We are very sad to report the passing of one of the good guys in the passion of classic boating.. Long time fellow Woody Boater Chris Schmaltz passed away yesterday around 11AM. To say we are all devastated here is a massive understatement. Chris was one of the first folks in the passion of classic boats that made me feel welcome and not alone. I didn’t even know he worked with Hagerty at the time, I just knew he was there at the show to have as much fun as I was. He shared our passion for the lifestyle as well as humanity. Chris was one of the nicest most open minded agreeable people I have known. It’s strange to even write known instead of know..
As Carla from Hagerty, said when she told us.. “I keep telling myself that Chris will be boating on the biggest, bluest, calmest lake up above soon” Carla.. I don’t think we could have said it any better.. Chris will be greatly missed here, but I know that when I go boating on that same lake one day, Chris will be there and making me feel welcome. Until then Chris, you will be missed…Matt & Texx