Well, here I go: First jet post;
It was the week before Christmas, nothing was stirring but that sticky goo in my stained mug of coffee, heck the spoon was smoking!! The phone rang and a friend asked me to pick up and store a boat for him outasight of his wifie (opps), just until the New Year had begun or he or me had sold it. OK, for you Jim, Ill do it! 1500 was the asking price less engine.
Only place in the yard was behind the shop next to the ole apple tree, so in she went, all 20 feet of white and metalflake Biesemeyer! "Heck Jim" I joked, "I knew you liked Jetters but this boats sick and looks way too familiar"! "Sure looks like the boat I shot a picture of way back in my slot car days.....yep, I remember that name", I remarked.
I was in possession of 'QuitYourBitchin' and a 35 year old Polaroid of the very same boat I had viewed and drooled over while cruising the 1970 Spokane Auto Boat and Speed Show! Incredible, I even found the picture much less the boat.
Metalflake blue and white with red pin striping and lettering, the B-boat cruiser was awesome with polished big block, huge OTs, and ominous Berkeley poking into the next guys display space! This was before my internet days so I didnt know about b-boats, just this particular boat had lots of owners and looking for another.
Wanna hear more? Ok, just a tad bit.
Phone rang again the very next day and my Drag racing partner, Richard, asked if I knew of any good boat deals around. "Yes, get your wife out here fast" I replied.
Well, to make a long story short, Richard and Karla bought the boat from Jim. That Winter we built 'QuitYourBitchin's last motor together, in fact it's the last project we ever completed together before he passed away with a Brain Anurism. Don't be sad. You see Richard had only a few years to live after receiving the first successful Kidney transplant in a Diabetic on Insulin. The Drs. estimate was 5-10 of life expectancy!
This jetboat provided so much fun and final commraderie between our two familys, that I thought you would get a kick out of a few more details as to what happened while building & boating in the summer of 89.... By the way, Dick (Richard) became the first blind person to race around Priest lake or any other lake for that matter AT THE WHEEL!
Wanna hear more? of a Christmas time b-boat story?