What to do with dad's Skee Craft?
by Tim Mattis
(Findlay, OH USA)
I have been in the possession of my late father's 1961 Skee Craft runabout for about 20 years.
It has been my dream to see it back in it's original (or close to it) shape that I remember from my childhood.
It is a strong connection to fond memories of Indian Lake, Ohio when everyone was alive and happy!
As it has deteriorated (as you can see from the attached photos) it has become more and more difficult to imagine that it could ever be saved or if I could ever afford to have it restored......or if it would even be worth it!
My wonderful wife has been more than patient with it sitting in our driveway year after year, but I know she would love to see it gone!
This is the first website that I have found that seems like it might be able to provide me with some good, sound advice on where I should go from here.
The outboard is not the original.
It is a 1962 Merc 1000 (the first year that any outboard hit 100 hp, I've been told).
It has not been really run since the early 70's.
I did some minor rebuilding and tune-up of the engine myself about 20 years ago, but it hasn't even turned over for at least 15 years.
If the outboard is collectible I need to know what it's value is, especially if the boat itself is beyond saving.
Thoughts? Advice? Input?
Anything would be very much appreciated!