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Vintage Classic Boat Photos, I Wonder What The Back Story Is?
Looks like on ebay someone found a treasure trove of old photos of boats being delivered to new owners? It’s interesting to see how they would be trailered. And the car that does the hauling. No 4 wheel drive truck stuff. I would suspect that the car has a whopper V8 of the day. But still.
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Maybe the Ramsey Bros. can tell us where this is!
I am hopng?
Is the marina across the street or is that the house where the delivery guy lives and he was simply taking pictures of all the boats he was delivering.
As to the 4WD pickup: One usually only need that when retrieving on a possibly slippery or steep ramp. Didn’t seem to be a lot of ramps in those days and most of these boats are on cradles.
1 horsepower 4 leg drive tow vehicle.
That is Bert Thayer, Norman’s older brother with the U – 22. He liked Norman’s boat so much he bought one. Named it “Thelma” after his wife.
It’s amazing how high the boats sat on the trailers! How do you find a ramp steep enough!?
And “Oh Boy!” if you had to come to an abrupt stop.
Given the way these boats appear to be secured I would guess these are likely depicting boats that have been picked up at the factory and are ready to leave same or arriving at destination. Chris Craft secured boats to the cradle with steel bands with wood yokes and blocks. I can only speak from experience to the Chris Crafts but it appears the Century is secured the same way. They would even band to your trailer if you wanted.
I wouldn’t be too worried about the size of the car’s motor as I would the ability of those mechanical brakes to stop the whole thing!! You know the trailer has no brakes! But they did it anyway at a top speed of probably 45 mph or less! LOL!
Like Matt noted…”Great Century”, the past one….
John in Va.
The 1940 Ford were using juice brakes which would have helped for towing.
Sweet back to boats picked up this baby about six months ago in so cal its sitting on a dodge truck chassis pretty cool i would imagine they came up with some cool stuff back in the day when they were shipped buy rail car u couldn’t just go buy a trailer it will be for sale if someone is interested the trailer not the boat
Makes me think of one of my favorite photos. A 40 Ford must have been the tow vehicle of choice. They did have the biggest engine for a low priced car.
Here’s a shot of “Sindbad” behind it’s original tow vehicle – a 1928 LaSalle Tourer, with the same Cadillac flathead V8 that powered the boat. They were still using this when the boat was brought to WA State in 1954. I also have a custom dolly that was evidently used between the car and boat at some point to take some of the weight away. If I can’t attach that pic with this one I’ll post it next. Folks were creative in those days! 🙂
Here’s the dolly with a couple tail dragger wheels that went between the trailer and car. An adjustable ball assembly was bolted in the middle on the low plate and a couple limit brackets were bolted to the angled plates at the back and extended to center the dolly with the main trailer frame.
Dick, I have been to your place many times and seen that you have plenty of goofy trailers! (and a flathead V8).
I dunno about all those tow vehicles having a V8…. my 1941 Buick had a dual carb straight eight with enough hp and torque to rival a damn freight train.
What kills me is the fact that folks understood how to build engines and cars and trains and understood boat hull designs but for the love of Pete the best idea they could come up with for a boat trailer is something that looks like a hillbilly made from the crap in his yard.
I resemble that remark!
Ha! Wait. You resemble or resent my remark?
Are you mad at me because I may have sort of insulted you for making a questionable item from crap in your yard…
Or your actually body looks like something a hillbilly made from some junk laying about….
Or you’re a bad speller like our glorious leader Matt?
Inquiring minds want to know!
Look at the trailer in Jim’s picture and you will realize he means just what he said. “Resemble”.
Yorktown had a four wheel trailer like that for decades. No ball just a pin to attach to the tow vehicle. It was impossible to back up.
When I first acquired my boat back in 1998 this is the trailer it was setting on. Not knowing any better at the time, my dumb ass got rid of the trailer and let the old original wood cradles rot away in my back yard.
Sweet Mary! That is not a boat trailer…that is Pre-Columbian Art !!
So when Chris Craft sent boats buy rail did they use a metal forward brace this one looks way to nice to be homemade its a 1928 model 2
Kinda reminds me of when I went to get dads ol’ Chris-Craft.The frame was made from an old Buick,had cracked frames so lawn mower blades were welded on for strength.We drove half on shoulder,half on highway for over 200 miles(1/2 on freeway).Never saw cops but no one passed us either.Saw miles and miles of cars following.the only thing that held boat to trailer was the 2×4 I nailed to bunks so it wouldn’t slide off
Those were the good old days when you could do crazy assed stuff and years later have a great story to tell.
Not nowadays. We have too many Karens and helicopter officials ruining all of the idiocy and fun.
Excuse me while I go and have a drink from the hose….
Wish I hadn’t given this trailer (boat not car) to my neighbors brother… apparently its now a chicken coop up on the edge of the civilzed world. Ford V8 wire wheels… 🙁