Roaring ‘20s restoration to be featured at Wooden Boat Show

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Holland boat restorer Kyle Barton spent about two years handcrafting McKenzie, a 29-foot Hacker Craft originally built in 1929. The mahogany, triple-cockpit craft features the original engine — a Sterling Petrel straight six cylinder.

“It was a complete restoration,” Barton said of the project that he completed for a customer. “It has a new frame, bottom, sides and deck, and a new interior. It’s basically a new boat, but I ended up using a couple of original parts.”

Mark Andreae of Cincinnati purchased the boat three years ago on Traverse City’s Mission Peninsula. Andreae named it McKenzie after his family’s Scottish heritage.

“I did a lot of research to make sure I was restoring it to as close to original as possible,” Barton said. “It has copper rivets and cloth insulated wire.”

Barton, who has professionally restored boats for more than a decade, said he received a lot of hull historical help from Upper Peninsula resident Tom Flood.

“His father worked at the Hacker Craft plant (in Detroit),” Barton said. “He has a lot of documentation, and was willing to let me come up to scan and copy, and I was able to research from that. He has quite an archive.”

John L. Hacker founded the Michigan boat building company in 1914.

“This project was a real big stepping stone for me,” Barton continued. “This being a more rare boat was a real opportunity to try my hand at something a little more unique than common restorations. Everything on this boat was hand-fit and constructed by hand. I custom-built the entire project.”

Wooden Boat Show Chairman Mark Miller said Spring Lake is fortunate to feature the vessel.

“McKenzie is a beautiful boat,” he said. “She won top honors at other shows and we’re lucky to have her.”

Miller said another featured attraction will be Chris Smith, grandson of Chris Craft founder Christopher Columbus Smith. Smith and his daughter, Joy, will be at the show selling his books.

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