To say that fellow Woody Boater John Unsworth is “absolutely thrilled” with his freshly restored wooden boat would be an understatement… And we have proof of that here today – both in John’s own words and some great summer boating video from the Muskoka Lakes Region of Canada.
In May 2012 we shared the remarkable story of “Wa Chee We” the 1923 Ditchburn Fisher-Allison Class Race Boat which was raised from the bottom of Muskoka Lake after 40 years. (To see those original stories we have provided links at the bottom of today’s story)
“Wa Chee We” was beautifully restored by Gary Clark of Clark Wooden Boats in Bracebridge, Ontario and successfully re-launched in late June 2012.
John Unsworth reflects on the Summer of 2012
This summer has been one of the most memorable ones of my life. It reminded me of the summers of Muskoka past, when everyday was sunny, the girls were golden and the music of the Beach Boys and Neil Young pulsated out across the water.
This summer it was the summer of the enchanting “Wa Chee We”. Suddenly it all came back: The boat, like my spirit, resurrected and renewed, lives again. There is just no experience like a wood boat coursing through the water at speed—impossible not to smile and love life. Friends filling the boat and building new memories. The sounds of the water and wood caressing each other, urging each other along. Sunrises and sunsets, spring mist hovering over the cold winter water. At night, the dim light causing islands to float and smear to soft shades of purple.
All the gifts of a wood boat, which belongs here, which is celebrated here, which was born from the stands of trees here. This is an experience only known to those who love and use their wood boats during day and night.
My friend Victor, visiting other friends from Pittsburgh, on Lake Muskoka, produced this great video of a pleasant summer day, on the “Wa Chee We”. – John
For many of us, warm summer boat rides are now just a memory, so to help get us through the winter, here’s another short video from John’s brother, during a speed run on board “Wa Chee We” last summer… Exercising her new Viper V-10. Hope it helps – Texx
Thanks John for sharing your story and video’s with us here at Woody Boater today… “Wa Chee We” looks and sounds fantastic!
To see the stories of “Wa Chee We” that were published on Woody Boater last May, just click on the following links.