Apparently not all of us have $950,000 sitting around the house, but that should never stop you from enjoying your varnish addiction. This is one of the top things I love about this lifestyle. It’s not about the money and more about saving history and being out on the water. Whether it’s a million dollars or a $50 boat saved from a garage, it’s all the same emotion, the same everything. Fellow Woody Boater John Baas has it bad in the best way. He sent us his latest dive into the deep end of Lake Varnisha. You may recall Johns story on his love affair with his Chetek outboard. Take it away John.
Well, I’ve joined the club! My wife Pam and I have purchased our first inboard! It’s a 1955 Correct Craft Atom Skier. 14.5′ with the 4 cyl. Gray Marine flathead engine. She joins the Chetek outboard as #2 in the fleet. I’ve been kinda stalking this boat since the end of August when it showed up on Craig’s List. It was in the “for sale” lot at the Lake Geneva Blackhawk ACBS chapter show a few weeks ago. When it didn’t sell there for the asking price I made the owner an offer he couldn’t refuse.
My partner in boat buying crime, Jim Kaehny and I put the Atom Skier in the water today to see what’s what. She’s a sweet runner that only needs a little cosmetic TLC and a new port side windshield glass.
While most of Woodyboatervile is last gasping and winterizing, Jim and I were “first gasping”. My first inboard and Jim’s first ride in a woody inboard. Jim is the woody outboard guy who got me into woody boating in the first place. It was a balmy 51 degrees on Potter Lake in southeast Wisconsin Saturday but we could have stayed out there all day!