Originally Posted by cs19
I always get a kick out of the stories.
"He sold it to his brothers sisters counsin in laws uncle who stored it in a barn (its always a barn) and he passed away and everyone thought the molds were lost in a fire then 10 years later they found it again (in a barn) and it was still perfect so they started making boats again, joe shmoe splashed a boat from it and they went to court over it and so and so got sued. Ricky racer set the record in that one boat but it actually came out of the other mold that is now missing but we think its sitting in a field in Texas but the other mold is messed up now and you dont want boats from it cause its got .0001 of hook in the center sponson and they are ass draggers becasue of it and they will never work. If we could just find that other mold we would be setting records.
Always a classic story when you ask about molds.
Interesting.... Just recently Robbie Barrett and I started looking for "old" known performer performance boats for guys in our area. We located Peter Gehan's old Cheyenne which was originally owned by Charlie Nix in Dallas. The boat, less engine had been sitting in a storage building near Lake Whitney in Texas for a couple of years. We picked it up a couple of weeks ago and it will see the water again this year with new owner Pat Hobbs of Hooks, Texas.
Now there was a black, red, yellow Cheyenne out of the Woody Martin-Richard Wildt stable (and I don't know which boat this is per say, but my old memory says they purchased a black one out of New Mexico at one time) ran with the name of "Can't Touch This" and driven by Travis Reed that was the PLJ record holder and high points champ. This boat had an impressive history and was reported to be one of the quickest and fastest hulls out of Woody's camp. I'm sorry to report it is near death.
Yes.... indeed we found it...... sitting under a tree in the edge of a pasture near DeKalb, Texas.... where it had been.... UNCOVERED for about 6 years.... Yes folks, close to complete with electronics and fuel pump less engine.... uncovered.
This boat was so babied in its early life that it never had drain plugs drilled in the hull. Everytime it was pulled out of the water it was wiped down inside and out with a towel and then covered. Well, Robbie Barrett knew the fellow that had her and had been trying to get the boat for years, but the guy wanted close to what he paid for her. A couple of weeks ago Robbie talked the fellow, who now lives in Oklahoma, but the boat was still in the field, into letting us pick up the boat, clean it up and see what we might have.
Now here is where I just want to scream obsenities at someone, (1) that is now my way of doing things and (2) it is a good thing the guy is not in front of me to temp me into doing so! I have the boat at my shop. The boat was smooth full of leaves and water. Robbie took a battery drill and drilled the first drain holes in the sponsons of the boat and let it drain awhile, drug it home, removed the leaves and washed her. Suprisingly the exterior gel does not look that bad. I then towed the boat to my shop where I was going to remove all the "gray" colored hardware that was once bright "red" anodized and then steam clean the interior to see what we might have. The center keel underneath looks quite nice. I went to set my ratchet and tools on top of one of the tunnels while I climbed in to hear a hollow sound when I set down the ratchet. I ran my hand on top of the tunnels to feel a convex shape and then pressed down to see the top glass flex nearly 1/4" and begin to fracture while water squished around under the surface. I pulled the bowl off Friday to literally find it filled with dirt dobber nest, rats nest and fecies.
I'm afraid she is dying quickly. Anybody interested in her?
BTW - I did find Chris Braun's Usual Suspect boat a new home with a good young man here in Atlanta, TX