Thanks to Mr. Andreas Rhude for getting today’s Oldies day started, here is the note he sent along.
The boat is a 1964 T & T Boats, Inc. 17′-11″ Breakers, lapstrake outboard. My dad went to the liquidation auction in May 1965 after T & T after they went belly up. It was a typical auction of a failed business. They sold desks and file cabinets and chairs and finished work and work in progress and wood working machinery and lumber and plywood stock.
My dad bought two (2) unfinished boat for $300 ! He dragged them home on borrowed trailers. He used parts from one to finish off the other. The donor boat was sold to a co-worker. The completed one became the Rhude family speed boat. He went to Midway DX in Marinette, WI (a filling station that also sold Mercury outboard motors) and purchased a brand new 95 HP mercury outboard.
The new boat was named “My 5 Sons” in recognition of the five Rhude sons (I am son number 5). Two years later my mother is pregnant again. Luckily the new arrival was a boy. So, the boat was re-named “My 6 Sons” !
The boat is still in the family and it is used by second and third generations of the family.
I am the little dapper dude in the red jacket in two of the pictures! circa 1965 Brother Thomas, grandpa and grandma Jordahl and my mother are in the picture with Thomas pulling on the bow line.
Mr. Andreas Jordahl Rhude
And these from feloow Woody Boater Gary Ruhs
These came from “screen shots” from old 8mm movies on Cedar Lake Indiana so not crystal clear. Not sure of make of the 14′ boat but was wood with old 25hp Elgin outboard. We always carried a coffee can to occasionally dip out the seepage thru the planked hull. It was a cool old boat that we had a lot of fun with when the kids were little.
Below is one of our favorite shots. We have turned it into a banner so you can Pinterest it or place it on Facebook! Get the message out.
And here is todays header shot and story from Jordan Heath at Pleasure Bent Boats in Castro Valley, CA. “Here is Chad (kid with glasses) with cousins and grandparents at the helm, circa 1956 at Don Pedro Reservoir (CA.) Notice the early Coast Guard registration number. The boat is a 1953 Crooks, built right here in Castro Valley, CA. It is still owned by Chad’s aunt and uncle, Tom and Bobby Peek. ”
The thing that has struck me over the past couple days is that many folks still have these wonderful pictures. Some over 60 years old. It says alot about our time out on our boats, and the freedom and joy they bring. Hopefully we are all out there filming, instagraming, tweeting shots of our kids and grand kids. I thought this might be a good time to drag out a classic. If you have seen this, you might want to get out a hankie! IT’S PERFECT!
Thanks for participating and sharring your wonderful historys with us.