2012 Annual Woody Boater Bored Of Director(s) Meeting To Be Held At Lake Arrowhead


The last time Matt & I met together in person was when we covered the 2011 Lake Tahoe Concourse d’Elegance last August. We held a short Woody Boater Board of Director(s) meeting that weekend, while we were waiting in line one morning at a coffee shop in Tahoe City. It all happened quickly, there was only one guy ahead of us in line.

So as we are planning to get together this weekend to cover the 2012 Lake Arrowhead Boat Show in California, Matt decided that this might be a good opportunity to hold the 2012 Woody Boater Board of Director(s) meeting. As I was planning to arrive on Thursday, and Matt wasn’t arriving until Friday from the east coast, Matt asked me to make the formal arrangements for a proper meeting room… I agreed. He suggested that I get a room big enough for the entire Board, and thanks to the nice folks at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa – I found one that was a perfect size, with just the right number of seats. And it gets better… We were able to rent the room by the minute, so if it lasts approximately the same amount of time as last year, we should only need it for about 4 or 5 minutes… Easy on the budget too…

Then I proceeded to prepare the agenda, as shown below. So we should be ready. If anyone out there would like to make a motion or suggestion, I will try try squeeze it in to the agenda. We do listen to our viewers… (We don’t take ourselves very seriously as you can see, we just like having fun talking about old boats and hanging out at boat shows).

I love Southern California and was fortunate to spend a few years in SoCal back in the late 70’s. After flying in to LAX on Thursday afternoon, picking up the rental car and hitting the freeway for the short trip to Lake Arrowhead, I noticed a few things that sparked a few memories for me, of those good-old days in SoCal. Like a cool dude rolling down the freeway in a vintage VW surfing bus…

And the dreaded Thursday afternoon SoCal traffic on the freeway interchanges… But for some reason, when your en route to an antique boat show, the traffic is no big deal.   And before our friend and fellow Woody Boater John Kadimik chimes in to say “Where’s Lake Arrowhead” as he is known to do, here’s how you get there Johnny…

What the &3@*% – Who is this dude?? Poser… Stolen identity? While I otta….

As we continue to head eastward towards Pomona, the traffic begins to thin out, and is now moving along nicely at 85 MPH…

And before you know it, you arrive in Lake Arrowhead Village. The cool thing is that, according to the Lake Arrowhead Magazine (in the BOD Agenda shot) Lake Arrowhead is just 90 miles from downtown Los Angeles… 90 miles east and almost 1 mile higher in terms of elevation, at 5,100 ft. Many describe Lake Arrowhead as “The Jewel of Southern California” and I must say it is a beautiful spot.

And thanks to the fellow Woody Boater Dave Anderson and the nice folks at the Southern California Chapter ACBS for inviting Woody Boater, have the pleasure of joining in the fun this weekend at their annual boat show.

The last 45 minutes of the drive takes you high up into the San Bernardino Mountains, towards the 782-acre alpine lake. It amazing how things change as you climb, from the hustle bustle of the Los Angeles area to the fresh mountain air and the serenity of the mountains. A perfect place for a Board Meeting…  That’s San Bernardino County way down on the valley floor.

After some mandatory visits at few hot rod shops in Pomona, I arrived to Lake Arrowhead just before sunset, with just enough time to snap a few photos of this weekends venue. And a few classic boats had already arrived… Those lapstrake guys are always on the ball, and so well organized… They get it.

And finally – after reporting about this boat over the last year, we get to see Dave Anderson’s very cool, very rare, very perfect 1956 18’6″ South Coast “Wicked Wahine” in the flesh… (now if we can just mooch a ride somehow…)

And this beautiful Thompson outboard – We will learn more about this boat and report back once we corner the owner over the weekend.

I love the striking color of this cool Thompson…

And how about this wooden Mercury with an attitude… This is going to be a great boat show, just wait.

I guarantee that Matt will know the people that own this place by the end of the weekend…

Stay tuned for more live-ish updates from the 2012 Lake Arrowhead Antique & Classic Boat Show, hopfully from the lake if we can apply our well rehearsed mooching skills…


28 replies
    • Mike Unruh
      Mike Unruh says:

      To reduce expenses (I’d like to submit my name for treasurer), just grab side-by-side stalls in the hotel lobby bathroom. You’ll each have a seat & can take care of other necessary business at the same time!

  1. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Lapstrake Header. Nice. Is chicken on a stick on the agenda? Only one chair in the boardroom. Who sits in who’s lap, or does the person presenting stand and the listener sit? I encourage the continued photography of all the lapstrakes encountered. Thankyou for your ongoing efforts.

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    If you guys take pics on the way in to Algonac in two weeks, the scenery will not be as dramatic, but the traffic will not be as congested. Have a good time at Lake Arrowhead, and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Starting to think about preparations for Algonac. I know you’re west of me (NY) in the general direction of north-ish. 1st I have to get off Long Island, now were the heck is the Veranzano Bridge?

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    No need to beg for a ride. Give me a call and I can walk you through how to start Wicked Wahine without the key. I am sure Dave won’t mind.

  4. Phil Jones
    Phil Jones says:

    Hey, let’s see if we can work out something about getting that ships store up and running so I can get my SOV T-Shirt before the NEW ONE”S COME OUT NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! at the board meeting.
    And John I now have my new dog. Hope my wife doesn’t run over this one!

  5. jim volgarino
    jim volgarino says:

    Hey…I wanna be on the board! Ex-officio? Wanna-be? Doesn’t matter. My per diem pay is cheap. We (notice I use that word loosely) could expand coverage of the Woody universe. Headed to Bonneville in August for Speed Week…uh, they have boats there, right? Make sure these board meetings are carefully documented. You just never know…

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      I volunteer to be the Sargent At Arms. I think he stands around with a bat or something to settle board disputes. Or maybe be just brings the beer. Either way there’s no paperwork.

      • Rick
        Rick says:

        I like the idea of a decentralized governing board, don’t keep everyone in one place at any time. Just a quick meet at random times. This way “THEY” (Lapstrake Guys) can’t get us all at once to brainwash us. Maybe we should even have some bunkers or safe houses (for our boats).

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Hi Jim – Great to see that you are planning to attend Speed Week in Bonneville this year.

      If this is your first time to Bonneville, watch out for “Salt Fever” – It’s contagious… and a truly spectacular place if you like serious speed.

  6. andreas
    andreas says:

    The Thompson lapstrake appears to be a pre-1959 Sea Lancer. Lemonade yellow hull paint?

    Andreas – I gots me one of them – a ’57 yellow Sea Lancer

  7. Cobourg-kid
    Cobourg-kid says:

    Ah yes mr spicolli what have you got to say for yourself ……All I need is a cool breeze a tasty wave a ride in baby skip along and I’m fine
    Fast times at arrowhead lake

  8. Trudy Marcoux
    Trudy Marcoux says:

    is the mercury, name knot yet?, if it is its my old boat, 4 plus years ago that i shouldn’t have sold , oh well,stuff happens,
    Loved that boat and hope to see it again

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