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I spied this wonderful classic wooden powerboat / motorboat partially hidden behind more modern boats, while on the deck of a restaurant at the Tahoe City Marina (while attending a dear friend's retirement party and wedding - quite a combination!). As soon as the festivities were over, I rushed down to the dock to get some better shots of this grande dame, but she was gone! However, I will be back! (this is the site of the Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Concours d’Elegance held each August).

Technical: I played around with cropping out most of the white boats in the foreground, but in the end I decided to go with the original - I felt it gave a better sense of place and completeness. Contrast was increased slightly and the image was sharpened.

Note added 12/29/06: I just discovered that this wooden craft is the “Thunderbird” (1939 Hacker-Craft) and that it will be one of four vintage mahogany powerboats showcased on U.S. postage stamps to be issued in Aug. 2007. Based on the streamlined designs of John Hacker, “Thunderbird” is a 55-foot commuter boat featuring a distinctive stainless-steel cabin top that was built for millionaire George Whittell, who was fascinated with the latest aircraft, automobile and boat technology. Enamored with the lines of his personal DC-2 airplane, Whittell requested “Thunderbird's” hull and cockpit be built to resemble the fuselage of his twin-engine aircraft. The Thunderbird is berthed in the original boathouse built and designed by George Whittell in 1940 for it at the Thunderbird Lodge, now a Historic Site on the north shore of LakeTahoe. See here for more info on this nautical classic.

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