If This Is Your Boat, You’re Gonna Crap Yourself! YA I WENT THERE!

These are rough scans that I made from the negative to make them positive. they are 4X5 each

While doing my hourly ebay stalking I came across some large negatives of a Chris-Craft, which normally would not be all that big of a deal, but this is. These are large format negatives, which means they can be blown up huge and not loose detail. ANNND, if you happen to own this boat now, it’s pure gold. One problem. How do you know if it is your boat? Well, fist off, do you have a 19 Sportsman? Was it delivered to Ohio? One clue is it may have WAVELENTH written all over it? Or not. Hey this is needle in a hey what the hell stack.

The negatives

There are many little envelopes of these with even some of the gang going to the New York Worlds Fair. and yes, some other boats. but WAVELENTH is the big one. The shot on the lower right I think is flopped. But? Had A Banjo Wheel, and if I am thinking right, based on the tone of the seats, Brown, like Elsie from katzs was. A killer color combo.

Elsie from Katzs marina with a rare LC engine

Out enjoying a summer day, okay may not everyone is enjoying it.

My fave of the group. In fact liked it so much, I colorized it

Kinda works.

A look at the brochure cover

Another hint is that the envelopes all say Kaehni bros Radio Studio on West Blvd Cleveland Ohio. So the owners owned a Radio Studio, and hence the clever name. WAVELENTH.

Stay tuned. There is a story here for sure, I just need to think of one. We have some real goodies, and another boat. A DODGE




14 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Those Ohio folks sure know how to have fun. I think Art is going to comment on that brochure cover.

  2. Cliff
    Cliff says:

    Matt the negative you colorized was taken where McGarveys boat drive in was Vermillion Ohio. You did a story on it that started with a matchbook. I think that was a CYC boat at one time.

  3. Syd
    Syd says:

    Nice find, I believe I have that brochure. Looking at the group of 4, the top right boat looks like there is a hump on the stern deck. I would have to dig my brochure out to compare but I’m thinking maybe one of the Johnson boats with the electric start motors

    • Larry Forget
      Larry Forget says:

      Syd,, one of those covered boat should be on display in a Finger lakes, New York museum.. A-member said some or all were made by PENN Yann.??

    • Lee Wangstad
      Lee Wangstad says:

      I was thinking more along the lines of this 1929 Dee Wite with a somewhat more “boxed” look to the engine hatch. There is an exceptionally well-restored example of this boat in the Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Alexandria, Minnesota. It was superbly restored and donated to the museum by the late Pete Allen.

  4. Michael A Hill
    Michael A Hill says:

    I totally agree with you Cliff. Definitely the Vermilion river, where Quaker Steak is now. I believe Tom Moes told me that business there (before McGarvey’s) was called Fathours (sp).

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

    Cool find. I’m surprised you didn’t come up with an “Ed and Betty” fictional story Matt. I have seen that Chris Craft ad several times, but I still think it is really something that the older man in the picture is your grandpa Art. It. may take some time. I am sure that someone in this group knows the history of WAVELENGTH.

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