WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Larry Pedersen loves to run his hands over the smooth mahogany deck of a Chris-Craft motor boat, something he gets to do a lot since he bought one of the classic runabouts in 1987.
Pedersen, 50, a corporate jet pilot and wooden speedboat enthusiast, found his 1939 Chris-Craft "Barrel Back" in Hagerstown. When it was new, the 16-foot boat sold for about $1,500. Pedersen said he wouldn't take less than $30,000 for it today.
Much of its Philippine mahogany planking on the outside and its framing inside had to be replaced and refinished. Pedersen rebuilt the boat's 130-horsepower engine and had the craft's bright metal rechromed. He and his brother, Dale, his partner in the boat, along with a woodcrafter from New York state, finished the restoration in 1992.
He takes it to antique boat shows, but mostly he just loves using it.
"It's a boat. It's supposed to be in the water," Pedersen said.