Didn’t We All Do This As Kids?


LeRoy and Philip Armitage were not idle during the past winter. Instead of running around having “good times,” as it is commonly termed, they considered it good sport to build a boat, such as Lake Hopatcong never before seen.

Nolan’s Point – Lake Hopatcong NJ

It was built according to catamaran style, being 30 feet long and 4 feet wide; having two hulls, each of which are 15 inches deep and drawing three inches of water in the front and eight inches in the rear. It contains a 12 h. p. double cylinder engine. The boys ran her from The Hague Cottage dock on Raccoon Island to Nolan’s Point in 11 minutes and from the Kenvil Store to Raccoon Island in 16 minutes.

Hollywood Hotel Raccoon Island, near where the boys started

The Kenvil Store

A huge thanks to Bob Kays for the story and wonderful trip down the Little Rascals memory tour. Life before smart phones, wait, hell before TV, wait, before radio? Phones? Dang!

12 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Nice story, but that boat design could have been a predecessor to those awful pontoon boats!

  2. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Life before HINs, registrations, safety inspections, lake fees, water patrols, ambulance chasers & other assorted killjoys.

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Man, Greg and Kelly nailed the comments early this morning!!!

    It is currently 3 degrees here, and not the balmy Canadian 3 degrees, so no crazy boat building on my agenda today. I am thinking bacon and a warm fire.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      I am wondering if they misspelled Hollywood, or if Matt misspelled Hollwood.

      You would normally think Hollywood was correct, but if that’s how Matt spelled it, odds are it’s wrong!

  4. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    Wonderful story today. It’s a great break while I sit in the line to get tested for covid-19. (possible exposure, no symptoms)

    The bottom of the postcard says Hollwood, but the flag on the boat actually says Hollywood.

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