The Exclusive ” Not To Be Seen” Photos Of Phil “5 Gallon Bucket” Jones


Ya cant hide Phil! We know thats your stunning and perfect Sheperd

Well, as we prep for Smith Mountain Lake this weekend. Did we mention that before. PLUG HERE. Anyway as we prep and sweat the fact that we may break down, or worse sink, we are comforted in the knowledge that Smith Mountain lake is home to the one man thats seen that, and done that before. Now, the following images were supposed to be kept hidden. Of course, that aint gonna happen, and we have Ginger and Randy Clark to thank for it all. We published these because Phil is a fantastic guy and his boats are 100% show winners and perfect. But stuff happens, and Phil has a fantastic sense of humor about it all. And heck, it helps promote the big show. THIS WEEKEND! (PlUG) Below is the story from Ginger.


Phil and his bucket

We attended the Charlotte show this year.  I can’t believe it’d been four years since we were there… where does the time go?Anyway we were sitting up at the top of the hill talking to a fellow when I saw his name and shouted “you’re the bucket guy” which of course led to the retelling of Phil’s adventure to our group and Phil bemoaning the fact that Woodyboater captured it all for posterity!


oh Phil, you didnt!

We all head out for the run around the lake on Friday.  OoRah hadn’t been run in awhile and we were have some minor issues with her.  Thankfully our niece Mel & her husband, Greg were out with us in their fishing boat to take pictures of the group.  Only we weren’t the ones that would end up needing them that day. Our boat blew out whatever crap was making her lethargic and we were able to find the group on the lake with our family’s help.
As the group took off for the run home we notice that Phil’s boat was headed off in another direction and didn’t think too much about it as he was with Randy Cunningham who knows the lake.  Just as we started out of sight we saw Phil waving.  We took off the catch the leader of our group and texted Mel to check on Phil.  When we made it back to them they had drifted into an area of shoals that kept our wooden boats standing by useless.

Hey, at least your not sinking

Phil begged me not to share this with you… so, of course here are the pictures!  Turns out Phil’s engine had overheated.  Greg was a hoot taunting them the entire time… playing with a paddle, throwing a fishing line, cooling off with a water hose, etc.

Plastic power saves the day! It aint a boat show until someone gets towed in!

And the best news is that at the awards banquet on Saturday, Phil’s boat Purple Haze was chosen as the big show winner!


Congrats to Phil

8 replies
  1. Bill Hammond
    Bill Hammond says:

    5 gal. Bucket, Phil? I thought this was going on O turnstones that gave him his name! Happy Smith Mountianing this weekend!! I’m sure it’s going to float!! I just have that certain feeling! Last time I had that feeling Dewey Defeated Truman, or at least that was my feeling!! LOL!! Safe boating as always!!

  2. Phillip Jones
    Phillip Jones says:

    I only have one comment ” BAD COIL” and that’s all I have to say about that!!!!
    And “DON’T” let “Randy Cunningham” near your boat and don’t ask him for a ride if your 6’4 / 250 lb’s unless you are very flexible.:):):)

    Randy & Ginger God’s gona get you. :):)

  3. Ranger
    Ranger says:

    Fun Times! Phil, we’re putting Smith Mountain Lake on our list for next year. Stay safe out there, Buddy!

  4. Scott M
    Scott M says:

    Phil’s beautiful boat is not a Sheperd but rather a Shepherd. Can you imagine if you were to caption a picture Kris-Kraft… Just joking!! Keep up the great work.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      Do you have any idea how many ways Matt has found to spell Riviera as in Chris Craft Riviera? If I remember correctly, he hit four in just one article and I am not sure any of them were correct.

  5. Don Palmer
    Don Palmer says:

    The name of the rescue boat “It LL Do” immediately made me think of Dick Dow’s wooden Tolly “Thisuldu”. We took her up to the San Juan Islands a couple of weeks ago and one of the engines threw a bearing. We didn’t have to be towed, but we cruised around to closer locations at 7 knots. We still had a great vacation. Now Dick is thinking about rebuilding a couple of 350 small blocks to re-power. That’s boating!

  6. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Buckets can be used for more than bailing water out. You can also use one to bring cooling water in to cool the coil or quick cure a vapor lock before you drift into the cat tails or jagged rocks that tend to appear just down wind of an engine failure.

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