We arrived last night in the U.S. at around 10 PM, after about 24 hours of no sleep. I will be honest, I was fearful that I might miss today’s story. A first in what will be TEN years of never missing a day. October 9 is our 10 year anniversary. By the time I got to bed, I was a zombie, and BAM, this email came in from Alan Craig from New Zealand. Not only did Alan save a very sweet 27′ Chris Craft, he saved Woody Boater! bringing back the topic that we are all here for. Amazing classic boats, and the inner joy they infect us all with. Here is Alan’s story. Thanks again.
I’ve got some bling here to show you! In the form of a 27′ 1947 super deluxe enclosed
I’m a boat builder on the other side of the world in NZ and I do most of the repairs and maintenance on the wooden boats at Lake Rotoiti (North Island)
Sept last year I took on this project that was snapped up by a Kiwi from a boat yard over there. It slipped through the net and got shipped over here to be restored and will now reside at Lake Rotoiti (north island).
In all the research I do on line about it, I have always ended up on your WoodyBoater site and generally just forget what I was searching for and enjoy looking at general woody boat banter! It’s great!
Any how, the boat arrived without an engine so a 5.7L crusader was bought for her and shipped over too. No shaft or strut and prop etc either so have had it made here, or sourced from over there. After a near completely new interior, rebuilt cockpit to fit the crusader and paint/varnish throughout, she’s all back together and running.
We launched it successfully a couple of days ago! I wasn’t sure if I liked the layout to start with, but now she’s in the water I love it. it’s a bit different from other boats here, nice high cockpit yet full head room inside and plenty of varnish.
I’m hooked on varnished mahogany boats now!
Thanks Craig! You have saved the day!