Fellow Woody Boater and “Sexiest Man Alive” Tommy Holmes has another fun report. Thank the Gods of Mahogany and Varnish for Tommy and his travels! This time Tommy vists fellow Woody Boater Mike Green for some fun flipping a boat and drooling all over a Silver Arrow. Take it away Mr Sexy!
The ice fishing was getting bleak as the temperature was above freezing and my inaugural tickets had not yet arrive when the phone rang and Mike said “hey let’s roll one on Friday”, so I gather my stash and headed North, to Cedar, Mich. home of Maritime Classics. I rounded up a few of my pals under the guise that we were getting “the band back together” and the gig was up.
Mike gripped the straps and away we went.
Upon arrival at Mike Green’s shop the upside down Gar Wood greeted us with work effort begging. After a new bottom, frames and hull sides the 1936 Triple was ready to be rolled. Who sign me up for this?
Half way over, the dreaded boat restorer look appeared as the other half was showing us a lot more work effort remains. No problem for the Professionals!
Not to be dismay, the Gar Wood 25 was sitting upright and proud.
Note the pointy end. Nice.
The crew posed for a Presidential congratulatory photo op, only to be out focused by the deck work remaining for the next administration.
Friday rolling party in Cedar on new President’s day; it don’t get better than that! Except when Dick DeBoer said he was buying at the Copemish Bar Friday Night Fish Fry!
And now Tommy Focused on the Silver Arrow at Maritime!
I am not sure why Chris Craft didn’t name this boat the Silver Bullet, just saying. After you see the boat up close and personal, especially when it’s brand silvery new, they could call it anything e.g. Silver Beauty Arrow/Bullet for all I care. This is one Art Deco imported from Detroit, baby.
It’s beginning to look like the Batmobile.
Yup, that’s Batman and Robin checking it out.
Yes it’s glass on wood, naturally. Cheese on hard salami. Sounds good, taste greats, what could go wrong?
Yup, definitely Batmobile. Some 91 of the Silver Arrow boats were made by Chris Craft. Now more collectible than ever, just ask Rich.
To restore a Silver Arrow, Not so Easy Peasy. Something about spraying gel coat with just the amount of flake and lots of silver, as I understand. Simply stated , it’s like spraying your Corvette only more difficult. Call Mike for precise technique. Notice “Made in America” R. DeBoer was at hand, thank goodness.
Just another boat in the shop, a Red/White Racer type boat getting its sanding. Spray, sand within four hours, sand, sand, and probably sand some more….
The early Racer models were Red/White with special coating. Call Mike for MSDS specs.
“It’s not easy, that’s why we have professionals”, stated Dr. Ballard on the way back to the Lake Ann Brewery. Thanks to Professional Boat Restorer Mike Green, Maritime Classics, a true Silver Arrow, for the visit. Silver Arrow and Red/White Racer. That would be a race!