Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Californian G-2 is a wood speed boat built in 1930 and nearly destroyed by fire in 1931. Luckily, the boat and its wonderful folk art portrait on the stern were saved. We saw the boat on a recent visit to Clayton, N.Y., on the St. Lawrence River, home to the Antique Boat Museum. I'm not a boater but still I was awestruck by the beauty of these watercraft. The G-2 has a 400-hp engine and could reach 98 mph. How cool it would have been to be in that boat's wake, watching that face vanish into the distance.