We Are A Huge Little Universe – Thanks Steve Lapkin

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Yesterdays article from Steve Lapkin really hit a positive vibe for sure. And this morning my brain is fried. Not sure what thats about. Those long drives are taking there tole on me for some reason. Maybe it's the idea of towing a work…

“How Gen-Z Sees The Niche”

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“HOW GEN-Z SEES THE NICHE” - Words by Steve Lapkin - Imagery by Evan Lamson Gen Z takes niche interests seriously! Particularly the interest-based communities they discover on social media. According to the Horizon WHY Finger on the…

Rabbit Hole Sausage

First I apologize to anyone that is here because of some sort of strange Google search. I am also a little confused as to whatever it was that you thought you may be searching for, but whatever it was, is, you are one sick %^&*turd! I think?…

Too Soon? Is A 1999 Boat A Classic?

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Okay, okay, okay, I know. BUT, 25 years is a milestone for cars, boats and other stuff to become a classic. At least thats what the DMV says regarding classic car plates. Soooooo? Is it possible that the Barnacle Bomb we have been trying…

NO, It’s Not Iowa, Or Yellowstone. It’s Montana: Where “Big” Is A Huge Understatement.

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Live-ish from Big Sky Country - Steve Lapkin reports in. WOW! - A huge understatement is typically used to describe how someone says something, or shows something, that is clearly not enough to accurately describe what is happening: it…

How Hot Was Your 4th Of July Weekend?

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H.E. Double Hockey Sticks! Enough said. Okay maybe a little more. It was a hot and humid one here in Virginia. Not even going on a boat ride would help. You could just sit and sweat. UGH. Of course yesterday Saturday was the…

HAPPY? 4th Of July. Bring A Paddle!

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Well here we are, how time flies as you get older. Next thing you know we will be last gasping. SO GET OUT THERE. It's the 4th of July, and you get two full days before the weekend. SO go. Break down, do whatever you love, and go! Don't…

Photo’s From Hell

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How are you gonna spend your 4th of July weekend? Boating? Fun? Or? For some reason this year, every boat is undergoing some issue. Yes, even Stinky is sick with a bad generator and voltage regulator, WECATHEM is still being done up at Katzs,…

Waiting For The Rain In Woodyboaterville

Around here yesterday it was too hot to do anything, including boating. Very humid, no breeze and hot. Hotter than a _________ fill in the blank. Anyway, the fellow citizens of WoodyBoaterville seemed to all be in the same boat. WOW. What…

WECATCHEM Get’s A Legendary Lettering Job By Glen Weisberger, WOW!

This week up at Katz's Marina WECATCHEM is getting her annual spa treatment. A nice refresh and her transom had to be redone. UGH. I need a transom cover. The boathouse isnt enough. Anyway. I only trust the Katz's Gang to keep WECATHEM's…

Adding Some Attitude As A Tribute To Clarence

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Local legend Jim Schafer who was a pilot in the Marines and now flies medivacs,  has a very special boat he restored back in the day with his buddy Clarence Sanford, who we have talked about before. Clarence owned a boat building business…

Woody Wagon And Boat Match That Tortures Me.

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In my morning routine I have several items I keep checking on and dreaming. This is the mother load for me. The perfect Woody Wagon and a matchy matchy boat to, to, well match. The absolute perfect color and of course would rock any show…

Never Seen Before Baby Pictures Of Hornet II

Okay, someone has to have seen them at some point. I mean, someone took them after all, and thanks to Longtime WoodyBoater Brian Robinson, now everyone can see them. BTW, John Allen had not even seen them, so in a sense, they had not been…

Hornet II Arrives At Her New Home – Fort Mahogany

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Midnight on Friday night Hornet II completed her trip out of Nevada, and now resides on Gull Lake Minnesota in the John Allen Collection.  This is a dream come true, and when I was talking with John, he was giddy. And as you all know by the…

The Most Incredible, Insane, Beautiful, Jaw Dropping Cool Boat Ever Made.

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The rumors have not been flying, and the secrecy of the deal where locked in a safe, I am sure a big safe BTW, but, then again, the term "PRICELESS" can't unlock a safe. There has to be a very quiet, and secure hand off of sorts to the next…

The Maker Behind The Maker.

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A huge thanks to longtime fellow Woody Boater "Rabbit" for writing todays story. It's so refreshing to read a well written story, and yet depressing as to how low my bar is for myself in that area. Of course I rely on images to raise the…

Inda Water For A Trial Run. At Least She Looks Good, Red, VERY RED!

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Yesterday we were able to get Stinky in the water for a trail run. We had run her for 10 minutes on land and she worked great. But out on the water under load, she kinda ran wonky. Felt like the timing was off. And well? So I adjusted the…

Stinky Is Ready To Stink Up The Water Ways

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This weekend was very productive, including the SHAFT issue, which we tackled yesterday correctly. I suppose its the scare of some intense heat fear generated by the the news and well, Mother Nature. I kinda miss the days when you really…

Have Plans For Fathers Day? Mister Lapkin Is Here To Help Inspire Others.

A huge thanks to Steve Lapkin for sending us all in this  story to forward to your loved ones to inspire them to let you enjoy some WoodyBoating time. Or whatever time you want.  Of course Steve did not include captions, so I get to make…

And Now For Something Completely Different.

A couple weeks ago, Jimmy came by with a very large farm bell. A number 3. Which is a larger one. And man oh man it weighs a ton. Anyway, it was painted in flat black, and needed a clean up. So, of course I got carried away. Btw, painting…

Pettit Captain’s Varnish In A Spray Can, Yup! I Tried It

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First, don't freak out, this isnt about Stinky and the Skunk. Yesterday afternoon, I wanted to put another coat of that varnish gold on the transom and kinda bake in the art work. It kinda sets it in and ages it. Anyway, I do like the finish…

One Thing For Sure, Old Milk Stinks!

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A huge thanks to all who helped in this process. You can see the inner thinking of the creative process. It's nerve racking, and since for over 40 years I have relied on client feedback, it's almost impossible for me to be on my own.  The…

It’s Down To Two. Obsessing Over Type or Stink

If I am gonna have to go through this mental hell, so are you. Thats the price you pay for this dumb entertainment. And so, today is the final day of hell. Either way I am moving on. WHAT? Well late yesterday we had three folks chime in that…

Obsessing Over Lettering.

It's been a very crazy week here, with work and moments of time to letter Stinky. And to be honest, I aint happy yet. And maybe the best solution is to just move on. But I can't, it's like a scab I just keep picking at. Not to mention, that…

Did You Know Chris Craft Was In The Furniture Biz?

I do know they made trailers, Sailboats, and yes boat furniture. But furniture for your home? Well, it does make sense. I didnt know, and this brochure from ebay, has opened my eyes. Okay, maybe one eye. The other one is always looking for…

“Lasers”, Kevin Fitzke’s Plan To Rid The Planet Of Old Varnish

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This past spring, Mark Setterholm told me about a new laser he had gotten. Kevin Fitzke and him were stoked that this was indeed a game changer. And now, the world can take a gander at it. And use it! Like today.. this year. Now. Not in…

What To Do? What To Do?

Today I am gonna try and get Stinky ready for the summer and other than the mechanical assembly, a more artistic issue has presented itself. What to put on her new varnished transom. So, you get to decide. And of course because its subjective,…

At Last! Two Words. Boat Ride

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All it took was two words, "Boat Ride" and all hell broke loose at home with the poochies. It's been a bit of a job, but well worth it, and Sweet Pea is doing what she always does. Brings Joy where ever she goes. …

OH!!!!! This 1975 Silverline, AHHHHHHHHH! NO! YES! NO?

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Well, after yesterdays comment farm, I am not feeling so alone and crazy. And just as I was thinking, maybe 10 boats and a Marina/ Railway might be enough, this 1970's time capsule pops up on ebay! WHAT THE FUN! I know, I know, Ugly, yet…

“THE FLAG BRINGS OUT…..” By Steve Lapkin

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A huge shout out to Sir Steve Lapkin of the Island Of Clicks and pics for send ing us in this story of whats so special about this weekend. This weekend is exceptionally extraordinary for the U S of A. The Memorial Day holiday weekend…

Dannys Dad and Elsie D

Remember the story on the trophies now at HQ? Or Neil Armstrongs helmet? Well, now Danny has found some old snapshots of Dad and the family basking in the trophies! AND Elsie D, which was a sponsored boat from a restaurant called Elsie D,…

The First Spontaneous Sunset Ride Of The Season

A huge thanks to loooongtime fellow WoodyBoater Bob r saving the day with a wonderful spontaneous Sunset story. This is what its all about. Magic light, magic moments and a good camera to capture all the magic! Thanks Ray Reynolds for getting…

Timeless Fun Is The Most Fun Way To Spend Time

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Yesterday was a very busy day at the Railway, we finally were able to get Sweet Pea up on the rails. Danny Holden came by in Nanet, and was a huge help, as was Wayne, it's a three person job. Of course George can do it by himself in about…

I Need A Boat Ride!

I have been sitting here for an hr and written three stories.. very poorly. For some reason, I can not seem to get the engine between my ears to kick on. I find myself starring into the abiss. Cranking, and cranking. It feels like I have…

Late Night = Late Morning

Last night we had a wonderful get together at Global HQ and right in the middle of it all there was a big power outage. Like, click Blank, gone. The good news is we all had iphones and some candles. The fun part of it all was trying to make…

Getting HQ Party Ready

Between Zoom calls, getting boats ready and now a private party at HQ for some dear friends tonight, it's been a busy couple weeks. But HQ is ready and, well none of the boats are. so there is that. But the weather has kinda sucked, so its…

Ruth Sends Ethyl A Get Well Card.

Without a doubt this is the coolest Get Well card EVER! Not some lame ass evite thing, but a real card, that goes in the mail, and has a note on it, and most importantly, taps into a clear passion the receiver clearly has. And a reminder…

Vintage Boat Postcards From Where? What?

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For years I have been joking that we have no readers from Wyoming, and places like Nebraska, Kansas and Utah are also on the bottom of the readership list. Makes sense. Not States known for boating...or are they? Maybe its my ignorance and…

One Click And They Grow Up

Every now and then I get a photo that just makes me smile, and evokes all sorts of emotion. Thats the wonder of still photographs. One quick click and you don't need anymore to tell the story.  Thats why Lapkin, Kent, and others are so…

Adding Some Rattan Texture To Your Classic Boat

One of the more fun parts of owning Sweet Pea is the freedom to design and enhance her very simple and very classic lines. Her interior was always very plain Jane, and as you have seen, snazzing her up has been a journey of sorts. BUT, the…

Not Just Some Old Trophies

The other day Danny dropped off more of his dads racing treasures. Thats of course where "Neil Armstong's" helmet came from and the stretcher. Any who, he dropped off a box of Trophy parts and after putting them together as window art, Jimmy…

Amazing Babe Cushion On Ebay!

As cushions go, this particular one seems to be the one to get.  And as cushions go, many are worn out and one must make compromises. Use the term patina and such. But from the photos, this Babe Cushion looks AMAZING, and with a starting…

More Cabin Updates. Sorry.

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I know, I know, SPEEDBOATS! I get it. But I have been all consumed with the details on the Trawler Cabin. And hey! I could be posting car stories, so there is that. There is a saying that the final details on a restoration can cost as much…

Wood Paneling, Mr B, And a Gurney, Yes, Litter, Stretcher?

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I guess today is more like a freestyle day. A brief glimpse into my brain when its allowed to wonder. And yet, I get stuff done. Trust me, no one more surprised than me about that.  Looks like Jimmy and I will be looking at the F5 this…

What In The Hell Am I Thinking?

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The other day on Facebook Marketplace I found this insane cool 1949 Ford F5 truck. It's affordable, and 100% original with only two owners. AHHHHHHHHHH! For the record there is NOTHING practical about it. NOTHING. And yet, thats whats so…

Yes I Know, But, It Is What It Is.

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Okay while all of you were commenting yesterday...HOLY CRAP.. 41 Comments. ABOUT CARS! Anyway, I was putting the ceiling into Sweet Pea and popping Advil. NOW.. before you all blast me. I loved the idea Randy provided, and it made perfect…

Old Loves, New Loves!

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DISCLAIMER: I know to some of you this may be blasphemous, doing a story on a CAR on Woody Boater. But one thing I know, is that the gene that we all share here is rather fickle and can wonder around like Mr B chasing a squirrel. I need…

Remember That Helmet I Wanted To Restore?

Well, you may be thinking, okay, he restored it! Oh, you just wait. After all these things are original once, and the red paint over the green paint, over the gold is kinda like a history book. Each color a page. And what a book it is. So.…