Originally Posted by Edward R. Cozzi
Thanks Ed....yes, that is a good group of people you know.
My oldest son took me to Key West last year and got the juices flowing again. He talked me into taking out the old Cigarette molds that I bought from Don Aronow and he and I are startng up banana boat co again.
The boat in the picture I posted is Spirit, which was also Rocky's boat Benihana...I bought it last year and am planning on restoring it, but first we are checking it's bottom against the 35 stock mold. I want to find out why that boat ran so fast compared to the others....I think it won 4 out of 6 races that year.
Can you imagine this boat set up again with the new materials for weight saving and modern engine and drive systems....and no steps. Don often said the 35 was the best design he ever did out of all of them.
I would love to do a "Cruise or Rally" like this again, it would certainly give us someting to get the blood flowing. I remember Bob Nordskog telling me he bought himself a new race boat for his 75th birthday......so you and I have quite a few years to go yet.
Here is a shot of my old boat which you would remember.