You have no doubt seen the new banner of WoodyBoater, and thought, mmm? I wonder what thats all about. Well, they are new and old all at the same time? This is a group of folks that was part of the crew at The Antique Boat Center. Dennis, Joel, Brian and Lou have all stepped out a couple years ago and started their own shop in Cincinnati. As we all know, 2 years in this passion is brand new.
Here is a note from the guys. Take it away.
After 10 years of working for a broker and restorer, I wanted to open my own shop. I wanted to take all of the good things from what I had learned in this antique boat restoration business that focused solely on antique and classic boats. After some encouragement from a few friends and people I work with, we found a small property in 2016 and started work on making it a viable boat shop.
A low overhead operation was part of the goal. We provide excellent service and craftsmanship at a reasonable cost. 1:00 – 5:00pm to celebrate the fun, history and group therapy that wooden boats bring to us! I took that idea and navigated it past some antique boaters, Lou Rauh and Dennis Ryan, who know better than to throw out the old boat with the bilge water. My ideas were tossed around, a plan was developed and in August of 2016, Motor Boat Garage was opened.
An idea → incubation → plan and hatch = motorboatgarage.com Okay so … find a building/shop, get tools and equipment together, outfit the place, do all of the business paperwork stuff to look legal and official, find good
experienced people (like Joel Terbrueggen, Frank Jones and Dennis Ryan ) , get people to bring their boats to Cincinnati. Piece o’ cake!
The water gods (Mahogany, Varnish and Chrome) must have been watching over the Garage; it has grown like barnacles on a pier.
A year and a half later, a second Open House is happening Saturday, February 17, from 1:00 – 5:00pm to celebrate the fun, history and group therapy that wooden boats bring to us!