COLIN BISHOP reports from Vancouver
Many of the other craft present fell into the ‘Gentlemen’s Yacht’ category, but one of the most striking was the 1956 Chris Craft Constellation exhibited by Lynn and Russ Tretiak. This boat was originally built in Michigan USA and is 35 feet long with an 11 feet beam. She has a mahogany hull with teak trim and planking and is powered by two Ford V8 petrol engines. As the photos show, she is an absolute classic including the trademark turquoise within the colour scheme. Other boats present included a half size replica of a Viking longboat and there was also an onshore exhibition of smaller boats which demonstrated some superb carpentry skills. All in all it was a fascinating exhibition, so much so that we went back for a second look a couple of days later. Most of the vessels on display would make very attractive models and offer the opportunity to really get into those woodworking skills as a change from the usual GRP and plastic.
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