Thompson Boats Unite To Save The World…. of Thompson Boats!


meet the Thompsons.. One mans mission to save the Thompson Boat name is now sucked Woody Boater into his web of Thompson love….. Fellow Woody Boater Mr. Andreas Jordahl Rhude is founder and president of the Thompson Antique & Classic Boat Rally, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to spreading the word about the great boats made by the Thompson family. Here is report in from the big show last weekend.. Take it away Andreas….

was a success. Held 25 June 2011 at Nestegg Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, there were 36 watercraft that participated. Although this was the lowest number of boats displayed at the seven Rally events, the quality of boats and enthusiasm was very high.

The Rally focuses upon Thompson Boat and her various spin-offs but it is open to any and all vintage watercraft. Non-“Thompson” boats that were displaced were all Wisconsin made including: Streblow; Sunflower; Chetek; and Badger. There were four classic fiberglass boats amongst the wooden craft.

Look, it's a Bird, No a Plane, Wait no it's a Super Lancer..

Thompson Boat started in the early months of 1904 by brothers Peter and Christ Thompson of rural Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Peter had previous worked at Racine Boat starting in the 1880s and also spent about one year working in the boat livery of Christopher Columbus Smith at Algonac, Michigan. Four additional Thompson brothers and their sister Hanna were eventually brought into the company. Thompson became the worlds largest builder of outboard boats. Thompson also spawned spin-off boat builders: Cruisers, Inc.; T & T Boats; Thompson Boat Company of New York; Thompson Royal-Craft; Thompson by Chris-Craft; Shawano Boat; and Grady-White Boats in addition to Thompson Skis, the worlds largest maker of wooden water skis.

Nestegg Marine in located on the Menominee River on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Just downstream from Nestegg is Marinette Marine Corporation which is currently building US Navy warships.. An up close look at the USS Fort Worth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was possible during any boating activity, including the boat parade.

A dozen boats made the parade down river and into the waters of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. A cruise to the Menominee, Michigan marina and then back was the route. Spectators on shore and in other boats were happy to see the classics!

The Rally is non-judged and there are no awards. This is an important aspect of making certain and and all boats and boaters are welcome. Networking and sharing restoration stories and sources is an important aspect of the get-together. There is plenty of time to make friends, go for boat rides, eat great Wisconsin food and drink some Wisconsin beer.

19 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    No judges, friends, food, beer, and most importantly BOAT RIDES. That sounds like my type of show!

  2. John
    John says:

    Andreas did his usual great job. Nestegg Marina in Marintte was very generous providing facilities and support. The people of the area welcoming and the weather was perfect.

  3. John&Jan Fowler
    John&Jan Fowler says:

    Thanks to Andreas and All. This was our first rally, we met several people we had emailed and got answers to many questions we had on the family 59 Thompson Peshtigo SeaCoaster we are bringing back to life. The weather was exceptional, upper WI is beautiful and the Nestegg Marina was an excellent host.

  4. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    I agree, the boat cruises or parades at any Classic Boating event is our favorite part of the weekend. We love cruising and exploring new lakes around the country in our “Old School”.

  5. Mike Boylan
    Mike Boylan says:

    Hi: I am a new Thompson boat owner. I have a 1965 SEA COASTER. Above the waterline the vessel is perfect. I think I will need some work on the bottom. I also think my trailer is ruining the boat. I live in Charlotte NC and really need some assistance and advice.
    Anyone out there?

    Please give me a call or e-mail:

    • Bob James
      Bob James says:

      I recently purchased a 1960 Thompson Sea Lancer. We have taken it out several times and had leaks in the bottom keel area. Im in the process right now of doing repairs. Not really that diffcult. My trailer has been with the boat for some time and has large carpeted supports that work well. Ill be glad to discuss.

  6. Rob MacGregor
    Rob MacGregor says:

    Question for Thompson owners/enthusiasts: I am restoring a 1959 17′ wood Thompson and don’t know how heavy a motor she’ll support. Looking at a 90HP Yamaha (366 lbs.) The transom is new.
    Is that too much motor?

    • Stephen sodergren
      Stephen sodergren says:

      Rob ,I have a 1962 Thompson Sea Mate, it has no motor on it. I see you were looking for hp limits and wanted to know if you found anyone who has the limits on these boats. New
      Motors are lighter than the older and I don’t want to overload the transom . I live to hear from you regarding this question

  7. Tim moore
    Tim moore says:

    I’m restoring my 64 20ft Thomson sea lancer,she’s lookin beautiful,but I need the dash Crome sea lancer name,know any one who might have one, even a photo of the name would help,or a company who could make one..? Please let me know .were almost done.

  8. Carla
    Carla says:

    I have a 1952 Thompson runabout – restore her and want to know the original color of the wood used – anyone know which color to use?

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