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Classic Boat Collection

Postby rbrandenstein » Tue May 16, 2017 8:03 am

Talk about coincidence. After going to lunch at a waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, I was cruising the cove where the restaurant was located and was stopped by a guy in a pontoon boat. As is common, he asked what year my boat was. Turns out he has house in that cove and is a huge classic boat collector. He invited me in and we spent the next few hours discussing boats.
He has a couple on his dock, one in his garage, and 6 or 7 more in a storage unit nearby. I don't have all the details, but most are from the 50's and fiberglass, although he has a wooden Thompson and another in aluminum.

This gentleman is not a restorer as he claims to not be handy. He only collects boats and has work done by others as needed.

Here are some pictures I took.
The first is a Larson Playboy. (He also seems partial to Evinrudes. )
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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby rbrandenstein » Tue May 16, 2017 8:07 am

More pictures.
He has a wooden lapstrake Thompson with twin Evinrudes. Everything is original except the steering wheel.

I was amazed that the lapstrakes are made of plywood and through bolted with silicon bronze bolts.

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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby Bill Edmundson » Tue May 16, 2017 8:11 am

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Cool find!

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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby rbrandenstein » Tue May 16, 2017 8:14 am

This is last of the boats he had at the house. I did not tour his storage facility.
This, he claims, is a one of a kind boat. It is a Larson Thunderhawk inboard. It was being developed by Larson to compete with Chris Craft inboards and was owned by the owner of Larson. However, due to financial issues, they never put this into production so it is one of a kind.


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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby vupilot » Tue May 16, 2017 8:45 am

Thats really neat Bob. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby BayouBengal » Tue May 16, 2017 8:59 am

Neat!!!

We attended the 2012 ACBS Convention at Table Rock Lake in 2012. One of the side trips they set up was a visit to an extremely wealthy man's warehouse. It wasn't a museum, was not open to the public, and is not publicized. It's just his private collection of stuff. Maybe you went on this trip also or maybe know about it being that you're local and have seen it before. I don't remember specifically where it was at, but it's somewhere close by as we boarded buses at Big Cedar Lodge and was there well within a one hour time period.

Anyway, it was nothing less than fantastic. He must have about a 1,000 outboard motors (yes, seriously at least a thousand) with about a third restored to just like new. He had 30 to 40 classic cars, a few classic boats, quite a few guns, and other sundry items. We spent at least a couple of hours there; I could have stayed all day. If you've never visited this place, get in touch with your local ACBS chapter; they're the ones who set up the trip so they'll know where it is and hopefully get you an invitation (it's not marked, advertised, or open to the public). Here's just a few pictures. Trust me, it was a massive collection.
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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby BayouBengal » Tue May 16, 2017 9:02 am

A few more pics
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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby rbrandenstein » Tue May 16, 2017 10:21 am

That is one incredible collection. Like the guy I met on steroids.
I did not go to the ACBS show, but looked at their website and remember the mention of this tour.
One wonders what you do with all this.

I guess it is like the saying: " The one who dies with the most toys, wins."
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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby BayouBengal » Tue May 16, 2017 11:08 am

I just googled "O'Fallon" and realized that you're not exactly a hop, skip, or jump from Table Rock, but still, not too far away. If at some point you'll be going down that way, I'd definitely try to see this warehouse. I bet your friend there with the antique boats would enjoy seeing it also. I'm sure you've probably been down in that area before, but my wife and I loved it. We've talked about retiring in East Tennessee or the Carolinas, but that trip really awakened us to the beauty of the Ozarks.

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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby psychobilly » Sun May 21, 2017 1:06 pm

Woooooo hoooooo just a few more weeks and I'm gunna be there!!!! Table Rock here we come! Maybe I'll get lucky and see some of this gold!

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Re: Classic Boat Collection

Postby Hercdrvr » Mon May 22, 2017 4:39 am

That lap strake boat with the nuts and bolts look awful to build.
Cool pics Bob,
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