Well, Indoor Boat Show season is upon us. But we have a great idea here at Woody Boater. Get out the blue tarps and water hose. Cause your gonna need a lot of both. Now, I am thinking of trying this out in the garage to see if it works. Come on.. The Romans did it, and they did it in Boston in 1905. And none of those of those guys had the two magic ingredients. Blue tarps and Duck Tape. That’s right. It can be done. Heck the Antique Boat Center Has A Soaker Tub! We can do it cheaper!

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Courtesy DigitalCollections.DetroitPublicLibrary.org

Shut the garage door, and lay down the tarps, and fill it up. To empty it, just open the door? Ezypeezy lemon squeezy! It’s kinda been done! HERE.

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Available On Amazon! 9 bucks! A Boat show for 9 bucks..ish

Thanks to the Detroit Public Library for having these images for us to use as a pattern and Bob Kays for finding them. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go do Liposuction on myself with a shop vac! And yes, it’s been done already so I know it works. Just like Boston’s Boat Show!

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20 Responses to “The Next Concept On Indoor Classic Boat Shows, Inspired By The Past!”
  1. Sean

    Uhm…. The Toronto International Boat show has had an indoor lake for many, many years. It is filled directly from Lake Ontario and occupies the area usually reserved for the Toronto Marlies Hockey team (Leafs Jr. club).

    In the past, some boats were shown in the lake but now it is mostly used for indoor wake boarding (free to show guests) and demonstrations.

  2. Sean

    A shot of the filling process. The lake is advertised as the worlds largest indoor temporary lake…

  3. Gene Porter

    Many thanks to Bob Kay for these great historic “fotos”. And to Sean for the Toronto Blue Tarp proof of principle.

  4. Rick

    I believe the Romans only flooded the Coliseum 1 or 2 times. Gotta be a reason they didn’t do it more. Same with these former indoor on the water shows.

  5. Mr. Andreas Jordahl Rhude

    About three years ago the Minneapolis Boat Show made a “lake” inside the Convention Center for boats to float. It sprung a slow leak during the show and for the remainder of the show they had a crew with a mop and bucket sopping up the mess 24/7! There was a classic boat in the pond along with the Moomba and other watercraft.

    The following year they did a “fake lake” with blue tarps on the floor to simulate water. It was poorly done!


  6. Martin

    Just wandering how the rebuild on the W is coming along? Looking forward to the inside info when its available.

  7. Jimmy

    Atlanta boat show had a 200,000 gallon wake boarding tank 2 or 3 years ago before the show part of the wall collapsed and dumped 200,000 gallons of water only delayed the opening for 4 hours

  8. Randy

    … ahhhhh, classic MATTHEWS launch in the header — they built/sold boats to Lozier to install their engines!!!!!!!!

    The earliest Martinique you might say.

  9. Old Salt

    I’m at The New York boat show today and they have their own blue tarp and pool as well!!!

    • Rick

      Those are easier to dock than our classics, better rudders. I played with those at last years show.

  10. floyd r turbo

    Looks like early version of John Winn’s boathouse on Round Lake. Photo by David Kingma Photography, courtesy of Pat O’Brien & Associates Real Estate

  11. floyd r turbo

    Years ago, my friends and I were going to try the old redneck pool in the pickup with a blue tarp but unfortunately, I’m dyslexic.