Where Are All The Bootes?



All right now, it’s been 4 days and no dang Bootes. This place is crawling with amazing lakes. I mean drop dead stunning stuff here in Munich, and Austria near Salzburg. And nuth’n. Okay, there is a boat shaped like a Swan, and an an electric thing, and some sail boats, and tour boats. Boathouses. But ugh. And we looked.

They all laughed at me. I just wanted to see some boats. Boatress, Suzy 2 and The Berlin Bureau mocking me!

Water, stunning water

Not a whole lot, I mean we had to eat.. bread, and mmmmm, the good news is that I found all that weight I lost. It had made it to the Alps, and its a land grab! Only problem is lots of walking, and so the weight just keeps getting left behind.


Electric rental boat. Ugh

Put down the dam camera phone thing. I have never seen more dang selfie sticks.

The Boatress is happy, so all is well in Woodyboaterville

One of the many Alpine lakes and towns

You can see lots of boat houses. No Rivas, or other cool stuff

Cool old Motorcycle

They sure like there statues here… ALOT! I am looking for Bootes, not Boobs! Ugh.

That thing! Looks like it might be some sort of replica of an old style boat?

Nope! No way, not gonna ride in it. If this boat ever. EVER makes into the ACBS judging rules, I am done. They will have jumped the shark.

Maybe there is some bootes over there. Nope, just more pastries

One bad ass cool Benz in the parking lot.

Traveling in style! I love it. What a cool way to see the alps

I will say, I was a tad jealous of this old guy out with his little outboard on the lake.

Okay enough with the camera now! There are no boats in this restaurant. Gotta go now, headed to Venice , I hear there are some boats maybe there!

9 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Where there are boat houses, there are boats. They must have heard you were coming and put them all on lockdown.

    Not likely to find many classic mahogany runabouts over there, but they had lots of boats whenever and wherever I have been.

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    What kind of bike was that? Maybe an old Zundap or CZ? If you can’t find the boats, fill us in on the classic bikes.

  3. Old Salt
    Old Salt says:

    You did not have to travel to Austria to see a swan boat. I have one in my collection here in New York. I aquired it from China buts that’s another story that I can share with you if Matt ever runs out of ideas for Woodyboater.
    Enjoy your trip Matt!

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

    From what I have learned, Europeans do not have the extra money for “toys”. That’s why there are not many pleasure boats over there. As much as they are a passion with us, and a way of life. They still are toys. Europe is a beautiful place. A great place to travel to. But isn’t it great to live in a country where we can afford fine things like pleasure boats.

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    There are plenty of wealthy and upper middle class people with toys in Europe. They may not have had the same pre-war mahogany runabout industry as the US and Canada, but they had boats and still have boats. I personally know several boat owners in Europe, and one who even lives on a boat.

  6. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    A quick google search reveals that as of 2010 there were more than 6 million boats in Europe…and all Matt can find is a plastic swan? I think he is holding out on us. Probably saw some amazing stuff, and then photoshopped them out of the photos and put the swan in.

  7. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    I was talking with a German boater and he said that the winters immediately following WWII were especially cold and to survive they chopped up and burned many of their boats. Sad to hear, but you have to do what you can to survive.

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