|Welcome to our website...
Marilyn J is our vintage 1951 Chris-Craft. She is a fully
restored classic woodie...
She's an 18' Riviera, restored and maintained by Mike &
Stephanie Sindel. (with Boots, Sam & Daisy too...) Unlike
many wooden boats restored for show, our Riviera spends most
of her summer on the Auglaize River behind our home. She stays
in the water all summer and we all go on boat rides almost
every day (weather permitting usually...)
Though our boat get plenty of use, we still like to keep her
looking her best and always running top notch. It takes lots
of work, but it is well worth all the efforts to maintain
her beauty and originality. It's been an exciting experience
to undergo and learning about these old classic boats is also
quite interesting; just to think what those oldtimer
of 30s, 20s or even those eariler were thinking at the time...
Our boat was a rotten mess when we found her...
Her "History" is our
- finding her rotting away in a farmers field
- our research to identify her original construction
- a little on the engine's restoration
- a brief summary of the wood's restoration
- her first time in the water...
The "Gallery" contains all
the pictures of our Mahogany Chris-Craft Riviera, our latest
find - 16' Garwood Ensign, and other beautiful antique and
classic wooden boats we've encountered while "researching"
at various boat shows.
are a record of what we do to maintain our boat each season.
We've discovered that every spring we spend days re-looking
up articles and going through our notes to figure out just
what to do and the order to do everything in. So, we put together
this website... We have commented on what works for us and
what doesn't based on our own experiences. Ramblings include
wood preparation, our varnishing method, engine tips, wishlist
for next season, etc...
is our archive of everything "Chris-Craft" related
that we've found, borrowed, or made. There are various boat
and engine manuals, wiring diagrams, service bulletins, etc...
|"Cruise Log" has
evolved over the years to become our Boat-Log of what we encounter
on our journey into antique & classic boating...
"Links" go to a few other
websites with more information about wooden boats, some suppiers
that we use, sites of places we take our boat, and a few cool
personal pages with wooden boats.
Our "Contact" information
and an online form have been provided so that you can ask
questions or make comments...
Thank you for visiting.