From Kelly Wittenauer – is my father in his Aristocraft Seaflash. This was taken in about 1959, on the Monongahela River in Fairmont, WV. He got the boat cheap from his cousin who’d knocked a hole in the bottom. Seems cousin Tommy got so busy eyeing the young ladies on the shore that he drove it up onto a dock!
Once again, we are moved to see the rich history of Woodyboaterville. The shots of Fathers and how much they loved there boats are fantastic. Thanks again for sharing.
Also from Kelly Wittenauer – This is the seed of my boat addiction. My dad bought this 1959 23′ Chris Craft cruiser when I was 8. This was taken in 1971 on the Ohio River near Ripley, OH. Dad is standing near the stern, which means that’s Mom at the helm – a rare occasion. My youngest brother is in the first mate seat. That’s me to starboard & my other brother to port on the bow. Mom was a non-swimmer and always insisted the three of us wear those bulky life vests. Enrolled us in swim classes at the local Y too. Adding her famous quote, “When the boat sinks, your dad has to save me!”
From David Davison -This is a picture of our 1957 35 foot Chris Craft Constellation taken on the Parker River Newbury Mass around 1980.
From John D. Smith – I HAVE ONE OF ME SITTING IN BACK OR OUR 56 CENTURY RESORTER 18′ WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GUY. I THINK I WAS 3 OR 4 YRS OLD.
More good stuff from Mark Howard with Matt at the helm of this cool 1936 Chris Craft racer
From Sean Conroy – Circa 1971, HMCS York (Toronto, Ontario).
Not really on the water but….. Waiting to meet (be inspected by) Lord Admiral Louis Mountbatten, with my Navy League Cadet CO.
From Biggest Balls Winner David Konick – This is my Dad on our 19 foot 1955 Cruis-Along Buccaneer. This picture taken at Lynch’s Marina on Pilottown Road in Lewes in the Summer of 1955 or 1956. We got this boat after our outboard turned over in the Lewes & Rehoboth (Delaware ) canal in the summer of 1954, and I almost drowned when I was a year and a half old. My mother told him if he was going to take us kids out any more, he better get a boat that wouldn’t turn over, so he got the CruisAlong. I am pretty sure it had an 85 HP Graymarine engine. It was built by M.M. Davis & Sons over in Solomons MD. My memories of this boat are many. When it got rough, my father put my up under the front deck and I laid on the anchor rope. I remember many a day watching sheets of spray flying over the canvas top and into the back of the boat and the sound of the waves crunching on those lapstrake planks. We kept the boat until 1958, when we got a larger, twin-screw 30 foot Egg Harbor.
From Graeme Beattie – My family has owned a cottage on Big Rideau Lake since 1890. As you can imagine we have had many boats over the years. One of the earliest is the Hummingbird. However, little is known about her and I was hoping you, your staff or readers could help identify the boat and engine maker. All family members who might have knowledge are long gone. These are the only pictures we have of her taken between 1908 and 1928. Some woody boaters think it’s a Fay & Bowen. I don’t think so because of models I have researched don’t match up. Although the canopy is very similar to a Fay & Bowen. Plus what I can see the engine doesn’t fit a Fay & Bowen profile. One old timer thinks the engine is 2 cylinder Urd (?). Your help is much appreciated.
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Graeme Beattie – Frowildo II in front of our dock at Ste. Anne, Rideau Ferry Ontario. c1958. Our dock is crowded by many of my cousins waiting patiently for there turn at water skiing or aquaplaning. I am the kid at the very left of the dock.
Also from Graeme Beattie – This is my cousins boat. A 1929 28′ launch built by Dowset Boat Works in Portland, Ontario. It’s original power came from a Junior Gold Cup engine. this picture was taken around 1986.
Here is another family boat from Graeme. My grandfather purchased the ‘Starlet’ from Nichol’s Boat Works in Smiths Falls, Ontario in 1932. It is made of narrow strip cedar over oak frames and powered by a 201 cu in 40hp L-shaped flat head Model A Ford engine. It doubled as a work boat supplying provisions and getting people to and from their cottage at Star Island on big Rideau Lake plus as a pleasure craft including this scene of trick aquaplaning.
Thanks to the gang for making this an amazing week.