We interrupt Texx’s Tour… OK.. Texx needs to sleep.. He was driving late into the night last night between stories and back here at HQ stuff is coming in. We have a fun boat house tour of Lake Winnipesaukee and some great sunset headers to talk about. But this wonderful letter came in from a fellow Woody Boater. We thought it would be nice to share some positive comments that seem to be very rare when folks get their boats restored.
Kevin McQuown is a great guy who got the varnishitus very early in life. He is a regular reader and contributor and it looks like about to get his own Woody Boatress. The letter below says it all. Way to go Kevin and to the good folks at Katz’s Marina for making it all happen.
When I had emailed you last we had just gotten engaged. Well it’s official we are less than a month away from our wedding. Everything has come together with just a few loose ends to tie up for our reception which is at a later date than our wedding. Engagement photos have been taken food choices made and all the little details taken care of at Lake Placid Lodge. The biggest thing was getting our boat to Katz’s Marina for a 5200 bottom. We wanted the boat for our wedding and honeymoon. We finally got it back home and Katz’s did an amazing job. I bought our GarWood because it had been “restored” in 2000. I didn’t have time at that point to go look at it but it had been a winner at Clayton. The bottom was original and had been refastened and the sides were original and refastened. So I figured it was a good starting point. Once it arrived it was apparent that the bottom had some issues. After 2 weeks of trying to swell the bottom I knew I needed work. I saved as much money as I could to get it done. Once I got it to Katz’s and they started work all the issues became apparent. Seth was kind enough to work in my budget. Fix what needed to be fixed and really stuck to the numbers. He and his crew of guys kept me well informed through the whole process.
I was relieved to see the bottom going back on. I also wanted the name changed to something more personal to me and Taryn and we decided to name the boat after our beloved English Setter, Annabelle, who was a rescue dog and has been the best dog we could’ve asked for. Alan Johnson did the lettering. Seth even took the time to put three fresh coats of varnish on just so things would look perfect for our wedding. I
don’t really know the full extent that Seth went to to make sure everything was perfect for us on our wedding day but I can’t express how great full we are to Seth and his whole crew. They really went the extra mile for us. I wouldn’t trust my boat to anyone but him.
In the spirit of being positive today, please let the world know when you had a great experience with your boat restoration or service. There are some great companies out there that deserve a ataboy!