Del Van Emmerik is a talented vintage boat restorer from Maple Grove, Minnesota – specializing in unique, early fiberglass marques, often the finned variety. At the 2010 Sunnyland show, we had an opportunity to see a Larson Falls Flyer he restored which was simply amazing. Del also restores and specializes in vintage Tee Nee Trailers for the antique & classic boat hobby.
Del also has this uncanny ability to find rare and unusual boats hidden in barns and stored under old tarps around the country. And then he goes ahead and restores them to original condition for everyone to see, learn about and enjoy. This year Del brought his perfectly restored, rare and unsual 1966 7ft Cir Craft to the ACBS International at Geneva Lake. No matter how you measure it – It’s still 7 feet long.
Del said that when he picked it up, it was in rough shape. Those twin skis / runners (or what ever you call them) running along the bottom were deteriorated and had to be completely re-built from scratch. After numerous attempts to find the right length, he started long, and launched the boat, water testing it over 40 times – continuing to modify the skis / runners until the attitude of the boat was maneuverable and safe to operate.
The restored Cir Craft performs great with the vintage 40HP Mercury outboard, Del wouldn’t have it any other way. He says they often use it to tow the kids around the lake and for water skiing, although it has limited seating capacity… Note the cool ski tow set-up with the small wheel that runs along the curved tubing.
Del Van Emmerik is passionate about his projects and always willing to take time to visit with folks and teach them about these vintage water craft. Thanks to people like Del, future generations will have the opportunity to see and learn about what the marine designers were dreaming up back in the 1950’s & 60’s.