While in Algonac we had the pleasure of riding along with Art Armstrong’s family, Janie and their amazing 1939 24′ Chris Craft Deluxe Utility Molly-O. S-O whats so special about this utility other than it’s just cool is its history and uniqueness.. O and that it’s never left the area, O and it belonged to Arts grandfather, O, and his grandfather ordered it from Chris Craft, and O, was able to customize it, and O it has a cool 350 in it so it hauls, and O it has a wonderful patina, And O Art was able to buy it and find some of its uniqueness back. And O, Art is a great guy and tells a great story. Basecly Molly O is one of the Armstrong family.
Art tells a great story of trying to find the steering original stick at an old home the family used to own. He stopped by and asked the new owner of the family home if he would check in the garage in the back if there was a long metal pole back there. The new owner came out and BAM the original stick was found.. That’s literately like finding a needle in a haystack.
Another was trying to find the original windshield which had been switched to a larger windshield after a wreck with a 300 ft ferry. The Chris Craft was fine, the ferry, 3 weeks in dry dock.
Art was not able to locate the original windshield since it had been sold for scrap just two weeks before he located the place it was.. Thankfully Art found a new one on a grey boat about to be destroyed on the Island. Wow. the boats never left the area on Harsons Island right across the water from where she was made on a custom factory order by the Smith Family for the family. One of the family was not interested in the boat and Arts Grandfather knew the Owen Smith and they asked if he wanted in.. Yes of course, but asked for some special stuff. I suppose they made batches of the same hull to make it more efficient.
We think, there was group of these made and this is one of just a few known of still around. The fact she is still doing what she does best in the area is amazing. Thanks Art and Janie for sharing.