Presented by Wayne Mooers, NC/LT Chapter Historian, July 2018
Foolish Pleasure, at Bass Lake ACBS Event, CA 2011
ACBS Member since: 2006
Born: 1948, Stockton CA
Resides: Lodi, CA
Family: Wife – Janet
Children: Chad, Stephanie & Kelli
Career: Owner, Fuel Transportation Company
First Boating A “kid” on Stockton’s Delta Waters
Still Active: Stockton Water Ski Club
Proud of: My family & Foolish Pleasure
About our boat: Mike shares:
“We purchased Foolish Pleasure in summer of 2005 from a family in Danville, CA. She is the second Besotes that we have owned. Our first boat was the 21’ Mulligan that is now owned by my brother Robert. Mulligan was our family boat all through the 80’s and early 90’s, and we had many great water skiing and family outings with her. Yet as our children grew older and our lives got busier, the boat’s use suffered. We made the decision to sell it to someone who would get more use out of her.”
“Several years later my brother Robert tracked down Mulligan, which had changed hands a few times, and he purchased her. (Read Robert Bosworth’s member profile also). After her restoration Robert began to enjoy and show the boat locally and we were happy to tag along. That is when we met Jack Greenhalgh, the Besotes “guru.” Seeing Robert and Jack enjoy their Besotes boats together once again sparked the boating bug back into our family. After some searching for another Besotes, my brother found Foolish Pleasure for us”.
“The boat needed a complete restoration. We credit and appreciate our local Stockton marine industry. Mr. Guido Mazza of Ladd’s Marina replaced the mahogany deck and applied the twenty coats of varnish. Guido also did all the hull and interior wood working and completed the final re-assembly of the boat. The bottom and the hull were detailed and painted by Bora Marine Finishes and Larry Bingham at Brannon Canvas and Upholstery did the boat’s upholstery. The original “big block” 427 cubic inch Ford engine was rebuilt and detailed by Panella Motor Sports, also in Stockton. Lastly, when purchased, the boat was a true Besotes package arriving on its original Besotes built single axle trailer. For modern safety reasons we have transitioned into a custom-built tandem axle trailer with brakes on both axles”.
“We are the second family to own, preserve, and enjoy Foolish Pleasure. While the restoration process was fun, it doesn’t compare to the pride and joy our family has…coming together, and running our boat on the local lakes and the Delta. The boat and trailer are now restored to last and will remain in our family for at least two more generations!”