It was all over facebook and emails flying around. “Boaters rescued from choppy Lake Huron waters after vintage Chris-Craft becomes disabled” When breaking down in a classic boat is news other than here on WoodyBoater is a good sign that the world is getting back to a normal routine of old boats doing the thing they do. A better more dramatic headline should have been. Tow Boat Sinks Trying To save classic boaters.
So, whats the back story on the over dramatized news? Sorry, it’s equally boring, but does illustrate how quickly simple things can escalate. The good news is the captain knew what to do. Didn’t panic, just did what needed to be done.
Here is the sequence of events as reported by the owner and Mark Edmonson from
Diamond Boat Works and the Moore’s
Sitting here at the boat shop with NE winds, 4-5’ waves and wind chill at 37 degrees, ugh!
One our good customers, Brad Moore of Sand point, MI. Had us restore a show winning 1946 white sided U22 a year ago. And enjoys using it on Lake Huron.
While an experienced yachtsman he and his three children want to get out of quarantine and enjoy a calm ride on the lake. Once out they had problems with a loose throttle lever and stopped to check it out. When he went to start up his battery was dead. NOT COVID RELATED.. BTW.
Realizing he grab the wrong battery. He was dead in the water. He contacted me for help. I notified Tow Boat US I informed him to drop anchor. and wait for the tow boat. His next text (three hours later) the tow boat sank!
A second tow boat was summoned. Mean while the neighbors on shore took notice and called the sheriff department and they also launched a boat to assist. In the end it was over 5 hours to return back to his dock only a mile from the breakdown. Brad said “he is very grateful to all the home owner, sheriff department and the tow company for fetching him off the lake”.
So needless to say, a great adventure with the kids, who of course will NEVER let Dad forget this. And a new family story is gonna be told for generations. And in the end, that’s what our little community is all about. Family memories, togetherness through sunny calm days and windy rough ones. Congrats to the Moore crew and how some smart thinking, and good seamanship saved the day.
To quote Mark again “Brad being a excellent boater never was worried. The old Chris rode the big waves fine.”