The master Sign painter @ChesPerry of @rightwaysigns paid us a visit to christen the latest project with his brush. We found a box of new old stock brochures in the attic that featured our past names: Wandawega Lake Resort. So it got us thinking: every self respecting lakefront vaca spot back in the 20s-40s had a fleet of matching resort boats. (Even the little blue collar joints like us had at least one).Weve never been able to manage more than our hodgepodge collection until now. Meet our little Scoutmaster. Shes still very much a work in progress. We Found her in a Craigslist ad years ago. She was being sold by an old man who told us that he was sad to part with it but could no longer get it into the water on his own. It was his childhood family boat, hand built by his father who was a shipbuilder at one of the old, now defunct shipyards in Chicago. (Which explains why it has some features uncommon in a small metal rowboat, including hand cut wooden ribs and gunwales).Stripping layers of paint to reprime, repaint four coats, restripe. All of her woodwork trim is getting repaired or replaced, stained, custom painted oars, dead stock cup holders to bow lights, flag + fishing rod holders and Hand made rope fenders. And (our fav bit) both benches are getting new custom upholstered cushions using a bolt of original 1960s Mopar green plaid naugahyde that was an unused remnant roll from a shuttered factory. Scoutmaster is her new name. She will be wrapped up in the coming weeks, thanks to our newest staff member – @penticoff51 is our design asst coming from @SCADdotedu. Merritt is an industrial designer by background, and jack-of-all-trades everyday. From deck building, tent erecting, landscape designing, 3D rendering, hes been a great addition to the team this season (& is pictured here sanding for the 100th hour) Looking forward to putting her back in the water again for guests as our first official resort boat. .When you do a lap on the lake, think about the dad who hammered it together for his kids 80 yrs ago- he must have been good at his job, because she hasnt sunk yet. (Also, a bilge pump )