The Way Overdue Report From The Green Lake Classic Boat Show!

Mark and Emily all smiles in there stunning 1961 24 Chris Craft Sportsman.

Mark and Emily all smiles in there stunning 1961 24 Chris Craft Sportsman.

Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater Mark Christensen, we got this nice report in from one of the smaller more intimate shows that took place a week ago!  Take it away Mark..

Nice stuff setting the tone!

Nice stuff setting the tone!

Thanks Matt This show is fun because they are not into the fancy judging thing. So they hand out tumbler glasses to all the participants that say “1st Place.” Needless to say, not a ton of preservation, but Green Lake has a long wood boating history.



Thanks Mark, Now for the pictures. For those of you not familiar with Green Lake, it’s easy, it’s just north of Little Green Lake and East of Puckaway Lake. Hope that clears it up!




A nice Higgins, note the original flag on the deck!





















I love these small intimate shows, they bring the community together, and you get to go out on rides and help keep the lifestyle alive in the area.

25 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Looks and sounds like my kind of show, but where is Green Lake? Really, I want to put it on my bucket list.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Note to the Faribault folks:

    See the Chris Craft blanket/throw on Why Knot? You should get permission to weave those in washable Marino wool.

  3. John Baas
    John Baas says:

    Speaking of Wisconsin and small, intimate shows…this Sunday the 10th is the Chetek Fly-In and Classic Boat Show in…wait for it…Chetek, Wisconsin! About an hour east of Minneapolis and 40 miles north of Eau Claire. Cool boats, plane rides and an awesome chicken dinner.

  4. randy Rush Captain Grumpy
    randy Rush Captain Grumpy says:

    I do like that Higgins, My 63 Carver lived on that lake for 47 years before I got it.

  5. Grant Stanfield
    Grant Stanfield says:

    Thanks, Mark, for the great article about our little show! We sure had a fun day, didn’t we?

    It’s always the interesting people you meet at these classic boat shows that really make the day special- it’s fun to hear the stories and memories that people have of growing up around boats like these.

    It’s really great to be able to give a few show-goers a boat ride at day’s end…they always seem to enjoy being a part of it. You just never know when one quick ride will spark the next generation to join the classic-boat hobby, whether in wood, fiberglass, steel or aluminum. It’s a good thing!

    Hopefully, the Green Lake show will grow each year and attract ever-bigger crowds…a big thanks to all the hard-working organizers who make it happen.

  6. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:


    We absolutely can make woven throws with a logo like Chris Craft or Gar Wood. We just need to make 300 at a time.
    We are in the process of creating a very special throw for woody boaters that will be available in time for Holiday gift giving. And we’re also looking at a special Woody Boater option.

    – Bruce

  7. Sam Hiser
    Sam Hiser says:

    Grant – I love your boat the best! I ran through quick with my camera for these shots. (My kids can be seen in a shot inside marks boat). I am going to have my 18′ Lyman in the show next year right next to your Sea Skiff!
    Glad to get Green Lake on the woodyboat map!!

    I gotta plug Ragtime!

    • Grant Stanfield
      Grant Stanfield says:

      Wow, Sam…I’m blushing- thanks for saying so! I owe you one of those killer Bloodies from Sharkz now..!

      I love Lymans- and I’d be honored to tie up next to yours next year!

      DENBY is rather ‘shabby chic’ this summer (I just got it a year ago, so…) but people still dig her. Maybe it’s because she still smells like her old boathouse?

  8. Jim Godlewski
    Jim Godlewski says:

    Very Nice Indeed…
    Is the Why Knot a 56 17ft Sportsman with the original windshield? I don’t see too many of those.

  9. Mike D
    Mike D says:

    Hmmm, if my eyes are not deceiving me, there is not a
    bleach bottle to be seen. Nice looking show, can’t beat mahogany for eye candy. I will have to look into it for next year.

    • Grant Stanfield
      Grant Stanfield says:

      Thanks again, Sam…glad you can appreciate the ‘rat rod’ aesthetic.

      The boat’s patina is so amazing I really hesitate to add ‘shiny’ stuff to her; I dug thru coffee cans of Reed & Prince fasteners at Norton Boat Works to find appropriately pitted and green, moldy old screws to relocate the fire extinguisher and add the White & Sons Corsair compass.

      60 years in one family boathouse on a private island is too good a story to mess with- they’re truly only original once!

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