While we were all trying to figure out how to expand Woody Boater last week, I received this email. With out saying a word about what we should do, the email from fellow Woody Boaters Kevin McQuown & Taryn Bell (the future Mrs McQuown) reminded me why we started Woody Boater in the first place. To create a fun place for new folks in the hobby to meet the community in an open positive and helpful way. Note, Kevin even knows how to speak Woodyboterease! Congrats you guys are Woody Boaters of the month!
I have a kind of exciting post at least for me. My long time girlfriend and I have gotten engaged. Wood boats have been an important part of our relationship. Let me start off by saying that im 27 years old I grew up in a house of huge antiques collectors so I had an appreciation for everything old. My dad and I got into antique cars. I eventually went to school for antique auto restoration and now work at a car restoration shop. I got started in wood boats after seeing your website. I remember my grandfather talking about restoring a Chris Craft but we never got a chance. I bought my first wood boat two years ago a 1949 Chris Craft Custom Sedan. Its a gray wood boat. I have yet to get arround to working on. In the meantime I had inherited my grand parents house. I decided to buy a boat I could use and took out a home equity loan. With the wide variety of selection I ended up with a 1936 GarWood Model 601 16′ Split Cockpit runabout(it was one of GarWoods display boattsat the 36 NY Boat show). Right around the time I got the boat I met Taryn Bell and wood boats have been a part of our lives ever since. We both get up and check WoodyBoater every morning and enjoy boat shows together. Our first trip together was to the Buffalo, NY antique boat show. We just got engaged last month and the moment was shared in the GarWood. I had my mom make up a teddy bear like GarWoods good luck bears and a burgee that looked like the garwood one but said well you marry me on it. I asked her to go into the garage to look at the new burgee and she read it said yes and the tears flowed. We took the boat out for a nice evening ride and snapped a few photos after(note the snazy Garwood sweaters). The wedding is going to be September 21 next year at Lake Placid Lodge dockside with our GarWood and the lodge’s Hacker-Craft. Its a small wedding 15 people total and the dinner meal is going to be in their Baby Bootlegger room. Its a wooden boat themed room. We are taking our honeymoon boating throughout the adirondacks with the GarWood. In october there well be a larger reception here in Pennsylvania. It well be a 1920s party complete with big band. Thought id share if you needed a filler piece for a day. Thank you for getting me into this hobby we enjoy it very much.
Kevin McQuown & Taryn Bell