Yip Yap And Her Captain, Reunited After 14 Years Apart.

Woody Boater the next generation..

For those of you that followed the great Chain Gang week long milking over the winter, Yip Yap is Back, in her owners hands. miles of smiles and a much needed break from Lock down in Germany.  Yesterday we finally got to reunite them and get Yip Yap back in the water and go go go!

Off to the ramp

mmmm, how do I get in?

Egh, she is taking on a bit of water. But all normal here in Woodyboaterville.

Oh ya, what a great site for me

The smile! Says it all, 14 years ish in the making

The shot, Suzy 2 and Hank, AKA Berlin Bureau


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Suzy 2  “Please don’t kill me” First words when she got in. Ya ya.

Ahhhhhhh! Oh and our area is a not a wake zone. And all the boats are on lifts, so quit your yapping

Sorry about the resolution, I did not get my big camera out.. But we will this weekend

Ahhhhhhhhh seee ya later, have fun Hank.


26 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    So COOL!!

    I would love to get my first woody back, but I think the people I sold it to left it against the rocks and she broke up. I wonder if I can find any pictures?

    • Dennis Mykols
      Dennis Mykols says:

      Yea, Troy, I also would love to get into a boat like the first one I had as a kid. Had a chance a couple of years ago when our Water Wonderland ACBS chapter started building these little hydros for kids at the Boat show. My mind said let’s build one and get out there and have fun, but my body said “WAIT, WHAT? ARE YOU CRAZY!!!
      The body won…

      • Oldman Frank@Falmouth
        Oldman Frank@Falmouth says:

        Aint that the truth!! I have to remind myself Im not in my youth anymore.. and those small boats we used to fold into in the past just dont work with a increasingly creaky and “softening” body!

      • Miles Kapper
        Miles Kapper says:

        That might be the only stained/varnished Mini Max I have ever seen. It’s beautiful. A friend who builds models built a 1:8 scale replica of my Mini Max when I was 12. It sits on a shelf in my office with a couple of pics of me back in the day.

      • Randy
        Randy says:

        … ahhhhhh, an 8′ Minimax — my 3rd woody. My dad and I built it in our living room back in the ’50’s. Memories.

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    I think its fair to say we all wish we had our first woodys back… Just sayn.. Sorry. Troy left that set up just there.. Did not mean to offend

  3. Berlin Büro
    Berlin Büro says:

    It was like no time passed at all between us. It was like I was 15-16 again. Heaven forbid, if we both are on the same side of the boat though – that was the first thing I told Suzy2. “Please don’t kill me, we don’t have health insurance here”

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      You don’t need health insurance if you die. When you really need it is when you almost die, but leave enough pieces to be sewn back together. That gets expensive!

  4. tparsons56
    tparsons56 says:

    Great to see Hank and Yip-Yap back together again. The weather sure looks better then when we transported her last January!

  5. warren
    warren says:

    What’s with the taking on water?
    And oh ya, Paint the controls Johnson green and a decal!!!

  6. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Love those big smiles! Can’t believe you didn’t paint & decal the control box to match the motor makeover.

  7. Frank@Falmouth
    Frank@Falmouth says:

    Nice work Matt! Tho I could probably find it here in previous posts.. Whats the year and hull number on that Whirlwind? Looks like a Super deluxe without the padding.. And I really like the look of the painted motor. Its a great compromise between the “look” and reliability thing… Ive been more towards original, but you may have convinced me to go modern and not have to worry about the breakdown thing… and then Id put some of boats in the water! (“Period Power vs Power, Period ” to quote JFR)
    I hope the water thing was a transom plug… Hot moulded Whirlwinds should not leak as they are basically a single moulded hull with the transom attached…
    Great reunion and family story, what this thing is ALL About!

  8. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    What a cool little boat! looks like a “boat load” of fun. The boat definitely looks better on the water than on the trailer. Im sure that you are excited to have Hank home also. My first woody (boat that is) was given to a guy in the U P as a fishing boat, when I got into dirt bikes and cars as a teenager. I found a pice of it on the shore about 10 years ago. Like Troy I’m going to have to find a picture of it. When I do I will share.

  9. matt
    matt says:

    Agree on the water, never leaked this bad before. the previos folks put empxy on the seams. And I am not sure that helped. Its around the transom for sure and the splash rails leak though the screws. But right now not all that bad enough to take her out. But I do think the transom could use a re fit, and seal. Along with the splash rail. Its titled as a 1958 Jr, But who knows.

    • Frank@Falmouth
      Frank@Falmouth says:

      Ok that makes sense… the leaks.. Ill look through my “library” and see if I have 1958 brochures,.. I made copies years ago and gave a set to Howard Johnson who included them in his great Whirlwind book…

  10. e
    e says:

    Very cool! What’s that steering wheel? I think we have a black and white version on our 1960 Thompson Sea Lancer. Would love to bring it down to Reedville – looks pretty there.

  11. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    So great, Matt and family. And I second the motion about painting and decal-ing that Nissan control.

  12. Gail Turner
    Gail Turner says:

    Matt – Guess there is a new project in the works for you and Hank……this is the perfect story for a children’s book……the history, the memories, the adventure, the teamwork and excitement to get it home as people cheered it on……the photos through the years……could be from the point of view of Yip-Yap remembering “home.” Put me on the list for a copy!

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