I decided about 4 months ago that I wanted to go back to Lake Dora.
Cherup had such a great time reception in 11'. She sat there on her trailer. In that golden triangle boat display, making up the third leg, along side the Thayer and a beautiful Riva.
We told the story of her, the boatworks and our family.
The Sunnyland Chapter rewarded her with an award, "ONE OF A KIND"! show up with a boat and win an award. How do you top that?
Showing up with the same boat and same story was not going to do it.
What about putting her in the water?
I knew that if I was going to go, it was going to a water display not a land display. Been there done that. The docks or bust, or the bottom, of the lake that is.
I spent 3 years going over the boat. I knew what needed to be done. And not, as well. New wiring, motor work, fuel system, strut log and stuffing box, prop, bilge pump.......No varnish, no bilge paint, no upholstery.
Seems totally backwards for a boat show but that is the way it is was going to be.
I am going to the show in my 90 year old jalopy boat.
All of the hard work, the late nights, the trips to the store. The late nights, the trips to the store. Yes I repeated that one. More than 3 or 4 times. The long ride to New Jersey in a box the carbs took to VanNess Engineering with the tach cable and water pump. The multiple trips to the boat ramp to soak her and run the motor.
A boat that was put in a warehouse 38 years ago is going to float, right? It should run, right?
I had faith.
I have got to say, This boat is sweet! She has great lines and rides like a cadallac! Eats chop for breakfast!!
Hey Woodyboater!! You want a ride?
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