Well, it appears that some wooden boat restorer’s think alike… (There’s a surprise). Yesterday fellow Woody Boater Jim Frechette from Austin, Texas sent us a few cool shots of the wooden cradle / boat he made for his daughter Lillie as they celebrated her 23rd birthday. And today fellow Woody Boater Robert DaPron from Seattle, Washington shared some great images of the Rocking Boat / Cradle he made for his daughter Kate back in 1992.
When we received the images, I e-mailed Robert and asked him to describe Kate’s rocking boat / cradle. And Robert, being the detail guy he is, gave us the following description….
Texx – Kate’s boat is a one-off rocking boat that I threw together I believe in 1992. Plank on frame construction just like the real thing, batten seam, ¼’ planking with real bungs. Looking back, a dumb way to build the thing, I could have been much easier on myself if I chose not to construct it like a real boat. Off the shelf hardware, some made by me. Bow light works, dummy engine painted CC blue under the aft hatch connected by a copper exhaust that pokes out the transom.
Kate was born in November of 1991, picture of her in the boat was taken when I would guess she was around 1 ½ to 2 years old. Mom could tell better than me.
The picture of Kate (below) was taken last year in her college dorm when we went back to Michigan to help her settle in her new school as a freshman. My niece has the boat now, her kids now play with / on it. Not sure what kind of shape it will be in when and if it ever comes back.
Way back in time when I was restoring my Century Resorter, I took the rocking boat to our ACBS boat show in Kirkland, Washington – It was a huge hit! The Seattle Times came down and ran the picture of the boat with Kate in it the next day. I think we still have a copy of the paper somewhere. Probably of no surprise, but this is Kate’s second boat, her first was a rocking cradle.
Robert DaPron – DaPron Marine Restorations
Thanks Robert for sharing these images and story of Kate and her Rockin’ Boat, proof once again how time marches on…
And “NO Alex & Mike” – Were not going to have a Woody Boater Cradle Shoot Out…
At least not yet… Texx