Around 8AM

3AM and on the road with my best buddy Mr B. WECATCHEM has had a long overdo varnish need! Like her sides are almost gone. The sun reflections on her sides are intense. AND YES I have a cover and yes she sits in a boat house. But with COVID I have spent far far far more time out there running around, and she sits at the Railway. My Refresh internal clock was off. My bad. But thanks to the Katz’s marina gang, she will be all dolled up over the winter for her trip to Lake Dora.

Mr B annoyed at the camera.. Can I please have some privacy.. I know the look..

One with the trees.

Of course I had some fun with the camera.. Reedville to Lake Hopatcong takes about 7 hrs. The return trip was far longer hitting rush hr in DC.. UGH.. I HATE MARYLAND HIGHWAYS. 8 hrs! So if you do the math I spent about 45 minutes at Katzs. Never enough time to bask.

I think Katz’s should have a Drive Thru – The drop off was so easy, quick and I supersized my Varnish order.

Clean up at the Marina

Just another engine sitting around.

Pink Continental

The Red Cobra.

Varnish Room

Black Cobras Carbs..

OH HELL YA!

Red Cobras seat cushions, as well as the Black Cobra’s

My old friend. SLYLVIA remaned TALARIA.

One very very cool Penn Yan – Love the paint job

Ok, lets go Mr B

A beautiful drive through New Jersey.

He held up like a true road warrior. No complaints, and he took over the wheel when I needed a nap.

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22 Responses to “16 Hour Trip To Katz’s Recap”
  1. Greg Lewandowski

    It’s that time of year. After removing all the hardware I took Tiger Lily up to Houghton Lake about three weeks ago for a varnish refresh. Dave and Scott at Marine Services Unlimited have been prepping and will start laying varnish in their clean room next week. She will come home in a few weeks for varnish cure over the winter in my barn. After I reinstall the trim in the Spring she will look great!

  2. m-fine

    I was thinking it would be Baby Chick getting dropped off for the winter. Was hoping to see her fully restored at Dora. Maybe next year?

      • Rick

        Before reading the caption my first thought was “Why does he have a truckload of cheddar blocks in there?”

          • Rabbit

            Jim, I hope you’ve been to Nueske’s world headquarters outside of Green Bay. May be better than an afternoon at Katz.

          • Rabbit

            Jim, I live in Minneapolis but stopped by Wittenburg on my way to Door County earlier this summer. Bought two 5-pound bags of the “imperfects” and wish I had bought ten bags. Back there for a wedding in May and will right my wrongs!

          • Jim Staib

            Rabbit,
            It’s in Wittenburg. This time of year is best. You can leave it in the back of the truck. Waiting for M-Fine to visit. Only get that way once a year. Good thing it comes in five pound bags.

  3. Troy in ANE

    For me varnishing is one of the most relaxing, Zen, things I can do, so taking boats to shops to have the varnish work done when one owns a barn or railway/marina/office is unfathomable.

    I do understand that it is not everyone’s thing though so good call.

    • Chug-A-Lug

      Yeah! Get a kick out of the guys that sit back and brag about their winters work.But we all know where they have been polishing.Polishing their butts in a recliner while the boat sits somewhere else.Me;I’ll be putting another coat of Sherman/Williams on “Chug” next spring.

  4. John F Rothert

    Geez Jim, you have cornered the piston market…nice snag!

    Going Boating and neat club workshop tomorrow here in ole va.

    John in Va

  5. Briant

    Jesus H.

    You would never see me allowing anyone to put my boat in that rack system in the Talaria picture.

    Uh, steel has been invented you know.

  6. Rabbit

    I know you know this, Matt, but your spiffy, safe, solid new trailer can’t hold a candle to your old one from an aesthetic standpoint. At least replace those wheels?

  7. Alex

    I wonder if the owner of Talaria got a discount on the renaming. After all, the last two letters of the names are the same.

  8. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)

    Rest up today Matt. Hook to Baby Chic IV, and tow her up to Katz tomorrow. Have them both ready for Dora! Cool pictures.

  9. jimmuh

    Matt; 2 things: that has to be a photoshop sky at Katz’s, no way could NE look so warm in late Nov., and whats up with the boat hanging out over the rear end of the trailer? To cushion the blow of a rear-ender?