A flock of Feather Crafts made quite a splash here yesterday.

One sure sign I am getting revived is that I havn’t been on ebay for an entire week! I am sure you all are thankful as well. Today we started the day by going to the show by boat. Never even got into the car. Now that is an amazing day! Lunch with great pals and just clowning around on the water. The weather is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G… Today is expected to be busy, and Saturday insane. Here is just a taste of the fun!

The day started at the dock loading up!

Morning dew!

Lets go!

Best parking at the show. Shhh dont tell anyone!

Jim Staib is here!

So are many of our Woody Boater family!

The Twins are here

Blue Shirt special! Steve is a great pal and makes it fun!

Tempted. But Oh boy! Love the blue carbs!

Great Flea Market this year.

Fine Wood Boats always brings the goodies! Thanks Jim Staib for all you do!

Step Hydo Barrel back.. DROOL!

Sun, Stars and Stripes

The best volunteers in the country!


Man oh man! – More later, Its an entire story!

Craig and Mark catching up!

Lets take a trip through the Dora Canal!

The Wildlife is amazing in the canal

Please Dont Poop On Us!

Lunch with the gang at Palm Gardens. It turned into a boat show unto itself. With Chicken Wings and Beer

Jim Frechette started it!

And then all hell broke loose. It was insane fun!

Even the Grey Poupon crowd game by! This Riva is amazing. ALL ORIGINAL! ALL! Finish and everything

The Turners all in a fun AristoCraft. It’s like they make these things!

The Driver! He was a pro at this. Docked the boat and all.

This makes me smile!

Feather Crafts galore


Polished to perfection!

Alan and his AMAZING Correct Craft!

Well, it happened. Its officially a boat show. Jims Shaft broke. And that is that. All part of the fun of Woody Boating!

Headed back to the house to watch the sun set

The Termite Terror rests!

The Magic Hour!

And another sunny day ends in Sunnyland! Stay tuned for more updates as they happen!


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24 Responses to “Family Fun In The Florida Sun!”
  1. m-fine

    Looks like a lot of fun as always, but I am glad I stayed home this year. Wouldn’t have wanted to miss the blizzard we are getting this evening!

    • Matt

      We have Dairy Queens here, you can get your Blizzards there? THen go to the Palm Gardens!

  2. Jamie

    I wish I was there, but I have a shop full of race cars that aren’t going to build themselves. 😒

  3. Troy in ANE


    Miss you all!

    Speaking of not getting in a car. For many years I have taken the week of the 4th of July off for a “Staycation”. My goal in those weeks is to never get in a car. Here on the coast of Maine I can even go grocery shopping by boat.

    • Shannon Knight

      Troy and Sandi we miss you too! Except it’s all a farce because the ABC is sold out of Makers 46 which means you must actually be here.

      • Kentucky Wonder

        Shannon, if Makers 46 is out, give Knob Creek Single Barrel a try. It’s 120 proof, but smoother than the 46. Lots of caramel taste with a really nice finish. If not the Knob Creek, Four Roses Small Batch is a good alternative.

  4. Kelly Wittenauer

    Great to see the young man at the helm of the Aristocraft. One of my favorite boat brands. Looking forward to the Correct Craft story, as that’s another of my faves.

  5. Wilson

    Matt: Looked for you under your tent yesterday…Now know why you weren’t threre…Meanwhile I was over picking up all the bargains at the SCAMPI tent.. Great cocktail party at the pavillion last night…Sunset from their second floor was incredible. Look for you today.

  6. Rabbit

    Looking forward to the story about the Tommy Bartlett boat. Midwesterners -at least those in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois- that the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski Show has been a fixture, if not the anchor, of the Wisconsin Dells (our Orlando) for decades. I grew up a few miles away from there in Baraboo, itself a “show town” as it was the birthplace and three-decade home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. There was always a Florida connection with the Bartlett show, as there would be cadre of Florida water skiers who’d summer in the Dells to perform with Tommy’s show. I MIGHT have dated one of the fairer ones one summer long ago… wink wink. there was something nice about dating a girl who worked in a bikini. The Bartlett show rivaled the Cypress Gardens show and still is a major attraction. Of course, Correct Craft was the other Florida connection. Tommy himself could often be seen tooling around in his Amphicar.

    While you were attending the show the staff would swarm the parking lot and stick a big, loud Tommy Bartlett sticker on your bumper whether you wanted one or not. Since Wisconsin Dells was such a draw for Chicago people, I often speculated that a quarter of the cars in that city had a Tommy Bartlett sticker on their bumper. Especially since, like those ugly stickers car dealers stick on your car, most people never bother to remove them.

    Bring on the complete story, Matt.

  7. Bob Hamilton

    I can’t wait till my Torpedo 16 is finished. I’m so looking forward to tearing up the Delaware river like I did back in the 60’s. Also looking forward to going to some classic boating events.

  8. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )

    Nothing quite like a Florida sunset!

  9. Richard Daley

    Love those twin evenrudes
    Need HELP finding twin controls for my 1957 Johnson outboards. Have the boat and engines but no controls.
    Any leads would be greatly appreciated

      • Richard Daley

        Would very much like to talk to you about those Johnson controls.
        My email rdaley@earls.ca
        My number 403 330 1003
        Tks and have a great day

  10. floyd r turbo

    Lookin’ good there Captain Owen Turner, continuing the woodyboater tradition in the Turner family with grandma, and grandpa Gail and Bill Turner navigating. Missing this show and the vitamin D.

  11. Ronnie Mykols

    I spy my husband sporting a new Woody Boater shirt in one of your pic’s

  12. Waldo

    Jimmy is back home working on Matt’s boats.
    Ha Ha.
    Is this like where’s Waldo?