A few weeks ago Woody Boater featured the second annual Hagerty Last Gasp Week which was once again a huge success. Woody Boaters from around the country submitted some great photos and video of their last opportunity to get out in their favorite antique & classic boats before the end of the season. Thanks to everyone who participated.
On day one of Last Gasp Week, fellow Woody Boater Mike Mayer from Lake Oswego, Oregon submitted a photo of his 1929 Chris-Craft “Sideways” which featured some brightly colored leaves in the water. Alex Watson, our intrepid reporter from Northern Michigan, questioned the authenticity of the photo, suggesting that the leaves in question were fake plastic versions made in China.
So we traveled to Lake Oswego, Oregon to investigate the serious allegation. As you can clearly see below, we are happy to report that the leaves in Mike’s original photo are in fact real, and not fake plastic.
During the investigation Mike & I discussed what would be the best method of breaking the news to Alex Watson, considering he is now “Land Locked” at home in Michigan and unable to use any of his classic boats for at least 8 months… So we decided that the best way to get back at Alex was to simply go for a Woody Boat ride in November on Lake Oswego and do a story on Woody Boater with photos. First task, remove the REAL leaves from the boat cover.
And before we knew it we were cruising across the perfectly flat lake, the only boat in sight in the late November afternoon, with the crisp scent of fall in the air. I have never been to Lake Oswego before, so it was fun to get a guided tour from Mike of the private lake aboard his 1929 Chris-Craft… It was great!
In a brochure from the Lake Oswego Corporation is say’s – “Live Where You Play” touted the the 1927 ad campaign from developer Paul C. Murphy, as he marketed the property surrounding Oswego Lake as an upscale residential district. Thanks to Murphy’s vision, today the architecturally stunning waterfront homes of Lake Oswego, Oregon offer a unique community highlighted by it’s residents’appreciation of their lush environment and their recreational use of the lake…
This particular waterfront home caught my eye as we cruised along the lake shore… check out the cool boat house door.
Lake Oswego is a private lake, which allows water craft up to 22 feet long, with no jet skis allowed. The lake itself has an overall surface area of 403 acres, has an average depth of 26 feet with 693 lakefront properties. The best way to see and appreciate the Lake Oswego is from the water (by boat), as there is only limited public access to the lake.
There are a number of antique & classic wooden boats that live on the lake, we noticed a few during our short tour hiding in their boat houses. Some of our viewers here at Woody Boater are also residents of Lake Oswego.
Mike said he is hoping to leave “Sideways” in the water for a few more weeks, depending on weather, just so they can stretch the boating season out as long as possible… Mike, his wife Nicole and their family enjoy using their 1929 22′ Chris-Craft as much as possible throughout the year, and that’s what it’s all about folks.
After our tour of the lake, we tied the boat up and returned to Mike’s boat shop – Lake Oswego Boat Company for a quick tour. It’s an impressive shop with a number of antique & classic boats currently under restoration.
So there you have it, we have confirmed that the leaves are authentic and Mike’s last gasp submission was the real deal – No fakes. And as for Alex Watson… Buddy we were thinking about you the entire time we were cruising around Lake Oswego, and wished you were there to join us for the tour. Oh yes, we did save some leaf samples which will be sent to you over the winter (collect via FedEx overnight) for inspection…
All in fun of course… Thanks to Mike Mayer for the wonderful and memorable day on Lake Oswego.
Also – Stay tuned to Woody Boater this afternoon for all the details on the upcoming Boat Buzz Unplugged event which is planned for December 3rd, in historic Newport News, Virginia. This will be a popular wing-ding for the Chris-Craft guys. Make your plans to attend now!