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Old 02-02-2019, 06:04 AM
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late 70's Glasstron Bass Boat and 80 Mercury.
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:48 PM
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as I was scrolling down on that picture I was sure it was going to be a "stick steer"
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I've posted this pic and story before but thought it would be right at home in this thread as well. LOVE the old pics & stories!

This pic would've been from about early 1973. That's me in the cockpit, I was born in 1971. That's my dad standing beside. This was one of his dragboats it was a balsa decked Horizon jet that he actually set several class worlds record in. (I'd have to ask him, can't remember what class he ran then, likely comp jet) That was in some apartments we lived in there in Memphis. They were lesss than 2 miles down the road from Graceland! Just shortly after this pic was taken my mother and I were outside one afternoon. I'm sure I was playing with toys in the dirt and my mother was watching me. Anyway, this red Camaro pulls up in front of the boat. My mother saw IMMEDIATELY who the lone occupant inside the car was and she nearly had a heart attack. The door opened up and out stepped ELVIS PRESLEY! He told my mother who he was, like he needed any intro! He asked if he could look at that boat? She stuttered and stammered and managed to get out a, "Sure Elvis". So he began walking around looking over into it and checking it out. He asked some questions but of course my mother had no clue what anything was and she was still in shock as here we sat with the most famous person in the world and her idol since her childhood. We lived across the parking lot from a hospital and doctors offices. Elvis said that he had a dentist appointment and must be heading out but had noticed the boat before and wanted to stop by and see it while someone was outside to "give him permission to look at it!" Whatta class act, BIGGEST, GREATEST STAR IN HISTORY and he still felt he needed permission to look at something in a parking lot.

Ironically the boat was stolen a few months later, after it set another record or two. Dad always thought he knew who it was, someone that REALLY wanted to buy it from TX but he never had the time to chase it down or prove it. We never saw it again. (Yeah that was his old Ranchero beside us as well. He sold it to my grandad who bought it for one of my dads younger sisters. I think she might've totaled it. Lotta bad luck back in that pic. ) Believe it or not, I can STILL remember having this pic taken... funny since I suffer from TERMINAL CRS and couldn't tell you what I had for breakfast a couple hours ago!

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Old 02-04-2019, 12:55 PM
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Me in +/- 1977 at Two Rivers Yacht Basin on the Bohemia River in Chesapeake City, MD. The boat was my grandparents 1968 Trojan 31.


My parents on the boat when it was being purchased from Reading Boat works in Reading, PA. This is a land locked facility in eastern PA.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:43 AM
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In June of 1954, my father and grandfather launched this boat that they had built together over the previous winter. In late August of that same year, she was moored off of Popponesset Beach on the Cape when Hurricane Carol came through. After the storm, the transom was all that remained of the boat and it was hung on the basement wall of my grandparents cape house, where it remained for decades.

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Old 02-06-2019, 09:46 AM
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here is one that is interesting . pic maybe 20 years old but the reason it looks so old is because of a hurricane named Katrina. Just before we evacuated I put the pictures hanging on the wall on the floor. Thinking the rough weather would make some fall. Well the house certainly was moving a little but the picture would be fine hanging. I was not expecting several feet of water. We were directly under the eye as Katrina moved on shore. Boy did we take a beating ! But I still have the picture.
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My parents first "real" boat, a 1951 30 ft Ulrichsen Jersey sea skiff. They bought her in 1958 and had her for 11 years. I spent my first 9 year aboard her. In 1964 our dad repowered her himself, going from the original 155 hp Chris Craft flat head six to a Barr Marine conversion of the Chevy 409 (Barr Marine 409).




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Cool thread guys! I'll do some digging and try to contribute.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:16 AM
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This is the boat that followed the 30 ft Ulrichsen.
A 1950, 46 ft Chris Craft. We had her for 10 years. Summer vacations were three weeks aboard her, alternating years going from the Jersey shore out Long Island Sound as far as Nantucket one year, and up the Hudson though the Champlain canal system into Lake Champlain for two weeks on the lake as far north as the Canadian boarder the next year.
We put a lot of miles under her bottom over the years. Boats were always a whole family thing. We did 100% of all maintenance on them ourselves (ok, except for new keel bolts one year)



For a good number of years we were quite involved in activities that wen on in New York Harbor. For years we were the committee boat for the annual Governor's cup sailboat race in NY Harbor (seen here). We were also the committee boat for the annual Mayor's cup schooner race in the harbor, and we were the official welcome boat for the Bicentennial "Tall Ship's Parade" on July 4th 1976. For these things we would have the commander of Coast Guard Group N.Y., the Deputy Mayor of NYC, and committee chairman and their families aboard for the day. Lots of good experiences growing up.

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Back in the mid 70's my brother bought this 14' duck hunting garvey (painted duck blind green). Being a duck hunting boat it was completely open inside with no seat up forward as the previous owner would put a big decoy box aboard. Not being a duck hunter my brother and dad added a bench seat forward, and to cover up the screw holes in the hull from the bench seat it was decided to paint a wide 45° red stripe on the side of the boat. (That saved from having to paint the whole boat, besides, the stripes would be cool!) The next summer it was decided to paint the boat a light gray color (but those ‘cool’ stripes had to stay).

We had an agreement that I would paint it in the spring and then could use it whenever I wanted, so one day decided to do a little fluke fishing out in the Atlantic Ocean. On the way out I ran past Coast Guard Group Sandy Hook (N.J.) to see what C.G. boats were in and out, and then proceeded out into the ocean. Well, about 45 minutes later while running out in the ocean I saw a 41’ USCG patrol boat with blue lights flashing bearing down on me and the garvey. I proceeded to move to starboard,.. the patrol boat did the same, so I moved more to starboard, and the patrol boat again followed, at that point I chopped the throttle to let the patrol boat do what he wanted to. Only then could I hear the patrol boat’s hailer “come around to the port side and prepare to be boarded”. OK, so I did that and was then rewarded with an all expense paid ride back to Coast Guard Group Sandy Hook (with the garvey in tow). All the while I had to listen to polite Coast Guard personnel (fresh off the Iowa corn farms it would seem) explain that I was too young to be out there.

Once back at C.G. Group Sandy Hook I became quite the celebrity with everyone coming down and looking & pointing, and taking “27 8x10 color glossy photos to put circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one to explain what each one was” (if needed in the court of law I presume). And there were guys searching through rule books and all sorts of neat stuff going on for 45 minutes, until one of the top guys came down to me (still on the patrol boat) to very politely but officially explain that somewhere in that rule book it said that a 15yr old kid can’t have a red strip on the side of his brother’s 14’ garvey because someone might think it looked like he might be trying to impersonate a coast guard boat. ……… And that they didn’t like the looks of my PFD’s (well, you know the throw-able cushion (that wasn’t required), had one handle torn off at one end, so I might not be able to throw it to myself very well if I were to fall overboard.) With that all said and done it was explained to me that I had to paint out that red stripe immediately, and that I would be receiving a complementary escort back up the river to home by the N.J. State Marine Police (how humiliating). A week or so later my family received a very official letter in the mail explaining the grievous offense that had been committed and stated that if the stripe was not removed from the garvey immediately, I could be imprisoned until I was old and gray, and fined my life’s earnings (or something like that).
............ My family has been having a good laugh about this for more than 40 years now.

I wish I still had that official letter today, it would be a neat framed ‘trophy’.

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That's a great story Ned.
Basically they sent you to the "Group W" bench!
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Originally Posted by JollyMonNJ View Post
That's a great story Ned.
Basically they sent you to the "Group W" bench!
Yep, ...... pretty much so.

It really was rather humorous, .... even at the time. When I came alongside the 41 footer they had me climb aboard right away, so I didn't even have time to tilt the outboard up, and because it was down and turned to one side the poor garvey was yawing back and forth all over the place behind the CG boat. I explained that if they let me tilt the engine up the boat would tow quite nicely, ........... they wouldn't have any part of that and said it was fine. Then when we got back to the station the 'experienced' crew member was explaining to the new guys that you didn't want to let the lines hang in the water because they can get caught in the props under the boat. .... and they were questioning if I should have been out there lol.
(Don't get me wrong, my whole family and I have always had, and continue to have the highest regard for the C.G. and those who " have to go out, but don't have to come back". I even considered the C.G Academy)

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In the mid 80's our dad had this 1972 24 ft Charles Hankins shelter cabin skiff. She was as traditional Jersey shore as you could get. She was built with a boxed garboard keel and planked with Jersey white cedar over steam bent white oak ribs. She (and all of her type) was an amazing sea boat, she was as comfortable as a duck on a pond going out in weather that would keep boats twice her size tied up at the pier. she was powered by a 4 cyl Lehman Ford diesel.

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My Grand-father, Mom, and some of her friends on the Detroit River
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Great stories Ned!
I got chills when I noticed the date at the top of the pic with the World Trade center
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This was taken in 1985... Pictured is a 1979 Glastron tri-hull 18' runabout powered by a 1980 80 hp Merc, both bought new by my folks in Monmouth Illinois in 1980. I remember being bummed that my dad wouldn't spring the extra $$ to hang the 90 hp unit on it because it would be eating up too much of that $ .89 a gallon fuel vs. the 80 hp. It had power tilt/trim though, which was just starting to happen back then, which was cool...!

I'm pictured far left lounging in the back of the 1984 Toyota 4Runner (with top removed). This was the first summer in the Navy, was stationed in Great Lakes and was home for a few days. The tall guy to my right was a Navy buddy that I've been trying to find for 30 years now... (if you know of a David La Fonde from Hutchison Kansas, let me know).

We skied our asses off with that boat, and I even learned to barefoot behind it. Had to use two 75' ropes tied together to get back far enough in the green water, and had to get up on one junk wood ski with my foot on top of the binding then crank up the Merc fully trimmed out, plant my one bare foot and then rock gently off of the wood ski and pray for no face plant at 38 mph... Good times!

The Glastron was a pretty boat... can't see well from the picture, but the dark color on top was brown but loaded with beautiful gold metal flake... really looked good. My folks kept that boat well into the 2000's as the "tender" for their 40' houseboat that was on the Mississippi above Alton, IL dam in the Alton Pool. That Merc was bulletproof for over 20 years with just regular maint and a few fuel pump diaphrams...
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Great stories Ned!
I got chills when I noticed the date at the top of the pic with the World Trade center
Wow!!! I never noticed that before! That’s kind of freaky.
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In 1977 I was given this basket case of a gutted early Jersey speed skiff, complete with maple saplings growing in it. I spent a year and a half rebuilding (while I was in high school). We had a lot of good times with her on the Navesink & Shrewsbury Rivers on the N. Jersey shore, did a lot of waterskiing behind her.

42 years later I still have her.





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My parents first boat in1955 was this little 12 ft sheet plywood Trojan runabout with a 15 hp Evinrude. They kept her in a slip in the water up the Navesink River and used to run that little runabout out around the end of Sandy Hook and down the coast out to Shrewsbury Rocks (a couple of miles off Monmouth Beach) to go fluke fishing. That’s my mom with the nice fluke out on Shrewsbury Rocks. They used to tell us that all the other boats around them were 30 - 60 footers all looking down at them.




I guess this explains why they were fine with me running my brother’s 14 ft garvey a couple of miles out in the Atlantic when I was 15.

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Deck hand on the schooner Mercantile Camden ME 1975

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