper way to figure it all out. but hard work needs to take place to locate and digitize it all.
It’s all there. The best part is some of the employees have worked there for over 40 years and can tell you were it all is.
That will take some time and maybe a fantastic effort by the local ACBS chapter to help with. They have drawers, shelves, rooms, buildings full of stuff that needs to be categorized. Heck, Terry Feist did 10 minutes of looking and found a very hard to find vent. Bam.. He was blown away.
Terry’s vent find
Rudders headed back to the furnace. Not good enough! That’s good old quality control at its best.
Stuff headed to the furnace room
Poring metal into a sand form
Time is marching on in classic time
the interior could be a movie set. Everything is there and working hard
Just a cool office of one of the halls. look closely.. That’s a cast race boat on the desk. Hell ya!
There is a ton, OK, maybe tons of cool stuff here for the gear head. This is an old template for some sort of sign. Made of wood.
Rooms of this stuff
The finished product ready fro shipping
The original bear claw design, in Mahogany. Just right there on a wall. Mother of god, put that sucker on a shrine and lets pray to it every day!
Bert looking at some rare Donzi parts
Bert Harris scored some amazing Donzi vents as well. Rare stuff? Not any more. Its all right here…someplace.. Which by the way, only makes it that much cooler. So.. now you’re wondering, I need a vent from a , or a rudder for my whatever thing.. They have an old website, yes, at some point a website was made and a catalog. But that is for companies like Sea Ray that are clients. For us it’s more of a special one off thing. Or for some enterprising folks, maybe a way to order rare cant find stuff and sell them as a continuation of original parts from the original cast. Same serial number, same everything, not a reproduction. The fantastic thing, is that it’s all right where the boat gods intended them to be. Algonac!
They had some old paper work from back in the day. The Woody Boatress found parts ordered on her birthday.. the day and year she was born!
More papers of orders
the Boatress and Jimmy.. She was honestly impressed. Really! My wife enjoyed touring a metal casting place. That’s how cool and nice it was.
A huge thanks to the folks putting the show together and including this on the trip. And a huge thankyou to the fantastic folks at Algonac Marine Cast.. There I said it one more time!