I was born in upstate New York and began life with boating on the Finger Lakes. On Seneca Lake, my dad's father and mother had a cottage and on Cayuga Lake we spent many a summer weekend cruising up to the Ithaca Yacht Club or motoring through the canal system and the locks to Lake Ontario. I didn't sail then, I was only 7 years old when we moved to Maryland, but while I thought it looked totally cool to sail... I did grow a fondness and appreciation for wooden boats.
My father has had a number of boats through the years, at this point I think he's begun naming them by number, and I believe he's on ST-15 or so. This was one of them. I think it was probably the finest. It's name was actually Ol' Smoothie, yeah, just like Dad. It was a 1951 28' Chris Craft. Dad worked on restoring this boat mostly by himself except for the engine - I think he got a little help.
Dad's at the wheel in this picture that was taken one year at the St. Michael's Antique & Classic Boat Festival by a magazine photographer for the cover but was never used because as you can see it was a bit overcast and turned out too dark.
For my sister's wedding, summer of 2003, she was supposed to come by this boat to the dock at my parent's house and be escorted by Dad to the ceremony tent, however, Mother Nature had another plan and that whole part got torrentially rained out. What an entrance that would have been! Now Ol' Smoothie is out there somewhere making someone else's dreams come true. If you see her, tell her I miss her.