Changes To Woody Boater

It’s the week before the New Years,  where, wear, were, we start changing things on Woody Boater. This past weekend if you were reading you watched one start and get pulled.. Reader rated Links.. The links had ratings by you on them.. Slow loading pages and a sick feeling in my stomach about being mean spirited killed it. Saturday night we killed a weeks worth of innovative work.. It took us in a place we did not what to go.. More changes to come though, and as usual, you the readers, our fellow Woodyboaterites will help us. One major change is in regards to links. We are going to change the rules of linkage to only link organizations, blogs, forums and entities that are there to help and give information. The entire left side of Woody Boater will be for this use. with more cool things to come.  Now, this might generate some frustration from companies that were there….If your company would like to be part of the Woody Boater lifestyle, the banners on the right are more useful for you. Link exchanges, and massive links are strongly frowned upon by search engines. If you are interested in supporting Woody Boater, email me at Thanks, Matt

14 replies
  1. Jack Schneiberg
    Jack Schneiberg says:


    In spite of you pulling the links – ever since the sight has been taking unbearably long to load – both at home on my older system (windows XP Professional) and this brand new 3 week old system at the office using Windows 7. I clocked it this morning and from the time I hit “see more” with my mouse pointer – it took almost 3 minutes before the rest of the article came up. Having been blessed with a short attention span – this tends to create anxiety and stressful emotional activity in my tum-tum. Anybody else still having these loading problems??

    • brian
      brian says:

      Jack – you either have a major virus or something else is not right. I am running both a PC and a MAC and both load times this morning were under 10 sec.

  2. matt
    matt says:

    Dam, There is nothing thats changed since we ditched the links, I am on Ok speed now here. I am using Firefox on a brand new Macbook pro.. Try clearing your cache, and cookies, and restart, that might help? I am also blessed with 0 attention, I get it for sure..

  3. matt
    matt says:

    Also, I was loading the current story and header, that took a couple tries.. Maybe you were clicking in at the same time,

  4. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    I’m on a newer machine using Windows 7 and IE. Took maybe 10-15 seconds compared to a full minute with the link rating.
    You took down Fine Wood Boats! They have all that useful information on propeller sizing and decoding propeller numbers.

  5. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:


    I do not want to question how you do woodyboater since you do such a fine job, but I will miss many of the links that were on the left side.
    I spent many hours investigating and researching those sites over the last few years. They contained a lot of useful, interesting and entertaining information.
    Carry on doing what you do so well!


  6. brian
    brian says:

    Matt – question :

    “Suzy” is what length?

    I was looking at the photos of a few days ago and either she is a big boat or your tow truck is made by Fisher-Price.

    Just curious. Thanks.

    • matt
      matt says:

      Yes she makes my truck look very small. She is deseptive in the water. she is a 24 foot 1960 Chris craft 1960 Sportsman. 8 feet wide. Seats 7 comfotably, 9 if you need to.. WE LOVE IT! And as you know we get to ride in all sorts of boats, but as a social boat, the best. Kat’s just put 8 fresh coats of varnish on her. Sparkles like a new penny with 20 coats of varnish on it.

  7. brian
    brian says:

    Thanks –

    It would be nice to have that much room. But I would have a devil of a time putting something like that in my garage as our 18 footer barely fits as it is.

    If I am ever in the position of designing my own home someday, the garage is gonna be 50 feet in depth at a minimum for my toys and stuff.

    Suzy is a beauty.

  8. Rick
    Rick says:

    Todays header reminds me of the very 1st time I took out our boat into LI Sound. 10-15 mph winds and a 2’chop. Just a normal day in our clorox bottle but in a 17′ woody with little freeboard we were soaked before we even got half way to the restaurant for lunch. Turned around and cleaned the salt off us and the boat for the next hour while we ate sandwiches in the driveway.

    The site is running fine for me now also. Looking forward to whatever is next.

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