1960 HOME BUILT UTILITY
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
The Brady Family (Jim Brady)
Make: 1960 Home Built Utility
Model: Glen-L Design “Mist Miss”
Engine Specs: 1957 Mercury 8cyl – 290hp
Hull #: N/A
Concours Catagory: Utilities
Eugenia Marie was built by Emmett Brady in Los Gatos, CA with a little help from his sons, Ed and me (Dad – 90%, Jim & Ed – 10%). Using plans from Glen-L Marine, construction began from scratch in the winter of 1957 on our Mom’s living room floor. She was rewarded for this sacrifice with the boat being named after her. Building continued in the Spring in our grandmother’s barn hay loft and was completed on the trailer with the installation of the engine. The 1957 Merc engine was purchased in a Modesto junkyard and the water cooled manifolds were hand made out of angle iron and pipe by some very talented friends. The first transmission was a 1958 Studebaker synchromesh with 1st and 2nd gears ground off. As you can tell, the budget was very limited! The craft was finally completed in 1960 with trial runs in San Francisco Bay.
There were several excursions to local Santa Clara Valley reservoirs, but the real treat was our first vacation that year at Tahoe. Fortunately, after about 10 years, a real marine transmission was installed. Over the first third of her life, Eugenia Marie made numerous trips to the local reservoirs, the Delta, the Pacific Ocean (once), but always the annual vacations to Tahoe. All the immediate family, cousins and friends learned to water ski behind the boat. There were tours, moon lite cruises and all kinds of adventures. For the rest of her life until now, most of her trips have been to Tahoe for family vacations.
The stories about this boat could be told for hours – the times we broke down and had to be towed in, to the time we rescued three people from the Lake after their boat capsized. Eugenia Marie has undergone two refinish jobs, one new bottom, one engine overhaul, but after 60 years she’s still going strong. My dad had a vision and made it happen, we’ve kept it alive, and we have another generation to keep up the tradition for years to come.