Not Just A New Woodyboatermobile, But A New Way To Buy One!

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As reported several weeks ago, I asked if anyone out there was a Ford dealer. One loooongtime fellow Woody Boater raised his hand and said he could help. And holy crap did he ever. One of our longtime pals, Don Ploetner owns a cool company…

Meet Tara Leigh – She Is More Of What We All Need Right Now!

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Yesterday Jimmy brought home little Miss Tara Leigh, and Bruiser fell in love. As did we all. With in seconds it was full on combat, dance, play and friendship. And too all of us, a break and the joy of knowing they were gonna wear each…

Sad Breaking News – Paul Miklos Passes Away.

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Very sad news to report, fellow Woody Boater Thomas Drozd sent us this crushing report, and I can not have said it any better. And for sure not spelled it better. Ugh, A true loss to a great family! Today we lost a lifetime Century Boat…

William Jackson – The Seaflea King

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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…

Meet “Bruiser”, The Newest Member Of The Woody Boater Family!

Say hello to Bruiser, 4.3 lbs of pure energy and trouble. Nothing is safe around the house, car, boat, barn. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Bruiser is pure party animal and has zero fear, which of course scares us. And at 8 weeks…

Making Tough Calls, Terry Fiest, You Are “The Man”

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Yesterdays sad announcement that the Lake Dora Show will be canceled drew some mixed reviews. SHOCK! I am being sarcastic BTW. In todays climate of crazy, it's comforting to know that there are leaders like Terry at the helm of even a small…

It Can’t Be. Gary Beck Passes Away.

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We have some very sad news to let our little close community know about the sudden passing of longtime fellow WoodyBoater Gary Beck. I was informed by his good friend and fellow Woody Boater Steve Moser. At first I was confused. Is…

A Visit From An Old And Young Friend! Alex and Salter Make A Special Visit.

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The other day I got a note from LOOOOOOOONGtime fellow Woody Boaters Alex and Salter Watson. They were in Maryland on their boat and would be stopping in Reedville at some point. For those of you kinda new to Woody Boater, Alex Watson and…

Bob Shapton – Michigan Boat & Engine

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If you are a comment reader you will no doubt recognize longtime fellow Woody Boater Bob Shapton. Bob is passion, and drive all bundled up in a very fun and kind human being. And one more reason to smile that our community is strong and…

Brian Robinson – Family, Family, and Family. Then Boats. Ya, Glorious Boats.

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Chances are you have already heard of Brian Robinson. One of the first Young Guns and still gunning for perfection. Brian represents the best of all we can hope for in our community. Smart, nice, talented, and shares information. And here…

Reuban Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop.

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Reuban Smith opened up his doors to his own business about 10 years ago, and it's been full throttle since then. Reuban is very well known and loved up in the Lake George area. And the boatshop is way over the top cool. Its a combination…

Self Proclaimed Wood Butcher Seth Kiedaisch

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I hope this week has been as fun for you as it has been for me. It's mind blowing to see the artistry of our younger community. And illustrates what I have been saying about our classic boat culture's transference to an art form vs boat…

A Shameless Plug For What I Am Most Proud About. Just One Click Is All I Ask.

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Sorry, today is being hijacked by my kids. I am so proud of them and what they are doing and surviving the pandemic with passion and hard work. You may have noticed the banner LOWTIMERS on the site. That's their company in New Orleans. Talk…

10 Universal Truths – Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Classic Boats.

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This year more than any other year we have been doing this, I feel a huge swell of new Woody Boaters. It's wonderful and exciting. And from talking to many of the brokers, the under 30K boats are selling briskly. Which is entry level stuff.…

Cobra Tortures 10 Year Old On Lake Winnipesaukee!

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We got a fun, and relatable story from longtime fellow Woody Boater Ben Lasher. Somehow we are all still 10 years old around our boats. And an sliver of the joy we all bring folks when we roar across the water. Ya never know what other 10…

From The Secret Robinson Files. Every 25 Sportsman Listed.

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Well, today if you are into specs stats and lists. You may want to put on some plastic on your key board.. Cause this is gonna blow your mind. Brian Robinson shared one of his special lists that he creates. Yes, people do this and it's insane.…

It’s Lily Day! Proof That There Is Good In This World.

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If you are a longtime Woody Boater you know how special Lily is to us all here. Lily and WoodyBoater have grown up together. With all the negative drama going on out there in the click bait universe, Lily is a wonderful reminder of the joy…

I Like My Trawlers On The Rocks.

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It aint a boat trip until you get towed! Sweet Pea decided that she wanted to run up on some rocks. Not me, It's Sweet Pea's fault. Yup. ROCKS! WTF ROCKS, Like not marked, nothing ROCKS. Thanks Coast Guard who removed a light house, and…

An Interview With The Future Of Classic Boating. Owen Turner.

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A huge thanks to fellow Woody Boater Of the Month, Owen Turner for doing this special interview with us. If you want to get a snap shot of our future leaders in our community, here ya go. Hurry though, they grow up way to fast.  Hey…

Sad News – Dick Werner Passes Away

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A NOTE TO TODAYS READERS (FRIDAY) We are going to keep this story going. The outpouring of love and honor has been amazing, close to double the visitors yesterday, and many will be here today reading this for the first time. Below is the…

SAD BREAKING NEWS – Charles Mistele Passes Away!!!

We are getting reports from several reliable sources that our pal, and good friend Charles Mistele passed away last night. We are still not sure of what, but it was sudden. I had just spoken through email with Charles a couple days ago as…

Scarlet, Sweet Scarlet. A Sad Farewell.

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It's with a heavy, heavy heart we report the passing of a true and loyal Woody Boater. Miss Scarlet who was always ready for a boat ride and road trip. Scarlet never, NEVER left Jimmy's side. Work, play, eating out. You name it, Scarlet…

Sad News – Pat Curtin Passes Away

We are always sad to report the passing of a fellow Woody Boater, and many of you know who Pat Curtin was, but in case you are wondering. Pat is the guy behind all the On Golden Pond Boats. Pat Curtin was also marine coordinator on…

Gone Fish’n Woody Boater Style

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A huge thanks to Bob Kays and Allen Makin and family for sharing a wonderful heart warming story from Lake Hopatcong. Trust me, it will renew any little bit of bitter faith you have left in humanity to know that such goodness is still strong…

The Official And Unofficial Obituaries of Joseph Turcotte.

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As sadly promised here is an update of the tragic passing of one of the pillars of our community Joe Turcotte. This was published in the Post Star and linked here. But we also are publishing it here. Jan. 9, 1981 — Sept. 26, 2019   BRANT…

A Very Sad Farewell To A True Woody Boater

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It is with a true heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of the great contributors to our community and culture. Paul Mikkelson. Paul's collection, Museum and passion for classic boats made a huge impact on our collective passion.…

Ned’s Got A Whaler Of A Story!

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Fellow Woody Boater Ned Protexter sent us in this wonderful story about love, and ones passion all coming together in the form of a boat! Now this is what its all aboat. Get it.. A Boat.. Ugh.. Take it away Ned, before I stink up the entire…

A Look Back – A Tribute To Claude Turner And Aristocraft

With the sad announcement of Claude Turners today, we decided that  we are going to re - publish a story from a time back at the 70th anniversary of Aristocraft. As a tribute to one of the true founders of our passion. Claude Turner.  As a…

Claude Turner, Founder Of Aristocraft Passes Away.

We just got this news. So sad.The Turner family is a fantastic family and Claude's legacy is safe for sure. All us at WoodyBoater share our deep respect for all Claude did to enrich our community and lives. Below is the official noteification…

Yes, It Happened AGAIN! The Harrison’s Break Down!

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Ya, know, I can't make this stuff up. No one would believe that one family could experience so many breakdowns, and yet see the humor in it all. Yes, we are talking about Paul and Karen Harrison. You may recall the running out of fuel…

Christmas Eve Good News – Carla Update!

For many of us in the culture of classic boats, one person helps us all feel a little more secure about our boats and families security. Carla from Hagerty Marine Insurance. Well, Carla wanted to pass along a wonderful message to all of…

It’s Bob Kays Days. Happy B Day Bob!

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Today our long time fellow Woody Boater turns the big Six OHHHHH! Nooooo! But with Bob like many of us, Its just a number. Since we are all really about 12 years old according to our families. Bobs passion for woody boating runs deep in…

“Emily” – 1937 Thunderbolt To Appear Back In Clayton! This Alone Is Worth The Trip!

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Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Steve Moser who is going to be bringing one of our top favorite boat models to Clayton this year. An amazing 1937 Century Thunderbolt. What's even cooler is below is some original BW footage of her in action…

Progressive Has Flo, We Have Carla! The Real Deal! Keep The Love Flo…ing!

If you new to this culture , you may be wondering who Carla from Hagerty Marine insurance is? And why such the huge response to Carla getting ill? We broke records in readership yesterday and on track today. Well, in a nutshell, Carla is…

Good News -“I Am Going To Kick This Stroke’s Butt!” – UPDATES HERE!

This past Thursday our friend and Captain of all Insurance at Hagerty, experienced a stroke while at work. We found out and kept this private since it's a personal thing, and as much as we knew you would want to know we felt it was up to…

The True joy Of What Woody Boater Is About! It’s Lily Day!

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One of the most thrilling parts of doing this for now over 10 years is we can now look back and watch folks buy boats for the first time, get restored, break down,,,and watch families grow up, But hands down one of my favorite features is…

Happy 4th Of July – Mid Week Magic

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I have officially decided that we should all take Wednesdays off for the summer. What a wonderful mid week break to enjoy boating and family. That is the magic part of summer, and nothing exemplifies that more than July 4th, our collective…

It’s Boatress Day!

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The Boatress has been there for me for over 30 years, despite the fact that today is her 35th Birthday. I really don't understand the math of it all, and to be honest do not recall getting married to a 5 year old. Even though I am still…

A Fellow WoodyBoater Gets Hitched!

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A couple years ago at the large Gull Lake Show we met Alex Kent and his cousin. You remember, they have a very cool 25 Sportsman and a Blue Rocket. Well, looks like Alex got married this weekend, and the wedding cake! Yup, a 25 Sportsman,…

The Boatress Is Watching A Whole Lotta Murder Shows, Should I Be Concerned?

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I have noticed when I am home sitting with the love of my life, the Boatress, that she loves to watch those Murder shows on cable channels. Lately more and more. Now, this may be a coincidence to the Trawler Christmas gift thing. Or it could…

Miss K Gets Restored. And So Do We!

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Thanks to Mike and Kristen for sending in this whopper restoration story on their cool Century project! We need this sort of stuff this time of year! And the culture needs folks like Mike and Kristen!!!  Take it away Mike and Kristen Woodyboaterville…

We Are Kick’n Some Aft Now! Sons Of Varnish Rule!

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So, you think your a bad ass cause you own a Sons Of Varnish t Shirt? Okay, wait, I do.. Okay I did. Not anymore. No thanks to fellow WoodyBoater of The Month and Sons Of Varnish God Les Husell from The Aland Islands. Les, is seriously all…

The Last-ish Gar Wood Made?

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Fellow Woody Boaters John and his son Kader Merritt sent us in this cool report regarding a special Gar Wood he is about to go to town on. We here at WoodyBoater are always so happy to see father and son stories and this will be a treasure…

A Sad Farewell To A Fellow Woody Boater – Hank The Plank

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Long time fellow Woody Boater Mike Mayer reports in on some sad news about his Father and best friend. Here is Mikes report. On October 5, 2017 Woodyboaterville lost another great man. Fred aka “Hank the Plank” Mayer had battled leukemia…

Glisenti Fine Wood Boats – True Italian Passion And Craftsmanship!

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As you may recall we were all invited to visit Glisenti Boats by fellow Woody Boaters Davide and Luca Glisenti, and so we did for sure. In what appears to be an entire trip to lake Como and never seeing one Riva. But man oh man, we have…

“As A Young Man Of Seven, I Loved Seeing The Boat Go Down The Lake And Have Loved Her For Years.” Eric Knox

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Fellow Woody Boater Eric Knox sent us in this fantastic heart warming story about a long love affair with a very unique  GarWood. Wow, it's pure magic when this sort of thing happens and what Woody Boating is all about. All that love and…

“Puff” Powers To Her New Home In Florida! UPDATE READ COMMENTS!

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Long time fellow Woody Boater Scott Ales pulled a major Woody Boater Road trip this weekend, bringing home "Puff" the amazing time capsule Chris Craft Express Cruiser we featured on Woody Boater a couple weeks ago. And as you…

5 Years Of Weekends And Nights In The Garage – Live’n The Woody Boater Life!

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A huge welcome and thanks to "lurker" and fellow Woody Boater Craig Watkins for sending in a great report from the Chicago area. Take it away Craig. BTW, we are all Lurkers! HA! I’ve never written to you before but I have lurked on…