Is Chumlee A Woody Boater?

Chumlee from Pawn Stars On the History Channel

if you are a Pawn Stars viewer last week our two worlds came to a a fun mashup. The Pawn Stars showed up to Harsens Island to look at a great 1925 Chris Craft triple. Yes this was last week and all over social media, and is what it is. A reality show that is, well.. let’s just say best without a script.

Having fun on the water

Who knew Rick Harrison knew all this stuff about a Chris-Craft? Doesn’t he usually bring in an expert? Hell this was shot on Harsens Island. Home of experts!!!! Really? Now, before you dump on me, the exposure to the passion is great.

Love the area! Great shot

Those Michigan waters! Oh Algonac!

But the Pawn Stars are now picking? Kinda a different concept, and takes these guys into a strange unbelievable place. So did Chumlee buy the boat? After all a Reality Show should be real. Right? Did Chumlee buy a triple user for $72K? Will they be able to flip it for $90K I looked on their website,  Rick Harrison’s Gold Silver Pawn Shop site and could not find it.

You can visit the Pawn Stars web page here, or tune into the History Channel. You cant miss them.

31 replies
  1. Ronald
    Ronald says:

    Thanks for posting that video, I do not watch it very often and had no idea they bought a wood boat especially with no survey or questions about the bottom etc. Thanks again.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      That is how all reality shows work. They are like Spinal Tap, completely fictional but styled like a real documentary.

  2. Miles Kapper
    Miles Kapper says:

    Chumlee is not a Woody Boater. He and his cronies are a bunch of scumbags who are interested in ratings so they can make obscene amounts of money on a television series that has little to do with reality. If anything they are doing a dis service to the antique and classic boating community. Some production coordinator Googled ‘Chris Craft’ and found a couple of facts so their loyal views could believe they knew something about old wood boats and therefore they’re credible.

  3. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Not only does Chumlee go Woodyboating but Chumlee goes to jail for solicitation, drug and firearm possession. lol. If its anything like American Pickers, it appears that most of their “scenes” are setups now and no transaction really occurs or they have a customer behind the scene they are buying for. If you go to the American Pickers location in Iowa and Nashville, you see some antiques on display but the only thing for sale are t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc, etc. I’ve searched the internet to find objects they’ve purchased and have never found any. It seems once the show gets popular the model for the show is to then set up a scene for production and the “talent” lives on the up to $90k (or more) “talent” money per show and maybe the actual transactions are just “chandelier sales”, like a Mecum Auction. The good thing is the hobby gets exposure, I assume that’s a positive thing

    • Kent in Valpo
      Kent in Valpo says:

      Au contraire, Floyd. A close friend of mine was visited by the Pickers, and they purchased $7,000 worth of stuff.

      • floyd r turbo
        floyd r turbo says:

        Go to one of their 2 locations and let me know if you can buy one of the items they’ve purchased. I’ve never been, so I only know what I read and what people have posted after visiting and reported no antiques for sale, just displays. I realize they do buy stuff as they’ve had their clients on the show, William Shatner, the NASCAR museum, Ryan Newman, a NASCAR driver, and others. My question is where are all those other items going if they really consummate the purchase and they don’t appear on their shelves.

        • thomas d
          thomas d says:

          been twice to their Nashville store and most everything in there has a price tag on it. there are display pieces that are part of Mikes personnel collection that aren’t for sale so everyone can enjoy seeing them.

  4. Dean
    Dean says:

    There is a 1926 26′ Chris Craft for sale in NW Montana for considerably less and it’s my understanding that it has a new bottom by a reputable restoration company.

  5. Mark in Ohio ( sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio ( sometimes da U P ) says:

    Typical pawn stars Rick tried to lowball the guy. I was glad to see he stood his ground. At least they didn’t have that grouchy old man on there running everything down. Neat boat though I don’t know how much use you can get out of it in Las Vegas

  6. Lee Wangstad
    Lee Wangstad says:

    Scripted? Not for real? Oh, man, that is not the way I was expecting to begin my day. You guys are brutal! If you took the time to really dig into the interaction between the players, see the deep relationships that they have developed for each other, as well as thoughtful understanding that they display for the customers who come in to entrust their prized heirloom quality possessions to, you’d better understand why this show was developed and continues to enthrall viewers of all ages. Your reactions hit me like a two ton truck right in the gut. You can see that Chumlee is really digging it, and did you notice the happy expression on Rick’s face? And the seller? Of course he’s quite happy: national television exposure! Now that I have that off of my chest, I’m going back to finish watching professional wrestling, televisions first reality show. Thanks, Matt, for being brave enough to give credit to this fantastic bunch of regular guys.

  7. Richard Rahn
    Richard Rahn says:

    Great PR! Too bad Chumlee wasn’t sporting a Woody Boater pin up T shirt for that episode. Send him one. Ask for a followup picture. Watch your page views jump….

  8. briant
    briant says:

    No offense…but who in the heck names their kid Chumlee?

    Great PR? I dunno….there are many reasons why Ferrari has not and never will ask Trump to endorse their fine motor cars….

  9. Richard Rahn
    Richard Rahn says:

    Sir….His real name is Austin Lee Russell. Chumlee is his stage name. He got that nickname as a kid. A friends father said he looked like Chumley the walrus on the cartoon show Tennesse Tuxedo. All this is on Wikipedia.
    Yes, the Pawn Stars segment is great PR for bringing more people and interest into wooden boats. It’s not about anybody making an endorsement for any particular brand. It’s about fun. It’s about new blood. It’s about somebody seeing that beautiful wooden boat on the water and saying, that’s cool, how can I get one. I suggest you get treated for TDS.

    • Mike K
      Mike K says:

      I had to look that up!
      Wonder if briant ever checks the markets
      Or the employment figures
      Join or die!

  10. Texx
    Texx says:

    Sounded like the Chris-Craft in the Pawn Stars video had modern power. Standard 10 Point deduction from ACBS.

  11. Matt
    Matt says:

    One thing to think about on these shows is the entire ownership of the name. no network is going to promote someones brand. In a way, Pawn Stars the name is owned by A&E Networks. Which owns the History Channel. The way the pickers, and Pawn Stars and all the reality based people make money is through apearences, and things that are not in their contracts. For example. The Dog Whisperer, cant use that name once he quit. Ceiser Milan doesnt own that name, the network does. At some point if the show grows, the buying and selling part is a less important, the money is in the network deal and they are stars. Look at Fast and Loud. Thats the show, but the guys have done a great job of promoting Gas Monkey garage and made a bar from it and entire franchise. Its entertainment, and should be watched with that in mind, and then its fun! Like thinking of time travel, the more you dig, the more it ruins it

  12. Texx
    Texx says:

    I read recently that Richard Rawlings (Gas Monkey Garage owner) appearance fee is 50K per episode.

    The reality show Street Outlaws on History Channel has exploded in the last few years. Began as an under ground look at illegal street racing in Oklahoma City (which was real, not fake) and has now grown to a TV show and a series of nine live drag racing events across America called No Prep Kings – which is filmed and shown on History Channel. I attended the No Prep Kings event in Boise, Idaho this summer and it was packed with spectators.

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