The positive comments and e-mails have been pouring in to Woody Boater Headquarters responding to our “Lifestyle” story on Friday. Now, thanks to fellow Woody Boater Bob VandeVusse, it appears that the news of the “Woody Boater Lifestyle” has reached Italy – Resulting in a massive celebration in Venice.


Over 300,000 people were on hand for the celebration and thousands of people lined the famous canals in Venice. Were not sure who is the designer or manufacturer of the sleek wooden made express cruiser that Pope Benedict XVI used to navigate the canals, but it’s proof positive that the Woody Boater Lifestyle is catching on globally.


Just kidding of course… These images are from Pope Benedict’s recent two-day visit to the Italian city of Venice which included a wooden boat ride and gondola ride along the famous Venice canals. For Pope Benedict XVI, the best way to travel was by water after holding an open-air mass attended by more than 300,000 people. The mass was the spiritual highlight of Benedict’s two-day visit, the first by a pope to Venice since his predecessor John Paul II plied the canals in a gondola styled for Venice’s ancient rulers.

For the full story on the Pope’s recent visit to Venice, you can go to the Daily Mail UK – Mail Online site by clicking here.

Of course Italy is also famous as the birthplace for the legendary and elegant Riva powerboat marque. Stay tuned to Woody Boater for a unique story of a classic Riva currently being restored in America.

“Tievoli” – a stunning 1969 27′ Riva Aquarama showing off at the 2010 Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance
This story raises a few burning questions,

1. I wonder what they name Pope Benedict’s wooden boat?

2. Is there enough PFD’s aboard for the Pope’s entourage and security staff?

3. I wonder if they carry an Ace Hardware bailing bucket on board?
Texx

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11 Responses to “News Of Woody Boater Lifestyle Reaches Italy – Resulting In A Massive Celebration”
  1. Philip Andrew

    I read that the Popes Woody conveyance was named
    ‘A HIGHER PLANE’
    Phil.
    PS. I will see the Palamino for the first time when we open the container this Wednesday at 8.00 am.
    She arrived in Port Wellington on Saturday 5.45 am.
    Exciiited.

  2. RiverRat

    So many questions and so little time. I guess I just like to look at all the great pictures. I suspect that the Pope’s boat cannot sink since it is guided by the hand of God.

  3. Jack Schneiberg

    If I comment here about how the Pope’s Boat stays afloat – or not – will that have any celestial effect on how my wood boat stays afloat? Or – is it still up to me to plug the holes……………………??

  4. Jim Godlewski

    I can just picture the Pope putting a 5200 bottom on his boat…
    Yes Jack, It’s still up to you to plug the holes. And yes you still have to pray that they hold…..

  5. ARRRGH!

    I think the Pope names his boat appropriately for the venue in which he travels . . . a visit is being planned for Los Angeles . . . wait for it! . . . . . . . the boat will be named “Holywood”. Sha-shing!

  6. Rick

    I hope the Popeboat is fully documented and photographed so that in 20 years 5 of them don’t show up with each owner claiming the original!

  7. Texx

    HA – I thought a good name for the Pope’s boat would be “No Worries”

    I heard somewhere that the Vatican originally wanted to use a sturdy Lyman clinker as the official boat…