The New Woody Boater Font. WECATCHEM Bold.

IMG_7194By now if you are a regular Woody Boater you have noticed a new font and look. Inspired by WECATCHEM and the original Chris Craft Factory font for the back of there boats. Or at least its what we would like to believe.

Wecatchem film clip 4

WECATCHEM in the early 50’s. Note the name is in Aluminum

WEcathem Name Card

Hull card, note in yellow. Under it says ALUMINUM

According to the pixlelated film clip above and hull card it does appear the same and according to the original owners NEVER was changed, just done over the original type. So we decided to borrow the look as the new old official Woody Boater font.

Wecatchem bold font


Have any of you had the same experience. And fonts or names from the factory? Even photos of the name as from the factory?

16 replies
  1. Bill Hammond
    Bill Hammond says:

    WECATHEM? Seriously I know you guys aren’t spelling freaks but this is your Boat’s freaking name!!! I mean not once but every time?!?! I know – You haven’t had your Coffee yet! Well it’s a beautiful font!!

    And if I’m understanding you correctly your nameplate was done in Aluminum? How was it applied? Like Gold Leaf? Or a paint? I’ve never heard of that. Is it still Aluminum? WECATCHEM sure looks at home there at your dock!!

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    HA, YOUCAUGHTIT! the typo as you were posting, You’re up early. I post early and fix live. Yup, that’s her name with the “C”, from the factory. Aluminum leaf is far better than silver leaf. Silver tarnishes. I used it on Sylvia and had to redo it after some time. It works beautifully as a color. I think the Chris Craft is also that way. One may also use White Gold I suppose. Regarding the name. The boat was purchased for fishing and has a very rare, if not the only factory built fishing tackle boxes. And since it was named at the factory, AND we live in the second largest fishing port in the US, It just felt like the right name. And of course the best is that its a spelling mess even spelled right. PERFECTION!

  3. Matt
    Matt says:

    the Chris Craft leaf being put on. This we did in aluminum and it was great. One issue is after many coats of varnish it apears gold. But the aluminum is worth doing over.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      In modern terms, bumpers go on the dock, fenders on the boat. Maybe there wasn’t the same distinction in 1948, or perhaps the intern who typed up the hull card template for the printshop wasn’t very nautical.

  4. Bob Kays
    Bob Kays says:

    So cool that you now have your own font! The boat looks great and fits just right on the lift and boat port.

    • Matt
      Matt says:

      Wilson we installed the new prop and checked the shaft on Friday and she runs perfect. No issues thanks to Jim Staib of Fine Wood Boats. We got about another 200 rpms out of the prop from the other one. I banged it out and filed the edges so we have a spare now if needed in an emergency.

  5. Don vogt
    Don vogt says:

    We used the font from the 1938 cc catalog for our model, when putting the registration number put on the boat. That way there was no question about the style being historically period correct.

  6. jim g
    jim g says:

    You will find fonts that are close. But since they were all hand painted back then every one painted is going to be different from a little to a lot.

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