Race Boat Shop
Classic 1965 Century Resorter
- 21 foot
Owner/Driver - Woodie Laverack
My great grandparents started vacationing on Squam in the
1890’s. My grandparents honeymooned there in 1914, and were
summer renters until 1930, when they bought property on Sandwich
Bay. As a kid, I used to love watching all boats coming down the
bay, but especially the woodies (no, that’s not how I got my
nickname!). I could recognize many of them by their sound, and I
especially loved the V8’s. In the summer of ’64, the National
Water Ski Championships were held in Webster, MA on Lake
Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg-chuabunagungamaugg (I had to say
that). My buddy Andy Evans and I went down there to watch “the
real guys” ski. The top raffle prize was a brand new 1964
Century Resorter 17’ with a red and white interior. We “blew our
allowance” buying raffle tickets, and didn’t win, but I was in
love! Thirteen years later, I was in the market for my first
inboard, and Andy was “helping” me shop. When we found a 1965
Resorter 21’ (with red and white), Andy pronounced it the one to
get; big enough, practical enough, and fast enough! I had to
agree, and bought her. As I graduated from high school in the
year she was delivered, 1965, I wanted to find a name that
connected. It took me years, but one June day listening to the
radio while driving to work, the DJ said that it was the
anniversary of the release of “(I can’t get no) Satisfaction” by
the Rolling Stones. Perfect!
In the summer of 2003, the original bottom was declared (way)
beyond repair. Harvard Forden built her an all new bottom (yup,
stem, keel, transom, ribs, planking…all new), and we refinished
her. Sonny Ambrose came out if retirement and hand painted her
name and bow numbers. If you know Harvard, I don’t have to tell
you the boat never performed better! I’m excited to have the Vintage
Race Boat Shop give Satisfaction a well deserved spa treatment (and
maybe a little tweak here and there!)
After several conversations with Woodie, on October 4,
2010 we trekked up to beautiful Squam Lake for a quick
survey of the boat, a discussion about our refinishing
project and logistics for hauling to Wolfeboro and winter
on October 9th, after our Fall Foliage cruise, we
trekked up to Squam Lake again with a borrowed trailer
to haul the boat back to Wolfeboro. It was a gorgeous
fall day and we enjoyed the ride.
Once back in the shop, we completed a more thorough
survey and found a few minor things to add to our punch
list, but nothing scary. Then on October 11th we hauled over
to the Wolfeboro public docks to fogg and winterize the
motor. It was another beautiful fall day and we took the
opportunity for a few more photos, before we hauled
Satisfaction to winter storage !!!
Satisfaction video - the motor just purrs
Satisfaction video - fogging the motor
Then on April 29, 2011 we picked up Satisfaction
from winter storage and hauled back to the shop. Once
inside, we hoisted the boat off the trailer and onto dollies
for another inspection and some "before" photos.
the hardware was removed, we hoisted the boat off the dollies
and up onto blocks to setup for bottom detailing. We spent
several days sanding the bottom, first with 120 grit paper and
then following with Scotchbrite Pads. And as the photos show,
the recently replaced bottom by Harvard Forden was still in
excellent shape, with no need of any wood repairs or surface
it was time to tape the bootstripe and paint the bottom with two
coats of Pettit Hard Racing Copper Bronze, using our rolling &
tipping technique, just like applying varnish. This is a very
high quality marine paint that flows out beautifully, making the
bottom very smooth, very slippery and very efficient.
Remember - if you wanna be fast,
you gotta be smooth !!!
We spent two days on the initial sanding of the hull
sides and deck, first with 320 grit paper on our trusty
orbital sander followed by Scotchbrite Pads, being very care
not to burn-through the original mahogany stain. We got it
real smooth !!!
is was finally time for the first coat of thick, amber
tinted Epifanes varnish using our using our rolling &
tipping technique. Why is it that the first coat of varnish always
turns out absolutely stunning and we are always tempted to
stop. But four coats of thick Epifanes marine varnish with UV
filters are required to add depth to the finish and to protect
Our refinishing project also included a rather long list
of electrical and mechanical issues to fix, including all
the wiring, the tachometer cable, the temp gauge and a
complete tune-up on the 327 AMC motor. Our star mechanic Jim
Kondrat spent two full days on our punch list and knocked
them all out !!!
The existing bow numbers and transom lettering were done in
plain gold paint and really needed to be upgraded to real gold
leaf, so Jerome Holden of
JC Signs came
over to the shop and applied his magic.
The first step was to paint over the existing lettering with the
size/glue that holds the gold metal leaf. Then the gold metal
leaf was applied to the size/glue. Then Jerome applied his magic
to the lettering by creating the "engine turning" or swirling
effect in the gold leaf. This was allowed to dry overnight
before a coat of varnish.
After a nice thick coat of varnish,
Jerome returned and outlined the lettering by hand, using black
accentuate the gold leaf
lettering. The black outline paint was allowed to dry overnight
and then the varnish build coats continued, to protect the gold
leaf lettering and to deepen the glow under the amber tint of
the Epifanes varnish.
The results after three thick coats
of Epifanes varnish - absolutely stunning....
Then it was time to paint the water line, with 2 coats of
Pettit Boot Top White paint.
After we installed all the hardware, the boat was hoisted up
of the dollies and onto the trailer.
As promised, on May 28, 2011 we hauled Satisfaction back home
to Squam Lake for our launching ceremonies and sea trials. We
were anxious to try the new 4-blade prop !!!
Our sea trials went very well. All systems performed
properly, all the gauges were working and the motor responded
well to the tune-up and fresh Amsoil Synthetic oil. The new
4-blade prop also work very well, nice and smooth, but the 327
Chevrolet motor could not quite pull the 13x14 inch pitch. So a
smaller 13x13 inch prop has been ordered to bring the rpm's back
Many thanks to Woodie Laverack for
sharing his story of - Satisfaction !!!
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