This story has a tinge of Henry P. Grogan's Army Surplus Store going for it...Did it have any bullet holes in it?My folks weren't interested in fishing or boating, so I didn't grow up with any boat. However, I had a natural interest in water and fishing, so a neighbor kid and I built a raft out of cedar fence posts and floated around on it down at a slow wide spot on the creek I lived next to. Later, we got a Navy surplus life raft, supposedly from a submarine. It was heavy as all get out, but was about 2-man sized, but said it was rated for 6. Small sailors I guess. We used that on the creek and a big pond we called "the swimmin' hole. If I grew up around a boat, those were it.
I have only taken a real interest in boats in recent years. But I will admit the older vintage boats have always caught my eye. The boat in the picture is just downright SWEET.My father had a couple old small outboards when I was younger, but my favorite boat was owned by my father in law when my wife and I got married In 1965.
My in-laws owned a summer home on Chautauqua Lake in western New York State. The boat had belonged to my wife’s grandparents and my father in law had inherited it from them. It was a Chris Craft built from mahogany wood, and It had a Chrysler inboard engine.
We water skied behind it, trolled the lake for muskies, for which the lake is famous, or sometimes just cruised a long portion of the lake’s 22 mile length on warm summer evenings.
The boat took a lot of maintenance, however, and most years my father in law took the boat to a marina down the lake, where it remained for the winter, while they stripped and revarnished its exterior and maintained the engine.
They had that boat for about 10 years after my wife and I married, and our 3 sons also spent their first summers growing up on the lake and enjoying that boat. I was sorry when my father in law sold it, and I wish we still had it in the family. I suspect it may have been restored and could still be cruising around some lake somewhere.
Ths is not a picture of that boat, but it was something similar to it.
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Some people talk about 2 foot-itis I'm afraid I have 2 boat-itis...it looks like you have it also!12 ft plywood duck boat.
Couple wood rowboats
14 Aluminum skiff, 1949 Johnson
Couple fiberglass layout boats.
Avon Adventurer raft, bought new, used hard for guiding, 20 yrs on sold it for more.
Couple more canoes
22 Ft Catalina sloop owned that the longest.
Couple more canoes, both Royalex. Sure miss that Royalex.
South Fork Skiff, guided FF from this one. Great boat.
14 Aire Jag white water cat. Probably my fave oar powered boat of all. Snake, Green, Salmon, Colorado,
16 Klamath, never shoulda' sold it. Beamy, stable, great for going out with grandkids.
Alumacraft, never shoulda bought it.
Another Avon, just love that Hypalon.
15 Grumman Sport Boat, great freight canoe, just too old and stove up to enjoy it.
Probably missing some.
Sure don't know how long they'll last, but I saw an old black Avon still in use in the 1990's, had to be 30 yrs old or more. Hypalon will probably last, don't know about the seam tape and glue though. Sorry, can't be more help.Some people talk about 2 foot-itis I'm afraid I have 2 boat-itis...it looks like you have it also!
I took my Avon 25 year old "bucket boat" down the Salmon R last year and I wondered: "How long do the seams last?"
Do you have any idea how long the seams should be considered reliable?
I grew up fishing out of the Point no Point Resort as well using their rentals and my dad's 20-horse Johnson. The boat in your photo looks to be a Forbes Landing boat. The PnP Resort acquired a few of them when Forbes Landing closed. The Resort boats were 16 feet with a red hull and dark green on the rails and bow cover. The make/model was the Studach, named after one of the former resort owners, Leo and Onie Studach.