Fellow Woody Boater Jim Hilton sent us in this nice story of his grandparents Steelcraft the other day, in the email he said he had some old shots… I had to ask, and the gods of all tha’s cool and fun, delivered. Thank you Jim for sharing. I feel warmer already! . Take it away Jim.
Thanks Matt, It was my grandparents boat. The boat itself is a 1947, they acquired it in 1962. They had a smaller (22ft?) wooden cabin cruiser with an outboard (which by the way I have pics of- and have no idea what kind of boat it is), but after a couple of years of getting a real taste for boating, wanted something with a bit more room.
They found this Steelcraft on Henderson Harbor, NY (lake Ontario) and the guy who had it was looking to get into something smaller.
So they agreed to swap even-steven. So yea…I spent a lot of time on the boat when I was a kid.
They sold it in 1974 during the gas crunch. Having lived through WW2 where gasoline was completely unavailable, my grandfather was convinced you’d never be able to buy gas. Ever. Again. So he unloaded it fast. Ever since then, I was the guy who would randomly stop at marinas and look over the bone yards. Longing to find a treasure worth saving. For me it was always about the boats from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
One day in 1992 on one of these random marina excursions…what do I come across? The old family tub for sale. I called the number, met the guy, and paid him. No dickering around. Didn’t know if it would start, didn’t know if it would float, but I got lucky and it did. But it was definitely rough.
Just got back from the machine shop, have a bronze prop shaft that needs to be straightened, which is proving harder to accomplish than I thought.
But finally found a guy who wants to take a look-see. Keep your fingers crossed for me. 😉