Yesterday we made a fast run to Katz’s marina on Lake Hopatcong to pick up Suzy, the official Woody Boater go to boat. Last summer starting on Lake Dora, we had a big year putting over 60 hrs on her. She required a ton of varnish touch up on her sides, turned out to need 3 new coats.. as well as a new oil line, fuel line, and various scratches patched. Well, last week we got the call. She’s done! Wow. She looks better than the day we first got her. Amazing, stunning, and jaw dropping. Some folks laugh at me for driving the boat 7 hrs from her river perch to have such simple things done. They stop laughing when they see the work. I know I keep saying this. But it’s worth the money and the drive to have stuff done right. Make the drive from San Fransisco to Tahoe, Make the drive to Ohio, Clayton, where ever it is that you feel right, and if you don’t know where to go, the banners on this page are all worth the drive. DO NOT COMPROMISE, it will come back to haunt you later. How many of us have had to tear stuff down to the core to fix problems created by well intentioned idiots. Imagine all you need is a simple repair, and it’s done all fine like in appearance. Your local marina has done a patch job that is easy. You notice later at a show that that repair was not right. Or worse, it’s still leaking….And to add to the hell, you had stained and varnished over that repair, and now the sheet rock screws that were used under all that wood work are starting to cause issues. Or the bad skim coat of west system or 5200 was NOT the correct way to do the job. That’s right, you have to tear it all apart. AND there is no easy blend repair. The same goes with motor repair and even something as simple as a simple electrical issue. The possibilities for screw ups are endless. It’s worth the drive for sure. Not to mention, you get to see all the other stuff thats being done right. Ahhhhhhh, freeeeeeeeessshhhhhh varnish!
If you need a hit of varnish, you’re invited to come take a hit with us at Antique Boat Center on January 19th for the symposium were, where, wear, Woody Boater…(me), will be speaking.