First, if there was an Academy Award to be handed out to best restoration film, this short film by Craig Brooks would win best of show, sorry Brirdman, this hit me much more deeply. Late last night we saw this short family love story from a simple posting on the Chris Craft Antique Boat clubs Facebook page. We had shown pictures of Bill and Suzanne Brooks 1948 Chris Craft Sedan Deluxe a while back, but this story just makes the cruiser so much more important. It’s living proof that our beloved Woody Boats are really mahogany capsules of our souls.
I have seen these style of boats sitting in lost forgotten boat yards for years that the owners couldn’t give away, and yet this stunning boat is priceless because of the love, sweat and curse words all rebuilt into her now. A true vessel of family love and respect.
I can only dream that my love of boats somehow inspires such love and values to my family and clearly shows through example how patience, persistence, discipline, never faulting will, and dreaming are the core principles of happiness and success.
This short video also should lead as inspiration to how to make such videos, Director Craig Brooks, Bill and Suzanne’s son is one of the nations top commercial directors. Within seconds of watching this you know you are watching an artist executing his craft on a personal journey. This video took years to produce, like the restoration. Which clearly shows where Craig got his core values from. His parents. Sorry Craig, the Oscar goes to Bill and Suzanne!
Now without further ado, lets all watch this video and then call our parents!