We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common !
Paul and All:
MY, my, my, but the brothers have been busy this winter! But none as busy as Forum Moderator, Paul Pletcher. Locally well-known for his aversion to dry bilges, Paul has turned a few dollars this winter to help pay for his boatitus treatments. Noticing an oily film on top of the water in the bilge, Paul has been siphoning this off and selling it to the locals. 40 years of oil leaks down there seems to be paying off as the supply seems never ending. Paul never uses cheap oil either. Only the best goes into those iron Big Dogs of his. He has noticed however, that the amount he pulls out is about equal to the amount he puts in the engines. So to sum up his story, he pays $7 for a quart of oil going into the engine, and he sells the siphoned oil from the bilge at $7 a quart or $3.50 a pint. He has turned over several hundred dollars this way and was heard telling his lovly wife, Janet, during dinner at the local yatch club, that he had figured out why he was not turning up any net profit. "Janet," he said, "I am just not getting enough oil to garner any economies of scale. What I need is some bigger engines that leak more oil!"
Meanwhile, Chief Petty Officer, Rob Schiller, aboard Eagle's Nest has been cooking up a new formula for gel coat with Engineer Extroidinaire, Tom Slayton. This, we think, explains the sudden dissapearance of Sea Gulls from the East Coast. How's that possible? Here is the scoop. Rob has been collecting droppings, boiling them down, mixing in polyesters, and some of Tom's aroma-threapy scents and setting the concoction out for the Sea Gulls to eat. The smell attracts the Sea Gulls with its hint of Baja Mexico left over tacos! After eating the small amount provided by Rob and Tom, the Sea Gulls have started a mass migration, obstensivebly toward the Southwest to satify their urge for take out. LOOK OUT, Kevin Bray! Lake Travis is a stop over point and it won't be a pretty site. This poop is hard and has an after life of 452 years!
Eric Jensen is over achieving again with his beautiful paint job on his run-about. But the inside scoop is that the boat was supposed to be painted blue! However, a small mistake by a warehouse clerk ended up with the white paint in a can marked blue. The painter, color blind since birth, did not differentiate between the two. But man, can he lay down some paint! And he did. Many readers, after seeing the photos on the Forum, have remarked that it would be a shame for Eric to put a windshield on that beautiful lady. And with this, the two Tenn. boys, Paul and Eric, may have started a new trend in runabout appearance, toplessness, where less is more!
With the down turn in the economy, Mark Weller has been hired by the government to stabalize boat prices, thereby giving Americans faith in markets again. With his ability to "suggest" what a boat price should be, prices have indeed stabilized at all time lows. Now is the time to get into that boat you always wanted. The bigger, the better! Forget risk. Turn the deal now and don't let it go down. They aren't making boats like this anymore!
James Burnette, long known as one of the wise men of the Forum, has been scretly hitting the varnish lately. Stay tuned for one of his shiny projects to show up on the Forum. The trend of turning one's hand to new projects seems to be a charactoristic of Boatitus. Lately, Lancer 23's seem to have caught the eye of many Commander owners. With their beautiful entry through the water, both salt and fresh, the engine bays just beg for hopped up engines. After all, boys need a way to get from ship to shore.
Forecast for the Spring. The quiet, but harsh winter in the Northeast has slowed down but not stopped many Forum members. Days spent inside basements and shops should result in many more projects highlighted on the Forum pages. Take pictures now because cruising season will soon be on us.
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Jerry at the point of the spear. FSA 0049 38' Summer Palace