Our interest in the boating world, along with fishing and crabbing here on the West Coast gives us a good excuse to travel up to the Portland area to visit the boat show that has just started at one of the exhibition halls there. I belong to a womens sailing club that has a booth at the show and want to talk with some of the gals that will be working there sharing the info with others and selling our new calendars with pictures of us all enjoying the Columbia River while learning and teaching at the same time.
While being at the show we could appreciate the original design and all the planning, financial output, and work that it took to comprise all the parts and labor, to make this beauty, proudly ready for the water again. This is a Gar Wood boat that shines from bow to stern and begs to be enjoyed on a summer day. Dave Jerome’s Classic boat Restorations has completed the task and shows off the artisic craft for all to see. An interesting little footnote for me was that he helped his father crew, who was a ferryboat operator on Lake Osakis in Minnesota in the 1890’s. That is not just too far from where I was born and raised in Minnesota. About 100 miles or so. Garfield learned as a boy how to be a mechanic and all the skills it took to move forward as a man that developed many inventions including the hydraulic lift. He first used it on the coal cars in the Twin Cities area to demonstrate. But his love of racing took him to the building of boats and runabouts and the passion that he wanted more than anything…..to be the fastest!!
Classic boats, cars, houses, have a soft spot in my heart. Just like my 359 Classic Peterbilt!!! They are a thing of the past………..they will never be made again, ever…….. There are only a few left to show off to our grandkids and then to there grandkids………it makes them more precious as time goes by. We think about those big mansions and how it must have been in those days to live on the lakes with these commanding boats pulled alongside the docks, ready for a Sunday ride across for tea or Scotch.
So far, I still get to operate and drive my 359 Pete Classic Peterbilt. What a cruiser!!