We found a 1961 BT-22 (hull # 127) that had been sitting in a barn in Mendocino, California for 14 years and needed a lot of love and attention. Not knowing anything about restoring old boats turned out to be less of a problem than we thought as we soon discovered the BARTENDER group web site and were able to get all the advice we needed. The restoration took about 9 months and was a real family project. We’re really proud of the results.
With our mahogany bright work and the double ended look, we turn more heads at Lake Tahoe’s annual Wooden Boat Concours d’Elegance than many of the expensive official entries. As far as performance, our 1970’s vintage 160 HP V-6 moves her right along and in fact when there is any kind of chop on the lake, many of the vintage Chris Crafts with much bigger engines have a tough time keeping up because they can’t handle the chop like our BARTENDER.”