Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater and Mr Century…the boats, not that Tommy is 100 years old..anyway thanks to Tommy for sending in this fun Houston story. Take it away Tommy…
That Was the Week That Was
The classic boat hobby affords each of us memorable experiences. I wish to share with the WoodyBoater World one such week.
It all started at a dance hall south of Houston. As I was twirling the ladies to the tunes of Elvis, the sabers were rattling out in the lobby. Seems Wayne and Charlie had just gotten into town from Wyoming with a rebuilt 454 that they were plenty proud of. Local legend Jacob scoffed at their claims of speed. I intervened to prevent any slinging and a race was set for sunrise. Titles were wagered and put into escrow.
It was 6:30 a.m. when I staggered down to the docks, legs weary from all that dancing. The engines were gurgling. The captains were ready. Out to Galveston Bay we sailed, into the sunrise. The water was smooth, the wind calm and no tourists were in the way. Once in open waters the racing began.
Charlie’s newly rebuilt 454 was spitting oil, burning paint and doing some smoking. The old cowboy simply said “we’ll be all right” as we hit the two mile out marker. I was reassured.
The race was spectacular and thrilling. Captain Jacob Deegan kept his King of Galveston Bay crown and commended Charlie’s 1929 upswept 24′ triple CC for a good challenge.
And then, I found myself in Lost Pines with fellow Woody Boater Steve Dewire who offered a ride on his Thoroughbred. I being a Century man and Century being the Thoroughbred Fleet of Boats I put on my new Docksiders and surprisingly found out the Thoroughbred had four legs. Giddy Up!
And then, WoodyBoater Ken Kelly invited us all over for his annual non-powered wooden boat adventure on his private lake. Ken’s has an array of wood boats but a 1903 birch bark canoe that floats on the water like a leaf has got to be as pure a woody boat as you can get. Paddle On!
And then, a chat with legendary Dick Sligh telling tall tales regarding his family’s experiences with Century boats just happened to top off the week. Dick managed to coerce $6 from his mom to purchase his first wooden boat, a ten foot dory . His uncle provided the 1.7 hp Johnson and Dick has been messing around with WoodyBoats ever since. Some 70+ years if my calculator is right. A true WoodyBoater, that Mr. Sligh.
It was a great week that this hobby afforded me and I wish one onto you as well.
Ride a Thoroughbred. Varnish On!