I thought that it might be fun to look back to our very first story. The date. October 9, 2007. The image above is my pal Dan Jones in my 1949 Deluxe Runabout the day after I brought it home several years earlier. The copy below, still rings true. We had one image, with text and that was it.. No 4 columns of copy, instant updates, sponsors.. boat babes.. Thanks for all the kind comments.. Sniff around and let me know what works and what doesn’t. Yesterday was a cool day if you liked watching a website be built right in front of your eyes.. Those that would hit refresh or come back later in the day would find an entirely new site..

Here is the first story, typos and all…

Welcome to Woody Blog. Participate in classic wood boat conversation, share your opinion on all things relating to classic and antique boats. We are working on the web site as we blog. Much of the site will contain information gathered here. Such as . Great Woody boats we have owned. Great locations to enjoy woody boats … Repair tips. Places to get parts and repairs when its all to much. We are also working with Wineo sign company. A unique company that uses old school lettering in a high tech way. In other words the best of both worlds. Kaptian Krunch.. Yes… has over 40 years experience in the hand letting world and has developed a way to take that letting and send it to you in gold leaf.. You apply it and Varnish it. Its great. As to me.  I own 6 woody’s and am always looking and selling to keep the fun alive. Its more learning and understanding than using. This is quickly becomeing a lost way of life. All the orig workers and builders are retired and have moved on. There is a handful of folks still around and eager to share there wisdom. That is why we are here. To give a voice to such folks. Thanks for participating, your words and thoughts are omportent… Thanks.. Woody Boater

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11 Responses to “The First Day of Woody Boater.. Again”
  1. Al Benton

    I didn’t realize that you talked about a Website from day one. You certainly are accomplishing your initial goals as outlined in this first post. Thanks much for sticking with this.
    Congratulations.

  2. matt

    Thanks Al, you have been there from the start.. When you croak we will call the destination page the Al benton page.. but sorry.. You have to die first.. something to look foward to

    • Al Benton

      How thoughtful! My contributions were short-lived (thanks to Chantix) but was fun while it lasted. With any luck you won’t have to re-name it any time soon, but…

  3. anonymus

    I will have to say goodby with no more anonymus. I do not want to be tracked. Thanks and Goodbye

    • Rick

      Boy that sounds a lot like something Joe Martell would say!!
      HMMMM??

  4. Newly Addicted

    Hey Matt and Tex, what a great way to start the new year! One of my Matt inspired resolutions was to go and read WB from the begining. This was for two reasons: 1. I would understand all the references to past articles and people. 2. It would help suppliment my daily fix in the event you continue to only post once a day. The first day’s blog was cool to read but, six? Six! SIX! I’ve never owned six of anything, unless it was in a cardboard carrier with twistoff caps. Great new look. Happy New Year to all in Woody Boater Land.

  5. Alex

    Hi Matt. Hi from Hessel. And warmest congrats on the new site. I just read your October 9, 2007 posting… Question #1: What were those 6 boats? Question #2: What happened to them? And Question #3: How did you ever manage to stop at 6? I sailed (uh, powered) right by that number before I came to. Trouble is, any thought of scaling back is like thinking about selling my children — even the most high maintenance one (boat or child) is a non-starter (boat or child). Living in Hessel makes it even harder to kick the habit. They sell varnish on every corner up here. And this is the last place one would find a Boaters Anonymous support group.

  6. matt

    HA, many folks have seen that.. At that time I had the barrel Back, A vintage Sunfish made from wood, two wood skiffs, and the Trojan race boat and some whirlwinds.. Wait.. I had 7.. Ahhhh now just the barrel Back and 2 skiffs.. and the sunfish..

  7. Randy Rush Captain Grumpy

    Matt: Just read your first story. I woke up saturday morning and decided to do a blog Lapestrakes Rule! on blogspot. Im not a computer guy so this is real work. I dont know how you can keep it up.

  8. Kentucky Wonder

    Just read this for the first time today. Looks like the site went better than expected. Thanks for cranking it up and keeping it going!