It’s A Bird, A Plane, No, It’s Super Skiff! Meet Kabot’s Habit, The Workhorse Of Lake Dora!

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Bow flag broken, Rear flag all folded up.. PERFECT

Yeah yeah, we have Cobra shots. We have a ton of them, even some very cool in water action stuff coming. BUT, and we are talking a big Bertha Butt Boogy here. The way the magic really happens is on the Trusty 1965 Sea Skiff down here that Paul and Karen Harrison drag down from Calgary Canada known as Kabot’s Habit.

Don Ayers cracking up while prepping to shoot Moxie! Note the still original liscence on the hull. The Harrisons left it all as was.

Don Ayers cracking up while prepping to shoot Moxie! Note the still original license on the hull. The Harrisons left it all as was.

The boat used to belong to a long time classic boater, and has very few hrs on her, or at least she used to have. She is used on all sorts of photo shoots, party cruises, and of course executive Board meetings at the dock!

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Someone called a Woody Boater Board meeting and man oh man that looks fun. Wait, I am on another work boat shooting this boat? Whats wrong with this picture

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So today while you are out there drooling over kabillion hr restorations, take a look at one of the true Woody Boats at the show, Kabbotts Habit, you may want to bring a beer though.

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As a chase boat with Hamster at the helm and Don Ayers headed out to shoot a Brass Bell exclusive

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Karen Harrison at the helm. PAUL’S WIFE!!!! Don Ayers ….cough cough, caught on film  …. This is so awkward.  BTW, She can dock that thing in a hurricane!



On the other end of the line is Kabbots Habbit, Towing in the Donzi

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Here is what that Donzi looked at for a while!

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Now back to work/party/tow/whatever is needed!

We will be trying to update later, but web at the show is tough. We are headed back to VA Monday and expect a week of Florida stuff!

11 replies
  1. Paul H
    Paul H says:

    Thanks Matt – there are a lot of great boats at many shows that don’t get much attention, though they provide just as much fun and enjoyment as their more glamorous brethren. Maybe I am imagining it, but I do think the lapstrakes are finally starting to get a bit more love.

    I was particularly impressed yesterday with how many boats were coming and going and giving rides. The Turcott’s were giving rides in their magnificent Gar Wood’s all day, as was Rum Runner. In fact. I heard that the owner of that boat gave rides to all the catering staff from the banquet – very nice! Lastly, as we sat at the dock enjoying the afternoon, we noticed a little outboard fishing boat constantly coming and going – he was giving rides in this lovely little wooden boat, powered by a perfectly running 1915 Evinrude! Great to see.

    We put 25 hours or so on the Skiff this week, and probably 400 miles. A few dings but not a mechanical problem to be had. We first put the boat in the water 4 years ago this month after acquiring it the prior fall with 117 hours on it. It now has about 305 hours and has been all over the place. It is my favorite of the small fleet of boats we own and I can’t see ever parting with it.

    • Wilson
      Wilson says:

      Will Stout is just a super nice guy who will give rides in Rum Runner as long as ghere is a line at the dock.

      As for the Skiff…no matter the length…there is no boat more likely to bring you home dry than a Chris Sae Skiff.

      It was a great show…Loved every minute of it.

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    It is really hard to find a more useful utility than the skiffs. Chris Craft, Lyman, Penn Yan, doesnt matter. If you want to go boating, rough water or calm, any weather, big crowd or small, you can trust a skiff will get the job done.

    I do like that YNOT Gulf Donzi too though.

  3. Cobourg Kid
    Cobourg Kid says:

    Ok Paul this question has been bugging me for a longggg time … Who is Kabot and what is his/her specific Habit? Enquiring minds want to know.

  4. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Kabot’s habit must be boating. Mfine you are correct but we have run out of inside storage. All the plastic has to live outside.

  5. Brian Robinson
    Brian Robinson says:

    Joe Kabot was a good friend to many. He passed away a few years ago. He lived in Algonac and had many ties to Chris-Craft. This was one of his boats. Yes, his habit was boating.

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