An Un Edited, Uncensored Unplugged Day With Pat Curtin..

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Pat today. Standing in front of Thayer IV U-22-1460 for the first time in 28 years. 

In order to set up what you are about to read.. I thought it would be a good idea to set the tone and what you are about to read. Pat Curtin for many years was the go to guy in the film business when it came to marine coordinating.. He worked on films such as Water  World starring Kevin Costner, Striking Distance starring Bruce Willis, Interview With A vampire starring  Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and of course On Golden Pond with Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda .. Oh and Jane Fonda.. Ohhh Jane Fonda.. He also worked on a slew of others.. But it kinda gets boring.. He was personal friends with Henry Fonda and many of Hollywood’s top execs. Needless to say Pat knows how to play in the big leagues of the film industry. He also ran a very successful classic boat ship in New Hampshire, Judged at many shows including Clayton and is part of a small group of legends in the hobby. He was general manager of Donzi boats and now is happily retired in New Hampshire and Maine.. At the age of 68, he still is full of energy, and has the luxury of not having to be patient with anyone. He speaks in a direct way and his speech pattern is direct and to the point.

When I was putting this all together, along the way over the past few years, it’s became clear that because of Pats pointed way of talking that folks that don’t understand that to be just a way of talking would steer clear.. They would not ask the question, and avoid it and look for the answer in another place. So as you might expect.. Things got distorted.. And that has led to a mistrust of the press. So.. I thought, fine.. I will give you a forum here.. What ever say. I will print. Without interpretation or any other sort of filter.. If you are easily offended or prone to posting anonymous jabs.. You may want to just click here.. if not.. Please enjoy the ride.. So without further ado. Pat…


“The boats are what they are. The wheels tell the story. You now have the boats and most of the details, your answers are all on film.. You can draw your own conclusions. Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story”.

Thank you Pat.. .. Pat has now left the building..

Tune in next week.. We are doing a story on hats..and babes and toilet seats

20 replies
  1. traceybarrymore
    traceybarrymore says:

    REALLYYYYYYY…..OK ill take 2 of the pink in medium for planking and tearing apart the transom….3 in the blue in small for riding in the triple cock pit..i need good coverage….and for Pat Curtin…..he can buy his own undies and tidy whities…So 1 question…when Pat left the building..Did he turn off the light….or…

  2. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Fun conclusion to a fun week, WoodyBoater. I enjoyed it all. Especially the build-up to today's interview. That was great.

    Pat, I think it was very generous of you to work with WoodyBoater on this story. Thanks for that. It was very interesting. I enjoyed it all.

    WoodyBoater, you're always promising stories on toilet seats but you never follow through. Maybe that will change next week???


  3. Rick
    Rick says:

    After reading Pat's last comment to Ken Miller it's easy to see how some might be put off. He definitely shoots from the hip. On the plus side there is no misunderstanding of what's on his mind. Ken if you see Pat this winter, stay off the ice! Now lets get this blog back to important stuff, like is it really likely that the Exxon Valdez will still be floating that far in the future as in Water World? Who was the advisor on that again?

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    i posted a comment on the importance of which boat actually made it on film/driven by stars and the main boat rather than used as a backup
    from the comments this seems to be the one found in the barn 1462
    this was never posted
    i do not appreciate woodyboater selectively choosing which comments to post

  5. WoodyBoater
    WoodyBoater says:

    I see no comment.. Its 1460, not 1462.. You are mashing them together.. See how it happens.. HA.. In regards to editing comments. Clearly I do.. regardless of how I feel personally.. Make sure you made the comment on the correct story.. That is a very common issue.. Keep m com'n

  6. pat curtin
    pat curtin says:

    People like myself who do the actual work on a movie have no say in what something is called.
    We both know that steel hulls last so long and then they go away. I am quite sure some liberal Hollywood type writer was trying to make a point but he doesn't know the bow from the stern.
    The one name they did get right was my name on my pay check! You have a great day and this is fun.

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    In the articles Pat confirmed both (1802 and 1460) were used in the film. Some of you anonymous posters may have trouble reading but this anonymous doesn't.


  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    to a collector there is a Big difference what they were 'used' for
    as the main boat on the screen with rhe stars or 'used' as a backup

    according to paul h's comments 1460 was the main boat as seen in the movie

  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    This anonymous says: This is Matt's Blog. We are privilaged to read it and I'm sure he gets a big kick out of posting his daily thoughts, the interesting tidbits of history he runs across and – selectively, as is his right – the comments those of us who check in to read the blog. I guess my feeling is that anyone who doesn't like what goes on here is more than welcome to start their blog. At which point they might discover just how muck time and effort really goes in to keeping something like this going on a daily basis.

  10. pat curtin
    pat curtin says:

    Every morning you people get up, have your coffee and turn on your computer to woody boater, you should thank your GOD that there is a Matt Smith out there. I have never seen anybody that puts the effort, time and money into a hobby like he does. He lets you comment on things and you don't even have to say your name! He gets nothing in return for this. When I told him about the 1460 and the mail boat, he got in his truck and drove 14 Hours each way with no question. Some people don't like what he reports on and gives him crap, if you don't like it change the channel. I know 99% of you would not do what he does,me included. Other so called clubs get nothing done and won't let the members comment on things. Woody boater has something almost every day for its readers. THANKS MATT

  11. Bill Basler
    Bill Basler says:

    Pat, Pat, Pat…I couldn't agree more about your thoughts about Matt. He is a good friend, a great enthusiast and sounding board for the hobby. Woodyboater has been a great thing for this hobby, as it will be from here on. You might be interested to know how much respect I have for him. If you want to know, call me back again, and I'll be glad to expound.

    Now, I want to elaborate a bit on your other point, because I have a feeling I was not overly clear. You are welcome as a member in the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club. I told you this on the phone, and I will go on record in telling you that here. As a member you will have access to Boat Buzz, as you wish. But as I mentioned, we have policies against freeform commenting that deliberately take ANY discussion down a dirt path.

    Specifically, Boat Buzz does not allow, "any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed)."

    Pat this boilerplate was not drafted yesterday. In fact it was last modified March of 2008. We have had very little reason to ever enforce a lick of it. But when you called, I did want to make you aware that it was there. If you want to bore yourself with the details, see

    I do take a bit of offense to your statement, "Other so called clubs get nothing done and won't let the members comment on things." I assume you did not mean the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club.If you did, then use those testicles and say it.

    Pat, you were the one who said "goodbye" on our phone call today, after it was clear that you would not be allowed to freestyle over on Boat Buzz.

    Pat, I am writing this with my tongue halfway in cheek. I have talked with you numerous times over the years and have no problem with a rough, gruff Southie. I do not have one ounce of disrespect, so let's move on.

  12. WoodyBoater
    WoodyBoater says:

    Oh god! Please tell me that there is not someones testicles in someones tongue and cheek.. That might be the first comment I moderate.. For the record all I edit, is spam form Vietnamese web sites and casinos..Cus words and stuff that calls folks out.. This stuff for me is interesting to watch.. This week will always be remembered for being a slug fest.. The sad news is that these two boats have been found and that is what I am proud of.. Tomorrow.. Hats.. Peaceful hats.. You might want to go to I tunes and look up yani and John Tesh.. I know I am..

  13. pat curtin
    pat curtin says:

    just got off the phone with bill and we made peace! he said he would cut off one of his testicles and give me free lifetime membership in the club if i was nice. i wanted both of them but what the hell, one is OK. it's going to be hard to be real nice but what can i do.
    it's really good what you can get done with a phone call, some people should try it

  14. pick373
    pick373 says:

    Just wondering when it will be time to take orders from the Lancaster hat company? I was wairing mine earlier this week when my head exploded from all this good stuff and I need to replace it!!!

  15. Alex Rontergen
    Alex Rontergen says:

    "it's really good what you can get done with a phone call, some people should try it"

    Pat, is that a shot at the owner of 1802?

  16. pat curtin
    pat curtin says:

    I was brought up in a place and at a different time than most people today. We were taught if you have a problem with a person you talked to them, they talk to you,face to face and let the chips fall. Bill and I had a problem, so i picked up the phone and gave him a call, in two seconds problem solved.Done deal. Today they exchange 100 emails and everyone is pissed off. I wonder which is the best way?
    I don't take shots at people, I just say what I think, but people today want everything sugar coated. Not my style. That saying could fit a whole lot of people but it was said just as a statement. If i had a problem with the owner of 1802 I would have let him know but thanks for asking Alex

    • Ken Lembo
      Ken Lembo says:

      Pat Can you please give me a call asap re century I spoke to Kent 7/16/11 Said you have not delivered plywood to him yet? I rally need o get this boat done as health has changed

  17. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I will say one thing. It is alot less lonely on the comment page lately. These controversies really help create alot of content. Woody Boating is an emotional sport. Don't go out without your protective gear, PFD

  18. Ken Lembo
    Ken Lembo says:

    Pat I dont have your phone number Please call me asap I have to get the century done Kent informs he needs a plywood delivery from you

  19. Capt Walt
    Capt Walt says:

    Pat Curtain, Are you still alive? We met a couple times at a mutual friends ( Dick) house in Salem, NH and of course we talked about Boats. I just read that you may be making Shamrocks again and surprise, I just happen to have a Shamrock 246. Send me an Email.

    Maine: Sure its Cold, But its a Damp Cold!

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