Friday was the day for sure here in Algonac! With a record turn out and over 40 boats all headed to the picnic and then other obligatins here, the day was so jammed packed that we sadly were not able to update though out the day. Rain is expected today, and for once the weather man/person is right. We just woke to a steady rain. Hopefully it will run out of steam for the show. And a nice clean marina will be the result. But your here to see whats been happening.
The day started with a once in a lifetime chance to tour the original Algonac Foundry where all of the Chris Craft and gar Wood parts were made. Shockingly the parts are still there. The foundry is under new ownership and they are currently trying to find out what they have. Its a time capsule, and we can report. AMAZING! To give you an idea. Terry Fiest found a small vent needed for many of our Cobras, and other boats right on the shelf. Right there in front of us.
The days highlight was making the picnic run and meeting many fellow Woody boaters and their boats. This crowd is fun and likes to do what the boat gods intended us all to do. Run them.
A ride back With fellow Woody Boater Art and Janie Armstrong and their amazing 1939 24 Utility. This boat is what its all about here. His grandfather ordered it as part of a special deal for Chris Craft employees. It has a rare stick steer aft, live bait well, even a vintage toilet. And has never left the area. WOW.
Dave Bortner from Freedom Boat Service made the trek from Minnisota to bring home Kermit Sutton’s amazing 1930 28’ Chris-Craft Model 118 Limousine. This thing is amazing. Absolutely stunning, and rare. Carla from Hagerty Marine Insurance rode along in style and of course we tried to capture some of it all.
The days here in Michigan end around 10:30 when the light decides its time to go to bed, so we are happy to report that even if todays a wash, we had a full weekend of amazement. As Terry Fiest said. I am blown away, I love this place and I have seen so many new things here. Amazing. We could not have said it better Terry.
Stay tuned for more …later..