Race Boat Shop
Page 10 - Moving to our new shop in Mount Dora,
1946 Gar Wood, hull number 7115, modified
single aft cockpit,
modified to a shingled/stepped hydroplane
Honduras mahogany hull with Spanish cedar steps
Chevrolet 510 cubic inch marine stroker motor, 630 HP
Prop is a Menkens high rake 3-blade, 13x17
Tracked at 75 mph on GPS at the 2004 Detroit Gold Cup
Obsession video - let it
load & crank it up!!!
After years of hard running on the vintage circuit and constant use on beautiful
Lake Winnipesaukee, our beloved
was hauled back to our Wolfeboro shop for some TLC. The hull remained in excellent
shape after our
project over ten years ago. The edge-bonded seams still looked
more importantly added great strength to the hull. All the
mechanics and rigging were thoroughly checked out at our Wolfeboro shop,
but the refinishing project would be done at our new home/shop in Mount
Click here for the
story of Obsession !!!
Location - Mount Dora, Florida
During the last week of April 2014, we headed north from our new home
in Mount Dora to close up our Wolfeboro shop and hauled all our tools
and beloved Obsession down to our new home and shop in Mount Dora. It
was sad, but it was also time to move on after ten years in our
Wolfeboro shop, keeping both bays busy with many interesting and fun
projects. Ten years of vintage race boat shop therapy, check out our
many projects !!!
Our Vintage Boats
We hoisted our beloved Obsession off the dollies, onto the trailer
and secured for the long haul to mount Dora, Florida. The radio
controlled model of Obsession and the 1850's woodcut from my grandfather
shipyard in Rye, New York were carefully wrapped and hauled south in our
truck. The rest of the cabinets, tools, benches were tagged for the
moving company to haul.
Jim Kondrat stopped by to remove the 454 Crusader motor.
We also donated tools, benches and many boat parts to the
NH Boat Museum, and our good friend Shaun Berry stopped by
to load up and haul away !!!
New Hampshire Boat
Then it was time to load up, say goodbye and head south !!!
Two days later, we made it safe and sound at our new home and
shop in Mount Dora !!!
Then the moving van arrived with our shop hoist, cabinets
and the rest of our tools.
On May 27th we finally began work
in our new Mount Dora shop. The first steep was to test our
new hoist setup to lift our beloved Obsession off the
trailer onto dollies. We installed a large eye bolt through
the garage door header to lift the aft of the boat and our hoist
to lift the bow of the boat.
All was going well, as lifted our beloved Obsession high off
the trailer to clear the fin on the forward section of the hull.
We took our time, letting the boat settle over the trailer for a
while before we took the traumatic step of removing the
trailer. The next step was to lower the boat onto the dollies.
All was going well as we began to carefully and slowly lowered
our beloved Obsession. Then disaster struck !!!
we were carefully lowering the boat down onto the dollies,
the large eye bolt through the garage door header let go and the
aft section of the boat dropped suddenly down onto the dolly. A
scary moment, lots of noise but no damage done. This boat is
strong, and the edge-bonded deck and hull sides remain in in
excellent condition, with over ten years of hard use. We then lowered
the bow onto the forward dolly and rolled our beloved Obsession
into our new Mount Dora Boat Shop and setup for work.
11 - Getting ready for the Florida Race Boat Circuit !!!
For locals, please join our:
Saturday Morning Gatherings
Monthly Fun Run &
Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit
Some related vintage race
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