The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same In Classic Boating!

Rose Mary Chris Craft

They say, one picture is worth a thousand words, but n this case maybe about 200ish words. I saw this shot and after looking at it closely it made me laugh. This shot is all about the reality of boating and the glamor of boating. How nothing has really changed… Aboveis this fat guy photographing babes on the water. Mr muscles folding his arms to show his muscleness…mmmm where have i seen this before! HA

Yup, thats me doing the same dam thing

Yup, thats me doing the same dam thing

What is also cool about the BW shot is that it illustrates what went on behind the scenes back in the day. The size of that camera is massive. This would take sheets of film and would need to be processed in a dark room. Then airbrushed and cleaned up. A ton of work would go into this. These days the camera is all on our cell phones and can be sent out to the world in a nano second. Speaking of which, we will be live on Lake Dora with phones, and real big boy cameras ready to broadcast the fun in 16 days. So if you are the one person left out there that is not going. Tune in for some exciting new stuff we will be doing with modern technology.

23 replies
  1. pat chaps
    pat chaps says:

    great looking boat in the BW picture.
    Does anyone know what it is?
    Looking forward to seeing everyone in Mt. Dora.

  2. Tom Frye
    Tom Frye says:

    The boat in the BW is a 24′ CC Utility Cruiser 1938-39. Pat, in your neck of the woods you may have seen “Clem” at the Algonac show. I believe that Peter Henkel owned it at one time. It still resides on Harsen’s Island. Believe it is the same boat. Very nice, but sadly not many around anymore.

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I think they got it backwards. The girls are on the dock and the camera guy is in the boat.

  4. Old Salt
    Old Salt says:


    Speaking on behalf of myself, the one person who will not be at Lake Dora this year..

    You need us… no you want us… not to go to Lake Dora. If we were all with you then would not be needed anymore. You wouldn’t have much fun taking pictures and telling stories and having no one to share them with almost instantly on your corner of the wolrd wide web.

    That’s why I’m not going… someone needs to support WoodyBoater and laugh at all the typos and spelling mistakes.

    Best of luck with your trip! I look forward to the pictures of you driving Miss Step with Seth water skiing behind you!

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      I’m with you Old Salt. I too will stay at home, drink beer and keep the online comments alive. It’s hard work but I’m there with ya.

      • Randy
        Randy says:

        Me too — not being there. You should offer a tee shirt available ONLY to those who cannot be there.

  5. Alex
    Alex says:

    Re header shot, Seth’s not going to trailer Miss Step to Dora on that thing is he?

    Re white sided boat in vintage photo, sweeeeeet!

    Re modern day man oogling through his lens at much younger girl in boat, thank God he left his plumber’s shirt at home.

  6. Sean
    Sean says:

    A cool spin for our hobby on the development of the digital camera is the ease that restoration projects can be documented.
    It is common for detailed step by step images to be made recording the entire process from barn find to trophy winner.

    Not only is history documented, it is very helpful for the DIY crew to “remember” where everything goes or to facilitate the change if information (with others that have gone before)to enable more people to get involved in projects of their own.

    Sorry we are not coming to LD this year… but, you can bet your bilge pump we’ll be on WOODYBOATER following the event!

  7. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Look close at “Rose Mary” and you see the bones of it’s replacement, the “Red & White” 25′ CC Express cruiser – still pretty much my favorite boat of those I’ve owned…

  8. hamster
    hamster says:

    some things never change, fat men with big cameras taking pictures of pretty girls on beautiful wood.

  9. Alex
    Alex says:

    John, if the water keeps dropping on our lake (Huron), that boat will do just great! All we’d need to do is finish the decks.

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