Yesterday we discussed the Siren on Cobra 001 and since its not on the build sheet, is it going to loose points in a show. First, what shows? And really? If the Siren looks bad ass. And is period correct? Keep reading cause I am gonna flop around like a fresh fish in the bilge. Herb Hall from Sierra Boats on Lake Tahoe , again said it perfectly.
Copy Paste Quote “I agree with Greg W. I have been arguing for years, that these boats from a judging standard should be as delivered to the “customer” not necessarily the dealer. Period correct dealer accessories are accepted in the car judging world, but at some point the antique boat world decided that if it wasn’t on the hull card, it wasn’t acceptable. This has to change, it’s a stupid rule. I might add, only Chris Crafts are subject to this rule, since they have more documentation. Spotlight on the Gar Wood, no problem, get my point”.
Now to add to this, and because we are Woody Boater and the internet ( Brian Robinson ) provides we have a photo of the day she was delivered. And looky looky…. A SIREN! GAAAAAAAAA! And to worm hole this even further. Was it ordered and sat on a show room after being used to sell others and then sold with a Dealer Siren? And thus making it as delivered.
FLIP FLOP! So this opens up a can of worms. Because I could say Stinky was ordered with an aluminum head. Its not on the build sheet, but there it was, and yes the engine must have been worked on, BUT, by then everyone knew those heads where crap. So? And to take the argument even further down the black hole of logic that really doesnt have an answer. Since the holes to the siren are in the original wood????? Are you messing with the spirit of the boat? Wood has a memory, it likes the holes in its deck.
And now since its become such a debate.. Okay not really a debate, I keep trying. CLICK DAMIT.. Anyway since its now a possible thing, will judges debate the Siren or no Siren? And now the flop. of the flip. Are you still following me? And why? Anyway. Here goes. This and the prototype are without doubt the most important 18 Cobras on the planet.
They are history, and that history is the 001 which is a production thing, and thus, she was not produced with a siren. Its the way the factory wanted it made. The designer didnt want a Siren. And in the history of things. It should be as built in this case.
This isn’t Thayer IV who’s history is later and thus restored to the movie not the build. For example. And if you are restoring your family boat, and were conceived on the engine box one warm starlit night. Breaking a part. YOU LEAVE THAT BROKEN PART!
So? I don’t know anymore, I am so mixed up? For those of you that want to keep torturing yourself, here is an article Texx wrote on 001 back in 2011. Oh wait.. OH NO.. Look at the image of the prototype? The Lift rings.. Art? You reading?