Fellow Woody Boater Gary Michael Inland Boat Works sent us this cool series of photos from the “toughest move ever”, 1928 22′ Cadet [Pontiac Chief] on a rusted railway under the house in Melvin Village NH on Winnipesaukee, 14 degrees with wind. Left there untouched for 28 years. Take it away Gary.
I was called to look at a Cadet in NH that had been stored under the house for 28 years by the 2nd owner and i agreed to meet the owners daughter to take a look, it was late November in Melvin Village on Lake Winnipesauki. The house was for sale and the boat had to be moved as soon as possible. When i arrived i found a 1928 22′ Chris Craft Cadet missing the wheel and with replacement engine otherwise complete and original and as i was told under the house.The Pontiac Chief was on a rusted trolley with extra rusted tracks covered with sand from lake flooding over the years and was 3′ from the lake with not much room to work.A deal was made and a date was set for extraction, 14 degrees with a good wind, perfect.
I had Big Tony load load things we never used before like shovels and a 4” ditch pump, grabbed a crew and set up the move. I originally wanted to wait for the lake to freeze and take it over the ice but the owners wanted it removed right away.The exhaust tube was out so 2 pieces of ice and water shield on either side of the transom always works and the shoveling and pulling began.We did bring and aluminum boat to winch from and used it with a 5 hp engine to tow a 2,800lb boat with no steering 1/4 mile to a landing, it took a minute with the headwind and every splash freezing instantly on both boats.The original owner was a Pontiac dealer in Fitchburg Mass. he gave her the name Pontiac Chief.
Woody – In 20 years of buying boats this will always top the chart for extractions every thing else seems normal now. In the pictures I am in the aluminum boat with the winch and my favorite picture tells it all’
Big Tony is the only one there that works for me and I asked him to straighten the boat out, he is the one with the timber prying the Chief and the trolley off the pier. He is a rigger and can move things wherever you want and never says no. Gary
Oh and we never had to run the ditch pump and the boat was in the water over an hour.
Thanks Gary for sharing with the rest of us. No barn find will be the same now. You can find out more about Gary and his company here. Inland Boat Works.