We've always wanted a 57 or 58 Herters Deluxe with the tall fins so when we recently sold our 1959 Herters Mark III we started looking for another Herters to restore.
Jackie and I, along with Del and Diane Vanemmrik, had stopped at a restaurant for lunch in northern Minnesota last summer on our way to the boat show at Gull Lake. When we finished eating and went back outside a woman and her husband were looking at our 59 Herters. She said that she had one just like it stored at their lake home and it had been in her family since it was new. Her husband disagreed with her and said her boat was similar, but not exactly the same as ours. I told her if she would email me pictures of it, I would try to identify it for her.
She did, and it turned out to be a 1957 Herters Flying Fish that was complete except for the windshield. It appeared to be in restorable condition, even after being stored outside, upside down, for the last 20-30 years. It even had the original red and green lights in the bow casting! I have been trying to find a decent 57 Flying Fish to restore for a few years. Talk about coincidence!
It took almost ten months to convince her to sell it to us. Just last week she finally decided to sell it, but her price had a strange twist in it. She would give us the boat if we donated a thousand dollars to her favorite charity, and we have to attach a small plaque on the boat with her father listed as the original owner.
Not a problem. We wrote out the check to the charity, she will provide the plaque, and we picked up the boat. She seemed pleased that the boat was going to be restored instead of rotting away behind their lake place. And we offered to bring the the boat to her lake home for a day this summer for a reunion of the boat with all the family members that had learned to water ski and fish in the boat.
Now the fun begins. We have to decide on colors for the boat and what type of motor and trailer to use. We have pretty well decided, at least for now, that it will have a Mercury dockbuster and a Tee Nee trailer. A Scott may be in it's future, but I have a dockbuster almost ready to go, and I would have to build a Scott from scratch.
If everything goes together without too many problems, it could be done at the end of June, or hopefully earlier.