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Boat Season Preparations Begin…

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The wear and tear always seems to catch up in the spring…

Our mini pontoon boat needs a new deck. Had been shopping for a 5′ x 10′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood all winter as it would take 3 sheets at 4′ x 8′

Today it arrived… Ended up ordering it from the boats manufacturer, Prairie View Industries out of Nebraska. It came pre-drilled with a nice rubber mat already glued down. Now we wait for mother nature to cooperate as this will be an outside project.

Body found in the river

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Shocking news! There was a dead body snagged by some fishermen today. It was found down by the Independence State Park marina where we stop to walk our dogs each night of our woody rides.

Small Repair Testing

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Drug our little vee-bottom down to the river this morning too test out the repairs made yesterday. All well with the repairs and the dogs are thrilled!

Small Repair

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The weather is incredible this morning, so I spent the morning outside plugging some leaks in our little vee-bottom.

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A new addition has arrived…

Monday, October 17th, 2011


Christopher Patrick was born this morning.
He’s a big health boy at 8 lb. 4 oz. and 20.5 inches long.

In Memory of “Boots”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

It’s a sad day as our “Booty Bear” has passed…

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12/24/2004 – 10/12/2011

Life begins for 2011…

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Finally, finally, finally got to put in the dock today…

Just one week ago, May 28th, our river bank,dock landing, and 10 foot v-bottom boat had disappeared to 17.38 feet of rushing water. The river reached an all-time new historic crest, top 10 in the last 100 years…

Today, the banks were down to just over 4 feet above normal.

The trip from Pontiac Park across the Maumee was still a bit of a chore with the current but our little pontoon made it. Myself, Stephanie, Boots, Sam, and Lizzy roasted for about an hour on our 1.25 mile trip to our house as the temperatures soared to 98 degrees.

Riviera’s Pre-Season Prep

Friday, May 28th, 2010

We are preparing for another fine boating season. Our Chris-Craft Riviera is almost back together and the rivers are getting down to a safer level:

  1. Cleaned and inspected the bilge. — Found a few small soft spots. Picked at the soft spots a little with an awl then sanded to bare wood all around the areas. Applied heat to the bottom beneath the area and a fan inside for a few days to help remove any moisture. Soaked the areas down with CPES. After 6 days, recoated with West System epoxy.

  2. Rudder and shaft logs have new flax packing installed. Shaft log’s hose replaced. (ShopNote: 2′ of 1/4″ flax packing is enough for 5 – 1″ rings. Shaft log uses 1 1/2″ hose with #28 or 57mm hose clamps. Packing and Locking nuts are 2 1/4″)
  3. Fuel tank removed, cleaned, reinstalled. — Removal was necessarily to access the rudder log and change the packing. Also changed the fuel tank’s strap connections.
  4. Fuel lines — Will be replacing all the rubber hose with copper tubing…
  5. Interior — Need to put the floor and seats back in…

Sorry there are no pictures… Somewhere in the middle of all this my camera died and I lost about a week’s worth of pictures.

The fuel lines will be reinstalled later today and hopefully we can get our Riviera in the water this weekend.

Musical Woodies?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

A very exciting day as we brought our Riviera home from its winter storage facility… The day was quite hectic because our GarWood and Sandrail was already in the shop. I pulled the buggy out in the morning and repositioned the GarWood a bit.

When I woke up in the afternoon, I had to preform my daily ritual of a bite to eat for me and the dogs, a short boat ride to an island down the river for the dogs to run, snoop, and do their business… And finally back to the task of getting our Chris-Craft home.

I continued by moving our car across the street, then we pushed and pulled the GarWood out of the shop and into the driveway beside our house. The Riviera is a little longer than the Ensign so a few things had to be moved around the shop to accommodate it. Rounded everybody up and into the truck to go get the Riviera. Everything hooked up alright and the tow went uneventful other than a little traffic.

Our Chris Craft Riviera is home and in the shop. It’s a tight fit with her rudder against the back wall and the tongue being about 2 inches too long to close the garage door… Gee, I really-really need this building to grow. I had to park the sandrail behind the shop for the time being and will be putting most-all of my efforts into getting the Riviera into the water and out of the way of a much needed shop addition.

Once the Riviera was in the shop, we had to relocate our GarWood somewhere out of the elements. We towed her back to where the Chris-Craft was stored for the winter.

A Day in Manistee

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

– April 24, 2010
My wonderful wife, Stephanie, stumbled across an event in Manistee, MI. The event was the President’s Tour for the Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Their chapter covers the upper peninsula, all of western, and southern Michigan.

We met at “Station Manistee of the US Coast Guard” for a tour of their facilities where two nice gentlemen told us about there jobs and their role working with the other stations along Lake Michigan. Then we got to check out their 47 foot Motor Life Boat with the self-righting capability. It could all be sealed up with no water getting in anywhere, but apparently, none of the men or women of the station have tested it?

After the tour at the USCG station, we had lunch at the Boathouse Grill which is located across the channel from the original Century Plant when the company was moved to Manistee from Milwaukee.

From the Boathouse Grill we continue on to Don Daneberg’s Boatworks. Don has been repairing, restoring, and building boats for close to 40 years and for the last 20 years he has concentrated his efforts on the restoration of antique and classic boats. One of his current projects was a Chris-Craft 19 foot Barrel Back which will be his upon completion. It was upside down with the bottom removed. Another project in his finish shop was a 25 foot Sportsman with twin engines which has been in the same family since 1961.

We met a lot of new friends and learn lots of cool and interesting things. Gerry and Lynda VandeVusse were very friendly and seemed to be real boaters that used their boats. We also got to meet Chris Smith, son of the original Christopher Smith that founded Chris-Craft. He was surprisingly sharp and could remember all sorts of details from the production days. We also heard something about Mary Smith and that lots of boats carry a variation of her name? There were lots of us Chris-Craft owners in this Century town (sorry, Thomas Holmes), but only one other Garwood owner, Rob Shapton (but he’s got like 3 or so 1941’s?)

All and all, we had a very good time. Don even signed my books.

Boating Season has Begun…

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Thursday April 15, 2010 officially started our boating season here at the Sindel residence… We dropped off our floating dock at the “Pontiac Park” boat launch around 5:00pm, proceeded home to fetch our little pontoon, and were back at the launch around 6:00pm. We got everything hooked up and began by crossing the Maumee River into the mouth of our mighty Auglaize River. Our trip up the Auglaize revealed several others have also been infected early by the boating bug… We passed 4 or 5 others showing symptoms…

Our leisurely ride got us to our destination shortly after 8:00pm. I got the connecting ramp hooked up topsided, but by the time I tried connecting the bottom, we had lost too much daylight, so finishing up had to wait until morning.

Upon arriving home from work (and letting the dogs out), we finished connecting the bottom of the ramp to the dock and had time to take a short ride to the island.

Hello world!

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Thanks to WordPress…

This is the first post within our new Cruise Log. Our previous logs didn’t survive a server change, so they will no longer be available. However, with the added abilities of WordPress, we will now be blogging more!

The old Cruise Logs only listed theĀ  duration, location, and dates of our rides in our Chris-Craft Riviera. The new entries will cover our rides, repairs, research, etc. and will now be referred to as our “Boat-Log”

Stay tuned…