Our day started like any other fantasy day, we were off to the old club on Harsons Island for a brunch, and small talk with the group from the Michigan Chapter of the ACBS. Which I am now a proud member of I might add. First though is a nice 5 mile boat run to the Island.. this is an annual event and very fun. I got to run with Pete Beauregard in his cool new custom 1955 Cobra 21…
New Crusader motor, Custom Blue cover.. This thing in person is cool as all get out.. And it screams! And a very nice ride, especially for a Cobra. We ripped our way to the event and arrived in brisk fashion.. Dang, ya gotta love that new reliable power….
We had a wonderful event, And so happens, gave Pete a 2012 Big Woody. Our last one, and the first one we made, a prototype that is perfect for this one of a kind guy. Pete is a quiet guy that likes to be behind the scenes. But gets tons of things done.
After the event Pete gave a ride to a pal, and lit up the shore with his Cobra running.. Gotta love that reliable power.. We set out to go back home for a fun fast run and photo shoot of the Cobra for a later story. Texx was all set up in his photo boat.. A 1938 28′ Hacker with a Scripps v12, We knew that would keep up for sure, and with David Bortner of Freedom Boat Service at the helm Texx would be able to get some very cool shots.
All went well, after all it was a perfect day.. We went zipping off and then started taking turns..
And then it happened.. Sput sput.. pop pop, sputter sputter.. Within10 seconds we were at idol speed and that was all we were getting. At first, denial sets in.. Oh this is just some dumb thing… And then, frustration, then ya just realize that you are now in a small john boat with a 4hp on the back and you are gonna have fun on your 2 hr run home.
Then a couple minutes into this, I thought, maybe is something stupid. We knocked out a wire, maybe some water got into the injection area? your mind wanders and starts trying to figure this out.. Our best guess was that after the turn, we got some dirt in the fuel filter and that new reliable motor did not like that.. No glass bowl to clean out, and no tools.
Top it off , one phone dead and mine not really connecting. the good news is that we had plenty of company, the bad part, we had plenty of witnesses.. Here we were. In a very fast cool Cobra, and the perfection of classic boating imperfection had made the day complete.
Thanks to Roy, Judy & Carl for stopping and near the end of the long limp, towed us in. Right at the Marina we tried to go in under our own power, but wound up in the marsh.
The thing that struck me was that we had just had the same issue with Ricks award winning Sportsman, its all part of the fun I told him.. And honestly it is. I had a ton of fun out there with Pete and the gang, everyone was laughing so hard that many of the shots are so shaky that they are unusable. So in my book, it’s the imperfect moments that make wonderful memories and stories. Stay tuned for more from Michigan!