Yesterday I received an e-mail from my buddy Rob DaPron, a wooden boat restorer in Seattle, with a photo from the new Autoweek Magazine. They did a story about the new Mercedes Benz Bluetec SUV, which included a photo of a big Chris-Craft triple. And of course the first thing that comes to mind is “What exactly is that boat, who owns it, and where was the photo taken?”
Then today I noticed that our friends over at Classic Boating Magazine posted a similar photo on their Facebook page, asking the same question. A fellow responded on Facebook to say that Dutch Mandel from Autoweek was in the Hessel / Cedarville area at the end of July and stopped by to visit the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, and he recognized the Mercedes in the Autoweek photo.
So tonight, I thought it would be fun to answer the question, and e-mailed Rob’s photo to fellow Woody Boater and restorer Tommy Mertaugh, our friend from Classic & Antique Boats in Hessel, Michigan. For the record, Tommy Mertaugh has this amazing computer-like memory when it comes to the more than 300 wooden boats in the Les Cheneaux area. And let’s not forget that there are a ton of Chris-Craft Triple Cockpit runabouts in the Les Cheneaux area, many still in original condition.
Tommy e-mailed me back within 20 minutes with this…
Texx – “It is “HUMIDOR”, a 1929 Chris-Craft 26 foot triple owned by Bill Campbell of the Les Cheneaux Club. You can tell because this boat was changed to wood interior panels, from the upholstered ones.”
And get this… Tommy also recognized the dock, which is at the Les Cheneaux Golf Club.
It’s a small hobby when you know who to ask. Great stuff. Thanks Rob & Tommy! By the way, that big Mercedes GL350 Bluetec diesel looks like one sweet tow rig to drag your classic boat around the country, lots of GRUNT…