When Terry Hart pulls up in a wooden ski boat, people at Lake of the Ozarks take notice. Hart collects and restores vintage wooden boats.
Terry Hart walked down to his dock at Lake of the Ozarks and introduced a visitor to his pride and joy.
“This is Chug,” he said, nodding toward his vintage wooden ski boat. “This is our go-to-dinner boat.
“When we pull up to a dock outside a (waterfront) restaurant, they’re not coming out to look at the million-dollar boats.
“They’re coming out to look at our boat.”
The 1961 Chris-Craft ski boat, all 17 feet of her, is a reminder of the big lake’s rich past, when wooden boats were common. Now sleek fiberglass models — everything from runabouts to cruisers to bass boats — dominate the water.