Last weekend a freshly restored 1941 Chris-Craft Barrelback was introduced to her new home on Lake Steilacoom, near Tacoma, Washington – And her name is “D.D. Gorgeous”. And did we mention she is Gorgeous? And we should also mention that Lake Steilacoom is believed to be haunted by the female monster… More on that later.
One thing we can all agree on here at Woody Boater – Any day a classic wooden boat is re-launched after a major restoration, is a day for celebration. This particular pre-war boat was described by her owners as – “Nothing more than an old rotted out flower box at best”… So she must have been rough.
Thanks to new fellow Woody Boater Andy Gustafson we have the story today. – Texx
As most of us have put our classic boats away in preparation for the cold fronts heading our way this winter, Jay and Cindy Peterson just took delivery of their newly restored 1941 Chris-Craft 19′ Custom Barrelback yesterday!
Jay and Cindy have owned “D.D. Gorgeous” for 10 years, but over the last 3 years she has been fully rebuilt by Pacific North-West restorer Bruce Bronson of Bronson Boat Works in Gig Harbor, WA.
The Peterson’s have told me a few times that D.D. was – “Nothing more than an old rotted out flower box at best when they bought her years ago.”
My wife and I recently bought a house on Lake Steilacoom, near Tacoma, Washington – and we were lucky enough to have Cindy and Jay as our next door neighbors! They also own a couple of other wooden boats, one being a 1948 17′ Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout and a 1947 Fairliner (still needing restoration).
I was always admiring their 17′ Deluxe Runabout sitting on the lift, and thought to myself – “I need a old wooden boat!” I found myself searching out Century’s and finally bought one – a 1960 Century Resorter 16 – which I then completed some light restoration to myself over the spring and summer!
I only have a couple pics of my Century “Sadie Gal” before I launched it in our lake and never got around to taking any better ones after she was launched.
I bought my Century from Don Hardy at McCall Boat Works in Idaho this past spring. She was defiantly a rough boat when I picked her up and sort of had buyers remorse – but after talking to a couple of his guys in his restoration shop, they gave me some inspiration and pointers on how to get started. Once I got her home and started stripping her down, Bruce Bronson was also very accommodating with sharing information for my DIY project.
I have a few winter projects to still work on with my Century, like engine detail and want to polish the windshield and replace a couple things on her. I’ve been trying to track down a correct chrome bow pole as well, if any of your viewers know who I should contact.
It has been a absolute blast taking family rides on “Sadie Gal” and can’t wait for next summer to put her out again!
Anyhow Jay isn’t the type to show off so I figured I would share a few pictures they allowed me to take of “D.D. Gorgeous” during her first Sea Trial yesterday!
I love the website and photos you guys take making it fun to get involved in Woody Boating!
Andy Gustafson – Lakewood, WA
About Lake Steilacoom
Courtesy of the Lake Steilacoom Improvement Club
Lake Steilacoom is located just two and a half miles southwest of Tacoma, WA in the city of Lakewood. The lake was originally formed in 1853 when Andrew Byrd built a dam across Chambers Creek (then known as Steilacoom River) to supply his sawmill with water. At the time the lake was a small pond amongst a larger wetland area and was eventually increased in size.
Today the lake covers 53 acres and is a shallow lake with the deepest points never reaching more than 25 feet. The lake is freshwater and outflows to Chambers Creek. Both Ponce de Leon Creek and Clover Creek are the inflows to the lake at the southern end.
Lake Steilacoom is believe to be haunted by the female monster known as Whe-atchee and the local Nisqually tribe refuses to bath, swim, or fish in the lake. Legend has it that this female monster rises from the water lifting her little finger and thumb making a pinching motion between the two.
The lakefront homeowners have a non-profit organization, Lake Steilacoom Improvement Club, that is charged with the duty to oversee the lake quality, budget and plan for lake treatment for safe and great quality water for recreational usage.
Special thanks to Andy Gustafson for sharing the story of “D.D. Gorgeous” with us today, and also congratulations on finding and buying your new (old) wooden Century Resorter. It will provide many hours of enjoyable service for you and your family. If you haven’t had a chance to hook up with the great group of classic boating enthusiasts at the Pacific Northwest Chapter ACBS you should. They stay busy year-round hosting monthly meetings and workshops in the Seattle area.
Congratulations also go out to owners Jay and Cindy Peterson for saving this rare Barrelback and to Bronson Boat Works in Gig Harbor, WA for bringing the “old rotted out flower box” back to life.
Finally – If anyone here can help Andy locate a chrome bow pole a 1960 Century 16′ Resorter that would be great. (Frank Miklos – are reading this today?)