WOW, what a weekend. While the world was at boat shows, we did the huge run up to Lake Winnipesaukee to close the deal and bring home the dream boat of all dream boats. By the way, that place is insane beautiful and a post card for all Woody Boaters. Jimmy and I wished we could have stayed longer than the 45 minutes we did stay, but had to make road time! We definitely are headed back!
After we had featured the boat on Woody Boater we made the call. It all felt right, not sure why, but it just did. I swear my fingers just dialed the phone.. I couldn’t stop myself. After some back and forth, we came to a price agreement after some major coaching from our pal Seth. The deal happened at 10Am on Wednesday, and by 3Pm we had money and were on the road to Katzs Marina to pick up a trailer. Yes, he had a special brand new 25 Sportsman trailer there. What are the odds? 100% when it comes to Katzs Marina. We arrived late and picked up the trailer at 7AM Thursday and headed North…
As reported on Woody Boater Live, we made the deal at 3Pm on Thursday after a short inspection. WOW! Tight, Nice 5200 Bottom, strong engine and every gauge and lite on her original 6 volt system worked. The boat had spent her entire life in the same boat house since 1948 when she was custom ordered by the family. Why they wanted to sell it is beyond me. But such are things. I have done the same with some stuff. She is a very well loved and cared for 1948 25′ Sportsman with a W engine – 6 volt system that was not restored, just had stuff done by pros when needed including the 5200 bottom.
NOW! What has to be the treasure find of the decade is this footage that we featured a year ago from Irwin Marine where she was ordered from.. And yes. THERE SHE IS! She is in actually in Part 1 for a glimpse but Part 2 has about 20 seconds of her under way with her correct red interior and top! DAM DAM DAM! I feel like I just won the lottery! More family pictures are to come from the family as we dive deeper into her history.
Now we had some road motoring to do. Get from her home in New Hampshire to her new home in Virginia. More road food in fast pit stop style.
We arrived late, very late back on Lake Hopatcong and had to get to the Marina the next morning to give her a check up. By the way, that trip on 95 to New Jersey with a treasure behind you is not for the faint of heart.
That morning the entire Katzs Marina gang was waiting as we arrived with the Sportsman, and within about 5 minutes of laughing and good ribbing, a swarm of workers were on her. Cleaning, polishing, engine check up, oil change, lubes refreshed, a carb rebuild, points, and bam, she cranked right over. AMAZING! didn’t need timing, she runs around 500 rpm and its fantastic smooth. And she does not have a drop of water in her! NOT ONE DROP! Amazing.
After a short run with Jimmy, Bob Kays and Tommy we brought her back for a quick polish and freshen up the stripes. Yes, all that by 4Pm. To say we are grateful and blown away by that team is a grand understatement. Both Jimmy and I still talk about it. And its just another normal day there.
We arrived in Virginia at 10Pm and then to Reedville the next day to the huge test. Would the Boatress approve? Of course the wind was blowing a gillion miles per hr, so the boat sat in the barn while I got her ready. Varnished the flag poles, got new lines, an anchor, and figured out the top.
Sunday was the day of days. 75, no humidity and a light breeze, and 5 hrs of running! Amazing, and the answer to the million dollar question is. YES, she loves it, as well as the entire family! She will be renamed this winter when she gets freshened up, so for now she is just going to be run for fun, the way she has her entire life. I feel more like a caretaker at this time than an owner. And that’s a good thing.
Lets go out for a ride with the gang!
After a great day we decided a sunset run would be fun.
Thanks for allowing me to share my personal magic day of a one boat, boat show! Stay tuned for more coolness from Tahoe, and other stories that have backed up since this all took place. Thanks to Bob Kays for his amazing photos, and Seth, Tommy , Henry, and the team at Katzs, Jim Scott for being a real pal and road warrior!