Breaking News: Boston Whaler Barn Find Wins Bodacious Award! Oh And Some Other Boats Won Something.
I have to admit, I was a little intimidated pulling into the home of Chris Craft and Gar Wood, on sacred ground.. with a 1970 Boston Whaler Sakonnot 16’7”
It’s from Boston, it’s plastic and its like pulling into Pebble Beach with your parents station wagon and entering it in the show.. And BAM, it won! Actually it won Best Outboard non wood. Eat that Paul Harrison. Now to be fair, it’s amazing and perfect. Not one issue, and 100% original down to its very rare Bearcat motor. The first real 4 cycle outboard, the Whaler, now named “Keeper” had a continual crowd around her.
Now, I have to say, that it was the only non wood outboard in the show. Texx calls it now a trophy hunter. My Trophy looks the same as the others. The zillion dollar Hackers, and stunning Chris Crafts that one drools all over.. And then the Whaler. I actually am happy to make this statement to the world. A simple brand that deserves to be recognized at a classic boat show. It’s an icon and defiantly evoked an emotion, and even more so, to the younger crowd, who all had a Whaler as their first boat. So congrats to the wonderful gang for letting me have some fun with ‘Keeper”
In all seriousness, this show was a stunner, the boats are amazing and very different. This area is a classic boat lovers paradise, the gang here lives and breaths varnish, and we love it! So the real winners are hard earned awards. It’s easy to win when you are the only one, but when you are up against 3rd generation 100% original well kept boats. Fogetaboutit!
Here is the list of todays winners.
Runabout 0-19ft 1939, 19′ Chris -Craft, “Lickety Split”, Mark And Gail Walker
Utility 0-19ft – 1962 17′ Century, “Kay 3”, Joe and Ingrid Murphy NOTE Second Place to Fellow Woody Boater Richard Gambino 1951 17ft Chris Craft Panther!
Utility 20′ + – 1955 39′ Chris Craft, “Semi Crazy”, Murry Sanford
Cruiser 0-35′ 1957 33′ Chris-Craft , “Black Beauty”, Rick Laenen
Cruiser 30′ and over 1948 40′ Matthews, “Once Again”, Ross Stone
Skiff 0 to 24′ – 1959 22 ‘ Chris Craft, “Chase N Me”, Bill Kerner
Skiff 25′ and over, 1965 25 ‘ Lyman , Carl Mount
Out Board Wood, 1949 14′ Shell Lakes, “Gill Collector”, James A. Glotfelty
Launch, 1935 20′ Launch, “Muscrat”, John and Libby Giffels
Late Contemporary Wood – 2011 21′ Hacker, “Sla’inte”, Timand Paula O’Brian
Modified, 17 ft Chris Craft Adams – Johna and Melinda Adams
Non Wood Cruiser, 1967 47 ‘ Chris Craft – “Lena Estelle”, Jim and Elaine Mathis
Non Wood Outboard, 1970 Boston Whaler, “Keeper” , Woody Boater RULES!
Non Wood Utility, 1973 30′ Fino, “Blue Chip” , Bill and Jan Stephenson
Owner Restored First place, 1956 17′ Chris craft , Tight lines” John and Jim Godlewski
Peoples Choice 1955 53′ Chris Craft, “Shepsl VII” Craig Lamm
Marque Boat Triple Cockpit, 1938 28 ‘ Hackercraft, “Seaflow II” Dave Bortner
And ladies and germs.. Drum roll please..
BEST IN SHOW – 1948 40′ Matthews “Once Again” Owned by Ross Stone.. This yacht is AMAZING! And the nicest folks..
Hey, don’t knock station wagons!
(Especially if they’re a rockin’.)
The only way your gettn a wagon rockn is if your shocks need replacing!
Way to go WoodyBoater Whaler! Looks like a great day and a great gathering of boats.
Also, congrats to the Godlewskis.
I’m looking at the port side picture of “precious” and I’m wondering, “That whaler has one helluva bow pole with yardarms?”. Oh, that’s the marina’s flag pole in the background, lol.
Congrats, always good to come back with some hardware whether its bowlights or trophies.
I love my CC Continental as much as any woody boater loves their wooden boat, but I grew up on that Whaler. My first ever varnish job was to re-do the casting deck. It’s part of the reason I am now a woody boater. I am shocked at the raw emotions evoked in me as I watch it transfered to Matt and being appreciated by others. Sorry Matt, but I’ve come to realize this weekend that while you may hold title, I’ll never be able to see it as anyone’s but dad’s. I can only hope that one day my boys feel the same emotions if I ever bring myself to sell the Continental.