The Clayton Woody Boater Awards!

While we all prep and look forward to TAHOE! We reflect on the true award winning stuff at Clayton this past weekend..  So here goes..

The 1957 Lyman still in the crate.. For the Oh my god I thought my boat was original until I saw this one! Award..

The Only Chair At The Show Award. two days of walking without siting down had me lusting for a nice chair.. This one was the winner

The Dear lord thats a low number award.. Also a double winner.. The Orange canvas top and it looks cool as hell award..

The its not a boat but who cares cause this car is cool Award.


The hagerty Insurance Empty Tent Award Goes to hagerty for there Empty Tent.. OK this was at 7AM


The Auction, and the smiles. Lots of happy people at a very fun event. no Reserve always adds a kicker to any party.. The auction was the best in YEARS! Congrats to the Museum and Antique Boat America for pulling off a winner!

The There is is no way you just dragged that out of a barn but it looks like you did award.. This was one cool display

The Wearhouse for the Museum.. Wins.. The best display of the museum award.. What a cool deal.. Its a short bus ride, but the treasures inside are fantastic

The I have No Idea What This Is Award.. looks Like A Simulator.. For a sea plane?

The Dear God thats rare Award goes to the cool brite Sides Lyman.. Loved the boat, Loved the owner.. Loved it all.

The Cool Deatail award goes to this Cool Ditchburn in the Antique Boat Americas parking lot..


13 replies
  1. brian
    brian says:

    Sad. Lyman still in the box. Frankly it matters not if this was the first or last one built but rather it serves as a great commentary about lost dreams and memories. How can it possibly be great to have a nice little boat sitting in a box for years rather than providing fun and memories to the owners? When I look at a wood boat – ours or others – I wonder where it has been and with whom, from the fun and laughter of kids enjoying a boat to cruises with your special someone. This poor thing has been left in the crate only to be carted from one show to another as some sort of circus freak show oddity. Sorry to be such a downer but what a sad waste of a beautiful little craft.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Brian, you nailed my feelings on show boats in general. That boat epitomizes the “as delivered” mantra of ACBS to the extreme. It should win every show it enters hands down, but what’s the point? It was not built to sit in a crate, or on a trailer. It was never meant to be perfect, it was meant to be enjoyed.

  3. SS Dave
    SS Dave says:

    I agree with you both! The only reason I ever take a boat or automobile to a show is for a good parking spot. The boat in the box is interesting none the less.

  4. Mike M
    Mike M says:

    You guys make some good points but there is something cool about having a boat like that, for the sake of preserving history in that unique way that very few boats can do.

    Personally, I wouldn’t want the responsibility of having a boat like that, or Wee Don or “that” super original barrelback….I’d rather use my boats. But removing all of that original “stuff”, be it stain, upholstery, whatever to render is serviceable is a big conflict for me.

    One thing I do know is that as long as there are wooden boats there will always be discussions about what is right and what is wrong about how we use them. I believe it’s up to each of us to decide on his or her own boat….as long as you don’t bugger it up too much.

  5. brian
    brian says:

    It was not my intention to go all Honey Badger on this issue. I do agree with Mike that every one of us will have a different opinion with all being of equal merit. I do stand by my statement though – for me personally I could not have a boat in a box in my possession and years later be in the same position. Maybe it takes great patience or self control or whatever, but for me, no way. I just spent three days at a beautiful reservoir with my kids where I used to go thirty years ago when I was younger. And to see the smiles and joy on their faces during and after the three days of tubing on the same water – well, it was worth every penny spent and every new ding and scratch our craft received. I would not have those memories if our boat had been sitting in a box. I guess that is what is important most to me and for others, having a beautifully preserved boat in a box is what floats their boat too.

  6. matt
    matt says:

    Honey Badger dont give a … And neither should others.. I love this passion because there are many reasons to own one of these cool boats. One is the find. there are guys that love the hunt, others like to preserve and save.. Curators.. They are a museum of sorts. Others like to work on them, and others use them. No one is right or wrong.. In fact if you are smart, you can have a wonderful time being pals with all the different types..

  7. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    You HAD TO show the Gullwing Mercedes 300SL didn’t you…??!!.even as a total boat freak I am blown away by an old love affair with those! I only had the poor man’s 190’s….that is a MILLION DOLLAR CAR…..
    Thanks for the great pix of Clayton!
    Hope to see lots of friends from this site at the upcoming Reedville Va. Show!
    John in Va.

  8. Alex
    Alex says:

    In a bar. Right now. Cause it’s where one gets the best Wi-Fi in Hessel to catch up on nearly two weeks sans Woody Boater.

    Hessel? Where’s that? Oh yeah, it’s the “other” boat show this weekend.

    No Fantasy Road Trip. I’m already here. In fact, I’ve been waiting here since May for this thing!

    While you folks will all be enjoying Blini Demidoff au Caviar and Veuve Clicquot this Saturday, I’ll be downing Hobo Fries (french fries covered with pulled pork and melted cheese) and ice cold beer.

    Heaven, Hessel-style.

  9. Alex
    Alex says:

    Dang. A typo. Change it! Change it! change it!!!!! “Here,” not “hear.” Matt/Texx for the love of God help me! This spelling disease is contagious! Noooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Alex – Your typo is now repaired… Your first typo, it’s a historical day in Woodyboaterville / Hessel…

  10. Alex
    Alex says:

    Historical? That looks like a typo to me. More like hysterical. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to step outside to self-flagellate for my sin.

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