Monday, September 27, 2010

A day of antique wood boats

Each September old wood boats from all over converge just around the corner from our office.  Brands like Trumpy, Johnson Brothers, Shepherd, Century and of course Chris Craft the main American icon of old wood boats.

 Varnished to perfection

Shiny enough to use as a make-up mirror.

You couldn't miss the blue on this sport model

or neat oval instrument panel on this one.
Notice the shifter is on the floor.

I liked the little anchor on the locker door.

Some boats were very simple and sparse.

While others epitomized a fine day of boating.  
Like this forward cockpit.

Complete with upholstery

and a rear deck for serving lunch

and a flagstaff with a flag in a perfect color combination.

This one had a fiberglass deck but I couldn't help taking
a photo of the pristine all white anchor.

A reproduction row boat whose owner patiently 
let me click away for that perfect shot.


I think this motor might have been red at one time.

This little cutie caught my attention with its non traditional
colored exterior and interior.

For many little "Doodle" the dingy was
the belle of the ball,....

but for me it was "Alda"

You might recall my saying we are over run with boats from paintings to pond yachts,
but this little cutie in all of her faded glory with years of neglect from being stored in an old
garage for over 50 years literally won my heart. 

I also knew my friend Terri of
LaDolfina would not have hesitated to say if she is ever for sale call me.

She also would have liked this old deck chair.

Have a great week everyone.


La Dolfina said...

I was just drooling over little Alda when I read your reference to me! Oh how well you know me sweet friend! I'm so sorry I missed your call today. We are having a heat wave here and I went swimming at my friend's house. It was such a nice way to spend a hot day. I've been thinking of you a lot and miss you...
We'll talk soon,

the old boathouse said...

Oh how wonderful...there is nothing like the craftsmanship on these amazing boats. Love the cute little pond boat too...they never seem to fail to cause my heart to swoon. Have a lovely week, cheers Katherinexx

michelle said...

Beautiful boats!! I love old boats like that, even Alda as well!! We used to have a Chris Craft plant right down the road from where I grew up. It was so cool to see all the boats in the process! Sadly it closed a while ago but I just love the their wooden boats!

La Dolfina said...

You are killing me with that close-up!!!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I always admire the exquisite wood work on these boats -gorgeous!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Those old boats are just awesome, aren't they? Hubby and I used to travel to Les Cheneaux Island up in the U.P. of Michigan to go to the antique boat show there every August. We loved the beautifully renovated Chris Crafts the best, and there were always a couple wonderful old sailing vessels there, too. Your post today brought up many fond memories of that doing that.... :)

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Lindsay said...

I've always loved wooden boats. These are gorgeous!

rjerdee said...

These boats are absolute works of art!!! thanks for sharing them!

Sanity Fair said...

Oh, these are just beautiful. All you need is champagne and an L.L. Bean totebag, and some Tods to really be in the mood! I love these classic boats - they're more art than transportation!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful boats~ they sure don't make them like that anymore...and I love that little Alda, too!

Marie said...

Beautiful deck and thanks for taking us up close and personal with this boat tour. Great photos.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Rita dear, you don't see them with bench seats anymore, nothing like the old ones so much soul in them. As a kid we had boats and ski jet boats, yet the old ones are my fav's. They just speak to you don't they.

You are the perfect one to show us the boat love you have, what a beautiful life with water and boats you have Rita girl!

I would love to have been a stowaway on that beauty, but they would find me and throw me over board :)
Now that cute carved little beach primitive is more my speed these days!

Ann said...

Just gorgeous...:)

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Wood Boats are soooo Beautiful! I love the white row boat photo and would buy one if in your etys store...........I enjoyed my visit.Thanks~Cheers Kim

Anne Lorys said...

How charming, Alda is just wonderful!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Burlap Luxe said...

Return visit,
Thank you Rita for your comment on the buffet. If I were closer I would be right there in a minute to help with your buffet. Rita one thing girl, you really don't need my help! everything you show is is amazing, and you inspire all things :)
see you soon!

Unknown said...

oh they are all beautiful.......I love the peaceful feel of the white one in the water..

Simple Daisy said...

I would absolutley LOVE to own a vintage wood boat!!!! They are so cool! I think it would be pretty fun to refinish one too....but probably more work than I could ever imagine:)

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

great pictures! i'm in ♥ with the little one! :)

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