Live From Katzs Marina – Damage Report

Reporting live from Lake Hopatcong New jersey We have had the chance to look inside the building and it ain't pretty. Many boat have been saved and some with minor damage are out of the way. But sadly many are still inside under portions of…

Stay Tuned For Live – ish Reports From The Scene At Katz’s Marina.

We are en route this AM to Lake hopatcong to document the removal of the roof on the Katz's marina storage building. Housing some 50 rare and perfect show boats. Today will be the day that we are able to see what was saved and what is gone.…

The Last Day Of “Oldies Week” – We Dedicate Today’s Story To Russell A. Kirsch And His Team

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The last day of "Oldies Week" is today (at least for now), and the response from the Woody Boater community was fantastic. It was great to see all the vintage photos and stories from the good old days of classic boating when wooden boats were…

Do Classic Chris-Craft Rivieras Get The Respect They Deserve?

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A few weeks ago during the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival in Florida, we had the pleasure of spending some quality time our friend and fellow Woody Boater Jimmy Scott from Virginia. Jimmy kindly (and patiently) assisted us with our daily…

To My Boys!

I have now written 5 stories today that all are crap. Nothing I write is right, it all seems to frivolous, or just not appropriate. My two boys will be coming home soon from school. One tonight and the other next week. Home for the holidays.…

Woody Boater Has Gone To The Dogs This Week!

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While we were waiting on News from the Mikkelson Collection last week, we did a short story on Oreo our new crew member of the Woody Boater gang. Well we hit a nerve  and the photos have started rolling in. To start off Woody Barker Week, …

My Golden Pond Moment!

This past week, I had the chance to dig through some old family files. While digging through the old family pictures and old baby  shoes, I came across a box of slides. These slides are dated 1973. I recall the trip very well but never…

The Future Of Classic Boating Speak Up. We Hear You Loud And Clear In Woodyboaterville!

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Yesterday was one of those days that exemplifies why we do this. And yes I had to Google exemplify. We can see traffic stats and know where, wear, were the readers come from, what time of day etc. We have had a hunch that we are reaching…

Clayton, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Reedville. What A Classic Boat Weekend!

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So much for thinking there is never anything to do in the winter with Classic Boats. As you know, we set off to Clayton NY to pick up Suzy's top, that then turned into another 3 hour drive to Reedville from DC. But that was just part of…

Starlight Express – Realizing A Childhood Dream (Part 2 – The Next 22 Years)

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In 1956 fellow Woody Boater Randy Mueller's dream of one day ownig a Matthews Martinique Express began when he received his first set of brochures from the MATTHEWS Company in Port Clinton, Ohio with a nice letter from their sales manager,…

Starlight Express – Realizing A Childhood Dream (Part 1 – The First 33 Years)

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This is a remarkable story about fellow Woody Boater Randy Mueller and his 55 year dream to some day own a perfectly restored Matthews Martinique Express. I first met Randy at the 2010 Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, he was there with his freshly…

Tiffany Cockrell- The Richest Man I Know.

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This story has taken be 5 days to write. As you know, I can usually write a story on my iPhone while driving a boat then post it. But this one was to painful. I have spoken about my pal Tiffany Cockrell for years here on Woody Boater. Our…

The Speedboat Ride Of A Lifetime

"Miss America IX" is unique in many ways, her history, her records, her famous designer & builder, her awards... But for us, what makes "Miss America IX" special is the fact that unlike most other vintage 80 year old race boats, you don't…

Never Published Gar Wood Factory Photos!

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Fellow Woody Boater Joel Terbrueggen from The Antique Boat Center came across these one of a kind photos down at Lake Dora from a gentleman named John Webber from Wisconsin. John is a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club.  John found an…

The Official Woody Boaterese Dictionary Is Now Out. The Top 20 Woody Boaterisms.

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With all the new readers from New Zealand this week, we here at Woody Boater felt it necessary to publish a new dictionary of Woody Boaterese. The official language of WoodyBoaterville. A small community located on a bluff over looking Lake…

The Best Of Both Worlds..

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Here is your chance to look at Boat Babes and feel good about it. Click here and you to can help. The this years official 2011 Don't Turn Your back On Breast Cancer calendar! What a fantastic idea. Your $15 bucks goes to a good cause and you…

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning And Your Classic Boat. A Scary Tale.

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I am not going to regurgitate the same stuff you can find on the internet here. You can click here if you want to know more.. What I am going to tell you though is rather chilling.. and sobering.. We all love our antique boats.. We also know…

Lori Pastic – Are You Out There?

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Thanks to fellow Woody Boater and former Chris - Craft big shot Herb Pocklington we now have a name of one of the iconic Chris Craft girls. Lori Pastic pictured here on the right with Herb and Chris Crafts General managers wife Lydia Pickell.…

Real Classic Yacht Boat Skipper Hats Caps Chapeaus. Not The Cheap Crap!

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Here we go again. We have an order ready to go. We have enough ordered to go. I will be sending the order in tomorrow. To date we have found heads for 45 hats. Is your head lonely? If so you to can join the lonely heads club. the hats are hand…

Calling All Chris Craft Girls!

Is this you? Were you one of the Chris Craft girls? Woody Boater is looking for any of the original Chris Craft girls out there. We are about to announce a special project and would love to have some of the real Chris Craft girls as models....…

Barbi's Dream Boat? Dang! Barbi Was Having More Fun Than I Thought.

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Here I am cruising eBay for some innocent Classic Boat stuff, and I come across this listing.... As I looked through the listing it started just getting stranger and stranger... Is it just me and my sick mind? If you want to add some music…

Classic Boat Email Cards!

Enjoy. Christmas Cards that you can email to a fellow Woody Boater. Just click and drag.

Golden Pond Rare Artifacts For Sale!

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This is a Woody Boater exclusive! These very rare one of a kind On Golden Pond Treasures are about to be put on eBay. About to be is the key phrase here. The propeller used in the film that was damaged... Signed by Henry Fonda and Katharine…

Golden Pond Boat SOLD on eBay!

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egh! Drama on the high seas of eBay! Last night at 10:12 pm Thayer IV SOLD for a nice $47,000. With over 31 bids, and 11,783 hits. The winner f**1(0) I wonder if he is kin to the f**1's of Toledo? What has been interesting about this sale has…

On Golden Pond Boat For Sale On eBay!

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Here we go again you say. Here it is Click here...Another one. But this one seems like it might be a real one if what the guy says checks out. See below...Subtle things, deck vent... very odd, The set shots have the vent near the windshield…

Fear, The Classic Boat Comunities Worst Fear!

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I have been on the phone with many of the big brokers, and watched on eBay as well as done some good inner soul searching. And here is what I have found. Rust, Rot, Sun, Neglect, Salt Water, all combined do less damage than just plain old fear…

Woody Boat Wallpaper.

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We had one of those mornings that made any shot look good. Here is a tease. More to follow on Monday. You can click on the shot and it will make it larger, drag to your desktop and make it a nice peaceful screen saver... Then as you are looking…

Woody Boater Of The Month. Joe Martell.

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No one has done more to move the Antique & Classic boat community to action more than Joe Martell this month. He has brought a behind the scenes ugly argument in the Antique & Classic boat community to the for front. Joe is the DB Cooper…

The New Brass Bell Is Here! The New Brass Bell Is Here!

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Just like Steve Martin in the movie the Jerk regarding his first time being published in the phone book. We are somebody. I am so happy to see this months Brass Bell. We are in it. More than just gigabytes floating in space looking for a warm…

Who is Joe Martell? Story Breaks Record On Chris Craft Antique Boat Club Boat Buzz.

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It all started out as an article in the latest issue of Classic Boating. Preservation vs Restoration Page 24. March - April issue. A very well written article, with lots of knowledgeable information. The story would have stayed in the background…