Lake Dora 2014 Seen Through The Eye Of Alex Watson.



Every year Alex goes around the show and captures wonderful moments that sum up the show in a wonderful way. And to think this is just one of Alex’s eyes, god only knows what his other eye sees. Thanks Alex, these shots bring back all the fun and joy this gathering is about.

Alex names this."Never lend Ayers your boat."

Alex names this.”Never lend Ayers your boat.”

Finaly a use for those vintage water skis. We bought two and a coffee table!

Finaly a use for those vintage water skis. We bought two and a coffee table!

It's a Florida thing

I want this Orange boat.


The morning dooooo shot

The morning dooooo shot

Pete Devitto's new ride. NICE!

Pete Devitto’s new ride. NICE!

Chris Wise out on his Wise boat again. Is that his great grandfather cap?

Chris Wise out on his Wise boat again. Is that his great grandfather cap?

This will be a header one day!

This will be a header one day!

She may be small, but she has a huge heart

She may be small, but she has a huge heart.

Brass and mahogany is very nice, very nice indeed.

Brass and mahogany is very nice, very nice indeed.

A very nice correct craft, OK thats redundant..

A very nice correct craft, OK thats redundant..

This next photo requires you watch this first.


Jim Frechette – RAMMING SPEED!

Well, there ya go!

Well, there ya go!

Thanks Alex for sharing all this with us. Stay tuned for more fun from Dora!

29 replies
  1. Troy
    Troy says:

    Since this was my first trip to Dora I don’t know if it is always this much fun, but WOW there was Sooooo much going on in every direction.

    What a Great Great show.

    Can’t forget these guys!

  2. matt
    matt says:

    Those Jersey Skiff guys were running out on the lake durring the storm. Amazing.. Gotta love that flat water.

  3. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Alex, your photos are thought provoking, entertaining & do capture the irony that most of us miss, thank you! Love your whackoness!

  4. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    It’s good that Alex captured one of the many Correct Craft boats that was the Feature Marquee for this years Festival.
    The Maloon family, founders of Correct Craft, were well represented at the show including Ralph Maloon, who was only 4 years old when his dad began building boats in 1924 near Orlando. He’s still going strong at 94 years young. Wilson Wright escorted Ralph around the Festival in a golf cart all day on Saturday. There were about 30 great looking Correct Craft boats on display at the festival that represented their history well.

  5. Carla
    Carla says:

    Always look forward to your “take” on any boat show, Alex. The Watson spin (via your camera) is always unique and definitely captures the aura that others miss. It’s always an “ah ha” moment when viewing your pics!
    LOVED the Correct Crafts! What a fabulous display of classic glass!
    Until next time, it was a pleasure attending the event and personally thanking everyone from their business AND friendship!!

  6. Wilson Wright
    Wilson Wright says:

    Nice comment about Ralph Maloon. I thought his recap of Correct Craft history as the featured speaker at the Satursay night dinner was one of the best we’ve ever had. Not bad for a 96 year old guy who didn’t refer to a single note.

    • Al Benton
      Al Benton says:

      Wilson, thanks for the correction on Ralph’s age. I sure hoot that I’m getting around so well in 25 more years. His presentation following that fantastic dinner was quite amazing.

  7. Alan
    Alan says:

    Mr Ralph as he is affectionately referred to in the Correct Craft circle is quite an individual. He joins us each year at our St Johns River Run and entertains us for hours with his stories. When it was confirmed he was going to speak Saturday night the CC group stepped up and brought out the best we could find to represent the brand. That showing was more about our appreciation and respect for Mr Ralph and the entire Meloon family than it was about the boats themselves.

    There were some great Correct Crafts both glass and wood on display and with the exception of the Hurricane all are daily drivers and many still pull skiers around on a regular basis.

  8. matt
    matt says:

    Mr Ralph was a hoot, and I agree, a fun speaker. It was fantastic to see all the fun that the Correct Craft gang brought to the party for sure, Heck they were the party! The boats brought and the fun group helped make this year one of the more fun years we have had! I love all the colors and different set ups.

  9. MikeM
    MikeM says:

    Matt, as our fearless leader I hesitate to disagree with your title for todays story, but I must. That is NOT the boat show “through the eye of Alex Watson”. I have a phone full of images that were either texted or emailed to me through out the show through the eye of the “real” Alex Watson.

    However, the pictures in todays story are OK, too.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      As I posted above, Alex was trying to teach me the “Mayer Method” of photo documentation in your absence and I believe those are the photos that you received. We are all looking forward to you attendance at Skaneateles in September so you can take those photos yourself and unburden Mr. Watson for what he does best.

  10. Alex
    Alex says:

    Indiana Smith.

    (I was going to call him Virginia Smith but, well, that could cause confusion.)

  11. Dave
    Dave says:

    Good to see Matt is finally learning how to fish. That IS what he’s doing in this shot, right? It’s all in the wrist, boy!

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