Cyclone Made It To Lake Tahoe This Year – With A Little Help From My Friends


Eight years ago I made the decision to buy and restore a old wooden boat, with the dream of some day taking it to, what I considered then (and still consider now), to be the premier wooden boat show in the country, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance in California. That dream finally became a reality a few weeks ago, when Cyclone – my 1952 18′ Chris-Craft Riviera was re-launched for the first time in over 40 years.

There were a number of challenges over those eight years, which we will talk about one day, from start to finish… But today I would like to give thanks to a few people that came together in last few weeks, and days leading up to the show that helped make all this possible… And share a few stories along the way.

Mike Mayer and his crew from Lake Oswego Boat Company prepared a true “concours quality” boat in their shop just outside Portland, Oregon. The execution of the work and the attention to detail was exceptional. Mike had a clear understanding of the Tahoe judging process, and the final results reflected that.

Preparing a boat to be judged at Lake Tahoe is an exciting experience. And even though I have been researching every aspect of Chris-Craft Rivieras throughout the last eight years, there were still a few “last minute” details that we had to address to ensure that we were, in fact, delivering Cyclone as a concours quality boat… When I say “last minute” – That was the case with a few details.

For example, we could always refer to the original line drawings, wiring diagrams, and plans that we purchased from the nice folks at the Mariners’ Museum in Virginia. And there were a few times we had to call the museum to obtain additional information from the Chris-Craft Archive, and they were always very helpful.

Original Chris-Craft 18′ Riviera Line Drawing – Mariners’ Museum

Cyclone spent the first fifty years of her life in California, and although she came with almost all it’s original hardware, interior, wiring, engine, etc – things like the original windshield glass were long gone. Every aspect of originality was very important to me, and I have learned from people like Don Ayers (President of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club) that in order to achieve originality, true research is the key to success.

The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club and the popular Boat Buzz Forum is an extreamely valuable resource, regardless if you are restoring a boat to show quality, or just need advice in regards to basic maintenance on your boat.

I was determined to find the correct windshield glass shape / pattern for the 18′ Riviera, and over the years I have seen many different versions of glass patterns used on Rivieras… This may seem like a minor detail, but these minor details do make a difference. I also knew of a number of Rivieras that I could get measurements from, but it was often difficult to confirm if these were original or also been replaced over the the years.

In an attempt to find the original glass pattern, last year I posted an inquiry on the Boat Buzz Forum, and a fellow Boat Buzzer named Dan Reed from New York State responded. Dan & I communicated by e-mail, Dan confirmed that he owns a documented original 1953 18′ Riviera and offered to help me with a windshield pattern. He went to the effort of removing one of the glass panels, made a template and within a few days the pattern was sent to Mike across the country to Oregon.

One of the issues that many folks (including me) experience with later post-war wooden runabouts is that there isn’t nearly as much documented information available as there is with most pre-war wooden boats. However, as time marches on, more and more late post war (1950’s & 1960’s) wooden boats are now being restored. This could be due to availability, or the fact that many “next generation” owners can now relate more to the later post-war models.

Although there were over 1,200 18′ Chris-Craft Rivieras built between 1950 & 1954, for some reason they don’t seem to be that common place at boat shows or auctions, compared to the more desirable post-war 20′ Custom.

One of the most knowledgeable people I know in the hobby when it comes to post-war runabouts (not to mention any other wooden boat marque on the planet) is my friend Brian Robinson from Robinson Restoration in Southern California. Brian worked closely with Mike and I during the Cyclone project and was always willing to help when we needed a second opinion on many of the restoration details.

In an attempt to replicate what I thought was the original fuel tank from Cyclone, a few years ago I had an exact copy fabricated from stainless steel. In May this year, we determined that the fuel tank I used for the fabrication was probably not original to the 1952 Riviera. Although there is some limited evidence that two, or even three different styles of fuel tanks may have been supplied to the Chris-Craft plant in Cadillac, Michigan during the Riviera production run, further research was required to ensure the correct tank was used for Cyclone.

Brian Robinson located an original fuel tank from the same period that Dave Wright had, and I called on my friend Dan Reed (with the 53 Riviera) to confirm the dimensions. Once again, Dan helped me by supplying a number of digital photographs and measurements from his Riviera which confirmed we were now on the right track… And we had a new period correct tank made to these exact dimensions, which arrived at Mike’s shop a week before Cyclone was to leave for Lake Tahoe.

Dan’s Original 1953 18′ Riviera Fuel Tank

How that we had the correct tank, I insisted that we use some original Chris-Craft tank straps with the correct twists to bolt to the stringers. After an emergency e-mail to my friend Jim Staib at Fine Wood Boats in McHenry, Illinois, a pair of original tank straps were delivered by UPS to Mike in Portland. Thanks Jim!

Upholstery expert Jack Mayeaux from Jack Mayeaux Upholstery in Portland, Oregon completed the beautiful upholstery work, with all the correct crash pads and pleated seat cusions, original safety tags, the works… Thanks Jack! The transom art and pinstiping on the decks was done on Friday / Saturday and Mike left for Lake Tahoe with Cyclone in tow on Monday, just a few days before the show started.

I left for Lake Tahoe on Tuesday afternoon, and during the 21 hour non-stop drive I received an e-mail from Mike (who was now in Lake Tahoe) asking if I had any documentation to confirm the exact location of the original metal Chris-Craft hull tag that was located under the engine hatch. Like the windshield glass, we all knew generally where the hull tag should be located, but wanted to make every effort to do it exactly like the factory did it in 1952. After I received the e-mail from Mike, I drove for a few hours thinking about where I could get the information… And then it hit me… I bet my friend Dan Reed would know.

At 3:00 AM EST from the darkness of I-15 just north of Pocatello, Idaho – I rolled the dice and sent Dan an e-mail asking if he could once again help me confirm the information on the hull tag location. Is Dan on vacation… up at the cottage with no cell service… does he check his e-mails as frequently as we do?

Just a few hours later I received an e-mail back from Dan Reed with the photos and information we needed… He made the affort to go out to where ever his Riviera was, opened the hatch, snapped a few photos and e-mailed them back to me with a message “Good Luck in Tahoe!” How cool is that… Thanks again Dan.

Dan’s Original 18′ Riviera Hatch Details

Mike installed the original 1952 Chris-Craft hull tag and red Notice to Dealer card under the hatch, addressed a few other last minute details, arranged to have Cyclone inspected and sealed at the local boat inspection station (which is mandatory prior to any boats being launched in Lake Tahoe). At 6:30 AM on Thursday morning we were ready to offically re-launch Cyclone at the Sierra Boat Company gantry after being out of the water for over 40 years (since 1972).

The crew at the Sierra Boat gantry treat every boat with the care and attention like it was their own, which is comforting… Total professionals.

A few people have asked me what inspired me to name her Cyclone – and the answer is simple. After the Riviera was delivered from the plant in Cadillac, MI to the Chris-Craft dealer (Kenneth E. Wilson) in Newport Beach, California in 1952, the original owner of the boat (Mendel W. Ledington) named and registered her as Cyclone. And we got lucky with our research and found the original registration card, not a copy…

Cyclone’s Original California Registration Card – Circa 1954

From a boat owners perspective, the entire experience at the 2012 Lake Tahoe Concours was fantastic, I felt honored to be invited, and the judging team that was responsible for the Blond Deck Chris-Craft Runabout Class and Cyclone was an absolute pleasure to work with.

The depth of knowledge and experience of the judges at Lake Tahoe Concours is remarkable, you have to see them in action to truly appreciate what they bring to the table. They see things in a completely different light, with calm intensity.

Thanks again to everyone who helped me get Cyclone to Lake Tahoe and for the memorable experience.


41 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    An absolutely gorgeous boat, a job well done. This attention to perfect ‘as delivered’ details though makes me think you need to spend less time with Matt. Thanks for the pictures and congrats on the award. Is this going to be a trailer queen or might we spy you with a champagne swigging crowd aboard?

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Congrats on finishing the project and winning your class! So, now whats the next project boat? Gotta keep moving forward you know.

    Oh and…

    More pictures please!

  3. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Texx, you have a georgeous runabout, but I hope you are going to put some hours on her before the end of the season. They really like getting wet!

  4. Mike Green
    Mike Green says:

    She looks great, you had the right team around you and the results speak for them self. The high attention to detail is a fun thing but can also get a little stressful nothing great is ever easy. Personally I dislike the term trailer queen, a show boat can not just sit on the trailer to win at big shows they have to be in the water and running with everything working. Just as they came from the factory. A show boat has about 3 years of competition and then they start to look a little worn and some work has to be redone. I love it when a boat is done to this caliber and then shown, they start to take on a sort of pedigree and the name becomes known. So show it while you can and then use the heck out it, she is going to please a lot of people for many years to come. Great job she is stunning.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      A “Trailer Queen” is not “just as they came from the factory.” All the details above the water line may be correct, but to a large extent they miss the forest for the smalest vein on a leaf. The fit and especially the finish is not even in the same league as what was done at the factory and the fact that you can have a fiberglass bottom as long as the threads in the seat cushion are correct blows me away. And getting the bottom wet at the dock and having a working motor is a far cry from running on the water at 35+ mph. Runabouts were built and marketed for speed.

      In many facets of life, the journey is bigger than the destination, and I think it is great that people can tackle an 8 year project with dedication and ENJOY all the hard work that goes into getting the details perfect. Going to the show and winning your class as a recognition of your efforts also has to be a great feeling. But, he has done it. Will any other award at any other show top what TEXX has already achieved? The facotories were building user boats, not show pieces, and IMHO the best way to preserve wooden boats is to fix them up and then use them as the factory intended. And then when they get a little too beat up, fix them up again. Cylcone is absolutely gorgeous right now, prettier than she has ever been, but she was built to run free and I hope Texx is willing to risk a few marks in her finish to let her stretch her wings now that Tahoe is over. Don’t worry Texx, whatever you do to her Mike can fix up again when the time comes 🙂

      • Paul H.
        Paul H. says:

        M-fine – I tend to agree with much of what you said. I have had one boat restored to this level and one preserved to a similar level, using mostly factory materials and content and keeping the bottom original. In my case, the imperfect preservation is the truest representation of what the boat really was when new, not the perfection of a modern “restoration” using new wood and 15 coats of varnish. In my case, I will NEVER do a full restoration of a boat again, but I would happily take on a “preservation” if the right boat came along. There is a huge difference and if one likes authenticity, then a preserved boat is as close to the real mark as one can get.

        Often a boat is so far gone that full replacement of wood and other components is necessary, but not always. In my case I use all my boats, show winners or not- there will never be a trailer queen in my possession. You are right – anything that you do to them can be repaired. So why not enjoy boating in them, as Karen and I do?

        It seems that classic boaters and indeed participants in other hobbies have varying motivations, some folks collect cars and display them but never drive them. The same is true in boating, I know that. But for me, an authentically and correctly preserved boat that is respected but used and enjoyed is the absolute top of the mark. But hey- even with Barnwood, I did not stop at the three coats of varnish the factory applied, either.

        • m-fine
          m-fine says:

          I have nothing against book matched planks perfectly sculpted and covered in 15-20 coats of varnish with a mirror sheen. I actually like the look, just don’t try to tell me your boat is “as it left the factory” if you go that route. That, and once you show off the results and take your photos, go out and put the first scratch in it. A perfect boat only captures the imagination because of its potential. Potential to be enjoyed on the water.

  5. Wes
    Wes says:

    Thanks for the story on Cyclone Texx. A great boat, great story and truely great restoration. Beautiful.

    The only possible thing that i can think of that would make her look better is to have a little of Priest Lake splashed up on her transom. That can happen in the upcoming Dry Rot. Just saying…..


    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      I think adding some French bikini models to a boat called “Riviera” would make her look better too. I also would certainly not have any opposition to bikini models AND a few splashes of lake either.

  6. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    Having had Mike Mayer restore and prepare Barnwood for Tahoe and the International last year, I can certainly attest to his level of attention, experience and preparedness. But beyond that, any restorer who restores a boat to this level has to have a level of committment far beyond just getting the boat done and as one can deduce from Texx’s report, the devil is in the tiniest of details at this level.

    It is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea to have a boat done like this, and unless one has participated in the process it is difficult to convey how challenging it is. The restorers and the sub-trades and suppliers deserve enormous credit, and too often it is the owners that get it, not the guys really doing the work. It was very nice to see those who helped make Cyclone as perfect as she is get the recognition they deserve.

  7. Ol'Salt
    Ol'Salt says:

    Texx-she is beautiful but can you pull her behind a Harley? We are all expecting to see her at all of our local shows…Like Wes says, Dry Rot is next and in your neighborhood.

    • Dave Clyne
      Dave Clyne says:

      Okay, so it’s not in your neighborhood but would I ever like to see Cyclone at Lake Dora next year along with a few hundred others, I’m sure. In fact, Matt, how about a photo of Cyclone on next year’s Woodyboater t-shirt. I need another to go with Thayer IV. Well done, Texx.

  8. Alex
    Alex says:

    For the record, Salter has offered to christen her with her first few scuff marks. And Sandy has volunteered to introduce some patina to her brightwork brought to you by, you guessed it, sand (I swear that boy travels in his own cloud of the stuff, just like Pig Pen). And what of Marion? She has graciously agreed to kiss the dock a little too hard to teach that annoyingly straight-as-a-die rub rail who’s boss.

    Chip crumbs between the cushions, pop / soda in the bilge, dirty band aids roaming the floors, and marina water-stained dock lines will cost you extra. Or perhaps the kids friends can provide that no charge, as they do with (to) mine.

    Seriously tho Texx, warmest congrats on finishing your resto marathon strong. I love that you’ve taken the time to publicly praise those who made it happen. Sure, your own sweat and dollars are in the bilge. But it’s the restoration folks who are earning the blue ribbons with their gifts, talents, work ethic, and pride.

  9. Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy
    Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy says:

    Wow! Some of the stuff you guys are writing is pretty intense. I think its very impressive that Texx and the crew spent 8 years on Cyclone. I could never aford the time or the money to do it, nor would I want to.
    I dont think M-fine ment any disrespect to Texx or the effort put in, and I dont think for a moment that Texx really only wanted to show his boat. Im sure he would rather be using his boat than traveling a zillion Kilometers to report from these shows for us.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      I have the utmost respect for Texx and his and the entire teams’ accomplishment in restoring that boat to such a state of beauty. “Originality” or show quality is definitely not my goal with my current boat, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to follow it up with a 20 Custom or Riviera done to such high standards. I most certainly would (well OK, the rare Chris Craft Rivera model is probably my first choice if I can ever find one anywhere but woodyboaterville). That said, any boat I restore will get no more than one show in pristine condition before it hits the open water. Put me firmly in the “Alex Watson” camp of filling them with kids and enjoying the smiles.

      As for Texx wanting to be on the water with it, history suggests he would prefer to be up at 2:30 am publishing a story for us, or riding day and night to get to the next show, sleeping on a pontoon boat in a parking lot if need be. I for one am not complaining about his dedication to woodyboater, especially since he seems to be the more sane (relatively speaking only) of the team. In fact, I would be more than willing to help add a “Fine patina” to Cyclone for him if he is too busy with woodyboater work to get it done himself.

  10. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Texx, what a journey, Wow, congratulations on the very prestigious award at Lake Tahoe.

    I began a similar journey on a post-war 17 Deluxe a few years ago that quickly came to a screeching halt a while back when ACBS changed the percentage of original wood that a “restored” boat could have compared to a “replica”. My project falls so close to that line that she may be either, based on who does the calculation. I’ll probably finish her some day but her value as a “replica” vs. “restored” could be vast. Enough to discourage me and many others who may find a gray hull and walk away rather than saving her. Kind of a shame…

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      You can send her my way. I am completely and totally immune to any rulings or classifications from ACBS. If it floats and runs I can have fun with it, and if it looks great too, well that is a nice bonus.

      Seriously though, your comment illustrates my concern with judged shows and arbitrary rules. If a plank needs replacing, it should be replaceable without worrying about changing the value of the entire boat. If the system discourages someone from finishing a project, or makes the PERCEIVED barriers to entry too high and discourages people from joining the hobby, that is counter productive.

  11. Rick
    Rick says:

    With Texx on the road so much how would he know if we took Cyclone out for a spin. We know he lives in Canada, somewhere, about 1100 miles from Tahoe, how big can it be? Probably everyone knows him and he’s a close and personal frei…..we hang out togeth……our parents knew each othe….ok we’ve met once and NY shares a border with Canada. That’s gotta count for something towards a ride.

  12. Jimmuh
    Jimmuh says:

    From one obsessive/compulsive to another; congratulations Texx!
    And you are certainly right to congratulate your team; they are the ones who really ‘git ‘er done’.

  13. steve franchini
    steve franchini says:

    Texx,you have shared a lot of the story about your boat with me and now you truly have the boat you deserve!! Congrats on such a beauty. Now go and enjoy that wonderful boat!!!!!

  14. ian
    ian says:


    what are the top 10 wooden race boats in north eastern USA and Canada

    can you let me know what your audience says,



    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Hi Ian – Great question…

      That might be a good idea for a story here on Woody Boater.

      Certainly the Miss America series of Gar Wood race boats immediately comes to mind, Miss Detroit, the Miss Canada series and Miss Supertest, as well as the Stanley Dollar owned boats.

      Let’s ask the question on the weekend and see what we get back from our knowledgeable viewers…

  15. Texx
    Texx says:

    The term classic boating has different meanings to different people.

    What motivated me to restore Cyclone to a concours level boat had nothing to due with winning a trophy or puffing my chest out with my friends. Anyone who knows me, clearly understands that I am not a “Trophy Hunter” or have anything to prove to anyone.

    I simply enjoy the challenge of restoring something to a high quality, while respecting period correct originality.

    My objective was to research, learn and finish Cyclone as a period correct Chris-Craft runabout, and enjoy the experience that came along with the journey. The bar I set for myself was the Lake Tahoe Concours because that was, in my opinion, the best way to test myself.

    I spent 30 years of my life in the collector car hobby, finding, buying, restoring, selling (and yes driving) collector cars. In those 30 years I learned the true meaning of “original” & “correct” and continue to follow the collector car hobby closely. I can still spot orange peel in paint from 50 feet, a wide door gap or wavy quarter panel.

    The decision to get involved in the wooden boat hobby was for a change of pace, and my many fond memories growing up with my family at the lake in wooden boats. Getting involved in the wooden boat hobby presented a steep learning curve, and as the old saying goes “If I only knew then what I know now” is very true for me.

    I like the term “As Delivered From The Factory” as it relates to the classic car hobby…and believe that is an achievable, realistic goal with cars.

    However, when referring to wooden boat preservation / restoration, I personally don’t like the term “As Delivered From The Factory” as I am not sure that should necessarily be the ultimate objective with a boat preservation / restoration project. Or maybe that term needs further interpretation by the boat hobby – (I am not qualified enough to comment much further either way).

    When I was with my friend Tommy Mertaugh recently in Hessel, he mentioned that back in the early days (late 1920’s & early 1930’s) his Grandfather would receive new Chris-Craft triples from the plant in Algonac that did in fact only have a few coats of varnish on them at best. In some cases they were so under-varnished (if I can use that term) that Mertaugh Boat Works would apply a few more coats of varnish to them before delivering the new boats to their customers. So the term “As Delivered from the Factory” may have been a hot topic even back in the late 1920’s.

    To not drag this comment out any longer, I think we should do a follow up story here on Woody Boater on this specific topic in the next few days, and give the subject a ….. “Fresh Coat Of Varnish” – so everyone can voice their opinions.

    I can assure you that as long as I own her – CYCLONE will be used and I have no intention of it becoming a trailer queen. But for me, using it doesn’t mean driving it from the launch ramp to the dock at a boat show and back, it means getting out for some early morning cruises or day trips with my buddies…. Stay tuned for that.

    My inspiration to use and maintain Cyclone as a high quality wooden boat comes from folks like Robert DaPron and Chad Durren, to name just a few.

    I have learned from them that you can still have the best of both worlds with some basic maintenance, by being careful and using the boats respectfully. Robert’s 1928 24′ Chris-Craft Triple and Chad’s 1952 18′ Chris-Craft Sportsman are both show quality boats that always appear perfect – and are used regularly.

    That’s my idea of what a wooden boat should be.

    • Bill Cannon
      Bill Cannon says:

      I learned to water ski behind Cyclone in the early 50s. Mendal “Cook” Ledington was my grandfather and owner of Cooks Machine Works in Los Angeles. Cyclone was the brand name of raceing products he manafactured. Cyclone had a Cyclone aluminum high compresion cylinder head. Thank you for beautiful restoration.

  16. chad
    chad says:

    I’m sorry you needed to explain your intentions.

    I know damn well how you intend to use your boat. She is a beauty and I can’t wait to drive the ’52s side by side on the water.

    Congrats once again on completing your project (and on your Tahoe win). You have got to be proud.

  17. Brian Robinson
    Brian Robinson says:

    Texx, very well put! You “get it.”

    Everyone loves to point out that todays boat restorations (and this goes back the last 40 years that they’ve been being restored) are “over-varnished.” After all, most judged shows (especially Tahoe) deduct for “overdetailing” such as shiny bilge paint, mirror-finished engines, and any bare metal that is polished. But why is 14 coats of varnish instead of 4 on a Chris-Craft overlooked? The reason is simple. If you theoretically performed a fresh restoration on your boat 10 years ago with, say, 4 coats of varnish “As Delivered From the Factory” (sorry, Texx) and maintained the boat every couple years with a couple fresh coats of varnish, would you not – by now – have 14 coats of varnish on the boat? Should you expect to be deducted for doing proper maintenance? I don’t think so. If it happens, and it has, that a guy wants to show up to the boat show with a factory-4-coat varnish job, more power to him. The argument goes nowhere and the point is moot. It is a Boat Show after all – boats are relatively easy to critique, can you imagine judging a dog show?

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      To be clear, when I say fit and finish I do not mean just the number of coats of varnish. It starts with the selection of the wood grain, the fitting of each plank and bung, the planing and sanding and all the prep work before staining. Then there is the stain, however many coats of varnish, and in some cases buffing the varnish. Sometimes the end result is a perfect undistorted mirror like reflection. It looks amazing and the care, skill and artistry are impressive.

      Phillip nailed it. The modern owner/restorer cherishes the boats a lot more than the factory did. We are putting far more time and care into creating a romanticized work of art, or “perfection” not what actually arrived at the dealer. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t misrepresent it as something it is not.

  18. Philip Andrew
    Philip Andrew says:

    In the end what this is all about is fun. That excitement you feel going to bed thinking about the days work you did on the boat and the newly forming excitement you feel thinking about what you will do in the morning.
    ‘ Factory ‘ is a romantic term for ‘ perfect ‘ but its an elusive condition. I think we imagine ‘factory’ to be the best the boat could ever be. In reality they were made on a run and no one took it personally.
    I once bought a brand new Alfa Romeo 1800 Sprint Veloce. It was Black with lime green flecked seats and lime green carpet. I loved it save for one thing. It had a rattle in it that the shop just could not find. In the end in desperation I narrowed it down to the floor. I took the carpets completely out of the car to discover a screw- driver under the carpet wedged beside the front seat runner.
    I also bought a brand new Lancia Delta Turbo. The tame version of the Integralle. The interior door panels were different colors.
    Factory finish? Sure. Properly finished?

  19. dreed
    dreed says:

    Great story Texx. Now you are the “go to guy” when I have questions. Count me in when you and Chad plan the Riviera reunion. It would be fun to run them all side by side.

  20. Alex
    Alex says:

    Philip, an Alpha and a Lancia? Fun cars for sure. But that’s like wooden boat levels of pain on wheels. Now if you had an MG and a Fiat in your past too, we’d question your sanity.

  21. Philip Andrew
    Philip Andrew says:

    Alex I am certified insane. I still have a 1964 Fiat 500 Bambina and I raced a 1974 Fiat 124 1800. Never had british cars though. Maybe that saves me.

  22. gene porter
    gene porter says:

    Good thread start on preservation and restoration.

    The below comment confuses restoration and replication and needs to be clarified when this topic is next revisited

    Texx, what a journey, Wow, congratulations on the very prestigious award at Lake Tahoe.
    I began a similar journey on a post-war 17 Deluxe a few years ago that quickly came to a screeching halt a while back when ACBS changed the percentage of original wood that a “restored” boat could have compared to a “replica”. My project falls so close to that line that she may be either, based on who does the calculation. I’ll probably finish her some day but her value as a “replica” vs. “restored” could be vast. Enough to discourage me and many others who may find a gray hull and walk away rather than saving her. Kind of a shame…

  23. John Kreutzer
    John Kreutzer says:

    Wow… that’s my grandfathers boat. Cook was my grandfather, he passed away in 1991 in Lake Arrowhead, CA. I have family pictures of Cyclone docked in Orchard Bay in Lake Arrowhead where grandpa’s house is still today. She’s a beauty, thanks for restoring her. John

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Hi John – Thanks for chiming in. I was the person that restored Cyclone (over an 8 year period) and also researched the boats history, including its connection to Mendel Ledington “Cook”. I would love to see any family photos you have.

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