The Art Of The Classic Boat Part.
If you are into the restoration of your classic boat, you have no doubt noticed that each part is a work of art unto itself. While restoring Sylvia our 1941 Chris Craft Barrel Back, I recall thinking that even the exhaust pipe was beautiful.
A huge copper pipe bent and how that nice copper looked with the Brass and varnish, bilge color.
It was all thought through. In a way our beloved Woody Boats are like small galleries of art parts. We have done stories on cleats and how each element of there design flowed into the over all design of the boat.
Not so the case today with mass produced boats, or cars, or heck, anything. But back in the day when all designs started with a pencil sketch, such small detailed designs were standard, and how JR designers grew up in the company.
With classic boats, or just boats back in the day, we imagine that design would play an equal part to function. The battles internally must have been epic. But, we are talking about boating, not a car. Boating is something you want to do, its driven more by emotion, rather than function. Sure, there were boxy functional boats back then. But pleasure craft were a design choice.
So each and every detail had an artist perspective. And that is one of the many wonderful things that Woody Boating is all about. Got an art part you want to show. Today is the day for your part to shine. Your BOAT part just to be VERY clear!
Vintage Siren off the bow of a Troycraft.
Function and Style all in one.
the 327 is always art
Great and beautiful topic!
This is the fact also in Sweden and our 1937 Swedish built runabout “KURRE” is an great example.
Swedish boats often has their name in chrome plated brass lettering as shown below.
Another unique thing with “KURRE” is its front and rear cleat and engine ventilators. The rear cleat also functions as a flag pole holder and fairlead!
Some of the non factory accessories were also very cool. My grandmother insisted that my uncle displayed this medal on his cruiser. I now have one of these on both of my boats. It is a piece of 60 year old brass art that has received many compliments at shows and events.
HA, I have that exact thing for WECATCHEM
That windshield frame is just beautiful. Perfect proportion, rake, and curves.
The Swedish designer Gideon Forslund knew what he was doing but he also had your American boats as a role models except he wanted a more protected area round the passenger then just a bare windshield.
Front cleat on “KURRE”
…and of course the Flathead engine is a masterpiece! 🙂
1961 Red Fish.
I found this manufacturer marking on a 1950s very simple cleat; it’s an S and an L astride a beautiful anchor. It elevated the beauty of the part in my eyes even if most people will never notice it.
Sorry. Couldn’t resist.
Oh god! you all know I have a weak spot for zipper pulls.
Shepherd Fender cleat.
I’m still trying
Interestingly, even in the late ’80’s early 70’s as the woodies were losing the sales battle to plastic boats, the sense of quality and unique-ness of style still came through on those last woodies. Costs were definitely a factor as the glass boats were significantly less expensive yet, the established companies still didn’t cut corners on style. This Greavette hardware was used in favour of the off-the-shelf plain utilitarian (Perko type) hardware found on early Donzi & Formula boats (1965-ish) right up to 1978 when Greavette stopped building new boats.
Whoops that first line should read “…even in the late ’60’s and early 70’s… “
Bow light, 1964 Chris-Craft Corsair XL175 Sunlounger
There is always this!!
I put the my first choice of things on this one, wing vents,rope steering wheel,spotlights,aqua flair hardware,and attwood space ship,I collect these with big passion,Thanks
I thought this bow design on one of the boats up at the Gull Lake Show was neat.
it was called the Winged Woman on a 1931 Dodge
In order to protect all that glitz on my Herreshoff Harbor
Pilot, I’ve resorted to the beard . . . .
1957 Mercury Mark 55. Photo taken last summer.
We got the message! If it’s done by Katz’s it’s perfection, anyone else’s work does not hold up and that’s why you get the discounts.
Woohooo! More Katzs Marina stuff. Thanks for the request. Gotcha!
what?? i dont get it
matt i think we need a smokin monkey day!
The ’60s were very cool.
Dick Werners Chris Craft 283 is art for sure
Some prewar Chris craft horns I’ve been working on!
Integrated running lights in the handrails were cool and everyone loves the Jetson style anchor light.
and the mast base/horn combo is great as well.
The Canadians have some unbelievable hardware on their boats.
The Navigation lights after restoration on my 1959 Chris Craft Express.