Here We Tow Again! The Serendipity Of Lake Dora.

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This shot says it all.

I know many of you are waiting for amazing boat pictures, and I promise we have them, Actually we were able to shoot over 1600 photos while selling over 500 t shirts and saying hi to all our pals in three days. We went out yesterday to get some final shots of the prototype Chris Craft Capri V Drive from our friends at  Katzs Marina.

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It’s one word. AMAZING!

A very cool Chris Craft Stinger and well, to be honest, ride around like fools and have a great day.


A very rare Chris Craft Stinger lives right on the lake. More on that later. This is an out take! Yikes

To say it was a perfect boating day is a gross understatement. We did the usual fun stuff like go to The Palm Gardens on the Dead River and just goof off.

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The Boatress enjoying the Dora Canal. I am the lucky-est man on earth.

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Authentic Florida and the best burger in the area!

And then it happened on the way back to Mt Dora. Actually right at Paul and Karen Harrison’s Dock.

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Maybe its the Dillywhacker. Mike Moore at the Helm… Our New friends from England…Electrical problem…..Anyone? This boat NEVER fails!

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That’s right. The show ended the way it started, with a tow in to the dock with a broken electric fuel pump. It just stopped and that was that.

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Karen doing her thing!


Boatress to the 4th power! Karen harrison at the helm, Helen Moore, BEcky from Reedville and the Boatress say hi..

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Jimmy has a great time no matter what happens

The fantastic news is that it happened at the one place on the planet earth that was meant to be. Its almost like the fuel pump knew we should stay there on that dock. Thanks to Karen, she knew the drill and we had the Termite Terror towed in in about 10 minutes. And then it happened. The real reason we have all come to Lake Dora. Friends.
We went back to thank Paul and Karen and there friends, Mike and Helen Moore from England and Matt and Lisa Byrne showed up. Wow, a magical sunset on the dock.

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Lets just stay on the dock and make the day last as long as possible!

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It was fantastic seeing amazing woody’s pass by.

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Our pal Becky Haynie from Reedville laughing it up on the dock!


Worldly Woody Boater Mike Moore from England was a one man entertainment machine! And amazing photographer!

It was one of those times were you find yourself in the one place on the planet that you are supposed to be. All because we broke down! What a perfect end to a perfect weekend. Now back on the road and weed through all the amazing photos from the show. We hope you all safe travels!

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So long to our friend the sun!


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

    What is it about the Harrisons that causes mechanical things to break in their presence or when they are nearby? Seriously, over the course of a week, one boat sinks and two need a tow, and who just happens to be right there each time? If I owned an airline, I would pay Paul not to fly on it!

    • 72hornet
      72hornet says:

      Matt and his woody boatress were looking “At Ease” on their trip through the Dora Canal. Great times with the cast and crew of characters that make up our little village of Woody Boaterville. On our way home stuck in Nashville morning rush hour traffic. My crew of the able Chris Mugge is at the helm for this leg . Safe travels for all our friends! Great times!

  2. Wilson
    Wilson says:


    As you say a “great weekend”…Thanks to Al & Karen Benton, I’m home safe an sound….Had a great weekend seeing many ole friends…Great evening at the awards banquet with ole Chris Craft officer Herb Pocklington & wife Carol..

    Hats off to Terry Fiest & Bobbie and their crew who put on a realllly greeeeat shew !

  3. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    What an event. 1250 miles to find snow still in the shade. Winter can go away now.
    Troy did you find any good sales on Sunday?
    Maybe I should go to rehab till it’s warm here.
    Was good seeing everyone.

  4. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Looks like you had a great post show day to really enjoy yourselves. Neat trick using the throwable on the bow to cushion/guide the tow rope. I will remember that one!

  5. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    Had a great time at a great show, and Matt, just wanted to thank you and Suzy again for inviting Cheryl and I out to dinner with you guys, really enjoyed it and meeting new friends.

  6. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Great show, Great friends. The shop at Rejuvenation Boat Works was over the top…great party…..super venue…
    I survived lunch with Troy and family…..special folks, many thanks.
    and as to Matt: yes, you ARE for SURE..”.the luckiest man in the world”.

    John in VA.

  7. Walt
    Walt says:

    You should have known that putting Englishsters in anything with electrics will lead to the curse of Lord Lucas, the crown prince of darkness.

  8. Ed F.
    Ed F. says:

    It was a great show and a great week in the sun (and rain, but at least it was warm rain). We had 3 days of great boating on the local lakes. I didn’t meet as many of you guys as I had hoped but I did score a couple tee shirts and a couple varnish cups. Thanks to all the Sunnyland Volunteers that make the show a huge success. One of our highlights was meeting Tavares Mayor Kirby Smith. We enjoyed visiting with him over drinks one evening and he joined us for a boat ride on Saturday. He is a great guy and has a good vision of the future of Tavares. We had dry roads and an uneventful trip all the way back home to Michigan.

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