Sunnyland Member Boat Story - Bill & Pam Hancock
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What's in a Name?
Our August submission comes from Sunnyland's past President, Bill Hancock. His one of a kind Italian runabout, Fantasma, is featured below. Bill's article below answer's the question "what's in a Name?"....because every name on the back of a transom tells a story.......
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Fantasma means Phantom in Italian.
I found our 1959 Sebino runabout in Austria where it belonged to a prominent Austrian family who had commissioned the boat. The builder, Cantiere Sebino was located in Paratico, Italy on the South shore of Lago I’Selo. Last Fall during a trip to Lake Como, we visited Cantiere Sebino, which is still there but no longer builds wooden boats. According to knowledgeable sources, Fantasma is the only Sebino in the USA.
We chose the boat, first because of its Italian styling, and more importantly, because it would fit in a normal garage. We brought the boat back to the USA on a ship and had it delivered to the Port of Detroit where we picked it up and began it lengthy restoration process. Old friends, Larry and Donnie Mayea of Mayea Brothers Boat Works, along with Mike Murley of Dolphin Marine Engines, were selected as the restorers.
Prior to the sale and and during the lengthy restoration process, my wife, Pam had still never actually seen the boat, only the continual invoices for the work being done. One night over dinner 12 years later, she casually asked how the restoration was progressing. I replied that we were nearing the end and, in fact, we should consider a name for the boat. Without a second of hesitation she replied “We should call the boat the Phantom because nobody has ever seen it.”
Hence the name - Fantasma. - Bill Hancock
Bill's Sebino during it's long restoration......
Bill and Pam Hancock in Fantasma....Bellissima!