Two emails regarding Whirlwind boats both involving life support and the eventual Bic lighter. Here is Howard’s email and story…..
By H. Percival Johnson
For those of us that save old boats, there comes a time when it is clear that no one is interested in the worst of the collection. As the rot progresses, the mice become a community, wasps lay in wait, tires go flat and covers deteriorate. Why keep this up? How about a bonfire? Do you know anyone with a big machine? These pictures tell the sad story
For some years the boats were still inspiring, there was hope then, but now it is clear, no one wants them, no one will ever lift their hand to bring them back. Don’t worry though, our forefathers made plenty of these great boats. For you restorers, there are 45 more boats waiting right here at Oldtimeworld. For now, bring your hot dogs or marshmallows!
How well they burned! How quickly they were gone, Many hours of careful craftsmanship, perish easily. Looking into these flames our imaginations see the beauty, the pride, the good times had, the adventures experienced, the fish caught, the days of swimming and fun, sparkling and crackling, wending their way skyward, on to that great place above, – heaven for old boats.
Friend of mine has a 1957 Whirlwind project boat…high end project boat…very complete, hull has a hole Below the spray rail (painted area…not bright…easy enough to patch). New transom, chromed hardware done and nice, on a ratty trailer, no motor, but I have a nice period 35 ‘rude to make up a package if need be. This boat is well worth restoring and very complete as to parts….new decks no installed but material cut and ready etc etc. Boat is in Deltaville.
Could/would/should you wish to put this on woodyboater as a daily feature, we might could find this worthy boat a good new home.
$500 bucks for the boat……$200 for the motor……good home more important than $.
So there you have it. Any one want a Whirlwind clinging on to dear life? Speak up.
Howard, here is your chance to redeem yourself from your burning the sacred molded plywood…..whats another dream in the barn…