Member Boats: 1955-1960
Boats presently or previously owned by members of the Heartland Classics Chapter.
The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) has designated age classifications which include boats of all hull material and purposes. Although well known for wooden pleasure craft of the mid 20th century, the members’ appreciation of historic craftsmanship and styling blended with the purposeful utilitarian use of all vessels leads our members to be guardians of all types and ages of watercraft.
1955 Chris Craft Cavalier 15′ “Chickadee” owned by Dick & Cara Moist
1955 Chris Craft 15’ Utility Runabout Powered by Chris Craft A inboard 60 hp Hull # V221
Owned by Richard & Cara Moist of Springfield, Missouri
Chickadee started life in Indianapolis, IN in 1955. Was purchased by Dr. Charles “Chick” Comer for his brother Dr. Kenny Comer, who had just bought a summer cottage in upper Wisconsin on Little Saint Germain lake. Very soon after the purchase Dr. Chick passed away before having had a chance to ride in the boat. So you can see where the name came from.
In 1965 we meet Dr. Chicks son Dr. Jonathan “Jot” Comer and his wife Gwen at Great Lakes Naval Training Center where we were both serving as Dental officers. During the course of the next few years, we would meet and became friends with all associated with the Chickadee. As age took its course Dr. Kenny died and wife Clair wanted Jot to have the boat. It was hauled to Mooresville, IN where the families lived.
We traveled to Mooresville each year for the 500 and Jot and family came to MO in the summer to boat. We brought the boat to Springfield for minor repair and to run it on Table Rock lake. A couple of years later the boat went back to IN to be used there for one year. That winter Jot died from prostate cancer. The boat was stored for two years before we bought it and brought it back to Springfield in 2001. At that time it underwent a complete refinishing and motor rebuild, bring it to modern standards.
It now resides on Table Rock Lake at the Ozarks Yacht Club dock on Indian point. It comes out for evening rides and ACBS events.
1955 Chris Craft 42′ Commander owned by Alan Downey
E Z Rider
“E Z Rider” 1956 Lyman 18’ Runabout Inline GrayMarine Flat Head 6 cyl 100 hp Owned by Bruce Hurst and Correne Wahlmer of Sand Springs, OK
E Z Rider is a “Lapstrake” built with lapping plywood strips on white oak frames. The deck trim is mahogany plywood, the seats are mahogany. The boat was built in Sandusky, Ohio. The original owner Mr. Von Ellis owned the boat until 1975. After several owners, Bob Van Dyke purchased it in 2007 but never put it in the water. We purchased it from him 4/27/2011.
The first cleanup process included taking out the gas tank to clean it, overhaul the starter, glue the after deck back in place, plus a bit of varnish work. We tried it out at the sailboat club on Lake Keystone. The engine ran quite well but the boat leaked a LOT, anyway we took it to Table Rock and had a good time with it.
After returning home I started stripping the paint inside and out. A previous owner had used bath tub caulk down all the seams on the bottom which started to peel back. It looked like hair hanging off the bottom. The boat was stripped to bare wood, then sealed with four coats of CPES inside and out before the primer coats were added. Four coats of Pettit Bright White finished the job.
The windshield frame was badly split so I decided to try my hand at making one from scratch. I obtained enough Sapele board to do the job. It took a lot of figuring, cutting, gluing & routing to make a pretty decent looking windshield. All the varnished parts on the inside of the boat were stripped of varnish, most of the seats were split and needed to be glued back together, sanded, sealed and revarnished. The transom had been sanded through the veneer so back to the wood shop for more Sapele to build a new one.
Bob Van Dyke had a previous Lyman named Easy Bottom. This one was E Z Bottom 2, but we renamed her E Z Rider because of the smooth ride you get in a lapstrake boat. After two years of work she’s a fun boat to have back in the water!
1956 Larson Falls Flyer
1956 Larson Falls Flyer 14′ owned by Ernie and Jo Lierman
1956 Chris Craft Capri 21′ named Beautiful Noise owned by Pack and Jill St. Clair
Miss Julianna was originally delivered in 1955 to Buckeye Lake in Ohio. Her Hercules Model A engine runs at 60 HP at 3200 RPM. She is made of Mahogany plywood.
She was partially restored when Jack Pryor bought her in 2012. That restoration was completed in May of 2014. She was named after Jack’s granddaughter who was lost at birth.
Miss Julianna has the distinction of being the only boat to be towed in twice at the 2013 Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake event.
This 1955 Chris Craft 21′ Capri is owned by Clay and Patty Thompson.
This is number 76 of the 170 21’ CAPRI’S that were built in 1955, and ‘56. They offered several engine options back then, but this one has the reliable six cylinder Hercules, model MBL. With comfortable room for 6, it attains speeds to 39 mph. The blonde wood accents and red interior make for a beautiful combination.
1956 Chris Craft 23′ Continental “Island Star” owned by James & Cheri Davis
Jeff & Cherie Davis Kansas City MO.
1956 Lone Star 14’ Admiral Deluxe Powered by Evinrude Big Twin 40 hp Owned by Steve and Cristalle Romano
Driving on the backroads in 2005
In Paxico, Kansas, I finally arrived
Way out in the sticks, in a farmer’s field
Her bow was straight, and my eyes were peeled
A beauty she was, I couldn’t believe my luck
A ’56 Lone Star Admiral Deluxe
With a little trading and a little cash
I brought her home, to the rest of my stash
She sat in my yard, for a few more years
Until 2011, when she was resurrected from her peers
A new transom was built, and her steering was fixed
Minor engine work completed, emotions all mixed
A couple more years, ‘til I could add new seats
In 2013, she became the shining star of my fleet
Out on the waters of Pomona Lake
She cruises in style, through the waves that she makes
Her horn blows loud, greeting the passersby
My pride and joy, ‘Put Put’ puts a smile on this guy
written by Cristalle Romano for her husband Steve Romano
Wood Duck II
Wood Duck II is a 26′ 1957 Chris Craft Sea Skiff with a Hercules engine. She is owned by Steve and Elizabeth Bradbury on Lake of the Ozarks.
Wood Duck I
1957 Lyman 15′ Runabout with a Johnson outboard. Wood Duck I is owned by Steve and Elizabeth Bradbury.
1957 Chris Craft Holiday 20′ “Carter/Rae” owned by Steve & Donnita Dagg
Carter/Rae is a 1957 20ft Holiday Chris Craft hull # HY-20-118 owned by Steve & Donnita Dagg.
Delivered to Minnetonka, Minnesota on February 15, 1957. Material Wood King Plank. Powered Chris Craft M-130.
We acquired her August 4, 2016 in Crosslake , Minnesota. The boat was in storage for 30 years. Gauges, Engine and new engine box cover rebuilt in Minnesota along with restaining and varnish.
Brent Howard took out all the wiring and put in all new wiring and rebuilt the generator. The boat was brought up to coast guard standards and regulations.
The seats were reupholstered with the original color by Moss seat covering.
The boat has had three names:
The Doris Ann
Class of 57
We named her: Carter / Rae
She is named after our two granddaughters; Ashlynn Carter and Mackenzie Rae Dagg
No adventures yet. That will be the next chapter.
She is kept at Honey Creek Marina on Grand Lake, Oklahoma.
1958 StarCraft 15′ Jet Star with an Evinrude Fat Fifty Golden Jubilee 50hp outboard. Tin Fin is owned by Mark Engstrom.
Homeport is Lake of the Ozarks. Mark and Jenni Webber have had Tin Fin participate in the Mahogany & Chrome Grand Lake event and Classics Cruisin’ on Table Rock Lake as well as rendezvous sites at Lake of the Ozarks.
Love Me Timber
1958 Century Coronado 21′ “Love Me Timber” owned by Kevin & Jeanne Hogan
1958 Century 21’ Coronado Powered by AMC 327 V/8 238 hp
Owned by Kevin and Jeanne Hogan, Olathe, KS
Love Me Timber was born in 1958 with a beam of 74”. Her heart is a Graymarine/AMC 327 that pumps out 240 hp at 3,800 rpm. Known in the 50’s for their fast, powerful boats, the Century Coronado’s were record holders for pulling up the most (9) slalom skiers at one time. Therefore, the nickname the “Thoroughbred” of boats.
Dr. William Springer, Manistee, Michigan, the first owner, brought her with him to Hot Springs, Arkansas when he retired from practice. She spent the next several years on Lake Hamilton and belonged to two different owners.
In the mid 70’s she was sold to Burney Whitfield of Myers Realty in Hot Springs who sold it to Steve Carter and Bill McCord of Salty Dog Boat Rentals. Burney’s daughter Kristi remembers the old boat she used to ski behind as spotless.
In 2001 J.C. Renner brought her to Table Rock Lake in Missouri for a family boat until she needed a complete restoration. However, after taking her apart, J.C. decided to sell her in pieces and advertised in Mahogany & Chrome. That’s where Kevin Hogan saw the potential though it was upside down on a rickety dolly. 60-70% of her framing was barely useable, even for patterns. The decision had to be made to re-plank with all new African Mahogany over Northern White Oak framing.
By early fall of 2013 Love Me Timber was restored to brand new with the addition of many new hi-tech systems. She’s even better than when she was first purchased. The name is taken from an Elvis Presley song that was number one on the charts in 1958, Love Me Tender. And, I can truly say that after forming her ribs, fitting her coverings, applying her make-up, along with spending nearly 1200 hours bringing her back to life . . . I love her timbers.
“N” 2 Deep
1958 Thompson Off-Shore 18′ “N”2Deep owned by Marty & Barbara Thompson
1958 Thompson Off-Shore 18’
Powered by a Mercury 500 50 hp
Owned by Martin and Barbara Thompson
“N” 2 Deep was originally in the Great Lakes Area in Michigan. She was purchased by a man in Maine and now she is in Missouri.
The Thompson is wood lapstrake with mahogany deck, dash, rails, seats and transom. The motor is 1960 Mercury Kiekhaefer 500. The motor was purchased out of a large Mercury Collection in Michigan.
We bought the Thompson online from the owner in Greenwood, Maine in January, 2013. We brought her home in May, 2013 and spent two seasons on Lake Viking and one season at Lake of the Ozarks.
Then she went off to Rice, Minnesota for restoration by Dave Watts at the Little Rock Boat Works. The interior work was done by Ken Biggs at K&S Upholstery in Smithville, MO.
The reason for the name is because we have a considerable investment in her.
Now, she is ready for fun!!!
1959 RIVA TRITONE named Thunderball is owned by Clay and Patty Thompson.
Carlo Riva was known for building the best boats in the world. His RIVA boats were a must have for the rich, and many famous celebrities. This Italian made boat is a 27’ TRITONE model, and features twin American made engines, always his choice for good power. Also, these boats are well appointed with a hidden convertible top, many accessories, and a v berth under the bow. This one has the much desired Zebra stripe and turquoise interior, just as it came in 1959. Completely and lovingly restored to the last detail from a derelict hull by its owners, Clay and Patty Thompson
1959 Chris Craft Cavalier
This 15′ 1959 Chris Craft Cavalier does lots of boating on the Missouri River. She is owned by Gary & Dori Gebhard of Omaha, Nebraska.
1960 Glasspar Seafair Sedan 17′ “Ridiculous” owned by Greg & Diann Kuhl
1960 Glasspar 17’ Seafair Powered by Mercury Outboard 115 hp
Owned by Greg and Diann Kuhl of St. Peters, MO
Ridiculous was purchased about 6 years ago. He bought the Glasspar with the intention of selling the parts, as the boat was in terrible condition. But once the boat was in the garage, Diann, his wife, thought the boat was cute, so Greg decided to restore the boat for her.
The restoration of the boat took two years. Greg did all the restoration work himself except for the upholstery. Greg replaced the transom, the stringers, the floor, and a lot of fiberglass repair prior to painting the entire boat. He added custom accessories, such as gunnel storage and a rear seat. The original color was drab green and white but we wanted something fun and bright, hence the colors blue and yellow.
We named the boat “Ridiculous” because of the amount of time and money it took to restore the boat.
Unfortunately we do not know the history of the boat.
1960 Chris Craft Cavalier 17′ “Irish Mist” owned by Rafe Hunsucker
1960 Chris Craft 17’ Cavalier Powered by a Chrysler K 90 hp Owned by Rafe Hunsucker of Broken Arrow, OK
Irish Mist was a family ski boat purchased by Estle and Vondah Hunsucker back in 1962. She is powered by a 90 hp Chrysler Hercules inline, flathead, 6-cylinder motor.
Irish Mist was restored during 2010-2011 by the Antique Boat Shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is a wonderful vessel with all original Philippine mahogany. All that brought her back to life was getting her stripped, stained and varnished. All of the chrome work was redone. New upholstery was made and we had to replace the windshield.
Lastly, we had her named. Her name is done in gold-leaf with a green clover. She is named Irish Mist to commemorate my father, Estle E. Hunsucker, who was known by many as “Irish”.
Since the restoration, Irish Mist has had a handful of adventures. They include Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Table Rock Lake, and most recently, Beaver Lake.