Yesterdays story brought out the warmth…of classic boat owner…stewardship. We have said for years, that life, love and happiness are embedded in the grain of your Woody Boat. Your sweet ride can feel when you are around, and more importantly knows you love her. And we all know this other fact, she has a way of loving you back, and needs you as a partner in fun. Such is the case with long time fellow Woody Boater Bob Larson who just recently reunited with a loving member of his family. Here is Bob’s Story. And thanks to Bob Kays for the great photos. And Bob Rice for being such a handsome model. Yes, that’s a lotta Bobs.
“Thirty years ago I had an itch to do a wood boat project, thinking maybe a utility style, so, I went to see Wayne Mocksfield at Lake Hopatcong. After looking at a number of possibilities I decided I just preferred a cockpit runabout style. One boat was available, which I thought I might be able to afford. Wayne told me it was based on a Higgins style bottom and would ride nice. I brought it home and started a year restoration process with my limited knowledge, producing what I thought looked OK.
I also joined the Lake Hopatcong ACBS at Wayne’s suggestion and began an education which helped with the 2nd restoration I did 10 years later, bringing “Norwegian Wood” closer to an original look. That was my main boat for the next 22 years. I did a couple of out board boat project during that period.
A little over 8 years ago, I decided to try the Utility style, completing a two year restoration on “Off the Clock”, a 1960 17 CC Sportsman with V-8 power, fast boat, fun to drive. Norwegian Wood needed it’s third round of restoration and I did not have the desire at that time to start another project, so, the boat went to Seth Katz at Katzs Marina. Six years later he started a ground up, complete make over including a new bottom, bring new life into the 1953 17′ CC Rocket. Seth also has a family connection to Rockets, since he always is searching for these amazing boats. Seth grew up riding around in a cool Rocket, and did find that specific boat years ago as well.
We mutually agreed I, the second owner, should be the one to continue ownership, carrying on the legacy of the boat I saved, after hanging in a boat house on Culver’s Lake un-used for 20 years. The boat is preserved, with it’s original K engine and hardware and instruments. Katz’s Marina did a fantastic job of making the boat better than new. I had a great ride, felt like coming home, late in November 2017.
Thanks Bob, Bob and Bob for sharing this great story. And thanks to Seth and the Katzs Marina crew for keeping it all in the family. We all need this sort of story this time of year.
Come on everybody! Let’s all sing along with Peaches & Herb.