Well we all know Bill Policastro from Traverse City, Michigan, due to his many contributions here on THE FORUM and the fact that his 23' Commander, GHOST RIDER has been published so many times, including within many pages of the forum, showing up on the sliding image bar here on our header, and also appearing in the two books listed here on our front page about Commanders and Commander restorations. In fact, the restoration of GHOST RIDER commands an entire chapter in the almost ready RESTORATION OF THE CLASSIC FIBERGLASS CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER, Also featuring classic fiberglass Lancer and Corsair Runabouts. That book by the way, is here in Nashville now in final printed PROOF form and the quality is FABULOUS, and Bill and I will be reviewing it later today.
Here are just a very few images about GHOST RIDER and about Bill too.
Here with Erik Hoisington, also of Traverse City, Michigan.
These last two images are showing Bill and friend-of-the-forum, Herb Pocklington, aboard GHOST RIDER, at Bay Harbor, Michigan. Even with a knee replacement, Mr. Pocklington went up the ladder like a youngster when he had the opportunity to take a look at one of the boats he was responsible for as the head of planning and development at Chris Craft.
Now Bill and his family are here in Nashville, and Janet and I get a chance to repay some of the hospitality they extended to us while we were in Traverse City, visiting their house, taking boat rides, going to restaurants, etc. Hey if the weather is nice we just might be able to get on the water here too!
Bill lives down the street from my childhood friend Dr. Bob Barger. We met some years ago when he first got the boat and was running off of a 5 gal. portable fuel tank! He was nice enough to take me out for a ride in truly nasty conditions. The waves were tall and steep. If fact, we could barely get it back on the lift because of the waves. It was very nice. Sitting in that boat is like being in a living room in the '60's; very Hugh Hefner'ish.
I hope to see him again this summer!