Yesterday I hopped into the trusty Woodybotermobile with Suzy in tow to head up to Katz’s Marina for Suzy’s winter prep. I had cleaned all the oil out of her bilge, but she has needed some tweaks from a summer of use. This year we put about 50 hrs on her, next year, more. The more we use this big beast, the more we love her. We, The boat and I peeled out of DC at 5AM and by 9:30 we were in heaven. The workshop at Katz’s marina is a much needed drug for the winter blues. I was even lucky enough to be able to smell a fresh varnish job in the works. SNIIIIIIIIFFFFFFF! Dam!
A bunch of folks came by to say hi which made the morning a true joy. All the Kay’s, came by, and Don Ploetner, and Dave VanNess all were there.
Seth showed me around between chores and selling a sweet pre war 17 footer. This place was rock’n. Tommy running around the place making sure all was right. This amazing Gar Wood Steamline Sedan is all done ready for delivery. AMAZING little sedan..
After a couple hours it was time to head back to DC for Dinner with the boatress. It may seem extreme to drive 9 hours to have small details fixed, and if you see the work done there. It’s easy to make sure your classic boat is in tip top condition. The big mistakes I see along the way of looking at classic boats, is that well intentioned folks do wrong repairs or just don’t know what they are doing. It’s worth the trip to make sure it’s done right. If you live within a days run of one of the few places that can do the work right, its worth it. And the best part is you get to enjoy some woody boater love. Which reminds me, if you are in need of a good varnish hit, this January I will be speaking at the Antique Boat Center. You can find out more info on the destination of the month story on the right of this page. Thanks to Seth and the gang at Katz’s for a fun day and reminder of why we all love having fun with our Woody Boats.