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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hacker Craft - A Vintage Boat

 We discovered a fellow in Welaka, Florida who is a second generation boat restorer and the next couple of days are going to be about him and his boat shop and what's inside.

 Let's look inside?
The first thing you'll notice is stacks of lumber and shelves of tools. 
Some of the lumber is years and years old and from his father's youth.

This man fixes antique boats and restores them to their original glory. He and his father, Richard Speas, were and are masters of their trade and the work is amazing.
He was very open to sharing his knowledge and was happy to let me snap away.

A Hacker Craft.
More about this beauty tomorrow.

A couple of other interested fellows stopped in when we were there.

He has lots of bits and pieces and here are a few antique motors.

I don't know anything about this picture, but it was hanging on his wall! A cute threesome!
Anybody need a date for the prom?

This green and white boat is actually a prototype for a 51 foot commercial vessel that his Dad had built. 

This is a full length shot of the Hacker Craft.
Look at all the templates and pieces of wood!

He also keeps a maritime museum right in town. We had planned on touring it, but went over to Daytona instead.

I can't help but think there's a ship out there somewhere missing it's nose decoration?

I took more pictures and tomorrow I'm going to post more.
Thanks for coming along! This little town is jammed packed full of great places and people. I miss it and we've only been home a few weeks!

All of these photos were again shot and loaded directly from my Nikon P90 and then posted without alteration of any kind.


DJan said...

This was very interesting! And that photo you took a picture of? Those guys were really... weird! I couldn't help but think of Gibbs at NCIS (a show I watch) who tinkers with boats. They would have been great friends. I look forward to more.

Brian Miller said...

how cool. bet that was a neat place...and by the place he keeps i bet he sure had a personality as well. smiles.

Eva Gallant said...

Quite an interesting place! I love looking at your photos! such an interesting variety of topics, you post!

Everyday Goddess said...

I'm thinking it was the crew of the Calypso in that photo.

But really, what a cool place.

Judy said...

How neat...My hubby would love to visit his shop. He's made a canoe and is making a skiff right now.

Lori E said...

What an interesting place to visit. Something most of us would never see.
Can't wait to see what else you get up to.