Exclusive World Premiere – Antique Boat Museums “Old Boat Stories” Pilot!


Old Boat Stories
You are seeing it here first, everyone always talks about it, but the good folks at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton did it. The new Hollywood of classic boating! Now that the red carpet has thawed out,  you get to watch The World Premiere exclusively here on Woody Boater. Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Michael Folsom at the Antique Boat Museum – Here is what Michael had to say….”It is with great pleasure that the Antique Boat Museum introduces a wooden boat masterpiece, Splinter, to the readers of this highly accredited wooden boating go-to website. The concept is one that our organization wishes to grow on in the near future – a potential TV mini-series. Old Boat Stories was the creation of unique minds in the wooden boating world and key members of the ABM. We hope you enjoy Episode One: Splinter, our series pilot.” So with out further delay, drummm roll…please.

22 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Great story and very well done video. I think this has got PBS written all over it. What are the plans and timing for future films? How about a story about Michigan boats. Chris Craft, Gar Wood, Century, Hacker Craft, Morin, Mayea,Van Dam, Grand Craft….

  2. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Very nice. Definitely has a PBS vibe to it: Much more of a pure documentary feel. Having worked with PBS over the years I can say that the only way to get a new program on the air is to come with a title sponsor. Any ideas out there?

    The other direction to go is to make it a true “reality” show, which means creating some fake drama.

      • floyd r turbo
        floyd r turbo says:

        The video may be too tame without the drama from a reality series. Maybe they could get Everett to get a few tattoes and slam some tools around “where’s my low angle block plane, anyone seen my plane? Where is Paulie? Michael, where’s my damn plane?

  3. Rich Marschner
    Rich Marschner says:

    Nice to have such a professional piece like this as the first one…the editing is especially good, to my eye and ear.
    Is there anything else in the pipeline at this point?
    As to the PBS possibility, they might well be interested in a one-off special, composed of several of these short pieces.
    It would be most helpful to identify a potential sponsor for such a special…as such productions are frighteningly expensive. It should be a company with a national marketing focus.
    Any ideas?

  4. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Man, that Everett Smith is a pretty talented guy, wood worker, engine man, banjo player extraordinaire and scores the story and they don’t give him music credit at the end? that’s a travesty but the video is fantastic. I wonder if the general public will feel the same way. I can “feel” myself immersed in the area having been there and being a member of the museum.

  5. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Congrats to all involved in this production. Very well done and very interesting.
    All the Shots of the Thousand Islands area bring back so many memories of the week we stayed in Alexandria Bay, and cruised those waters every day. We will return again some day.
    I agree with Greg, a series on Michigan made boats could fill an whole hour. And we got all the background and history collected already in Holland, Mi. They put on an annual boat show featuring Michigan made classics. A good starting point.

  6. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    and Woodyboater will doubtless get this great video the most exposure it could ever hope to achieve. Hit the donate button. Well done all.

    John in Va.

  7. neil
    neil says:

    what do yo see the most at wooden boat shows besides boats and old guys ;

    Pickup trucks

    The 1st place to look for a national account is one of the big 3 or go to toyota or Nissan as they are trying to build their pickup business. Nissan has had a rolling display of a Chris Craft that is towed by there pickup truck going all over the USA> Then I would look at a tool company like Stanley, Bosch, milwaukee, porter cable, delta. Next up on the big corporate world would be Canadian Tire or a Whites or Prep boys or an autoparts supplier. To stretch a link I would go technology like Cisco which networks and connects generations like wood boats connects a Grandfather to his grandson.

    Music is key, and it has to bee different.

    Characters would be great, a boat builder in Ontario, Dwight B comes to mind, great speaker, tons of personality, knows his boats and has built some great boats.

    A lets get there in something cool like a float plane or helicopter.

    Make it cool like james bond.

    matt can reach me if you want more info

    • Rich Marschner
      Rich Marschner says:

      Good ideas, Neil…Rabbit, what bkgnd do you have w/ PBS? I worked in Chgo in the late 80’s selling program concepts to potential sponsors at WTTW’s National Program Development dept. We sold the production of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” to — of all prospects — Elkay, the water fountain people, in 1989.
      I have no current contacts, but would be glad to brainstorm with others.
      I do serve on the Board of Trustees of Cleveland’s PBS affiliate, WVIZ. We have no national prog production position, but I can get introductions to those stations who do (Chgo, Boston, NY).
      I do think there’s something to work with here…hard to say just what at this juncture, but something….

  8. Larry Forget
    Larry Forget says:

    Is that BANJO MUSIC, ? WOW HIGH QUALITY ,& Aerial
    photography. Yes TV episode is better that some off
    the wall stuff on the airwaves lately. THANKS WOODY BOATER for sharing.

  9. jeff
    jeff says:

    great video very well done matt please keep us posted about future videos raise your hand if you like boat videos also maybe a quick link to click on

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