“We Are Taking Water Fast” Drama On The Flats

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Fellow Woody Boater and pal Knot That Jeff Gordon, and his with Shelbi... I know, not that Shelby, were out at the flats and were there to witness a disaster in progress.  And as always instructed, TAKE PHOTOS!   A huge thanks to Shelbi…

One Of The Big Reasons I Keep Doing Woody Boater

I am asked all the time, why do you do this? To be honest, most of the time its just habit at this point. A morning ritual that eases me into the day and the hijinks it all ensues. BUT, from time to time, and especially July I get a Lily…

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…

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…

I Got The Shaft On Father’s Day

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Well, for my second boat ride of the season, I was reminded of the joys of classic boating. How fun it is to break down. Yup fun. I know this sounds crazy, and one could emotionally go down two paths. I always choose fun. Especially when…

Kent O. Smith Does A Welfare Check On Troy And Sandi, Or It’s The Other Way Around.

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Well, we have proof of life for Troy, Sandi and  Kent.  Kent sent us in this report. It thrills me beyond measure that over the years, WoodyBoaters are connected and have created a real universe outside of the internet. Dang, we all need…

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…

We Figured Out What To Do With The F5

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For all of you complaining about WoodyBoater being about cars and trucks last week. HA! We now have a solution. Now of course that beautiful rust free time capsule of an F5 might get a little butchered up. But at least the readers of WoodyBoater…

That Lighthouse For Sale Near Me.

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Thanks for all the emails and texts telling me about the Smith Point Lighthouse for sale near us here in Reedville. Social Media and websites devoted to old homes has gotten the word out for sure, and for sure it's been noticed. The listing…

Letting The Railway Air Out

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Crank up the music, let that sunshine and fresh air in, and clean up. In between Zoom calls, work, getting ready Whoops ready for Dora you have to take advantage of the weather. And even though its windy, it is nice outside. Today is supposed…

As 2023 Comes To An End, What Is The Future Of Woody Boater?

With our new unaproved winter hours in place, I have been spending mornings thinking. It seems to be my time of the day of clarity. By lunch time I am looking for napping places, and since its cold outside, there is little that can be done…

SHHHHHHHHHHHH

Thankyou all for stopping by and renewing my faith in the fine citizens of Woodyboaterville. I know it kind seems silly, but this is the time of year when you....well  just kinda want to crawl under a rock and listen to some Enja. Okay…

Getting Ready For This Years 16th Annual Holiday Party

Dang, how time flies. I swear we were just doing this like a month ago. Time is zipping by way to fast these days. Like binge watching a show late into the night. They just seem to rip on by. A sobering reminder to enjoy every second. And…

Mr B-irthday Is Today

Mr B is now legal in all 50 states to do whatever he wants to do. Yup, Yip, he turned 21 .... in dog years, in my world 3, and will always be my little boy. The good news, is he likes to hang out at the railway and yap it up with the folks…

Bjorn Bakken, Yes Our Bjorn Is Officially A Bjigtime Instructor At IYRS School of Technology & Trades in Newport, RI

Back when WoodyBoater started over 15 years ago, Bjorn was also starting his restoration of an amazing Barrel Back. And yes he had a blog that showed the process. WOW. And on top of all that, Bjorn is one of the nicest and most friendly…

The Art Of The Race By “Knot That Jeff Gordon”, Starring Tommy Beatley

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We have weeded through over 400 photos and about 35Gigs of footage, and today we are going to show some of the crazy artsy and behind the scenes images from the big Beatley Edwards Reshootout. The race footage is going to take a little time…

Zip & Yip, Are Ready To Rip At The Reedville Classic Boat Show

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I am not sure where to start here today. We shot yesterday at around 6 and with over 400 images and tons of footage, its gonna be a bit time consuming to edit it all. To top all that off, the smile plastered all over my face and lack of…
Al Schinnerer at 2011 Lake Tahoe Concours

Thank You Al, You Made The World A Better Place.

Yesterday we got a report in around 10AM east coast time that one of the original and most loved Woody Boaters had passed away. Al Schinnerer made everyone smile and was always there to make things better. In fact Al is responsible for saving …

A Brief Paws For Mr Buffett

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Thank you Jimmy Buffett for all the wonderful times. Now I understand why we had such an amazing sunset last night. Margaritas tonight. Maybe lunch, okay maybe mix some Cheerios into a blender this morning and.. Maybe a boat ride is a better…

“It’s Better Than Any Medication Today, Thats For Sure”. Tommy Beatley

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Many of you asked yesterday what Tommy said when he saw the boat. Tommy is a man of few words, and wasn't speechless thats for sure. He was in fact blown away and was calling all his buddies on his flip phone to come see her. BTW, I have offered…

Shhhhhhh, Hangover From Gull Lake Yesterday

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We didnt get a report in this morning. But I did get notes on what an amazing day it was. So much so, the day off today was granted since we did have some left overs from yesterdays artery clog of stories. Reports will no doubt be coming…

Gull Lake Lyrical Lapkin

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INTO THE MYSTIC……AT GULL LAKE” Van Morrison’s Into The Mystic is perhaps the single song that best captures the artist’s talent for crafting peaceful tunes with poetic lyrics that showcase life through a spiritual lens. I, as…

Longtime Fellow Woody Boater Captain Grumpy Reports Back In From Four Year Absence

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A huge welcome back hug to longtime fellow Woody Boater Randy Rush for a quick report in from Alton Bay. And you guessed it. No captions, so I get to get back in the saddle again after Steve Natale, and Kent O. Smith did such an amazing job…

The Question That’s Generations Old. Can We Answer It Today And End This Madness.

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We got this fun note from fellow Woody Boater Gedd Oh god.. hold on.. I am gonna butcher this one bad.. Wait, copy and paste! Oh hell ya..Schweikert take it away Gedd. As I was reading the story this morning about “Mike” I again…

Owen Turner Takes On The Big Guns, And Wins The Hearts Of The Classic Boating Community

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One of the true joys of having done Woody Boater for over 15 years, is watching the future grow up.  Every year at Lake Dora I have a buddy who keeps me smiling, and confident that all is well in the world.  Owen Turner. Actually the entire…

Isabella Steals The Show In New Zealand, And Warms Hearts Across The World

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Yesterday our reporter Phil From New Zealand sent us a ton, yes a ton of images from the show. For the record, none of the James Bond Boat with an outboard. And buried in the pile, which we will milk some more are a better idea of the size of…

Todays Story Will Make You Laugh, Cry And Say Swingers? WHAAAAAAT?

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Over the past week or so longtime fellow Woody Boater Bob Murdock who BTW is also another owner of a vintage boat yard.. HOWE MARINE, Anyway, I digress into Nutsoville. Anyway Bob found his old family boat. I can tell you this type of moment…

“Why Is My Last Gasp Always The Best Boat Ride Of The Year”? – Rabbit

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It’s the middle of October and when you live in The Land of Lakes that means its Last Gasp time again. Why is it that my best boat rides always seem to be in October? Don’t get me wrong, I love Summer. And those boat rides in April and May,…

A New Chapter In The World Of Classic Power Boating

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With the passing of Chris Smith, The grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith, founder of Chris Craft, we mark an important moment in the boating industry. Now some of you may claim there are others and so on, but Christopher Columbus Smith…

Go Boating For John Rothert After He Hijacks WoodyBoater.

Today is John Rothert Day. We have to find out about his surgery in the comment section yesterday! WTH?  So we get to beat him up while he's down. Hey, thats what we do. Knee surgery I think, well overdue since he has been bitching about…

Lee And Penny’s Big Win At Pebble Beach, Yes That Pebble Beach

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No doubt you have already seen the huge news about fellow Woody Boater Lee Anderson winning Best In Show at Pebble Beach. Yup. The big one. Not the one in Alaska near Duck Point. The real big whopper in California. Well. google this and…

Steve Natales Report From Tahoe Just Got Here From Appalachia. Don’t Ask, It’s Complicated.

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Looooooong time fellow Woody Boater Steve Natale reports in from Lake Tahoe. Steve BTW has gone on to become a Youtube star in the classic car universe. Links below. Anyway, Steve Natale's images got here late yesterday, while the other…

The Warners Go On Holiday.

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Meet George and Biffy Warner, they are from out east, and went on there summer holiday to the family place in McCall  Idaho. Turns out Biffy's father was well off since he was the first to sell vast amounts of potatoes to a big potato chip…

Meet Ziggy, The Newest Member Of The Woody Boater Family.

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Today we officially introduce Ziggy! The Berlin Beuro and Suzy2's new love child. Ziggy is a Portugese Water Dog, like the kids dog was when the they were young. And of course the secret password to almost everything. Not anymore BTW. We…

Stinky Wants To Go Back Home!

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Stinky and I went on a morning ride yesterday. Perfect flat water and amazing weather. Anyway we were out there just having a blast, and we had a conversation of sorts. You do know you can talk to your boat. Right. No really. Seriously.…

The Woody Wedding Sausage, Bratwurst?

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The milking of the Woody Wedding is coming to an end. And the Sausage part of any milking is a great way to conclude it all. For those of you new readers, Milking is the term for turning one story into many, and sausage is the collection…

Meet Miss Moonshine – A New Era In Gentleman’s Racers

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Kevin Fiztke has done it again. Yup, he made my old cynical jaw drop. I imagine when I am sitting there with my drool cup, Fiztke designs and builds will mostly be to blame. HOLY CRAP! The guy is amazing and is bringing amazing designs to…

Black Duck Hail Mary To Montana On Some Flyer!

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Okay, Meet Black Duck, clearly one of us. Insane, driven and has an eye for the good stuff. I mean I love Mr Duck, and wish he lived near by, cause you know there are always adventures ahead. Not to mention, the balls to leave at night…

Frank Fife, A Sad Farewell At The Railway.

A couple weeks ago, we lost one of the great ones. A longtime boatbuilder and general all around joy to be around, Frank Fife passed away and no doubt will be missed bigtime around here in the Reedville area. Frank was one of the few you…

ACBS Announces A Very Special New Annual Award. The Terry Fiest Award.

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For over 27 years Terry has been dedicated to making the Sunnyland Lake Dora event making it one of the most important events of the year for the classic boating community. Actually becoming the official opening of the season. I rode around…

On The Run – Troy Sighting In Reedville!

We are officially back on track here in Woodyboaterville. Humans are getting out and about and headed to Florida. Two years in the making. And we got to get a very small taste of that last night with a wonderful dinner with Troy and Sandi,…

The Garwood’s or Gar Wood, Or Garwood The Town, Or?

Okay, okay, okay, I know that many of you already know this. But some of us have always been a tad confused about the Gar Wood name. And or, is it one word, or two, and is it a name? Is Gar Wood a real person? Yes. Garfield "Gar" Arthur…

35 Years In The Blink Of An Eye

35 years ago, the Boatress and I tied the knot. See, I made this a boat story.. Knot.. 35 years ago she said YES, and has been saying No ever since. But that one YES, has been the gift of my life. The No's just keep me focused, cause I say…

Boating In December, In New Jersey? What?

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You open the door to step outside and brace yourself for that hit of chill that seems to find any part of your body to attack it. And boom, it's warm, and nice. Like really nice. And of course the first thing that really hits you is. Hey…

R.I.P Buzz, You Made A Difference

We received news yesterday that "Buzz" (Clyde R. Gibb) has passed away at the age of 98 years. Whether you had met Buzz, he was an inspiration to many for so many years - not just as the owner/savior of Thunderbird but as a unique and inspirational…

Gary, Royce, Glen and Rosie, A Story We All Need To Read About Our Wonderful Community

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A Huge thanks to longtime Fellow Woody Boater and pal Gary Visser for sending in one of the more emotional story ever to be on Woody Boater. This, this, story right here is what and why we are part of this amazing community. I actually got…

Woody Gal’s Daddy Had One

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Want one for yourself? Well DADDY HAD ONE could be yours. Okay, warning, this story could make some Who's on first? turns. So you can skip the bla blah and just click on the ebay link at the bottom of this story. Okay alittle about Daddy…