The man!

Today, the day after Christmas, I thought it would be fun to give you a chance to use that new phone or ipad to watch some cool stuff. Also don’t even bother to try and download the Woody Boater App. It’s a train wreck and has been left outdoors to rot a little to long. I apologize. But you do get what you pay for? Ya.. Me too. All those guys in the Ukraine that helped build it are now hacking the CIA and all. So I suppose they are busy.

William was one bad aft boater.. I wish I could have met him.

Anyway I digress. This cool story is about one designer that literally, as in magazine literature, designed an entire category of cool boating. I am embarrassed I never have heard of him, but now I have, and salute the SeaFlea King, William Jackson! Grab a cup of Joe in your new Christmas Coffee Cup and enjoy 25 minutes of coolness.

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13 Responses to “William Jackson – The Seaflea King”
  1. Doug in Maine

    I’m fixing up one of his Doodlebugs. I got it from the original builder. He and his dad made it in a garage in 1953 from magazine plans. It’s been a long term project but the bottom is about done and I hope to flip it this spring. Through Instagram I found a guy in Russia that’s building a new one!

  2. Troy in ANE

    Very cool!!!

    My Dad and Uncle built some small boats for my brother and cousin that we still have. I did not see this design in the video. We still have both boats and every year I think “This year we need to get one back in the water.” Maybe this will be the year.


  3. Rick

    An amazingly prolific designer for the every-man. Great story. Thanks for bringing him to our attention.

  4. Art

    Way cool, I have copied the link to send to my sons and grandson who are all into racing hydro’s and boating in general.
    I noticed that WB was in the credits, what did you have to do with the making of this great production?

  5. Chug-A-Lug

    COOL! I went back onto Svensons free boat plans to the next boat I want to build(the Zipper) and lo and behold, that fella designed that.

  6. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )

    What a great way to spend the morning after Christmas ! A very cool documentary. I had seen a lot of those plans in Popular Mechanics growing up. The water shots reminded me of playing with those little boats with my kids when they were younger.

  7. m-fine

    Happy Boxing Day! Sorry I missed yesterday, the family woke me up early and I never recovered!

  8. Bill and Linda

    This is a William Jackson designed “Ace” about 5 years old.

    Most existing Ace’s are production boats, from the Sande Company of Belfair, WA; built in the 50’s and early 60’s.

    For a lot of Ace photo’s and history, see

  9. Randy

    Loved the video, especially all the running and build shots of the MINIMAX. This was the first boat I (with help from my dad) built back in the late ’50’s in our living room — it was a great little hydro!

    He, along with Glen-L, were most responsible for getting kids and families out boating.

    • Dennis Mykols

      The Minimax was my first boat also. We bought it from a friend of my Cousin For $8.00, in 1959, or so. Here is a photo of the bill of sale I later found in one of my dad’s drawers after he passed away.
      We put a 5hp Scott Atwater on her and I quickly learn how not to take boat waves straight on. You would cut thru the wave and half the wave would hit you in the face. A good lesson at an early age was to take the wave at an angle …

  10. Wojo Walczak

    I am looking into building his TORPEDO. Such an interesting design. Have troubles figuring out the width of port and starboard frames…….
    Have Sam’s R. Fontana, like designs of that era.