It’s that time of year again were we look back and reflect…Did you know that micheal Jackson died… mmm some how I missed that. Without further a due… This years Big Woody Winners.

Best Story.
Hands down. Barnwood, the story of a 25 ft sportsman barn find. If you click on the link, there are three parts to the start on the following days. Reporter Texx.

Best Show.
Lake Geneva ACBS Blackhawk Show. OK OK OK.. I was not at your show, so sorry I can’t comment. Clayton was great as well. Mt Dora was windy, but is a great show. Smith Mountain Lake is great because the group there is fun and the show is small enough that you can actually get to know each other.

Best Web Site. Antique Boat Center. There have been some nice updates and the addition of web cams, facebook add to the effort. They are also willing to push the envelope .. for classic boaters…. to try new things.

Best New Idea... U22athon by Antique Boat Center Woody Boater and the Chris Craft Antique boat Club. The event drove over 4500 hits to the site in one month. .. Once again, the folks at Antique Boat Center are trying new things, not just sitting around and waiting for a call or click.

Best Thing To Do At A Show. The ACBS International Show. The Boat house tour. That should be at every show. And was the talk of the hobby for months…

Best Boat. Ronda Beth. One amazing U22 you can read about her here.

Woody Boater Of The Year. Texx, this guy has saved the day here at Woody Boater more times than I dare admit, he is also at many of the shows, AND, his stories get almost double the readership… Texx Rules..

Best Online Forum.
The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Clubs Forum.

Best Find On eBay..
. The Classic boat hat found last week. Not only did we find the real deal, but also a manufacturer so we can make more…

Best Food At A Show... Hands down. Chicken on a stick at the Mt Dora show.

Best Lettering On A Transom. Miss Payette, McCall Boatworks Noel Weber artist and lettering star.

Best Drama. Stolen Barrel Back Racer. The boat was found about 2 months later down the street in a storage shed… .

Best Disappearing Act.
Jerry Conrad.. Poof! Gone! Jerry… your award .. Jerry? Jerry?

Best Secret In The Hobby. Pat Curtin’s secret formula for varnish. AND I AIN’T TALK’N

Best Effort For The Future Of Antique & Classic Boats. Bill Basler’s never ending drive to bring the world of inforamtion on line for the Classic Boating community. While many other things are shrinking in the hobby. The Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club has seen explosive growth. The numbers are impressive.

Best Idea For Growth Of The Hobby. The ACBS Youth Development effort by Jim Shotwell. When you understand the depth and effort this takes it’s brilliant.

Thanks to all that made this year the best year in Woody Boater history. If you have any awards you would like to hand out. Please comment away. I am sure I missed about 1000 things.

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11 Responses to “The 2009 Big Winners Are…..”
  1. mpb

    Matt,

    Thanks, for the "Best Show" award for Lake Geneva, we hope you can make it back next year, with a boat!

  2. Chad Durren

    Matt, give yourself a Big Woody for making 2009 entertaining for the rest of us boat nuts!

    "Best WoodyBoater Site of the Year" category.

  3. Anonymous

    Hey Matt,
    Just wanted to thank you for getting up every day and thinking of something that has to do with wood boats to keep all of us entertained. We are looking towards our daily fix from you WOODY BOATER MAN OF THE YEAR!!
    Happy New Year
    John, Kim, Natashia, Johnny & Mr. White

  4. Texx

    Thanks Matt, I enjoy contributing to the WoodyBoater blog and appreciate everything you do for the hobby.

    Happy New Year to everyone in WoodyBoater Land!

  5. Anonymous

    John Rothert posting as anonymous again…NOT!
    09 won't be missed.
    We can't find Joe Martel or Jerry Conrad?
    The former being no loss whatever, and the latter a very great loss…..
    Best of 2010 to all.
    Praise be to Matt for keeping us in touch with, and through, our Woodies.
    John in Va

  6. Anonymous

    Here's to you Matt for keeping the hobby lighthearted and keeping us all from becoming full of ourselves and stuffed shirts.

  7. WoodyBoater

    Thanks so much for the props. But to be fair, this would be a dud with out you guys out there sending in the dumb stuff. I enjoy this beyond all else. OK maybe sanding is more fun… NOT!

  8. Don and Molly Hardy

    Thanks for the
    2009 "Best Lettering on a Transom Award" on our 2001 Garwood Replica (which is For Sale). We owe it all to Noel Weber Boise, Idaho whom does all our gold-leaf work. Thanks, Noel!
    AND DITTO DITTO:
    the "MAN" of the Woody Boater Year Award to none other than Matt Smith!!
    Thanks for your crazy stories, ideas, support and "vision" for the Woody Boaters' future!!
    BRAVO!!