Woody Boating -The Passion Less Traveled!

A Nice little Thompson in the barn. Did you spot it in the header?

A Nice little Thompson in the barn. Did you spot it in the header?

Fellow Woody Boaters John Baas and Wil Vidal were driving home from a ACBS meeting the other day and noticed a little something peeking through an open door in an abandoned home. This is what  love about this passion. They are still out there, it doesn’t need to be a Camaro or Corvette in a barn, any old woody will do. The fun part is taking the roads less traveled. That’s were the goodies are for sure. Tucked away between old Dairy Queens and vegetable stands waiting for us to find them. How many people passed this boat over the years or worse took the interstates, eat at MCDonalds and miss real life on the way to another mall or vinyl sided housing complex in there mini vans. This passion is special for that reason, its not for everyone. Yet, cool, and full of fun and adventures. Boating is a huge deal in the US, yet classic boating is almost invisible in comparison. Thats the magic. A fun passion, with very cool stuff that very few have but all appreciate. We are very lucky indeed that this stuff is still out there. Get out there, go visit lost water ways, family owned diners and marinas owned by bitter old men. that’s the life for me. Thanks John and Wil for reminding us that the journey is sometimes mire fun than the destination.

There it is? Can you see it. At 60 mph?

There it is? Can you see it. At 60 mph?

38 replies
  1. Troy
    Troy says:

    What a great shot! Did they get it out? Do we have a story to follow?

    I think most of us could have seen that from a decade away doing 100MPH in a DeLorean, but I ramble.

    PS: At this time we are only 11 comments away from the illusive 100 on Sundays sexxy boat post. Someone must have more input! I’ll go post 11 more times if I have to.

    PSS: Anybody want a nice Owens pocket cruiser? (Free to a good home)

    • Alex
      Alex says:

      My money’s on you filling the gap Troy. I bet you’ve got a boat-load (groan)… ok, an Internet-load of appropriate images.

      I stoked the sunset fire. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to stoke the sexy.

  2. Texx
    Texx says:

    Here is what that little yellow Thompson in the barn could look like if it was rescued and applied with some TLC.

    This one, shot at Lake Arrowhead is perfect.

  3. Sean
    Sean says:

    Sometimes they’re in the woods too…
    Is that a “woods find”? Maybe a woody woods find…although in this picture it’s not quite wood yet but still in the woods. Oh heck, where’s my coffee?

  4. Texx
    Texx says:

    That vintage grain auger in the yard looks like it’s had a hard life… Wonder why someone from the Antique & Classic Auger Association (ACAA) hasn’t found it yet?

  5. donald hardy
    donald hardy says:

    Great picture and find. This is how it is done.
    We have a cc 17′ 1946 Deluxe still on the shipping cradel. All original, the owner who I have never met, but pays his storage on time for the last 8 yrs, WANTS TO SELL! another Tahoe winner possibly. Any takers?

  6. donald hardy
    donald hardy says:

    Woody boater of the Month, 1961 Continental, 21′ is also a Tahoe Candidate. It is available. Pascal, the Owner bought another CC from us. So he wants to move the Continental. It sits next to the Deluxe. Waiting? For who?

  7. Andreas Jordahl Rhude
    Andreas Jordahl Rhude says:

    I want it!

    One can never have too many Thompson lapstrake boats.

    Here’s my ’57 Sea Lancer poking her nose out of the barn door

    • John Baas
      John Baas says:

      Thought of you immediately when I saw this, Andreas! Not that far from Peshtigo, really. By the way, Mr. Google’s satellite shows at least two, possibly three more boats behind the barn. Don’t tell anybody!

  8. Jack Schneiberg
    Jack Schneiberg says:

    What isn’t mentioned in the main story is that John and Wil were on a trip to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to discuss a possible donation to our GLACBS Chapter. They made the trip in spite of weather warnings of snow Sunday morning. On the return trip they got tangled in traffic due to massive pile-ups in Wisconsin caused by white-outs and snoozing drivers who were not paying attention. Immediately in front of them on their route home were 20 and 70 car piles of automobiles. Fortunately Wil and John were only caught in the delay part of the mess.
    What is it they say about the mail: “Neither rain, nor snow, etc” …..well that goes twice for 2 guys in truck huntin’ barn boats……………

  9. Mike D
    Mike D says:

    Texx, not to put too fine a point on it but we call those elevators not augers around here. They are used to carry bales of hay to the loft. And yes there is a big market for them but no one can agree on their value. Check with the Antique and Classic Elevator Association ( ACE) for more info.

  10. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    I feeling some poetry there Matt. Andreas Loving that Lapstrake action, a poetry all it’s own if you listen just right.

  11. donald hardy
    donald hardy says:

    Whats happening with the Lapstrake boats? For 12 yrs we never had one thru the shop.
    Now there are three in here this winter. Whats up? From Seattle, to Arizona. They came.

  12. Randy
    Randy says:

    Don’t fool yourself, there are lots of ‘woodsy’ boat finds out there! Hard to say how many of these classic finds Little Red Riding Hood stumbled across on her way to grandma’s house, but I’ll bet plenty! Placed there by crafty wolves maybe?
    Had to hack out a trail to ‘salvage’ this one from the jungle that grew up around it (but this little AristoCraft was restored to her former glory).

  13. Grant Stanfield
    Grant Stanfield says:

    Speaking of barn finds (not too far from Elkhart Lake you know), this is the lovely, lonely lapstrake you will find in my barn…

    I find her in my barn, but I’m finding that I want her to be found in someone else’s barn these days. She’s an 18′ CC Sea Skiff 1955; 22′ big sister DENBY says she’s gotta go! Find out more at Trading Dock.org; love a lapstrake- and preferably this one, please!

  14. John Rusnak
    John Rusnak says:

    I’d like to start a new post one called ( how do u store your woodie boat ?? Here is mine it’s 18 below zero here in Balsam Lake Wisconsin 🙂 My 1963 Penn Yan Allseas is plenty warm. Don’t worry it has a dripping wet plow truck In the next bay to keep the humidity up…. Ps if this didnt wrk how do I get this I phone to load pics ??

  15. Steve Anderson
    Steve Anderson says:

    Hi Folks, I just had a great weekend and bought a boat! A family summer home on Harsens Island (Michigan) was sold and they were emptying out the garages and boathouse. They drug a 1956 ChrisCraft Continental with a 283 out for the first time in 30 years. 24 hours later, it was mine! It needs a little TLC, but it was 100% complete.

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