Ahhhhhhhh! We all live for moments like this. Fellow Woody Boater Mark DiVincenzo had a great day for sure. It gives us all hope that these sort of barns are still out there! And a huge thanks to Mark for sharing with all of us! Thanks Mark.
Thought you’d like to see these photos of a barn find from this past summer 2014 in Western NY, very close to Chautauqua Lake. Friend of a friend called me and let me know there was an old barn deep in the woods that was in danger of falling down and so the township was going to tear down the barn. The barn was hidden from the road but vandals had found their way in.
My friend called me because he was told there were about 20 old boats in the barn. I spoke to the demo man and he told me he know nothing of old boats and if no one wanted them they would be included with the barn demo.
So I called my friend Bob Miklos, of Miklos Brothers, to come with me and see what was in the barn. Well, there were about twenty boats in there like they said, among them an 18ft Chris Craft Continental, a Trojan Speed boat, some small cruisers, various old fiberglass boats among others.
The barn used to be a winter storage and repair facility. There was a stack of original Chris Craft factory shipping cradles and some original varnish cans and bottom paint cans.
It was like a time capsule in there. I passed on the boats… but Bob Miklos and his brothers pulled quite a few out before the barn was destroyed.
Was the best barn find I have been on yet.…..Mark