Entries by Texx

Twas The Night Before Dora…

Twas the night before Dora, when all through the lake, not a gator was swimming, only Fauna and Flora, When, what to my wandering eyes should appear, but a “Witches Cap” Bow Light, from a Chris-Craft Express… Freshly restored, which I’m sure will impress. Woody Boaters were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions

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The 1954 Century Imperial Sportsman – For Those Who Want To Be Different

The Century Boat Company was always known for their original, creative and sometimes aggressive advertising. Century’s advertisement for the 1954 Imperial Sportsman started out by saying… Century Imperial – For those who want to be different… If you have an appreciation for things beyond the commonplace, you will love your Century Imperial from the first

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A Gar Aluminum Sedan – Can We Help Solve A 60 Year Old Mystery For The Owner?

Jeff & Laurie Knudsen from Holland, Michigan currently own three classic boats. A 1946 Gar Wood 19’6″ Deluxe runabout which is now being restored, a numbers matching bright sided Gar Wood Ensign which is a future project, and “Tin Can” a 1940’s Gar Wood Streamline Sedan Prototype. Jeff is a relative newcomer to the antique

Miss Catalina Memories – Old And New

For Friday’s story on Woody Boater, Matt featured a great vintage photo of “Miss Catalina V” loaded with babes, which was kindly sent in by Al Schinnerer from California Classic Boats Inc.  Matt also gave Brian & I a jab about our ongoing OCDSD issues (commonly known in the antique & classic boat hobby as

Remember – Blame It On The Bossa Nova?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyPtxGcV490&feature=related[/youtube] Fellow Woody Boater Allen Willey made a video request at the Woody Boater Wishing Well today…  Did we forget to mention that it’s All Request Saturday today?  Allen said… Hey Matt, how about including a little video link to some woodies we can see and listen to? That will warm the cockles of your


Marooned In Montana – A Weekend Dedicated To A Woody Boater’s Rare Lincoln Continental

This story really begins at the Warner Collection Auction in Winsted, Minnesota last October. That’s when fellow Woody Boater’s Paul & Karen Harrison picked up their 1961 Chris-Craft Continental to add to their impressive collection of antique & classic boats. This particular 21ft Continental is one of only 96 – 21 footer’s built by Chris-Craft

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Wicked Wahine, Designed For Western Waters – “Were Not In Ohio Anymore, Toto”

In 2007 fellow Woody Boater Dave Anderson was searching locally for a classic 1950’s style Lyman to restore, which can be a challenge if you live in Southern California. Dave, a life long wooden boat enthusiast, always liked the look and user friendly characteristics of the Lyman clinker-built hull design. Then one day he recieved

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SmithSkiff – Keeping It In The Family

In January Woody Boater published a story featuring the wonderful, fresh photography of Robert & Linda Miracle. For the story, Matt created a banner which highlighted a very nice Chris-Craft Sea Skiff, based on a Robert Miracle photograph. We received a number of positive comments and e-mails from viewers about the Sea Skiff in the


On Saturday We Lost Frank “Boat” Williams

On Saturday, February 5th we lost Frank “Boat” Williams, he was 104. Frank Tracy Williams was born on November 24, 1906 in Waco, North Carolina and grew up in Cherryville, NC. His friends called him “Boat” Williams. Frank Williams was the oldest active dealer of motorboats and cars in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

A Vote For Southern Lake Huron – Big Blue

Another vote for Lake Huron from fellow Woody Boater Mark Edmonson, his Perfect Lake. Here’s what Mark had to say… Matt, Thanks for the Awards about Michigan at the end of the year, and the Alex Watson story today is so true. Check out these shots when my family crossed Southern Lake Huron on our


What’s Your Perfect Lake?

Beautiful Lake Chatuge is nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia, two hours north of Atlanta. Last week Woody Boater featured the wonderful photography of Robert & Linda Miracle from Miracle Photography. As we were preparing the story, Robert sent us this spectacular image that he captured from Lake Chatuge during


Miracle Photography – Now On Woody Boater

Woody Boater would like to recognize Robert & Linda Miracle from Miracle Photography as this month’s Woody Boater’s of the Month. Robert and Linda Miracle’s contribution to the antique & classic boating hobby comes from their exceptional photography, and as a result they are quickly becoming well known for their newly found passion. Robert, a retired

Hey Bro – It’s A ’54 Storebro

It’s not every day you run across a mint condition 1954 24′ Storebro Solo Ruff Express Cruiser. To be honest, before today I didn’t even know what the heck a Swedish Storebro Solo Ruff named “ZIZI” was… But after posting the story yesterday about the 1954 Kom-Pak fiberglass boat trailers and that unusual Bowlus aluminum