Happy Birthday America! Is My Boat One Year Older?


Lily Durren enjoying the July 4th weekend is growing up right in front of us all.

If you own one of the many different brand American made boats we talk about daily here, is your boat one year older today, or the day it was made.. Wait.. I think I just answered my own question. I hate that when that happens at the very start of a story. I mean what am I going to write about then. Such is the joy of a day off. Nothing really to do or focus on.. Oh look a cool boat just went by.. Anyway, where was I?

Oreo 2015 Wicomico

Oreo our boating in her life jacket

Oh yeah, power boating is an American thing. Started in Algonac.. well maybe not really. Actually the first power boats were made in England in the late 1800’s Wait, that’s not very American. Well today’s a wash. Wash? maybe I should just go sit in the boat and wash her down and go boating.. Yes, that’s what I will do today on Americas Birthday. mmm, I like Birthday cake.. maybe I will have a piece of cake.. Happy 4th of July!

Birthday Boat

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

    Happy 4th everyone! Busy day today. First off to the Penn Yan Flying Club’s 76th annual 4th of July flyin (or drive in) breakfast. Then we put the ribs in the smoker, make the cure for my first attempt at homemade bacon, and then raise the flag pole with a new not yet faided American and Michigan flag.

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Chad, that is the best photo of your boat I have ever seen. Your real Lily is a real treasure! Happy July 4th to all our WoodyBoater pals.

  3. Reddog
    Reddog says:

    Chad what day was your boat built? It looks real nice. Both Lily’s are aging very well. Congrats on both

    • Chad
      Chad says:

      Thanks Reddog, LILY, the boat was shipped on June 23, 1952. LILY, my daughter was born on July 2, 2008. The boat restoration was completed the year she was born. Timed so close that the painter was waiting for us to name our child before gold leafing the transom.

  4. R. Martin
    R. Martin says:

    Happy 4th of July all you woody boaters or any all American boaters from the Mississippi River.

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    The Penn Yan Flying club has hosted an annual breakfast every 4th of July since 1946 (the airport was run by the Army durring the war). In recent decades they typically serve 2500-3500 pancake egg and sausage breakfasts.

      • floyd r turbo
        floyd r turbo says:

        Always thought the Amphib? was best plane, water or hard surface capable, twins, and a high wing permits great visibility – what could be better (a composite modern fuselage?)

  6. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Well happy Fourth to all….and …..this is the only day of the year I WILL NOT GO BOATING>>>>>all of the amateurs are out there…..to dangerous for me….

    John in Va.

  7. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Happy birfday ‘merica (as they say down south). Hope yours was drier than ours. Water was 2 feet below the concrete bridge cross member yesterday morning on our “greenway” where we were to be hosting a half marathon, 10k, and 5k this morning. Needless to say we were scrambling for plan “B” last night even with the level down to just 2 feet above lowest grade surface in picture.

  8. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    By the way, the waterway is supposed to be only on the other side of the hand railing in the above picture.

  9. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Daughter Sam shot this pic this morning while riding in Grammy’s Continental with Uncle Rory.

  10. M&M
    M&M says:

    1968 Resorter. Lake of the Ozarks. We had high water and the Governor declared wake speed only for Thur. and Friday. Was not so bad. We went exploring up Indian creek. The water was a foot and half high. We went a mile past where we usually turn around. 4,3, 7 feet of water. We hit the jack pot and found a 40 foot waterfall! We just pulled into the grass and jumped out and waded up to the falls. M&M

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