Woody Boater Tommy Holmes finishes up his amazing e part report from Michigan today from Maritime Classics! Take it away Mr Holmes.
Woody Boater cub reporter reporting in on the 2015 boat shop world tour of Northern Michigan Part 3 from Cedar, MI, home of cheap wine and not of U.P. fame.
Third stop on the world tour is the Maritime Classics new facility captained by Mike Green. Not only does Mike have good Smith DNA in him, his knowledge belies his years. “2014 Boat Restorer of the Year” Mike can tell you a lot in a few words. I could write a book about my visit but I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
Oh my, another Gar Wood being saved by another Northern Michigan boat restorer, this 1936 Gar Wood Model 631 is a 25 foot triple cockpit and it is humungous.
Wiring circa 1936 will be restored exactly. Just one of the many challenges that boat restorers face every day.
Mike and his crew plan on using this pile of African Mahogany to restore the 1936 Gar Wood back to factory fresh.
One of the many reasons that Mike really likes this particular boat is the extremely gorgeous tumble to the narrow transom.
Upon completion, the boat will look similar to this Wood family boat. Photo by Bill Wood, GarWood Boats by A. Mollica, Jr.
Another boat under restoration is a rare 1936 Chris Craft Standard Utility 18’. A rather “Plain Jane” Chris Craft model is so unique you gotta’ love it.
Mike in motion.
A 1948 Chris Craft Special Runabout 17’ in for some deck repair.
A wonderfully restored 1941 Chris Craft Custom is for a re-freshening in preparation for the forthcoming 2016 boat show season.
And then there they were again, the Gar Wood champagne glasses, calling out “cocktail hour”
Professional boat restorers have the Good Life. I hope this world wind tour of three boat restorers illustrates the many, varied tasks and challenges that they take on in their daily line of work.
Full speed ahead!
World Tour 2015