I know I know, it’s not made of wood. But there is a strip of wood like stuff on the dash. So it’s in. This thing is stunning. It looks like a 1969 Z/28 made sweet love to a bass boat in the garage. And this came out. It’s pure 60’s – 70’s muscle, and the beauty of it is that you can floor it all day long, go deaf and smell like pure exhaust. life is good! It’s the right color combo, and … god this thing is cool. But then again it’s no surprise, because its the latest resto for our fellow Woody Boater and boat hoarder, Alex Watson. Who has some of the sweetest boats on the planet.. Tommy Mertaugh from Classic And Antique Boats in Hessle has done another killer job here.. Here is the story of this months boat of the month in Alex’s own words.
From Alex just last week. It’s all done just this afternoon. I believe there is none finer. Tommy Mertaugh and his people did a superb job and made many excellent decisions along the way to keep things authentic. I’m so happy with the outcome.
Yes, that is original carpet… Gotta love that shag! The X-K 18 boat has 325 original hours. Engine has perfect compression.
Everything was restored to original, except the gauges. I decided to buy new ones — totally period (cool) — because there is no consistent photo evidence of what was original. Even the handful of people I reached out to who own XK-18s had non-original gauges. Each owner’s pics showed different. But I’m on the case. I have one other XK-18 with the correct, short sweep Sun tach, but the other gauges on that boat are non-original.
It’s a start. So currently, my gauges are no less original or correct than any one else’s. But I will find out what is correct and get that done as soon as I can.
Strange story re the navigation lights I’ll relay to you. They are correct. Even my anchor one is correct. (Chris sourced these telescoping Jetsons, so they are different from the ones on my XK-19 and Grand Prix.)
And, yes, its placement on the engine deck is original on my boat, while others had theirs placed where one would expect — on the center of the stern.
Wish my pics to you were better. But it’s an almost impossible boat to capture in pics. The eye sees it totally differently than the camera. For instance, rear 3/4 shots make its butt look big. Yet standing there looking at the boat, the lines look super. I think it calls for a better photographer than I.
The metal flake completely messes with my (decent) point and click camera, making capturing the color almost impossible. Too much information to process I figure.
Total chick magnet. Said the married man with three kids. My sons better be nice to daddy now!
This Chris Craft is a testament to cool design in the days of Chris Craft who made cool fiberglass boats. When I see boats like this and a silver arrow, I wonder, is it the material that boats are built in, or just crappy cheap design that we all detest. Hats off to Chris Craft, Tommy Mertaugh, and Alex.. We will of course be up in Hessle this summer as part of the Big Lake Weiner story. And share with you all a water test on this sucker. mmmm I can almost smell those duel exhaust right now… shhhh.. can you hear it… Ahhhhhhh all is good in the world..