So… what the hell, here we go again.. I was at the Woody Boater tent at the Sunnyland show, the Boatress had gone out with some pals on the Canal Cruise.. The phone rang.. It was the Boatress. The conversation went like this.
Boatress.. Your not going to believe this.
Me: Are you OK?
Boatress: Yes yes.. We met a guy on the Canal Cruise that has a boat used in the Movie.
Me: What movie?
Boatress: On Golden Pond.
ME: NO! Please NO!
Boatress: YA, here talk to Jimmy.
Jimmy: Your not going to believe this ship!
Me: Holey ship! Your shipping Me
Jimmy: We are talk’n and the guy says his boat was used to ferry Kathryn Hepburn and Henry Fonda to and from the set during the shoot. I ain’t shipp’n you.
Me: Are you shipping me?
Jimmy, No ship!
So, that how we got to know Anejo a very nice 1946 20 foot Chris Craft Custom. The 5th Golden Pond boat that thankfully does NOT have the name Thayer IV on the transome. But… It did have another name , “Teaser III”. It’s never easy with this film. The boat was owned by Mr George Meade, a Boston industrialist in the chemical and paper business, was kept at the Meade farm on Squam Lake and became a Taxi of sorts… Wait, it’s Hollywood.. Limo would be the correct term..
The current owners Ann and John Ross are the second owners of this fine craft. By the way 20 foot customs are one very cool boat. Ann and John are very active in the hobby and the boat is never far from them.
After hearing this story we had only one thing left to do..
That’s right. Anjeo became the first Big Woody Winner of the year, trophy and all. So here is to one more Golden Pond Boat. To more comments, to more fun, to keeping the history of the film alive… Or beating it to death.. Either way. Its all fun.