With 23 Coats On Her, She Is Staying In The Water As Long As She Can!

oooooohhhhh Tom, VEry nice Sportsman, ohhhhhhh, yes,,,,,, Tell us about it all.. oooohohhhh

I got this fun email from fellow Woody Boater Tom Tetrault, and thought it would be fun to try a new way of doing a story. I feel like Merv doing this.. To old? Johnny? Still to old.. Leno.. na he is a car guy, and I have no chin…mmmm Letterman, nooo, interns scare me…. mmmmmm Charlie Rose? To boring.. Wait.. Oprah, egh, I dont want to give away anything, Ellen..maybe, I do like women… na…Geraldo , ouch thats backfired before. Sally Jesse? My glasses are not red enough, Maury Povich… Tell me tom, are you Really the boats father? NAAA, Montel? We can shill some Dentures Tom? …  Sorry… Wow, We could do it 60 minutes style and really dig in and find out that really you only did 22 and a half coats of varnish.. How bout Ann Curry, I feeeel your pain Tom, two years Tom, ….zzzzzzzzzzz, Sorry Tom, it will just need to be me doing the interveiw.

Hi Tom

Hi Matt

Tell me Tom, how long did it take?

“Well finally after almost 2 years of restoring her myself (shes my first), I have her in the water. 

Have you finally put her in the water?

Have her in Lake CDA her in Idaho! I have taken about ten rides and the season is coming to and end her but I will keep her in as long as I can. 

What is she?

1958 CC 17′ Sporstman with a 131 HP KFL.  Shes all original.  Shes has new ceiling and Upolstry and I replaced every fastener on her.  She does have her original bottom which soaked up in 2 days!

Congrats, I know the feeling of that first time in the water! Already for the next one?

Yes I am. I took her down to bare wood resfastened her and stained her redid her blond planking.   I think for the forst timer she turned out well, with 23 coats of varnish!!

Love your spelling Tom, you my friend are one of the good guys! This is the sort of stuff here on Woody boater that keeps us going. Folks diving into the hobby and enjoying the process as much as the run on the water. Your Woody Boat is more than a boat. Its the king pin to a way to live. Thanks Tom for sending us your shots and allowing us to interview you.

Go Tom Go!




18 replies
  1. Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy
    Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy says:

    Nice job on the boat! I think if I spent 2 years on it and 23 coats, I would have it in the water till it froze.
    By the way Matt: Is Merv still alive?

  2. Rick
    Rick says:

    Love the boat and great job, BUT…. Brought down to bare wood, every fastener replaced AND 23 coats of varnish….was it a good idea not to put a new bottom on her? Love to hear thoughts on it. Best of luck.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      If the old bottom was in good shape after inspection (assuming he got a full look while refastening) I would say why not? Remember this is a late 50’s boat with I assume a plywood inner layer and not a 1920’s or 30’s boat. It could have have plenty of life left if it was well cared for in a northern climate.

  3. Alex
    Alex says:

    Rosie? Too unsavory. Dr. Phil? Too pop psychology. Chase? Too epic fail. Arsenio? Too “woo woo woo.” Sullivan? (And now…) too rigid. Beck? Too polarizing. Stern? Too shaggy. Rayburn, Gene? He gets my vote. Though a tad goofy, he had good comedic timing, he was lovable, and he carried that übersweet skinny, trademark microphone. Plus, he had that classic 70’s wah wah guitar theme song. And above all, let’s not forget he got to hang out with Charles Nelson Riley and his ascot. Your lobster orange deck shoes would blend right in.

  4. MikeM
    MikeM says:

    That was a riveting interview, Matt. Way to go. You just can’t put a price tag
    on this style of journalism.

    Way to go Tom…boat looks great. Will we see you at the international show next year? It’s where all the Woodyboaters will be…..

  5. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    Don’t quit your day job yet, Matt! Ha

    Tom, great boat. Please consider joining our inland empire acbs chapter here in e. wash, n. Idaho. Lots of neat boats and great people interested in wooden boats. Also please check out the Chris craft antique boat club at Chris-craft.org. We would love to have you as a member.

  6. Tommyholm
    Tommyholm says:

    Does Tom have to wear 23 Sons of Varnish T-Shirts? will they all be Orange? How long will the Big House Orange banner lite up my display? How many fasteners did Tom use? So many unanswered WB questions. Matt, the phone lines are ringing, answer the phone…..oh WB has no phone!
    Let’s go for a boat ride!

    • Philip Andrew
      Philip Andrew says:

      Rodney Dangerfeild, now theres a funny guy. I read his book. In it he talks about how he was so broke doing stand-up he couldn’t afford to have his suits dry-cleaned so he would donate his suit to the Salvation army store, they would clean it and he’d buy it back the next day for 5 bucks.

  7. Texx
    Texx says:

    Great looking Chris-Craft Tom – Congratulations on your successful restoration project!

    My favorite talk show host of all time is SCTV’s – Sammy Maudlin. I know, most of you are thinking “Sammy Who?”

    It’s an age thing…

  8. Tom T
    Tom T says:

    Hey I know my typing is bad too many surgeries on my hands and fingers, but i can still screw a boat together!! Yes the bottom is the double layer with the canvas, maybe someday redo it too. Thanks for the comments and article very funny!! I will order my varnish shirt and one that says ” I have a Woody”. LOL. Thanks Matt for the few minutes of fame !! Tom

  9. Wicked Wahine
    Wicked Wahine says:

    Tom, Great JOB! After 4 years and 3500 fastners (give or take a few hundred) on the WW. I can feel the your pain. Enjoy the ride. MAHALO!

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