Reedville Show Breaks Record!


Even a new sign

Well, well, we cannot claim the smallest show in the universe anymore. After doing some Gozintas, were came to the bold number of around 50 boats at the show. Dang! When and how did that happen. There was even a crowd there.

We even had some fancy pants people there – Thats Captain john Smiths row boat.

This is all very exciting stuff here in Reedville Virginia. The Reedville Fishermens Museum is a fantastic host and folks from all around show up to talk about whats in there barns.

John Rothert brought his bad ass Flathead boat. We still are not sure what it is, but is cool as hell

Which is a big reason why we show up. Ahhh the circle of life. The good news is that we have a bunch of adventures planed for when the weather turns to cold bitter sadness. But for now, this is the best time of year to be boating here on the bay.

Giving boat rides is always fun – Photo Deborah Charles

Rides and tours of the area – Photo Deborah Charles

John Rothert also brought a “Before” Whirlwind, and Jimmys Cavalier parked next to WECATCHEM

And yes, I did feel rather guilty knowing that our brothers and sisters in Florida and Texas were and are dealing with a mess. But while we are in the bitter cold I am sure there will be paybacks. Which we look forward too.

Stinky as usual needed to be out in the open!

WECATCHEM all dolled up with her new blue matching set of cushions

And our new Presidents Cup Award

Tug Boat! I bet your show doesnt have one of these.

One sparkle fest of a Carlson!

Old dug out boat and Skipjack all packed in

Very cool little boat.

George Butlers seat.

And cool little boat. George is known in the area for boat building large boats but secretly has a couple Chris Crafts he is about to do! Go George Go!

Lots of wonderful Whirlwinds

John Rotherts Flathead!

Time capsule Camaro. yes its all original, 3 speed on the floor. I LOVE THIS CAR

Reedville Pontoon boat!

Jimmy and the Boatress relaxing while john gave rides

Nice mercury and Trojan

Small work boats made at the Museum

Really small fun Bourban boat.

look closely. Closer. Thats molded out of plastic and then painted. Genus stuff and a great way to replicate some of these old badges. Eric Zelman is amazing!

All in all a great show, perfect weather and a great time catching up with old and new friends! Can’t wait til next year. There is something very special about small boat shows.


14 replies
  1. Cameron
    Cameron says:

    Matt, now I know we have the smallest Boatshow in the universe! Coming up in a month’s time: 7 October, Knysna, South Africa

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Looks like a Great show!

    The boats here in Racine were FANTASTIC!

    Last night while leaving a local watering hole on the river Larry and I even saw a steam powered pontoon boat, unfortunately my I-phone took a swim on Monday so I am back to my old trusty flip phone and was not able to get much of a picture.

  3. Mark
    Mark says:

    Looks like a great time Matt. Thanks for the report.
    We had our local show Bay State Woodies show in Mass. yesterday. Great weather and great turn out and plenty of new faces in the crowd. Lots of rides for family, friends and even some visitors from Dublin Ireland.
    Rocket Man took home Best of Show.

  4. Richard Daley
    Richard Daley says:

    That is very cool Carson speckle fest. It’s the direct match to my newest boat 1978 Glastron Carlson CVX16 SS which is the inboard vervision. Has a Mercury 4 cyl 140 HP drive line, but at just 1350 lbs dry weight it pushes this boat to 39 mph and it turns on a dime, it also takes rough water amazingly well, kind of just floats over then waves. It’s the Lotus Elan of sport boats.
    I bought my boat of a kijiji add in June of this year in all original condition right down to the original shag carpet. It had spent most of its life in a boat house in northern Alberta where summer is about 2 moths long. Bought my it on a 3 year old galvanized trailer ( looks new ) for 3650 USD.
    It was a Glastron Carlson GT 150 model years 72 and 73 that were used in the bond movie Live and Let Die. For the record setting jump scene they had 26 boats to work with over 100 jump attempts before they got it right. They damaged 17 of those boats. The boat that made the jump is in the bond collection currently on display in London England. Moral of story very cool historically collectable classic glass is out there to be had at very affordable prices. These boats will age very well going forward. Want to get a young person interested it classic boating give them one of these and see how big a smile comes on there face.
    I NEED that outboard to book match my inboard, they are same Color same year.

  5. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    yes, great show and great weather (feeling for those reeling in fla. though).
    Matt is right about Eric Zelman and his many talents…that Wagemaker plaque he made is spot on for the original…and it is plastic and he made it from scratch…unreal…this is a guy that expands his skill set to include any boat related task in which he is currently interested….Upholstery …not a problem….and he is a devoted worker and friend..
    You meet the best people in this hobby…..Thanks to Clif and all the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum folks for making this a special show.
    John in Va.

  6. Lee Langston-Harrison, director, RFM
    Lee Langston-Harrison, director, RFM says:

    Thanks, Matt, for this wonderful shout out to the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and our annual Antique and Traditional Small Boat Show! Clif Ames and his committee did a stellar job organizing this event.
    Great boats, great people and amazing weather!
    More fun to come… Stay tuned!

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