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A Wonderful Breathtaking Last Gasp.

Stunning photos say it all

Today’s last gasp story is a very special last gasp and a new beginning all in one. Lapstrake lovers Adam Koons and his soon to be Boatress Mariah Compton, sent us these beautiful engagement photos and story. Photos Courtesy Little…

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Tommy Mertaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund At The Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Tommy talking to a class at the great Lakes Boat Building School

Late yesterday we received this note from The Great Lakes Boat Building School and E. James Mertaugh family regarding a new scholarship in the name of Tommy Mertaugh who sudden death was reported on last week. If you are planing…

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Sunday In Woodyboaterville?

    Can we have a hallelujah! The Boatress is loving her Sunday worship!

When you live the Woody Boater lifestyle, days like Sunday are magical. The weather was more than perfect, it was spiritual. 65 degrees, crisp blue skies,  flat water and good friends all worked together like a perfect dance, creating a…

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We Salute The Hagerty Classic Marine Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

Carla from Hagerty, Wison Wright, Gene Hoffman and Don Ayers

Every year, the good folks at Hagerty Classic Marine Insurance Agency …salute the people and organizations that have made positive contributions to the antique wooden boat hobby. The Hagerty Marine Hall of Fame is thier way of saying “thank you”

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Very Sad Breaking News – Tommy Mertaugh Passes Away!

Tommy Mertaugh

Hessel Michigan – With great sadness, we report on the sudden passing of Tommy Mertaugh today.
Tommy was a cornerstone of a much-loved area — Les Cheneaux Islands (Hessel and Cedarville, Michigan). His cultural and financial impact was enormous, primarily…

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We Have A Winner For The Name Of Our Newest Reporter! Introducing The ” Kentucky Wonder”.

The classic Sons of varnish shirt

As you may recall earlier this week, we did a fun report from the Bluegrass chapter of the ACBS, the way the story was sent to us and photo quality were so nice, we deputized fellow Woody Boater Bryan Leazenby…

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Dam The Torpedoes, We’re Going Fishing! Wait,They’re Torpedoes?

How does he get these shots?

Thanks to looong time fellow Woody Boater David Konick, our three time biggest balls winner, we have some fun fishing shots from out on the Atlantic Ocean in his Sea Skiff. David loves.. LOVEs to take his trusty Dea Skiff…

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Goodbye To One Of The Great Ones – Bill Fennessy

Bill and his brother back in the day!

Long time classic boater and parts and advice supplier to all of us Bill Fennessy has passed away. Those of you that worked with Bill, as we did here at Woody Boater will remember him as one of the good…

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It’s Oldies Week Starting Monday!

Fellow Woody Boater Bob Menea sent this in yesterday.  Here is one from around 1954 or so. Me on right with my Dad driving on Conneaut Lake, PA. The boat is (I think) a 15 foot 1953 Chris Craft plywood kit boat built by Press Reel in Pittsburgh. 15HP Johnson. And yes, my lil sister Diane still has all her fingers…

This week we are going to feature some of your oldies, no not your elvis collection.. We want to feature old pictures of you and your family. Yesterday Texx featured a fun old family snap shot and it triggered  a…

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A Rare Positive Open Letter Of Thanks From A Woody Boater To A Woody Boater.


We interrupt Texx’s Tour… OK.. Texx needs to sleep.. He was driving late into the night last night between stories and back here at HQ stuff is coming in. We have a fun boat house tour of Lake Winnipesaukee and…

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Let’s Go Fish’n With David Konick!

The proof is in,,,on the cutting board.

While the vintage race boats are up in Gravenhurst basking in the varnish glory of it all. Fellow Woody Boater and biggist balls winner for 5 years in a row, David Konick, took advantage of the amazing fishing weather here…

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Thanks To A Fuel Vapor Detector, The 4th Of July Was Fireworks Free!

Gene Porters Lyman just sitting there all innocent like

Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Gene Porter, we are now aware of a major safety device that could save your life one day. The following story will appear in the upcoming Rudder, normally we would not publish a story that…

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Stylish thing to do

The all new 2014 VARNISHERS shirt. In Red Wine for the show ONLY.

Arrive To Lake Dora Naked! We’ve Got You Covered!

Drum roll please… This years two new designs are in and ready for shipping to..FLORIDA. That’s right like every year, you can only buy...

of the Month

Alex Watson, M-Fine, Chris Wise at the helm, and the Ramsys all out on The ultimate Patina Queen!

Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Can Keep Us From Having A Crap Load Of Fun!

Well, yesterday had it all. The day started out OK, a bit chilly, and then the storm hit. The Sunnyland gang made the call,...

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of the Month

Jim, please don't take this wrong.. But your grandmother is HOT!

My Grandparents Steelcraft – by Jim Hilton

Fellow Woody Boater Jim Hilton sent us in this nice story of his grandparents Steelcraft the other day, in the email he said he...

Woody Boat
of the Month

Christopher Wise and the boat his great grandfather built.

Cherup – Wise Boat Co. Woody Boater Boat Of The Month And Our Pick For Top Boat Of The Sunnyland 2014 Show.

Many of you may gasp a bit at our unusual pick of this months Woody Boat of the Month and Winner of our Sunnyland...

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Very Good Thing to
do of the Month

Tommy talking to a class at the great Lakes Boat Building School

Tommy Mertaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund At The Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Late yesterday we received this note from The Great Lakes Boat Building School and E. James Mertaugh family regarding a new scholarship in the...

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