Bob Murdock From Howe Marine Found Some Holiday Magic.

When you open up yourself to the universe in a positive way, goodness comes around. Oh sure there is always the Dim’s to try and distract you from such higher goals. But there are also Bob’s and Chucks to remind you that 99.9% of the planet is a positive place. And life to those has a way of circling back and find its way home. Here is the note from Bob. How cool is this?

Yup, how a little rubber stamp can be pure gold

Look what Chuck Grewe found for me in his catalog archives! See Howe Marine logo stamps on the pieces. Bob is living the dream of curating back to life a way of life at Howe marine.

Even a smeared ink clop is gold

BAm, one stamp and wow

Pure pure graphite gold. How cool that Chuck was able to find these and think of Bob. Thats our special community here spreading Karma around

Stamped with such skill? No? Thats the best part. How little it meant to the person stamping. And yet. Its like Rembrandt did it now

Smudged and perfect

Of course Chuck has tons of catalogs. See below as a small sample, maybe one of them has your name on it?

Love it

More from the Grewe Gallery of old catalogs

And more

And yes, stacks of more

Here are the pictures of the catalogs I have for sale. There are over 2,000 catalogs total.
I have every catalog from 1982 up to 1996. The rest are random from the 1940’s 1950’s and 1960’s.

You can find many on Chucks Ebay Site.  chriscraftone

Or they can always be purchased directly by emailing him at YANKEGRL@TIR.COM

A huge thanks to Bob and Chuck. I love it when it comes together

16 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Now that’s a collection worth framing. Great stuff. I need to take a road trip to Indian River and visit Howe Marine. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    WOW! What a collection.

    It’s interesting that the 1960 catalog has a drawing of the 1961 Continental on the cover.

  3. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    So cool for Chuck to find these & connect them with Bob. Would be awesome to visit Howe Marine, but a long way from northern KY.

    Maybe you could visit Bob’s marina & do a story on it for WoodyBoater.

  4. Gaffer
    Gaffer says:

    Howe Marine is a great spot for doing a little hang time, as I found out last September. If we’re still in drydock next summer, I’ll go back there and rent a boat for the afternoon and enjoy the scenery between Burt and Mullet lakes. Highly recommended!

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Coo0l very cool!! As I have said before. I go by Indian river several times a year. A new years resolution In 2023 . I’m stopping at Howe Marine. From all I have seen on on WB, It just looks and sounds like a neat place. Thanks for sharing guys.

  6. Art Armstrong
    Art Armstrong says:

    The stamping collection is neat, but as usual my eye goes to the back drop of any older Chris Craft photo. For example the 1938 CC catalog has a back drop of my grandfather’s house with him standing on shore, and yes I’m still looking for a copy of that catalog.
    Also in the CC for 50 photo is a shot of a cruiser and a runabout, but in the background is a house that is still there in north Algonac. It is a Eldon Dow design after studying under Frank Lloyd Wright. The original owners moved in on Pearl Harbor day and the house is still there.

      • Art
        Art says:

        Wow that would be wonderful. I have been looking for years, but any that I have run across, are not for sale.

        • Ollon
          Ollon says:

          Sorry Art. This is the one I have and it’s a reproduction. So awesome that your Grandfather is on the one your looking for. I guess you’re just have to “make them an offer they can’t refuse”.

          • Art
            Art says:

            Thanks anyway for looking Ollon.
            BTW as to my point yesterday, the lighthouse in the background is one of two range lights that guards the entrance to the South Channel from Lake St. Clair around Harsen’s Island. They were constructed in 1855 to 1859.

    • Murdock
      Murdock says:

      Twin KL’s ?
      If so, I owned the identical boat and it was named “Kitty B”.
      The Murray’s on Crooked Lake owned it for years, kept it at the Windjammer and was one of the many woodies we took care of there.
      Years later, it came up for sale and well, I had to have it.
      Fast boat too.
      p.s. Patti told me the other day that I had to stop acquiring all the boats that were once sold at Howe. I told her that when I’m gone, you’ll be able to have a three-ring, three week auction and be sure to invite all my friends to the party………and to get hold of Matt Smith to help with the guest list too. Bob Bramlage will be the MC because he’s the only one that knows where all my stuff is!

      • Tom
        Tom says:

        This boat has it’s original K engine. Bought this boat out of Windjammer Marina in 2005. It was being brokered for the widow of the owner after he passed away. It spent its life on the inland waterway. Bob… I had looked at your fathers boat prior to this…1953 24′ CC Express “Gigolo when it was listed on the “Antique Boat Center” site. It was stored at the “Marine Shoppe” right of I-75. I had owned a 1954 24′ CC Express in the early 80’s and had always regretted selling it and was looking to replace it. Small world.

  7. Chuck Grewe
    Chuck Grewe says:

    Many Thanks to Bob Murdock and Matt Smith for doing this!
    I love the old boats and have always enjoyed helping people to restore their boats as authentically as possible. Whether it was by providing the correct hardware, gauges and marine engines or by offering catalogs that can provide clues to the correct year and original parts that were used on their treasured Antique and Classic Boats.
    Chuck Grewe

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