As temperatures continue to sizzle throughout much of the country this week, our advice to fellow Woody Boaters is to phone the boss on Monday and tell him you will be out of the office all week. Then load up the old woody boat, the wife & kids, the dog, and head for the lake for few days.

During the week the beaches are never too busy, a good time to impress your buddies with the diving skills you learned in college… Looks like that guy in the background is so going for the record for the most painfull belly-flop… 

But remember, safety first on the water. So while en route to the lake, don’t forget to stop by your local Geo. B. Carpenter Co Marine Supplies store. Grab a five gallon plastic bucket, a few life jackets for the kids, or one of those yellow inflatable chairs like they use up at Greenwood Lake… Maybe a tent for the kids so you & mom will have some privacy in the cabin (if you know what I mean).

And if your concerned that the original wood on the bottom of your old boat is a bit soft and long overdue for replacement, maybe it would be a good idea to pick up a few of those new-fangled “Ever-Warm Safety-Suits” by The National Life Preserver Company.  Like the brochure says, “You Can’t Drown” and  “You Can’t Chill” – On in a flash like a Union Suit! Heck, every boater should have one… their even kind of stylish. 

From the above brochure, I wonder if those vintage “Ever-Warm Safety-Suits” ended up being not very popular and 80 years later someone found them at a garage sale and used them as the prototypes for those Base Jumping Windsuits those “Flying Squirrels” use today? Check them out in this video… and remember, safety first!

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11 Responses to “The Best Way To Beat The Heat This Weekend – Load Up The Boat And Head For The Lake”
  1. m-fine

    My advice is the secure the boat and get in the lake yourself. And forget the squirrel suit, you WANT to chill!

    By the way, I think I have a problem with the fuel system on my woody boat. Every time I take the boat out the fuel level drops fast. I filled her up yesterday, then I took the kids tubing and when I got back to the dock, more than half the fuel was gone!

  2. Pumpkin

    Yeah I’ve got that fuel problem too. Seems to be endemic. Texx, where did you find that beach picture of me? And you didn’t ask my permission . . . Oh, and the squirrel thing . . . Daaaaayyyyyyyaaaaaammmm!

    • WoodyGal

      m-fine & Pumpkin, must be a problem with those BIG syphon tubes attached to your transoms!

        • m-fine

          She may have been referring to the exhaust hoses. I am pretty sure no one is hanging out behind my woody although if you tried you might find it to be quite a blast!

          • WoodyGal

            You got it! Although Pumpkin was claiming that someone was stealing his gas!

  3. Jack Schneiberg


    That’s not you in that picture. It’s me!!!!

    • Pumpkin

      Not the old guy . . . I am the one in the lower left corner hunkered down building a desparately needed sand toilet!

  4. Rick

    I’ve been trying to talk my wife into trying those base jumping suits so she can get an action shot of my Chris in action. She’s balking though, wonder if its the large life insurance policy I took out on her. Figure I’d either get a great shot of my boat……….or a bigger one.

  5. Al Benton

    Wow!!! Those Base Jumping guys are moving so fast, how do they land at the bottom? Suddenly??? Skid to a stop on their butts??? Plung into the water??? I have never seen that before. Crazy!!!

  6. Leatherneck

    Al, they land with parachutes after their plunge. If it opens.