photo courtesy of Victor Strange
If you guessed somewhere on the east coast, you’re wrong! Victor Strange and Anna Berglind Dungal came all the way from ICELAND! That’s right, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. And what a delightful couple. Hafnarfjordur is the 3rd largest city in Iceland with approximately 28,000 people. It’s a port city located in the south western part of Iceland.
Victor shared his story of how he came to own a wood boat. By the way, he’s the only restorer and owner of a Chris Craft in ALL of Iceland and the ONLY ACBS member as well! At age 15, Victor started his 30 year career of whaling. Needless to say, he loved the sea and boats. After retirement he began his search for a Chris Craft boat. He found one in the US and had it brought to Iceland. He spent approximately 3 years restoring a 19′ 1955 Capri Runabout he named Hlátur. When asked, he noted that he has no resources for Chris Craft parts in Iceland, so all of his parts, down to the screws, are ordered and shipped to him from the US. Victor is searching for his next project, a Chris Craft Holiday. Boating these days is done in fresh water lakes near their home. Victor hopes to find his new project boat soon….no restored boat for him, he wants to spend the next several years working on his Holiday and bringing it back to life.
In his email with promised pictures of Hlátur, Victor says, “We just want to thank you for the great time we had at Lake Tahoe, the show was fantastic and all the people we met there were wonderful. All the planning and organization was great.”
Hlátur, a 1955 Chris Craft Capri Runabout