Boulder City resident Robert Joyce and his two classic boats stole the show during the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic in Lake Tahoe on July 24-25."Maribel," Joyce's 1972 Chris Craft XK-22, won the award for "Most Original Boat," and "Ms. Steve NataleVintage Transportation ExaminerSteve Natale has had a life-long love affair with anything old that has wheels or an engine.
Recycling plastics is a win-win scenario for automakersAs automakers turn to plastics and composites to trim weight and increase the safety of their vehicles, they’re also taking advantage of plastics recycling in the manufacturing process. JLG," his 1973 Chris Craft XK-22 that won an award for its restoration during the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic held in Lake Tahoe July 24-25.
But it wasn't until he moved to the desert that he really gained an appreciation for vintage boats, especially Chris Crafts."My uncle used to have a wooden Chris Craft, and he used to take me out on that.


JLG in 2004 and gave the boat a full restoration, including a rebuild of the drive train and electrics, as well as a brand new interior. The creamy orange and light yellow paint helps keep its 1970s origins alive and well.Joyce also put Corvette steering, Corvette badges and a Corvette shifter into Ms.
JLG, just like the 1965 Corvette he used to own.With Maribel, which Joyce bought in 2005, everything was left the same.
The interior, drive train and paint are all from 1972, and the boat has a 320 horsepower Corvette 350 engine that reaches speeds of more than 50 mph.When Maribel won the award for Most Original Boat, Joyce said he couldn't believe it because of some of the other boats he had seen throughout the show.
He said a few entries were from the early 1900s, and some boaters were on their hands and knees cleaning them with toothbrushes."That's a very big win in the world of boating.


Joyce said whenever he's out on his vintage boats, which are both made of handmade fiberglass, it grabs the attention of everyone around him."When you take any of these boats out on the marina, people just come right over to you. He based its light blue color from the 1950s turquoise and white Chevy Bel Airs he's restored throughout the years.With lake levels continuously dropping, Joyce said he prefers boating on Willow Beach.
Boaters are risking damage to their boats by going anywhere close to shore, he said."You've just got to be real careful.



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