IF YOU ARE A REGULAR VIEWER HERE AT WOODY BOATER, you know by now that some days we like to travel down a different avenue of the hobby to see where it takes us. Today is one of those days.
GLENLAKE – An antique Dippy full of patina and history, but we may never know why it was named this way.
Our recent exposure to the legendary Dippy boats in Muskoka while the marque was celebrating their 100th Anniversary during the 35th Annual Toronto Vintage Boat show was fantastic. The simplicity of the little boats is remarkable, and we were told that the average time for a new owner to properly learn to start, operate and efficiently use his or her Dippy is 3 years.
CASTOR – Was it named after some old medicine?
What I quickly noticed on Saturday during the boat show at the Muskoka Wharf was the whimsical names that many of the boats had. Different than the larger traditional boats. Some of these Dippys have maintained their same name throughout their long life, names that conjures up all kinds of ideas about why the little Dippy had received her name.
So today we though it would be fun to share their Dippy names with our viewers, and it would be great if some Dippy owners could chime in to the story today to describe how the name of their Dippy came to be.
GERTRUDE – Enough said…
CRUMPET – An invitation for high tea?
Vintage CRUMPET with the steamer in the background.
FLORENCE – My ride boat on Saturday. Our new friends Ron & Wilma believe their Dippy FLORENCE was named after an island, but not 100% sure.
FLORENCE – an early 1919 Dippy was also a cover girl for Lee Valley Tools.
PUDDIN – a perfect name for an antique Dippy. The owner speculates that she got that name because she was one in service at Put-In-Bay IN Ohio… But not 100% sure.
MUGGINS – My guess is that she was named after the family dog, but that’s just a wild guess.
MrsMINIVER II – I’m thinking Grandmother or Great Grandmother possibly?
SHORE RUNNER – I can only imagine what it was like back in the day to load up all your summer supplies and head out across the lake to your cottage somewhere in Muskoka. And if the weather kicked up, the captain would hug the shore line for protection.
Pastime – I think this owner loves being in his Dippy.
HARRY – I’m guessing it was named after a kind old gentleman.
LCBO – According to the owner, this Dippy was not named after the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. It was actually the first letter of his name, his wife’s name, his daughter’s name and the family cat.
AUNTIE MAE – The thoughtful Aunt who always baked fresh cookies when she knew you were coming for a visit.
KELLY – Named after someone’s daughter?
Muskoka and Dippy’s go together like peanut butter and jam. And they always make people smile when they ride in them (when their running properly).
PUFFIN – You can see her puffin along the shore of Lake Muskoka with our friend Dunc Hawkins at the helm. I bet Dunc knows where the PUFFIN came from.
For more information on the Disappearing Propeller Boat (or Dispro / Dippy) you can Click Here to go to the wonderful Dispro Owners Association website.
And it’s always smart to travel with a friend just in case there’s a breakdown, so you can get a tow home.
Can you remember the name of the Dippy in your family? Let us know in the comment section or post a photo. Or if you have a Dippy story let`s here it!