Tommy Holmes continues his glorious trek across Michgan and shares it with us all, today from Danenberg Boatworks! Take it away Mr Holmes
Woody Boater cub reporter reporting in on the 2015 boat shop tour of Northern Michigan Part 2 from Manistee, MI, home of the Thoroughbreds. Second stop on the tour is the Danenberg Boatworks which is actually in Stronach, MI near the railroad tracks where Don Danenberg and Jimmy Raspotnik do their thing.
It is always an educational experience whilst spending time with Professor Don. I could write a book about my visit but I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
Upon arrival we found Jimmy getting ready to dry fit the 1887 Lawley Steam Launch top.
Meanwhile Don was showing off how large the propeller is while I was more impressed by the size of the rudder.
Jimmy is praying over the steam engine.
They told me this was the boiler for the launch but it looks like a bootlegger still to me.
The steam launch has the typical Danenberg wood working, Awesome!
Easy does it for Don and all those curves. He preserved the original coaming but said he could have made it new in less time.
Couple of Chris Craft barrel backs are underway in the shop as well.
The covering boards on the 1942 Custom 19 will require 4/4 stock.
The covering boards on the 1939 will be a walk in the park for Don and Jimmy.
There it is!, an authentic Danenberg bottom.
Don researching some photos from the Cadillac Chris Craft plant.
The Professor is still talking but it’s time for lunch. And no he does not look like Santa Claus.
Oh ya, on the way out, a Silver Arrow in process; wood and fiberglass can play together! As always it is an experience to visit the Danenberg Boatworks. Thanks Don and Jimmy! BTW, visit his web page for more project photos and forum Q&A.