Betty Jane, the Mother Ship
Betty Jane is the antithesis of her namesake, Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Harris, Dale's mother--a taciturn and practical Midwestern dairy farmer's daughter who never really understood luxury, much less extravagance. The boat, is a 1955 Chris Craft Corsair, forty-five feet built in Algonac, Michigan, the star of River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America, and deserves a page all to herself.
Pramela, the Dinghy
A pram, hence Pramela, is distinctive by its snub nose and wide beam. Pramela is stable enough to pass the Doris Faye from big boat to tender and short enough to hang in davits over the transom. She is solid mahogany ply, glue & stitch construction, built from a Chesapeake Light Craft, Eastport Pram kit.
There are other restorations on the water. Betty Jane's sister ships witness our same commitment to the preservation of maritime history. Their owners/curators send us examples of their work and their stories.