Thanks to Dennis Ryan of the Antique Boat Center for sending us a nice children’s book“ Chris Craft Rides Again” is the third in a series of children’s books published by Kathleen Ryan,( Mrs Dennis,) to bring stories of wooden boats to a younger age group. Each of the books is licensed through the Antique & Classic Boat Society with a portion of the book sales donated to the ACBS for Youth Development projects. The books are written by Kathleen’s sister, Chris Frantz who has written many short stories as a hobby. Each book has been a journey from the initial concept, original draft , editing, the cutting table, hand painted water colors and finally to the printer. “ Chris Craft Rides Again” had critical input from Katherine Mayer as the artist and her 5 year old daughter Adele, was instrumental in the main character “Captain Cuddy” the self- proclaimed “head of the boat shop and captain of all waters”.
While each book has a fun animal,” Jake” the dog in “ Larry the Lyman” and the blue herons in “ Pegusas the Century”, “ Captain Cuddy” carries the Chris Craft story with his positive influence and cute antics. One of the most unique parts of this book is it is based on a true story, a grown man finds his Dad’s old boat abandoned in a lot and restores it to its original beauty. Now he takes his children out for rides in the boat he rode in as a child. These books are available through the ACBS , Antique Boat Center and Sierra Boat Company, and the ACBS . We are not sure you will get the book by Christmas unless you beg the shipper to make it two day shipping or if you are close do a drive by buy!