Noooooooooooo! Do You See it?

Nice Capri at Lake Dora! Only 19ish days away BTW

The new Brass Bell is on its way and we got a sneak view of the cover and oh NOOOOOOOO! It happened. The unthinkable!  Can you see it? No? Wondering what I am ranting on now? Wait Woody, I thought you were a fan of the brass Bell. I AM, we all are. BUT! it’s happened. See it yet? Really? Even with this photo with red type all over it?

Say it aint so. A pontoon boat on the cover of the Brass Bell!

no no no.. Please.. Please tell me this was an oversight and not some horrible infection that is about to crush us all. A pontoon boat in this sacred of all places. The cover of all coveted covers. I won’t even bring up that its a .. ugh, a dreaded dock shot. What happened?

The Brass Bell has for over a decade been the standard of the culture. Is the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club about to allow Pontoon boats to join the club? I knew this would happen. First its fiberglass boats, and now.. Ugh.. So as a public service I cleaned up the cover so its not a dock shot, and cleaned up and removed the dreaded pontoon boat.

We took out the lines on the Starboard side, fixed the vent on the port side, took out the crowd, the tent, the dock, the pontoon and BAM, we have a great Brass Bell cover.

Now, I hope the folks at the Brass Bell have a fun sense of humor about this. It’s done with love. And we applaud the choice of boat. A great user says it all!

We featured the first new design by Bill Basler who took alot of heat for the new design around 9 years ago

One of the best covers!

All kidding aside, the cover is Lake Dora and just a couple weeks from now. okay maybe three, or two and a half ish. Hope to see you there. We will be easy to find, we will be the tent with the ACBS and now the Chris Craft Club with pitch forks and torches at!


28 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    The ACPS has been quietly lurking in the background, but they are building strength and coming for you!

    • Brian Robinson
      Brian Robinson says:

      The front vents are thru-bolted and the backs use three screws. I’d trust those over the standard two-#6 CC fender cleats any day.

  2. Bobby Boat
    Bobby Boat says:

    They are artists in what they do and there others who do not know and think they are artists.
    Well, you did put them on notice, someone will be told and it will be a lesson from an true artist in his field.
    (NYC art dealer)

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I LOVE IT!

    I personally approved and authorized that pic as it was from our beloved Dora event. Never even saw the pontoon boat, but would have OKed it anyway.

    Of course if there is true Chris-Craft built pontoon boat out there we will GLADLY welcome them into the club!

    Thanks Matt!

    See you in DORA!

    Troy Hersom
    President CCABC

  4. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    At least you were standing on the dock and not on the pontoon. That could have been quite incriminating.

  5. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    I noticed you deleted the dock from the picture but forgot to delete the dock lines on the Capri. OOOPS.

  6. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    As far as the docks go, PLEASE do not remove them! IRMA already did that for us. They will be sorely missed later this month.

  7. Rick
    Rick says:

    The only obvious choice is to reprint all the covers. But stash one or two away and they will then become coveted collectors items.

  8. Alex
    Alex says:

    Congratulations. You made the cover Matt.

    “Gonna see my picture on the cover
    (Bell) Gonna buy five copies for my mother (wa wa)
    (Bell) Gonna see my smilin’ face
    On the cover of the Brass Bell”

  9. Miles Kapper
    Miles Kapper says:

    Okay, I admit I didn’t see any of it. I got up early (5:00 AM) walked the dogs, fed them, poured a cup of coffee, started to check emails and now I found myself staring at it with absolutely no clue as to what in the hell you could be talking about. I finally clicked the “read more” and within moments I got very anxious. Everything you did was fine, except…. you took the dock away and since I don’t see a bow line attached to a mooring, (or heading under the surface with an anchor?) it’s only a matter of time before the wind changes direction and turns her into the shore. hopefully she stays out of any sort of harms way. Any chance of putting the dock back in?

  10. Mark
    Mark says:

    Accidents happen.

    Look at how many time Troy has accidently had half dressed women in his pictures.

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

    When I first saw the pictures and the Nooooo. I thought the stern light pole was a symbol of a man part. (thats the cleanest I can state it). Look at it , makes everyone envious. I thought the Brass Bell was sneaking one in. Did not even notice the pontoon boat until I started reading.

  12. Stephen Griffitts
    Stephen Griffitts says:

    Okay, as the Managing Editor of The Brass Bell, I guess it’s my turn in the barrel. We allow our layout person great artistic license in return for his brilliance. To his credit, he did remove some of the docklines. I knew the pontoon boat was there, but pontoon boats are just part of the sad reality of life. Since there was no driver in the boat, we felt it better that it be tied to the dock. Besides, it’s nice to reflect back on a time when there were docks at Tavares. My apologies to you, Matt, for not picking you out of the crowd. If I had known, perhaps we could have drawn an arrow pointing to you. Nevertheless, thanks for the free publicity… or notoriety perhaps. In the words of the immortal Don Cornelius, “Love, peace, and soul!”

  13. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    It’s time to embrace pontoon boats for all of their ugliness. They’re beautiful in their own special way.

  14. john
    john says:

    The legendary Wooben Pontoon Boat

    After three or four adult beverages it kind looks like . . . . . nah!!!!!!

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