Larry Forget of Soddy-Daisy stands beside his silver 1954 Feather Craft antique boat that he polishes regularly. Photo by Katie Ward
It’s always boating season for Soddy-Daisy resident Larry Forget. He spends countless hours restoring antique boats to make them not only seaworthy, but also see-worthy.
He and his wife Cheryl have garnered many awards for their restored boats, which are often named Cheryl’s Fancy. For example, in 1985 they accepted the Best Chris-Craft Sports Boats Inc. in Clayton, N.Y., for Cheryl’s Fancy. It was a 1947 Chris-Craft Rocket the couple later sold in 1988.
“We’ve been antique boat collecting for 30 years and married 40 years,” said Larry Forget. “We were at the first Antique Boat Race Regatta in 1992 at 1,000 Islands in Clayton, N.Y. In Poughkeepsie we got an ACBS Hudson River Chapter 1985 Classic Runabout 3rd Place. The Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society presented us the 2nd Place in Class Annual Summer Show Award too.
“The 2012 Classic Boat Society Calendar features our 1967 Glasspar Sedan as the October 2012 boat.”
He and his wife belong to the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Antique Outboard Motor Club. They estimate Larry Forget has restored almost one boat per year since the hobby began in upstate New York on the Hudson River.
Their love of antique boats continued when they moved to Melbourne, Fla. When they grew tired of hurricanes, they decided to move to Soddy-Daisy so they could remain close to water. That was six years ago.
Larry Forget now owns three boats and has sold other ones on which he has worked. He is currently working to restore a 1959 G-3 Glasspar Ski Boat in his garage. He said he likes to purchase boats from their original owner so he can find out the boat’s history.
“I found a friend in Hixson, Andrew, that restores too,” said Larry Forget. “We share ideas and work together. We hope to generate more interest and support in the hobby. We want people to restore and recycle their boats instead of throwing them away.”
He said he has found nice 50s and 60s-era boats in the Chattanooga area. In the 1950s Soddy-Daisy had hydroplane boat races.
Meeting other couples with antique boats is Larry and Cheryl Forget’s favorite thing to do, he said.
Cheryl Forget said Larry did not have a boat growing up, but he decided after they married that he wanted to get into boating. He started out fixing chain saw motors, lawnmower motors and later upgraded to boat motors.
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