Owners - Bill John & Gerri Prusko
new CRA Clubhouse !!!
Current restoration project - our 1947
waterfront home/money pit.
I was very young,
and I spent my summers at my grandmother's waterfront home on Governors Island
on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire that she call
She had a
1958 Century Coronado with a u-shaped dock, canvas cover and electric winch - very
cool. Nana loved having us kids around. We were little pollywogs, always in the
water and on very special occasions, Nana would take us all out
for a boat ride in her Century Coronado.
It had a big Cadillac/Crusader V-8 motor and after a little
cheering from us kids "faster, faster Nana" she would floor the foot throttle
and off we went with all us kids screaming and
laughing. What fun growing up at Lake Winds !!!
in my teens, I worked at the Goodhue Boat Yard in Glendale, on the gas dock.
best job I ever had. And speaking of landmarks, Tup Goodhue and I played in a rock band
"The Fugitives" and we were the house band at Irwin's Winnipesaukee
Gardens during the summers of 1965 and 1966. Tup and John Goodhue
also used to race in the marathon water ski races on Lake Winnipesaukee, and I can
remember the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Shows on Paugus Bay and Boat-O-Rama at the
Weirs. These are just some of my fond memories of Lake Winnipesaukee, New
make it a special place for me.
My Grandmother, Mabel Ogden at Lake
Winds with her 1958 Century Coronado.
Well - fast
forward many years. After a 30 year career designing, installing
and managing large corporate information systems followed by 10
years with our Vintage Race Boat Shop in
Wolfeboro, NH we are now retired in beautiful
Mount Dora, Florida. We are currently restoring an absolutely
stunning 1947 waterfront home on Lakeshore Drive on Lake Dora
that we are also calling Lake Winds.
The restoration is coming along nicely and we will be posting
the story line with lots of photos as the restoration process
continues. We are finally back on the waterfront with a
boathouse and loving life !!!
Restoration Project Update - August 1, 2017
just about through with the first phase of our Lake
Winds restoration project. The garage/man/cat cave is done,
boathouse is done, house painted inside and out, all
systems replaced and the new kitchen is just now
finishing up. We also got a new Nikon camera and will be
posting lots of current restoration photos later this week.
And - join
us for our CRA Monthly Fun Run & Gathering, usually
ending up at our new CRA Club House -
Monthly Fun Run & Gathering
Please check back here often and
follow our progress.
And - we finally sold our beloved Obsession
and have moved on to "classic glass" for our boathouse...
- we finally
did it. On 2/7/2016 we signed the papers for the sale of
beloved Obsession. After 36 years of ownership, countless ACBS
Boat Shows, lots of fun running on the APBA Vintage Race Boat
Circuit and many, many fun boat rides, it was
time for a new
adventure. On March
20, 2016 our beloved
picked up and hauled north to
and will be
maintained for the new owner by our friend Paul Brackley at
Here it is - the next
vintage/classic race boat for the boathouse at Lake Winds !!!
21 foot Schiada was custom ordered from the factory in
Torrance, California by the former owner who drove all the way
from the East Coast to pick up and haul back East in 1998. Since
then the boat has always been kept in climate controlled storage
and only used occasionally for weekend cruising with the family.
With only 170 hours of use on the powerful 502 cubic inch 500
horsepower MerCruiser motor, this boat is absolutely stunning
and in showroom condition. This Schiada River Tunnel design
utilizes twin tunnels straddling a specially designed center pod
for additional lift, while its three point running surface
completely eliminates troublesome chine walking. And with the MerCruiser 500HP motor for power, this virtual
sprints to well over 80 miles per hour with ease and cruises in
the mid 60's with the low profile bimini top up !!!
as they say, our
plan was to "retire" down here in Mount Dora. But after a visit
from then CRA President Dick Whyte, we found ourselves working year round promoting
and running the Fall and Spring Tavares Vintage Race Boat
Regattas, sponsored by our local Classic Raceboat Association
(CRA) and sanctioned/insured by the American Powerboat
Association (APBA). For over 15 years now, we have been
using the marketing power of Internet
Websites, Email and recently Facebook to help promote and support ACBS boat shows and
APBA vintage race boat regattas.
We are still quite hyperactive, as we are usually busy posting daily updates on
Websites and Facebook, and having lots of fun !!!
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