This week we heard from fellow Woody Boater Henry Correa Torres near Buenos Aires, Argentina. As the days grow shorter and winter sets in here in North America, the folks in South America are celebrating spring… And looking forward to their woody boating season.

Henry has a very cool Argentinean made 1965 Kennel & Perez runabout that he and his friend Gonzalo Renosto purchased back in 1988 when Henry was just 20 years old. They are the second owners of the boat.

This was a fun story to prepare because Henry & I worked together on the story via e-mail, in Spanish which I then had to translate. So in an attempt to make it easier for Henry and his fellow Woody Boaters in Argentina to read, we are also including a Spanish version of the story.

Esta semana hemos oído de su compañero Woody navegante Henry Correa Torres cerca de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Como los días se acortan y se pone en invierno aquí en América del Norte, la gente en América del Sur se celebra la primavera … Y en espera de su temporada de navegación leñosas.

Henry tiene una muy cool argentinos elaborados 1965 perrera y runabout Pérez que él y su amigo Gonzalo Renosto comprado en 1988, cuando Henry tenía sólo 20 años de edad. Son los dueños de la segunda embarcación.

Esta era una historia divertida de preparar, porque Henry y yo trabajamos juntos en la historia a través del correo electrónico, en español que luego tuvo que traducir. Así, en un intento de hacer más fácil para Henry y sus compañeros de tripulación de embarcaciones de Woody en la Argentina a Reed, también estamos incluyendo una versión en español de la historia.


According to Henry, Kennel & Perez started building wooden boats in the late 1950’s in a factory in San Fernando, a province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Kennel & Perez stopped production in the 1980’s after one of the partners died… The other retired. Through the 1970’s they built boats ranging from 5.80 M (19.0 ft), 6.10 M (20.0 ft) and 6.80 M (22.0 ft).

Según Henry, la perrera y Pérez empezó a construir barcos de madera a fines de 1950 en una fábrica en San Fernando, provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Perrera y Pérez detuvo la producción en el 1980, después de uno de los socios murió … El otro se retiró. A través de los años 1970 se construyeron los barcos que van desde 5,80 m (19,0 pies), 6,10 M (20,0 pies) y 6,80 M (22,0 pies).


Henry’s 1965 19′ runabout was the only model made that year, and was built using native Argentinean Petiribí Cedar. The boat was originally powered by a 210HP Chris-Craft 327F V8 with 1.5:1 Paragon transmission. In 1989, a year after they bought the boat, the original Chris-Craft engine failed, and Henry’s friend / partner Gonzalo did not want to complete the repairs and gave him his share of the boat. He bought a 1990 Commander motor (Ford 351) 270-hp, and adapted it to the Paragon transmission which worked well for many years. Today, it has a PCM 5.7L carbureted 310 hp with Velvet Drive 1:1 transmission.

Originally the boat had the steering wheel on the left with a foot throttle and the gear shift was also located at the steering column. It was controlled by steel cables and lever systems. Henry changed all that for fear of an accident on the water. (Ignorance of teenager he said). Today Henry regrets that he made those changes and but said he could not recover the original parts. The instruments are original Chris Craft, updated and restored.

1965 Henry 19 ‘runabout era el único modelo que hace años, y fue construido utilizando nativos argentinos Petiribí Cedar. El barco fue diseñado originalmente por un V8 de 210CV Chris-Craft 327F con 1,5:1 transmisión Paragon. En 1989, un año después de haber comprado el barco, el original de Chris-Craft motor falló, y amigo de Henry / socio Gonzalo no quería para completar las reparaciones y le dio su parte del bote. Se compró un 1990 Comandante de motor (Ford 351) 270-hp, y lo ha adaptado a la transmisión de Paragon que ha funcionado bien durante muchos años. Hoy en día, tiene un PCM 5.7L 310 hp con carburador con Velvet unidad de transmisión de 1:1.

Originalmente el barco tenía el volante a la izquierda con un acelerador de pie y la palanca de cambios se encuentra también en la columna de dirección. Fue controlado por cables de acero y los sistemas de palanca. Henry cambió todo eso por temor a un accidente en el agua. (La ignorancia de la adolescente, dijo). Hoy Henry lamenta que hizo los cambios y aunque dijo que no podía recuperar las piezas originales. Los instrumentos son originales Chris Craft, actualizado y restaurado.


They originally bought the boat for training in water skiing, and in those years they competed in national tournaments. They used the boat at a ski school they had in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The boat was used by his family for water skiing until 1994 when they started wakeboarding. They founded the Wakeboarding Association of Argentina and Wakeboard School. This boat was used for the first ever Argentine Wakeboarding Championship competition.

Que originalmente compró el barco para la formación en el esquí acuático, y en esos años que compitió en torneos nacionales. Ellos usaron el barco en una escuela de esquí que tenía en Punta del Este, Uruguay. El barco fue utilizado por su familia para el esquí acuático hasta 1994 cuando comenzaron wakeboard. Ellos fundaron la Asociación de Wakeboard de Argentina y la Escuela de Wakeboard. Este barco fue utilizado para la competición del campeonato por primera vez Argentina wakeboard.


Henry uses his boat almost every day from November to May in the Paraná Delta, 30 km (20 miles) north of Buenos Aires City, Argentina. Henry says that Paraná Delta is a wonderful place. However, the classic Kennel & Perez runabout has been used in many other areas including Punta del Este, Uruguay, Corrientes and Santa Fe, Argentina among other cities.

Henry utiliza su barco casi todos los días de noviembre a mayo en el Delta del Paraná, a 30 km (20 millas) al norte de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Henry dice que del Delta del Paraná es un lugar maravilloso. Sin embargo, el runabout clásico de la perrera y Pérez se ha utilizado en muchas otras áreas, incluyendo Punta del Este, Uruguay, Corrientes y Santa Fe, Argentina, entre otras ciudades.


I then asked Henry if there were any other classic wooden boats in use in Argentina, and he said…

“OHHH, Yes! A man named Joseph Raponi is still building boats in Argentina, for over 50 years now. One of his boats is currently for sale in Miami, Florida. And there are several very good wooden boats in the country, and on November 19th, the national meeting of classic boats is being held at a place called Nordelta.”

Henry then sent us a few photos of some wooden boats that he has spotted recently in his travels, like this big modern cruiser…

Entonces le pregunté a Enrique si había otros barcos clásicos de madera en uso en Argentina, y dijo que …

“Ohhh, sí! Un hombre llamado José Raponi sigue siendo la construcción de barcos en Argentina, por más de 50 años. Uno de sus lanchas se encuentre actualmente en venta en Miami, Florida. Y hay varios botes de madera muy bien en el país, y en 19 de noviembre, la reunión nacional de barcos clásicos se celebra en un lugar llamado Nordelta “.

Henry nos envió algunas fotos de algunos barcos de madera que se ha visto recientemente en sus viajes, como este moderno crucero grande …

“Nonthue” a 7.8 M (25 ft) Kennel & Perez cabin / sedan… From the stern it kind of looks a bit like “Tin Can”.

“Nonthué” a 7,8 m (25 pies) de la perrera y Pérez cabina / sedán … Desde la popa que tipo de parece un poco a “lata”.


And another Kennel & Perez 19′ Runabout, a sister boat to Henry’s, only with a V-Drive and the original steering wheel & controls on the port side.

Y otra perrera y Pérez 19 ‘Runabout, un barco de la hermana de Henry, sólo con un V-Drive y el volante original y los controles en el lado de babor.


And Henry passing a commercial boat with a load of Argentinean lumber on the Paraná Delta.

Henry y pasa un barco comercial con una carga de madera argentina en el Delta del Paraná.


Special thanks to Henry Correa Torres for sharing his First Gasp story and classic Kennel & Perez runabout with us here at Woody Boater. It’s great to see some woody boats from different countries and learn the history of the Kennel & Perez marque.

Henry has now offically been named as our first ever Woody Boater Roving Reporter from Argentina.

Un agradecimiento especial a Enrique Correa Torres para compartir su historia Gasp primer runabout clásico de la perrera y Pérez con nosotros aquí en Woody navegante. Es genial ver a algunos barcos madera de diferentes países y conocer la historia de la marca de la perrera y Pérez.

Henry ha sido nombrado oficialmente como nuestro primer reportero itinerante vez Woody navegante de Argentina.

Texx

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25 Responses to “First Gasp From Argentina – Henry Torres And His Unique 1965 Kennel & Perez Runabout”
  1. WoodyGal

    Indeed! Beautiful boats and an interesting story! Thank you Texx and Henry! I am looking forward to more stories from Argentina.

  2. Rick

    Great to see this to help remind us of the common ground we have with other parts of the world. Worst brown tide I’ve ever seen!

  3. Al Benton

    Texx and Henry, great story, beautiful Woody Boat with fun history. Thanks much for the story and great photos.

    Now in that last photo, is the barge carrying the load of wood or is the load of wood carrying the barge?

  4. m-fine

    Great boat and good for Henry for putting the steering wheel on on correct side.

    Does all that silt in the water collect in the engine cooling passages or cause wear problems for the props?

  5. MiguelM

    Texx, is there any chance that he has invited us state side woodyboaters a place to stay if we ever get out that way? Maybe lost in the translation?

  6. Alex

    Really interesting story Texx and Henry. Thank you. And fun seeing unusual boats. Well, unusual for us, probably standard fare down there.

    Two questions though. 1) How long did it take you to bike there and back for the story, Texx? 2) Do the cooling system impellers turn the opposite direction to ours? ‘Cause the toilets flush…

    One criticism tho. Unless I got lost in translation, I didn’t see anything about cows. How can any story set in Argentina not reference beef?

    Make that two criticisms. Shouldn’t “First Gasp” be “First Breath?” Then again, if there was a spank involved, it probably is more like a Gasp.

  7. henry correa torres

    What a Surprise!!!
    Thank you Texx!!! I never imagine you will write my story!!!
    If somebody wants to contact me, please give it my mail adress.
    I´ll send more pictures of our boat, family, & Classics november 19 expo!!!
    And thanks for my named!!!
    Best regards to all!!!

    • Texx

      Henry – Thanks again for sharing your story with us here at Woody Boater, and please stay in touch.

  8. Texx

    Henry – A viewer asked a question about how the silt in the water effects the cooling of the motor or prop wear.

    Henry – Un espectador una pregunta …

    Hace todo lo que de limo en el agua se acumulan en los conductos de refrigeración del motor o causar problemas de desgaste de los apoyos?

  9. brian

    Texx,

    First off, Hats off to you all for doing this story which no doubt was difficult !

    A word of caution though with running this thru an electronic translator….

    The boat builder was Kennel & Perez but it has been translated as “Dog Kennel and Perez” !

    “causar problemas de desgaste de los apoyos?” translates as:
    “does it cause wearing away problems in the props? ” The problem is that los apoyos is “props” as in stage props in a play…

    helice = propeller

    ” ….Y en espera de su temporada de navegación leñosas.”

    lenosas has to do with the woods, woodsy and/or firewood which makes the sentence …..

    “They’re waiting for the season of woodsy and firewood boating.” which I dunno may be correct!??

    “Son los dueños de la segunda embarcación.” which was to have said that they are the second owners of the boat actually translates as:

    “They are the owners of the second boarding.”

    “y fue construido utilizando nativos argentinos Petiribí Cedar.”

    …actually means that the boat was made from Argentinian natives… not what you wanted to say “made of native Argentinian Petiribi cedar.”

    My wife speaks fluent Spanish so if you have any stories in the future please do not hesitate to ask for some free translation!

    Kudos for the reaching out to the international world of boating!

  10. Texx

    Sorry Brian. I was checking my Spanish grammer with the software and at 5:00AM didn’t catch the few errors.

    I’m sure our friends in Argentina will understand.

  11. RiverRat

    Styling Boat. Great Story. Love the post for the tow lines. Any Pictures of the boat with skiers?

  12. henry correa torres

    Ken: The boat in Antique Boat canada.com it´s the “Rafaga”, my boat. It was published few years ago. Actually it´s published in mercadolibre.com, for our market…but if sombody it´s interested, let me know…
    To River Rat, i´ll send you photograps with skiers & boarders. just give me some days please…
    Texx, Brian has reason; your translate it´s, in some cases, a little bit incomprehensible. I can, with my bad english, translate the ideas, if somebody understand it.
    To the guy how ask about the cooling system, the Delta of Paraná has sweet water. In Punta del Este the boat ride by the sea. But, at the end of the day, we wash all the boat (outside and inside) and run the motor with sweet water; every day. Before to trip to the sea, we prepair it pitting silicone in the gauges connections, cable direction, cable accelerator, and all the electronics…
    In Buenos Aires (Delta) we don´t have any troubles. Sometimes, when the water river level it´s too down, it can sucks and silt. To prevent, I put a sweet water filter…
    I´ll be on touch!!!

  13. NORBERTO

    HOLA CUANDO ERA JOVEN JUNTO A MI ESPOSA LOS FINES DE SEMANA IBAMOS A UNA CASA QUE ESTABA EN EL PARANA DE LAS PALMAS (LA NOSTALGIA) Y AL LADO DE NUESTRA CASA SE ENCONTRABA ZANJON MEDIANTE UNA CASA LLAMADA( PIRAPITA) QUE ERA DE 2 HERMANOS Y SI MAL NO RECUERDO UNO SE LLAMABA (SANTIAGO) GRAN NADADOR, Y SI MAL NO RECUERDO ERAN DUEÑOS DE UNA FABRICA DE DULCES (DELIFRU) Y TENIAN UNA LANCHA CHRIS CRAFT DE MADERA AHORA TENGO 65 AÑOS Y ME DEDICO A MODELISMO NAVAL Y ME ATRAIA TANTO ESA LANCHA LLAMADA (RAFAGA) QUE ESTOY HACIENDO UN MODELO DE 1,70 DE MANGA X 0,75 DE ESLORA RADIOCONTROLADO CON MOTOR DE MOTOSIERRA QUISIERA SABER SI ES ESTA O SI USTEDES TIENEN INFORMACION FOTOGRAFICA DE ESA LANCHA. CUALQUIER DATO SERA MUY AGRADECIDO. SALUDOS NORBERTO

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