Yesterday we were made aware of a issue in the latest reprinting of the Chris Craft Essential Guide. Now many of you may have been aware of some small errors and for 99.9% of the book, it is the essential guide and the go to place for facts on the stats from Chris Craft. The big issue that came up though could not be a more controversial issue. Somehow on the new printing, the folks at the Mariners Museum added a notation or two on a certain page regarding the 22 Sportsman. According to this new printing, U22-1802 is the featured movie boat in the film On Golden Pond which is wrong.
Now, if you are new to this topic, You may want to read the following links at the bottom of the page.. This subject has been beaten to death and beyond. A simple google search would have refuted this claim and to that point. Should a fact? Like that even be in a book like this? What about other boats owned by famous people? Or other boats used in films? Regardless of it all, the bottom line is when you own a boat with an amazing history, and U22 1460 is such a boat as the picture boat for the film, you have to not only have the responsibility to preserve it, but also protect it. And that’s what happened yesterday. Calls were made, and things are being corrected. A Huge thanks to Terry Fiest, Seth Katz, Pat Curtin and Patti Hinson from the Chris Craft Library at the Mariners Museum. She was fantastic to talk to and said that this happened out of trying to add from notations added in pencle over time in the original printing. So this notation would have been penciled in years ago, and not fact checked when reprinting.
There will be a notation on the website correcting the fact regarding U-22-1460 being the correct film boat. It will also mention the correction that Cobras come with Gold bottoms, not copper bronze. Which is in the new printing, and correct in the original. That was a issue of using the original file, not the corrected one that went to print.
For the record, we here at Woody Boater are the very last people on earth that have the credibility to point out typos or mistakes. And by no means are we trying to disparage any of the hard work done here, its a fantastic gesture to reprint the book, But it’s a great opportunity to point out that when you own a boat, you own its history! Defend it! Its what makes your boat special.
Here is a great link on the subject http://centuryclassicpowerboat.com/OGP/ogp/ogp.htm
Our original story on finding U22 1460 the picture boat from On Golden Pond CLICK HERE.