1958 Century 21’ Coronado Powered by AMC 327 V/8 238 hp
Owned by Kevin and Jeanne Hogan, Olathe, KS
Love Me Timber was born in 1958 with a beam of 74”. Her heart is a Graymarine/AMC 327 that pumps out 240 hp at 3,800 rpm. Known in the 50’s for their fast, powerful boats, the Century Coronado’s were record holders for pulling up the most (9) slalom skiers at one time. Therefore, the nickname the “Thoroughbred” of boats.
Dr. William Springer, Manistee, Michigan, the first owner, brought her with him to Hot Springs, Arkansas when he retired from practice. She spent the next several years on Lake Hamilton and belonged to two different owners.
In the mid 70’s she was sold to Burney Whitfield of Myers Realty in Hot Springs who sold it to Steve Carter and Bill McCord of Salty Dog Boat Rentals. Burney’s daughter Kristi remembers the old boat she used to ski behind as spotless.
In 2001 J.C. Renner brought her to Table Rock Lake in Missouri for a family boat until she needed a complete restoration. However, after taking her apart, J.C. decided to sell her in pieces and advertised in Mahogany & Chrome. That’s where Kevin Hogan saw the potential though it was upside down on a rickety dolly. 60-70% of her framing was barely useable, even for patterns. The decision had to be made to re-plank with all new African Mahogany over Northern White Oak framing.
By early fall of 2013 Love Me Timber was restored to brand new with the addition of many new hi-tech systems. She’s even better than when she was first purchased. The name is taken from an Elvis Presley song that was number one on the charts in 1958, Love Me Tender. And, I can truly say that after forming her ribs, fitting her coverings, applying her make-up, along with spending nearly 1200 hours bringing her back to life . . . I love her timbers.