Fellow Woody Boater Bruce Pyszora sent us in this cool story about his very sweet time capsule Thompson that was used just 4 times after she was bought! 4 Times!
This 1960 Thompson Sealancer was purchased by my sister in-laws dad in 1960. The boat was used only 4 times during that summer, and then parked in a small garage in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She stayed in that location for the next 25 years without seeing the light of day. In 1985, he retired and moved to Nashville, Tennessee with boat in tow. There, the old Sealancer was parked in a barn for another 26 years. Upon his death, the boat was discovered much to everybody’s surprise.
The boat was offered to me in 2011, and made it’s way back to Algonac, Michigan where I live. Over the next couple of years, I did a complete restoration.
Attached are some before and after photos. The most amazing thing to me is the motor. I did have to do a complete overhaul, however, it’s paint is all original.
I included several different photos of in the barn, seeing the light and refinishing. This was my first wood boat I ever did. Now I’m hooker (LOL). If you look at one of the finished photos, you will see a 1954 chris craft. This was another find locally here. This one sat in a factory warehouse for over 20 years. Another project.