(Re)discovering Hessel – Part II


(Re)discovering Hessel – Part II
By Alex Watson

Part I of this story (Click Here to view Part I) explained how the combination of usage, climate, care, and continuity made Les Cheneaux what it is today. An area where one commonly sees a classic Chris-Craft in its boat house (with a side order of Boston Whaler).

Boston Whaler & Classic Woody – The “Les Cheneaux Combo.”

Boats here are not considered to be collectibles, or assets, or valuable in a monetary sense. Beloved family dog is a closer analogy.

Part I explains, by extension, why 60, 70, or 80+ year-old boats here are used — just as they were in their early days. Why kids run all over them. Why spontaneous races erupt. Why they still tow skiers or haul in fish. Why they still trek 4, 6, or sometimes 12 safely to and from Mackinac Island.

This — using em’…

Leads to this — loving ‘em! (My daughter, Marion in our Chris-Craft – Marion E.)

It also explains why most are rarely bristol. Beautiful, regularly and responsibly maintained, preserved, and restored, yes. But bristol? It doesn’t much matter.

So what is our Boat Show? Each and every year, on the 2nd Sunday of August, an assorted 50 or 60 of these boats (an estimated 1/5th or 1/6th of those in the Islands) leave their docks and boathouses, ride to the Hessel Marina, and line up for the day. Not to win praise or prizes. Just to let other residents, volunteers, and visitors share a fun day and share in their beauty. They are joined by about the same number of boats from neighboring areas and, voila, 120 boats are on display.

Like Christmas, our Show lasts just a day. Perhaps that brevity is why we look forward to next year’s show, even as this year’s is wrapping up.

Hessel: More French’s than Grey Poupon


Arrival and Set-Up

Here comes Floating Point, a 1952 22’ Chris-Craft Sedan (and local favorite), arriving by family and by water.

At 6:00 am, the first boat arrives in Hessel. By 7:00 am, there was a steady trickle. By 8:00 am, it was a stream. This is the first year I’ve observed this. Never again will my family miss watching the fun build.

A Rubiks Cube in the works.

Watching the boats come in and dock simultaneously in tight, Hessel Marina quarters was remarkable. Like watching a Rubiks Cube, or a jigsaw puzzle, being solved. And you know, the pieces fell in place beautifully, thanks to skilled handling and Crew support numbering 200+ volunteers.

This Hydro-Mite, driven by a mite, made everyone smile.

I have better photos of this 1966 7’ Hydro-Mite, but this one tells the story. The boat was driven to the Show, solo, by it’s owner — a very young boy. Seeing him boat in, with his mom, dad, and sister waiting at the dock, was touching and inspiring. Part of passing the torch.

A sampling of the lapstrakes. Three in one photo. (You’re welcome, Captain Grumpy.)

There’s no shortage of lapstrakes in Les Cheneaux. (Heaven for Captain Grumpy?) The above photo shows Just Another Toy and The Betty, beautiful 1955 18’ and a 1960 23’ Sea Skiffs, respectively.

Jennifer Anne – Show-ready and use-ready.

Here’s Jennifer Anne, a 1938 21’ 22-U. She typifies boats in our area. Her fine condition and the way she’s displayed (tossables, shammies, ropes, life jackets, coffee mugs) is a reminder that Les Cheneaux boats are well-kept user boats — driven to the Show for the day, and put back to work that evening. Cool, without trying.

One delectable Tangerine.

Tangerine made the show, with her brand new keel. She’s a 1922 Consolidated 32’ Launch with a 1914 Speedway monster of a motor. A monster putting out…
…wait for it…
…60 hp.

The big Speedway. Big as a Scripps. Unusual for a boat to have a motor which predates it. BTW, all the accessories are on the other side of this motor, lined up parallel to it, and are driven off a common external shaft.

It’s Show Time

The Majestic. Not a shameless plug. Just sharing the beauty.

As the slight drizzle gave way, the people began to arrive. I brought The Majestic to the Show. She’s a 1948 25’ Chris-Craft Sportsman.

Isn’t this unfair? I mean really. (Not that anyone was complaining…)

Ok, you remember that mermaid mannequin in Sunnyland, right? Well in Hessel, we had the real thing in a gorgeous Chris-Craft Continental. Is it uncouth to hope this begins a trend?

Kay 3, a pretty snazzy 1962 17’ Century Utility.

Speaking of props (not propellers), no LILY, this boat was not called Hydrangea.

And you thought those Woody Boater hats looked silly! (BTW, does anybody else think this guy looks a little like Matt?)

No chicken-on-a-stick here. But we had awesome pulled pork sandwiches, whitefish sandwiches, and less healthy, but still yummy, tubular fuel.

Hessel, in Hessel.

And for drink? Here’s a lemonade stand on Hessel Point. It’s a must to stop and support budding capitalists, right? See the little boy? I learned his first name is Hessel. Damn. Why didn’t I think of that.

Uandi – Note her unusual wood-framed windshield.

Uandi is a gorgeous, 1926 26’ Hacker with a big Gray Marine. So why on earth weren’t these people looking her way…?

Doug Morin’s souffle, er, artistry. And yes, she (the boat) took Best of Show.

Oh. Two words. Doug. Morin. As usual, he brought a stunner. Charismatic is a 1930 30’ Hackercraft Runabout with a Sterling motor. The detail was incredible, right down to the orange-ish (correct color) engine bay. It’d be a “cannon to a gun fight,” except this Show is less intense than that. Piccata to a picnic, perhaps? Tournedos to a tailgate?

Breezing Thru – A 1930 26’ Hacker Craft. A local keystone for 82 years and counting.

You’ll recall my mentioning a locally-iconic boat called Breezing Thru in Part I (Click Here to see Part I) of this story. She was the boat that led to the birth of our Show. Well, here she is, powered by her original Kermath Sea-Wolf 225, 747 c.i. motor, now producing 250 hp at 2400 rpm.

What’s a Boat Show write-up without at least one “group photo.”

Once the weather lifted, the people showed up in droves. Attendance climbed from a little over 5,000 last year (poor weather) to about 7,000 this year.

Brady Comet. Built in Charlevoix, MI. So nifty. You don’t sit in this boat. You drive it while on your knees. Definitely not for the “weak-kneed.” Ha.

This sharp, little 1929 12’ 10” Roy Brady racer is owned by the original owner’s grandson. It has been lovingly restored. This is what you get at Hessel. Not the level of variety of Sunnyland, but still plenty of it. Though the outboards and sailboats rarely get mention and don’t attract the thick of the crowd, they add spice to our Show. Our thanks to the owners who ride in, or bring along, these jewels.

Snips. Because.

It’s bigger. It’s badder. It’s waaaaay badder. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Snips, a 1927 26’ flat deck Chris-Craft, powered by an Ilmor 725 hp Viper-derived V-10. She’s a sleeper on the water except for two things: 1) Enormous twin exhausts; and 2) Enormous sound. Look closely and you’ll see her tach goes to 8,000 rpm. Of all the boats here, guess which one most guys would want to drive?

The kind of Sugar that’s good for you.

Docked next to Snips was her consecutive hull number (448 and 449), totally original sister, Sugar. Sugar still has her Kermath 150 hp motor. Per Tommy Mertaugh, she was so heavily optioned (among them a cigar lighter, an illuminated compass, and a box spring seat under the steering wheel), she had two hull cards just to list them all.

In order of appearance, each one uniquely cool: an Arena Craft, Century, Fleetform, Slickcraft, and Chris-Craft XK-18. [Background, a beautiful 1962 55’ Trumpy Motor Yacht, one of three on the Great Lakes.]

In 2012, Classic Glass became an official category in Hessel. The above photo shows a mere sampling. Ok, ok, it’s all the Show’s Classic Glass (except for that aforementioned, tiny Hydro-Mite). But hey, for year 1, it was a nice start and was popular with visitors.

This local Whaler was quietly surveying the Show.

Will Classic Glass grow here? You bet! Les Cheneaux residents will awaken to the realization their many, beloved, turquoise Boston Whalers have become collectibles — boats people want to see because they were once kids in them. Boat Show will soon have several heart warming Whalers on display. They’ll be surrounded by visitors quietly smiling and reminiscing, or admitting they wouldn’t be alive had their childhood Whaler not got them through the stupidest thing they’d ever done in, or with, a boat. Everyone seems to have a Whaler “survival story” around here. Ah, good times!

Wuzz-a-Fuzz and Tom Flood, adding value to the visitor experience.

Here’s Tom Flood, doing something admirable. He stayed with Wuzz-a-Fuzz, his 1947 31’ twin engine Hacker (which he totally rebuilt) to talk with visitors. Loren Sattler did the same in his ALIBI, a beautiful 1928 28’ Baby Gar. There were many who appreciated that courtesy.

Transom of Pure Michigan.

So many boats are unmentioned here, including most award winners. But I believe you get a sense of the Show in Hessel. Fun, quality, variety, authenticity, and rarity. While some of the boats are rare, rarer still is that they never leave this area, are shown infrequently, and are shown in an especially relaxed, beautiful, protected, and historical part of our Pure Michigan.

Awards and Departure

Awards were given by category for people’s choice, for best of show, and in memory of area residents. If anyone is interested in the list of awards, I can provide them in the Comments section below. Just ask.

It’s a family affair.

The award for “1st, Runabout 0’-16’,” was especially touching to watch. Chris Smith — very active in the Show, and in the day-before Poker Run — enjoyed handing it out. Heartwarming to see a whole family accept.

Jim and Chris. Old friends.

Following the awards, I was fortunate to capture this moment between Jim Mertaugh (age 80, son of the 1st Chris-Craft dealer), and Chris Smith (grandson of the company founder).

There goes Pioneer, a striking Hacker Dolphin.

The first engines roared to life seconds after the awards were given. Here are a few beauties leaving the Harbor for their cottages.

Humidor, a beautiful 1929 26’ Chris-Craft. (The owner’s other boat at the Show was called Cigar.)

Due Diligence, a gorgeous 1948 20’ Custom. Ooooo, that curvaceous transom!

Didn’t catch the year, model, power, production volume, or name. But did catch the look on the kids’ faces. Isn’t that better than words and numbers?

Things that go crunch in the day. Memo to self: Never play chicken with a 30’ oak launch.

Ok. Here’s the post-Show collision you might have heard about. Apparently, Islington, a heavy (oak) 1895 30’ Truscott launch had a steering failure, clipped two boats, and went on to ram the dock under power. (The sound of all this contact was really disturbing.) Let’s hope the owner took heart knowing: a) no one was hurt; b) any damage can be fixed; and c) odds are, in Islington’s 117 year history, it’s not the first time she’s hit something.

Here’s Uandi again, now underway. Note the lifejackets on all — the marine equivalent of seat belts. As my father used to say, things happen quickly on the water.

Father and daughter departing in their 1959, 14’ Whirlwind, her hand lazily enjoying the summer water. Ahh the simple pleasures.

Summing Up

In this year’s Show program, local reporter John Perttunen interviewed the owner (Robert Erdman) of a boat called The Greatest Day, a 1953 18’ Chris-Craft Runabout. I could do no better than end this story with Mr. Erdman’s words from that article:

“Antique boats can bring joy on several different levels. They can be counted among the finer things in life or viewed as the vehicles that merely facilitate these finer things, such as fun with friends and family, freedom, and time spent in peace and quiet. Every day when I get up in the morning is the greatest day. That’s how I look at life. The last two years at the boat show in Hessel, we were really hammered with rain. But the skies eventually parted and it became another one of the greatest days in a person’s life.”

No question the Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show 2012 was a great day — perhaps a “greatest day” — for the organizers, crew, vendors, community at large, guests, and boats of our beloved area. Here’s to many more!

The Greatest Day, a 1953 18’ Chris-Craft Runabout.


Here’s some advice if you’d like to make Hessel next year.

1) Note the date. It’s always the second Saturday of August. For 2013, that means August 10th.

2) Bring your boat. Even if you don’t want to show it, our area is a must see by water. (When you think about it, how else could you see 36 Islands?) If you like to fish, don’t forget your rod.

3) Take a few days. There are interesting things to see nearby, such as Mackinac Island http://www.mackinacisland.org/ the fascinating Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Lake Superior http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/ the natural beauty of Tahquamenon Falls www.exploringthenorth.com/tahqua/tahqua.html and its old growth forests, the two Historical Museums of Les Cheneaux www.lchistorical.org/marimus.html and www.lchistorical.org/histmus.html and more.

4) Book your hotel early. If you want to stay in Les Cheneaux (Hessel or Cedarville), we have very limited accommodations, and many rooms are rented by the week. Don’t fear renting a rustic cabin here. Those I’ve seen are well kept. You’d be staying right on the water. And, you’ll see plenty of woody traffic that way. You’ll find a list of the local accommodations in this site http://www.lescheneaux.com/ (click on “Places to Sleep”). If you can’t get a room here, try St. Ignace, MI, 35 minutes away, where lakeside (Lake Huron) rooms there are plentiful and inexpensive.

5) Leave your work behind. Cell service is spotty up here. And you know, once you get over the fact that the world will keep spinning without you for a few days, you won’t care. You’ll lose yourself in an area where time of day doesn’t matter, and what you do with your day doesn’t matter, and what is going on anywhere else in the world doesn’t matter. In fact, “nothing matters.” Only the simplest things count here. Can you imagine a greater luxury?

6) Come again. With so many classic boats in our area, with a fraction of those deciding to show in a given year, and with 1/2 the boats of the Show arriving by trailer, the mix changes considerably from year to year.

For more about Les Cheneaux Islands and the Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show, here’s a Rudder article from Summer 2000 www.acbs.org/rudder/oldrudder/Rudder/Summer2000/LesCheneaux.htm And here’s a link to the Boat Show webpage www.lchistorical.org/boatfest.html

Alex Watson – Hessel, Michigan
List of Show Winners

1st Place, Runabout / 0-16′, “Awaken,” 1941 Century 16′, Griffith family
2nd Place, Runabout / 0-16′, “Runt,” 1941 Chris Craft 16′, John Cedarstrom

1st Place, Runabout / 17′-18′, “Inclination,” 1948 Century 17.5′, Bill Manny
2nd Place, Runabout / 17′-18′, “Unforgettable,” 1949 Chris Craft 17′, John & Linda Hanks

1st Place Runabout / 19′-20′, “Julie Ann,” 1932 Hacker Craft 20′, Joe Whitsett
2nd Place, Runabout / 19′-20′, “Due Diligence,” 1948 Chris Craft 20′, Lew & Char Kirchner

1st Place Runabout / 21′-24′, “Kemosabe,” 1934 Chris Craft 21′, “Bill Ticknor”
2nd Place Runabout / 21′-24′, “Strait Up,” 1928 Chris Craft 24′, Charles Williams

1st Place Runabout / 25′-Over, “Charismatic,” 1930 Hacker Craft 30′, Julie Monroe
2nd Place Runabout / 25′-Over, “Uandi,” 1926 Hacker Craft 26′, Norman & Keeley Betts

1st Place Utility / 0-17′, “Kay 3,” 1962 Century 17′, Joe & Ingrid Murphy
2nd Place Utility / 0-17′, *** UNNAMED***, 1937 Chris Craft 17′, Dave Ball

1st Place Utility / 18′-20′, “Sail on Silver Girl,” 1936 Gar Wood 20′, Cliff & Diane Spratt
2nd Place Utility / 18′-20′, *** UNNAMED ***, 1965 Century 19′, Charlie & Sue Opie

1st Place Utility / 22′, “Stars & Stripes,” 1946 Chris Craft 22′, Don & Bonnie Bergman
2nd Place Utility / 22′, “Dream On,” 1940 Chris Craft 22′, Kirk & Sharron Smith

1st Place Utility / 21′-24′, “Dock Holiday,” 1952 Chris Craft 23′, Chris Maloney
2nd Place Utility / 21′-24′, “Goose,” 1957 Chris Craft 23′, Tom & Nadine Stinnett

1st Place Utility / 25′ & Over, “The Majestic,” 1948 Chris Craft 25′, Alex Watson family
2nd Place Utility / 25′ & Over, “Valhalla,” 1946 Chris Craft 25′, Bob & Gary Burkland

1st Place Lapstrake Skiff, “Herman I,” 1934 Lyman 18′, Theodore Haapala
2nd Place Lapstrake Skiff, “The Betty,” 1960 Chris Craft 23′, Soderman / La Rue

1st Place Outboard, “Grady Room,” 1963 Grady White 17’6″, Peter Cross
2nd Place Outboard, ***UNNAMED***, 1959 Whirlwind 14′, Hank & Joyce VanderWerp

1st Place Launch, “Tangerine,” 1922 Consolidated 32′, McHenry / Ross / Leyman
2nd Place Launch, “Islington,” 1895 Truscott 30′, Ralph & Petra Shoberg

1st Place Sailboat. “Annelise,” 1958 Sparkman & Stephens 35’6″, Jerry & Michelle Noel

1st Place Cruiser (pre-1968), “Jenny Clark,” 1962 Trumpy 55′, Clark / Randall / Sproatt
2nd Place Cruiser (pre-1968), N/A

1st Place Canoe / Dinghy, ***UNNAMED***, 1937 Old Town 15′, Michael Shay
2nd Place Canoe / Dinghy, “Wayside,” 1920s Old Town 17′, Robertson / Wall

1st Place Wooden Replica, “Pure Michigan,” 2012 Mac-Craft 22′, Mark & Brooke McIssac
2nd Place Wooden Replica, “Borealis,” 2011 John A. Harsh

1st Place Classic Glass, “Misfit,” 1956 Fleetform 15’, Tom & Monique VanderWerp
2nd Place Classic Glass, “Super Fly,” 1971 Chris Craft XK-18′, Alex Watson family

Best Chris Craft (sponsored by the E.J. Mertaugh Boat Works), “The Majestic,” 1948 Chris Craft 25′, Alex Watson family

Carl Malmquist Award (for best boat name), “Dock Holiday,” 1952 Chris Craft 23′, Chris Maloney

Arnie Horween Jr. Memorial Skippers Choice Award, “Tootsie Bell,” 1936 Chris Craft 18′, David & Claudia Wallace

Feature Boat Award, “Snips,” 1928 Chris Craft 26’, The Reid Family
Feature Boat Award, “Sugar,” 1928 Chris Craft 26’, The Reid Family

Jim Bohn’s People’s Choice Award, “Tangerine,” 1922 Consolidated 32′, McHenry/Ross/Leyman families

Best of Show / 1st, “Charismatic,” 1930 Hacker Craft 30′, Julie Monroe
Best of Show / 2nd, “The Majestic,” 1948 Chris Craft 25′, Alex Watson family

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

    Due Dilligence would look great tied up next my dock. That transom is magic.

    In part three can we get more shots of the might might and the mermaid?

  2. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    Great photos and story! I was there and by the time I decided to take some photos the crowds were so heavy it made photography difficult. Spent part of the day at the show then went exploring. Beautiful area definitely worth a return trip.

  3. Rich Marschner
    Rich Marschner says:

    Alex, thanks much for the poetic piece of writing…you really gave us a “feel” for the whole area’s way of life in the way you chose to tell Les Cheneaux Islands’ story.

  4. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Great report on the show, and account of that wonderful area of Michigan that you are understandably so fond of. It is truly one of a kind for both beautiful wooden watercraft and the people that care for each of them.

  5. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Alex, great reporting! You covered every aspect of the area, the people, the boats & the traditions. What a great place! I’ll even buy you a beer next year.

  6. Tommy holmes
    Tommy holmes says:

    Nice job Alex, a true roving WB reporter, you.
    I was fortunate enough to help judge three classes of boats and it wasn’t easy to select winners. At this show however you just waited a minute and lo and behold someone with more knowledge than me would walk by. Thanks to them my job was easy. Although I hear a lot about the appeal of non-judged shows (u can opt out at Hessel), the thrill that owners express when announced tells me awards/judging is one component that must stay – love it or not.

  7. Nehmer Kid
    Nehmer Kid says:

    Alex, nice job.. I do consider Hessel and the morning of the show Christmas day. Going from Cove Island or Cedarville through the Snow Channel and club cut early with a boat side by side as the sun is coming up…. it doesn’t get any better than that. You are correct in your observation as this is not a high brow show at all, a user show and we love it!!!

  8. Bob VandeVusse
    Bob VandeVusse says:

    Great story on a great show, Alex. We started the day with the Boy Scout pancake breakfast in the Meraugh shed and finished with lake perch at Snow’s in the evening. It doesn’t get any better.

  9. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    While we did not make it Saturday for the show, (we were committed to support the “TIP of Michigan” outboard races in Indian River) we did come up to Hessells on Friday for the Poker Run and Chapter Picnic at the Boat Building School. One of my favorite places to cruise, even on a cool windy morning like that Friday was. Like Jimmy B sings, ” there’s this one pictiular harbor, so near and dear to me…”

  10. Russ Arrand
    Russ Arrand says:

    Don’t I look comfortable riding in the second cockpit of Due Diligence? I did not take my boat this year because the owner of DD wanted me to show him around the islands. We did the poker run Fri. and an afternoon cruise. Sat. we ran the boat up from Cedarville early (6:00 AM) so I could help work the docks. After the show back to Cedarville to haul out. I must say DD rides much better than my 22-U. That was my first ride in a 20 custom. I need one.

  11. Gerry VandeVusse
    Gerry VandeVusse says:

    Thanks for the history and a great report on our show. I bet we’ll have 8000 attending and 150 boats next year. I think you have a job with the Boat Show Committee
    as long as you want it.

  12. Alex
    Alex says:

    Thanks to all for the feedback. I appreciate it. It’s easy to write about something you love. Scratch that. It’s harder. Because you so want to do justice to it.

    I wish I’d thought to give praise to the Show’s organizers and crew; to the artists (such as the supremely talented classic boat artist, Charles Bingham http://www.binghammarquetry.com) who bring beautiful works to the Festival of Arts along the shoreline; to Brad and Shelly Koster, who donate the use of their entire commercial marina, parking lots, fuel dock, large dockside boat shed, along with many hours of paid labor, as well as an award — all of this year after year; to Gail, Rodney, and others at Hessel Marina who greet boaters coming to our Show by water like family; and, as Gerry V pointed out, to the Lions and Boy Scouts who graciously serve home cooked whitefish the night before and pancakes the day of — part of the fun.

    Jeeze, I hope that didn’t come across like an Academy Award acceptance speech. It’s as sincere as could be.

  13. Allen Lee
    Allen Lee says:

    Due Dilligence, any more photo’s. Great story and event. Award list would be appreciated. thanks Alex

  14. Tom Mertaugh
    Tom Mertaugh says:

    Great job again Alex. The area and all of the people who work so hard to pull the show together, do appreciate all the good publicity. This show has nearly 300 volunteers, which make it go very smoothly and accomodate so many people. It is a great show, and the area has so many wonderful boats. Thanks again.

  15. Gary
    Gary says:


    Are you a year round resident of Hessel? I see that your family had more than 1 boat in the show last year. What boats are you going to enter next year?

  16. Alex
    Alex says:

    Gary, we spend about 1/2 our year in Hessel when it’s all added up (including weekends in Spring and Fall). Re boats, two years back I had 4 in the show. That was nuts, getting each one there, walking back 3 times to get the next one, then wiping each one down. Last year it was 2 boats. Not sure what I’ll do this year. Perhaps 1 only, to give myself a break, and more time to focus on taking photos. Plus, I want to spend some time at my boat, whichever one is on display, so I can answer questions. I thought it was cool watching other people make that effort for the guests. Why do you ask?

  17. Gary
    Gary says:

    Well, I know that you have a CC Commander SS and XK 19. I, too, have a Commander SS. I was thinking about bringing to this years show, but I think shows are better if there is only 1 of each model. So, if you were going to enter your either 1 of these boats then I wouldn’t make the trip although, I have been to the boat show some time ago as a spectator and it is a great show and a great venue.

  18. Alex
    Alex says:

    Gary, I have a bunch of boats. Please do bring yours up. Especially if it’s an original. My XK is somewhat of a restomod (bought it that way) which I am slowly returning to a more original state, whereas my SS is bone stock, save for white decks (which the previous owner applied, presumably to reflect sun). This year, I think I’ll put either my 22U (Lush Life) or my Grand Prix (Scotch) in the Show.

    There’s a possibility I might miss the Show to do the 25K Tahqua Trail Run (about 75 miles from Hessel). That is, if I can stay injury free from two races the preceding month.

    But I’ll still have a boat in it!

    Please attach a pic of your SS. Here’s mine. Are you on Facebook?

  19. Alex
    Alex says:

    Bring her! Bring her! She looks great!

    Such cool boats. I have two friends restoring ones they bought. Mike Watson (nearly done) and Chad Durren (a saint for taking on his train wreck of a project, but it will be done exquisitely I’m sure).

    You’ll see they comment often on WB. Are all SS and XK owners such characters? Ha.

  20. Gary
    Gary says:

    Do you have an XK 18 too or was that a type. What are the options for overnigh accomodations for the show?

  21. Alex
    Alex says:

    Gary, re accommodations, please see 4) in the Postscript above. Re XK-18, yes. I have 2 of them. One totally restored, one in need of a motor (which invites all kinds of mischief). Kids absolutely love the restored one. I encourage you to email me any questions you might have. The messages will get to me directly and I can answer you more promptly. I’m at agwatson2@gmail.com

  22. Jennifer G
    Jennifer G says:

    I am very interested in more information about the hydromite. We have one that my dad found. He passed away unexpectedly last year. We would like to let my son (he’s 10) use the hydromite, but finding information about it is limited and it needs an engine. Anybody have any insight or an engine for one of these little things?

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