Fellow Woody Boater Alden Reed sent us in this fun story about his father in 1958. The Big Golden Hammer tie clasp! You know that was the bomb down at the lodge! Here is Alden’s Note and cool pics.
Your blue-hull mock-up on your 17-footer reminded me of a 16′ Chris Craft Kit Boat my dad made in the basement during the winter of 1958. As you will see from one of the attached pics a basement window had to be “enlarged” to get the boat out!
Anyhow, dad was awarded a Golden Hammer Award Tie Clasp by Mechanix Illustrated for the project.
He initially powered the boat with a 75hp Merc but later upgraded to a 100hp.
In 1964 he traded it in at Art Fish’s Boat Shop on Lake Quinsigamond for a 19′ Grady White I/O. Working on projects like this helped him come up with improved screw designs for building wooden boats.