One of the big reasons that Lake Hopatcong is littered with killer Woody Boats is not just that the lake is lined with boat nuts..It is by the way…. But it’s because there is a fantastic support system in place.. When I was going up there for a quickie last gasp run, I had to stop by and visit.. I was not prepared for such detail and perfection.. It does not fit with my image of a old wood boat place.. It was like a new car show room.. A very high end car showroom.. The work shops look like a hospital.. You could eat off the floors, and everything had its place.. But the center of attention is the boats.. Everything in this place is and was set up to produce some of the top boats in the country.. I say was because Katz’s marina also has a great history.
|Even out in the yard, These had just been laid out there to go to the owner of the boat for his boat house|
Starting with Wayne Moxfield, Then John and Kim Kadimik and now Seth Katz.. Seth though has kicked it up a notch, with a Two million dollar renovation, new docks, new interior, exterior.. He has put the Katz touch on things..
|New glorious docks|
Seth is extremely passionate about the place and the work that he does.. So passionate that he also puts a Guarantee on the boats he sells and works on.. He owns his inventory of boats that they sell.
|This is just on section of one barn.. There are several barns.. Floor to ceiling.. UGH! close to 80 boats..|
All so he can better control the high quality of his inventory. To look at the finish being applied on his boats takes a second.. We are talking pebble beach car concourse finish here.. It’s varnish.. Brush applied varnish.. I swear the varnishers must be on Varnishing enhancing drugs.. I cry foul.. Perfect finishes..
|shhh, I am eating my lunch.. on the floor.. pass the fries please.. |
|I am still in disbelief regarding the finish jobs.. |
It’s not just me saying this by the way.. Seth’s boats win big at all the shows, his Cobra, Finito is one the nations top boats. the place is littered with them.. So.. if you would like to do the world good, go up to New jersey and pick up some litter!
Here is a fun tour of Katz’s Marina..
|Seth Katz on the left with another Woody Boater Bob “Have I got a Calendar for you” Kays|
|Don Ploetner yacking it up with a pal in one of the work rooms. |
|Don Ploetners Gul wing Century that had just arrived from Virgina .. First time in the water in years. Turns out the stuffing box was loose.. That’ll hurt.. This great area is perfect for soaking boats and general maintenance in the water|
|To say this Barrel Back is perfect is a gross understatement. Its the perfect color, perfect details, orange stripes, pigskin interior.. And the finish is perfect.. Ahhhhh! it hurt to look at.. |
|Need a part…parts.. NOS parts.. Ahhhhhhh|
|And yes, as promised.. just to add to the insanity.. The Bat Boat.. |