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Let sleeping B’s do there thing

You may have noticed. Or not, I am late this morning for the daily story. Okay, I did. I have been spinng a little too many plates lately and now paying the price for it all. Sleep. And a general daze. And thinking of a story is one of those things that just swirls in my head. So I do this. I start writing, and something comes up. Only today.. Q The crickets. Oh we have more Lapkin shots, wait. Lapkin shots. nah, I dont even want to load images. I want to go back to sleep.


More sleep

Okay I am back ish. I just zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Okay, the doors are open. Comment freely.

This photo just never gets old.. For me, maybe not Terry.



16 replies
  1. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    I was married 33 years today to a women that loves boating!

    What a catch

    Enjoy a day off woodyboater

    • Tparsons56
      Tparsons56 says:

      Congratulations – I was also married 34 years ago today to not only a women who likes boating but encouraged me to get the classic boat I had dreamed of getting. We are both very lucky.


    Matt I have often wondered why you don’t/can’t/won’t take a day or two off EACH week. Yes we all like/love your daily ramblings, but everyone deserves a break. Just figure out which two days each week are the slowest and ……….sleep in those days………you deserve that much.

  3. Floydrturbo
    Floydrturbo says:

    I copied this from great Lakes vintage boat Facebook page and Jeremy Goldstein. Thanks Jermey for bringing this to our attention. Mike was one hell of an engineer: “Last week another “great” was laid to rest.
    Mike Murley was one of the most knowledgeable Gearheads I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

    He was one of the last of the factory trained techs at Chrysler Marine Division. His job was to be a problem solver and to improve upon their boat engines. Toward the end of Chrysler’s run in the marine industry Mike was tasked with marinizing the Viper V-10.
    It was an incredible feat of engineering of which sadly only a few prototypes were actually built before Chrysler shuttered their long standing successful Marine division.
    He later opened up his own engine rebuilding business “Murleys Marine” in Fairhaven Mi. Just down the street from the Chris Craft plant in Algonac..

    For those that have some of his fine engines in their boats, know that he built them to last and built them with pride and passion.
    If you come across a Chrysler engine with an unusual brass id plate on the valve cover that says “Dolphin Marine Engine” you most definitely have a Murley Built Motor.

    He was a hell of a great mechanic , a good husband to his wife Dolly and good friend.

    He will be very sorely missed.”

    • Greg Lewandowski
      Greg Lewandowski says:

      Mike was an ace on anything Chrysler but knew all marine engines. Years ago I had a low oil pressure issue in a Chris Craft K. It was driving me nuts as I could not figure out the problem. I called Mike and told him everything I had done and he calmly said “did you clean the filter in the oil cooler?”. I took it apart and there was a very grimy screen in the cooler. After a good cleaning I had normal oil pressure again. That is just one of the many times Mike helped me out. He will be missed for his knowledge, helpful nature and the many names he called me when he thought I should know more than I do! RIP Mike.

  4. Floydrturbo
    Floydrturbo says:

    I called up Mike to find a carburetor for my Chrysler Ace because I had loaned it to a friend who needed one (And still owes me the $120). Then another friend had to have my engine for his launch which I sold him and I had to find him a carburetor.I got a hold of Mike and he cast me a brand new Zenith carb. He knew exactly which one I needed and it has worked perfectly ever since. RIP Mike

    • Ollon
      Ollon says:

      Mike Murley was instrumental and a pricless resource. I could not have rebuilt my Chrysler Crown and kept it running all these years without his assistance. I always told him that if I ever made it to Fair Haven, I owed him one heck of a steak dinner.
      We should all hope someone holds onto his vast collection of parts.
      Mr. Murley will be greatly missed.


    I’m very sad to hear of Mikes passing, he was “the go to guy” around here, RIP Mike.

  6. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Didn’t know Mike. RIP

    All I can say is Missing Florida! (Headed back down in little over a week) Anxiously waiting for summer to arrive in the ANE!

  7. Darthtrader
    Darthtrader says:

    Mike Murley was a true friend for over forty years. He did the engine in my boat and over the years we worked on a number of projects together. He had no time for yard birds, but would spend hours working with people to solve their mysterious problems. He was the behind the scenes guy for many of the engine shops around the country since he had the parts and the knowledge. He was one of the true unsung heros of our hobby.
    We will miss you, Mike.

  8. RivaDella
    RivaDella says:

    And many M80 Sea Vee’s and 413 Golden Lions still running reliably around the world in our Riva’s, thanks to Mike. RIP sir.

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

    Didn’t know the man. Although he sounds like my kind of guy!! RIP Mike

  10. Rivaguru
    Rivaguru says:

    For some 25 plus years, as a friend and source of many great stories, as well as brilliant mechanical advice, Mike was alway ready to help. A truly unique personality in the classic boating world, Mike stayed comfortably behind the scenes, but did build the best motors possible. His range of knowledge and experience was varied and broad, and he was never too busy to take my call. Of course, most calls, after addressing whatever was question on the table, would devolve into some way off topic BS session – always great fun!! Gonna miss Mike Murley a lot……

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