It’s The Official Start Of the Hagerty Last Gasp Week 2015

1948 Chris Craft 25 Sportsman 20

Our last run of 2015 with her restored top.

Well, here we are, the end of a wonderful and fast summer. Wow, that just zipped by. Those of you new to last Gasp Week, its a fun week ish of last gasps of summer. You can either just comment, or if you have a fun special story, send it to us at and we will see if we can have some fun with it. Photos, nice photos are rewarded and at the end of the week long un-celebration we award the winner a something or other from Hagerty marine Insurance and the Woody Boater store. So the stakes are high.

1948 Chris Craft Sportsman 12

The top also operates as a Bimini top. Thanks to Laura at TiffanyYachts for a fantastic job with the top.

To get it started off, here are some photos from WECATCHEM’S last gasp two weeks ago before we pulled her engine. Lets get this party started!

1948 Chris Craft Sportsman 15

Shot with an Iphone

1948 Chris Craft sportsman 16

Switched cameras and used the Nikon. Same time, location, light, just a different camera. Amazing

1948 Chris Craft Sportsman 17

The light was perfect. While out on the water, I realized it was one of those days, called the boatress to come out and play. She was not amused that I meant shooting the boat.

Water Puss

Zipping out to us, the Boatress in her trusty 2005 Sea Pro with 150 hrs on her.

1948 Chris Craft sportsman 30

Moments like this are what iphones are for.

1948 Chris Craft 25 sportsman-4

One more of the rare double top completely up. This thing is amazing and a nightmare all at the same time. Suffice to say, once its up, its up for the run. But we have all winter to deal with that

And Hagerty reminds us all that over half of the claims happen over the winter months, so make sure you have your insurance up to date. Now send us in your Last Gasp goodies, we love some fall headers!

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

    Since I somehow missed “Last Gasp” last year and didn’t get any real shots this year I will start with a wave off from Sandi the day before haul out Oct. 2014.

  2. Sean
    Sean says:

    Well, we bailed on the end of summer quite early (at Canadian Thanksgiving). However, our last run was new water to SEA-J in the Huntsville, Ontario chain of lakes. We had a fantastic day partnering another Greavette, AQUA VELVET with the woodyboating families of Rich & Linda Hughes along with Murray and Vicky Parnell. Here is Sea-J on Lake Vernon, Muskoka. picture by Rich Hughes.

  3. Rich
    Rich says:

    Canadian Thanksgiving weekend run on Lake Muskoka. By this time of year, there isn’t many stores left open in the Muskoka area. Except for this one, and we had to stop for a quick shop and support the Province of Ontario!

  4. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Got a note from one of our Australian members last week that was preparing for their “first gasp” weekend of boating following a long hard winter in the “Down Under”. Does that count?

  5. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Matt, some day you have to bring Wecatchem to Algonac and run that beauty in the waters where she came from. You could get some great shots on the “Flats”!

  6. Allen
    Allen says:

    Matt that river was as smooth as Mullett Lake was a few weeks back when we shot our video. Love smooth water in the morning. Great looking boat.

  7. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Seems like a lot of us had an early “last Gasp” this year, me included. I have the Coronado in for some custom work to make it even better than she already is, Adding Bennett electric trim tabs, a battery switch, a transom mounted stern light, and couple of other tweaks. Then winterization for the winter. I was hoping to still splash her after all this work got done, but the schedule kept getting pushed back more and more, till now, it is just out of the question. So here is my last gasp picture, from a couple of weeks ago, with very little fall color, sad to say.

  8. Tom
    Tom says:

    Final run of the year for Miss Jane and Lady Shores a couple of weeks ago. We were heading to the year end cruise/picnic for the Manotick chapter.

  9. Andy C
    Andy C says:

    Nice last cruise yesterday on the Niagara River. This Coronado is all put away, one more Coronado to go…hopefully I won’t have to scrape ice off its windshield

  10. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Not the actual “last gasp”, because we boat all year around here, but the last family outing of the year on Labor Day with “Thisuldu” and “Sindbad” nestled together out at Blake Island State Park – a great weekend spot for hiking, hanging out and enjoying our children and grand kids.

  11. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Summer ended so long ago I took my last gasp photos with a Kodak Brownie. Actually, we pulled the boats in a freezing rain this year so the camera and phones stayed under cover. Maybe next year.

  12. Ivar
    Ivar says:

    Fall reflections and lapstrake love from Lake Chelan a couple of weeks ago. The rustic resort at Stehekin is only accessible via 40-mile boat trip (or backpacking in from the North Cascade mountains).

  13. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    Well, no last gasp here but how about a “transition gasp” from us? Our most recent boating was on Gull Lake in MN, about a month back. Today I have attached a picture taken this morning which marks the transition for us – this is the venerable Kabot’s Habit, snugly pulled up outside Antique Boat Center in Eustis, FL. I left Calgary on Thursday late morning and arrived in Eustis/Dora/Tavares after 2900 miles, 44 hours of run time and 275 gallons of fuel yesterday afternoon. So we are ready for our winter boating season! The Skiff is in for a minor buff and storage until we return in early January, and soon our boating adventures will start up again!

    • Dennis Mykols
      Dennis Mykols says:

      Damn, to be young again and be able to withstand that kind of trip once more. Today, if Ronnie and I travel more than 6 hours ( with Stops), we get stiff in all the wrong places!!! Plus I just worry way to much about mechanical failures, and it just takes the fun out of hauling my toys around the country, like I did only a couple of years back…

      • Paul H.
        Paul H. says:

        Dennis – It doesn’t matter how old you are, that is a grueling trip to complete in 76 hours, which is how long it took to complete start to finish. I had no mechanical problems but my departure was delayed by a series of trailer electrical problems on Thursday morning. The truck also used about 15% – 20% more fuel this time compared to last and I don’t now why.

  14. Brian Flaherty
    Brian Flaherty says:

    For our little family winter boating a challenge as 3 year olds really do not like getting wet or cold… So most likely for us the PNW Odyssey to Stehekin on October 1st is probably our last gasp for 2015. BTW, folks who are ACBS members can look forward to my full report on the Stehekin Odyssey coming in the Fall/Winter edition of Rudder magazine and a version with all the photos should show up on the ACBS’s newly formatted website shortly after the magazine comes out.

    For Last Gasp Week 2015 I submit a photo Don Palmer took of fellow woodyboater and ACBS-PNW historian Craig Magnusson slalom skiing behind our 1969 Chris-Craft Cavalier 17 Ski Boat, in the pristine waters outside of Stehekin (the water temp was at best 60-65 degrees and he did with only a shorty wetsuit).

  15. Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith says:

    Paul H. Good to know that you arrived safely at your winter destination. Too bad you can’t stay through until spring!
    The rest of the Muskoka connection celebrated “last gasp” a few weeks ago. Some of us will be on our way to the sunny, warm, south shortly! 80 in Florida to-day. Yippee!

  16. Kathy Muller
    Kathy Muller says:

    Last Gasp on Lake Sunapee, NH. We are in our 1930 24′ Chris Craft with a new Kroh top.. much warmer!

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