Fellow Woody Boater Mark McCarthy sent us in this fun photo of him with the caption Sometimes You Just Gotta Let It Rip” . Ya, I know.. Nothing beats a good old fart joke. Anyhoo,
I asked Mark for more info. I do that stuff since Mark clearly has fun with his amazing 1949 Chris Craft Custom. BTW, Hull number 364 who count this sort of thing. This was photographed at the Buckeye Lake Rendezvous Saturday 28, September.
My 5 year search for “The Grand Petunia” concluded with a timely contact when the original owner placed an add that read :
“ 1949 CC Custom completely original – unrestored. Bring a chainsaw as a wind storm toppled a tree with a direct hug. Don’t worry the tree is fine and growing throughout the boat , so again bring chainsaw.
-The boat of my Dreams.
I made the quick trip from Cincinnati, Ohio to Williamsport to see a beautiful oak tree cradling my soon to be ‘49 – She was delivered in June of 1949 to Williamsport , Pa.
We signed the papers on that day June of 1999.
I took the boat to Zimmerman Boat Works in Columbus, Ohio Buckeye Lake for restoration in December of 1999.
After work was complete And having made the rounds at Lake Dora , Clayton, NY , The Niagra Frontier Chapter, and of course Buckeye Lake ACBS Shows , I knew that 1 last item remained to be finished.
My smoking , choking , head gasket blowing engine was trying to get my attention for about 17 years.
The picture in the story is worth a thousand words as to how the MBL Hercules is running now thanks to Dave VanNess for the partrs and Gary Kosiba was the mechanic regarding the engine rebuild.
-It’s not always easy
“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the First one thousand days, nor even perhaps in our lifetime.
But let us begin.” -John F. Kennedy
Referring to the boat Sequoia
We think in terms of the finish, but it’s the start that builds the dream.
Your keen eye probably picked it up, I contacted the division of water craft in Columbus Ohio and in a short 18 months was able to procure my registration: OH 1949 CC
Very cool Mark, stuff like this is what the fun part of our passion is all about. We are going to try and feature more Woody Boaters boats through out the winter. So if your boat has an interesting story, send it in.