It’s Windshield Day On Woody Boater! On The Road To Algonac.


Coffee cups will be on hand in Algonac.

We are officially on our way to Algonac. Considering we will be spending the day looking at life through a windshield, we thought it would be fun to have you post your Windshield today. Ya ya, we know, they are ironically the most overlooked part on your boat. But when you look at your windshields instead of through it, they really are a major part of the style of your stylish craft.


Chris Smith and his custom Windshield

Like how headlights are the eyes of your car. On a Classic boat, the shape, and location of yours can define the boat. Neato Bugatti ones, Triple ones, Folding ones, Batmoble ones..

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correct craft torino at Katzs

Show us yours today as we head to ALGONAC! And stay tuned for Live reports as we arrive at the event of the summer.


Long Windshields on this Higgins

Florida - Feb 2009 008

Two windshields


Curved plastic windshilelds on Whirlwinds

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Useless windshields

Mahogany Picture

Windshield poetry. Thanks “Rabbit”

So post your windshield today, through the windshield, broken windsheild’s? Bring them on!

Sylvia Chrome inventory

Before headed off to Graves plating!

iPhone Photos 272

The sweeping wooden windshield lines of an early Chris-Craft Utility. OK – Can you guess who this is, and what boat this is, where, and/or when? It’s an easy bonus quiz today…

92 replies
  1. Bob Kays
    Bob Kays says:

    A beautiful Summer day on Lake Hopatcong, seen though the windshield of my 1957 Chris Craft runabout

  2. Jeff "Capt Nemo" Buckley
    Jeff "Capt Nemo" Buckley says:

    Not exactly an antique or classic by “vintage standards”, but here’s our Armada 24, “Raptor” and her windshield just before heading out to the racetrack in Michigan with Kevin Klosterman. I brought her to Tavares a few years ago and gave rides. As you can imagine, she was an airborne hit!

  3. John Baas
    John Baas says:

    Here’s my ’59 Chetek ventilating windshield at the Milwaukee Boat Show a couple of Januarys ago. People really like to just sit in my boat for some reason.

  4. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    The windshield of “Tigert Lily”. She will be in Algonac this weekend. I hope you will be too!

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    The quiz answer is Boatress, Woodygal, and Jim Frischette (sp?) on the Dora canal.

    I will have to check the phone for any handy windshield photos.

      • m-fine
        m-fine says:

        Darn! I can only remember so much between the article and scrolling through the comments and forgot to answer the boat. Oh well.

  6. JFunk
    JFunk says:

    Heading from Tavares to Mt. Dora last March. Beautiuful evening, great ride, and cracked the windshield to get some of that refreshing FL air through the cockpit. There was 6″ of snow back home in Indiana at the time. I felt sooooo bad for the folks at home.

  7. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Here is the USS Zumwalt as viewed through the eyes of American Beauty. Taken off the docks of Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

  8. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    after running around in Old School, with no windshield, it is so nice to have one on those chilly days…

    • Dennis Mykols
      Dennis Mykols says:

      DAMN, too early to post this stuff, lets try one more time, if I screw up this time, it’s back to bed for me…

  9. Jim Frechette
    Jim Frechette says:

    View through the largest standing windshield built by Chris-Craft on “Old Paint”, 1940 Red and White.

  10. Sean
    Sean says:

    Arguably, the least attractive feature of my Greavette Sunflash IV but, it’s oh, so 1970’s practical with vent and all. It’s so tall you don’t even notice it when you’re in the boat.

  11. Carla
    Carla says:

    Algonac, are you ready for Wild Bill Anderson (his better half, Nancy) AND the unique classic fiberglass boat he’s bringing from IL?? Bill just sent this to me as taken while he’s cruising to “Where It All Began”….I’M ONLY THE MESSENGER!!
    I will also be in Algonac later this evening and look forward to seeing all our Woody Boater pals over the next few days!

    • Brian F
      Brian F says:

      Flash, did you paint your cavalier black? Or was this from during your big restoration?? Looks sharp! Also, is that the original windshield or did you actually find a shop capable of making a replacement??

  12. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    On the outside looking in,,,,I don’t wanna be I don’t wanna be back on the outside,,,looking in,,,,,,,,,,,

  13. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    Sure like the boat that Chris Smith is setting in, what is it and why want the pictures blow up??

  14. Ron Yatch
    Ron Yatch says:

    ComOcean’s Venting Windscreen keeps us cool at Shoreline Village. Wish we could make it to Algonac again. Maybe next year. Have fun, guys.

  15. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Love those big old Lyman vent windows. BUT on a trailer, they were like airplane flaps, slowing me down at 70 miles per hour.
    I am amazed I never had something hit those big glass windows, with all the miles we towed that old girl…

  16. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Windshields are over rated on some hot summer days, when you want some wind in your hair. (While you still got some…)

  17. scalertom
    scalertom says:

    The windshield on my 57 homebuilt redo. First time, back in the Puget Sound, in 40 some years.

  18. Derk Brill
    Derk Brill says:

    Just imagine the windshield there…it will be reality in another couple of weeks. Yesterday at McCall Boat Works, McCall Idaho. Thank you Don Hardy!

  19. Alex
    Alex says:

    Took this photo at the Les Cheneaux Classic Boat Show in Hessel last summer.

    “Windshield too tall. Or rather, I’m too little.”

  20. Fredster
    Fredster says:

    Cruising thru the Gates of the Mountains
    on the Missouri just N. of Helena MT.
    Very desolate & impressive, always inspiring.

  21. john Thompson
    john Thompson says:

    How do you get a young person interested in our old boats? Let them drive one. Here our son under the watchful eye of the first mate is at the helm of our 1961 Higgins Mandalay.

  22. Bill Hammond
    Bill Hammond says:

    Was just at the site for The Big Show @ Algonac. There are already a few boats on hand. A beautiful Futura, a very nice Sea Skiff and this one – Shepsel VII!! Can’t hardly stand it!! There was a Memorial for Herb Pocklington today that I was trying to make. Got caught in Construction on I-69 and missed it! But I’ll send my Greetings out to Rose, I’m sure it was just send off Herb would have wanted!

  23. Texx
    Texx says:

    My windshield this weekend. Hoping to make it to the Whitefish Woody Weekend event in Whitefish, Montana where the forecast is hot and sunny.

    • Scott Knowlton
      Scott Knowlton says:


      What year, model and size is that boat ? I have a 1956 Sportsman 17, which needs a windshield, and that one looks similar to some old pictures I have of the boat

  24. Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo says:

    1956 Chris Craft Sedan w/ Flybridge. The original chrome still looks respectable from a distance.

  25. Al Bosworth
    Al Bosworth says:

    Unfortunately getting wet looking through my windshield!

    Need a port side windshield for a 1961 Shepherd 19′
    Will buy full set.

  26. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    2 things, 75 posts so far whats the record

    no other streblow lovers out there, they have the best windshields with the heavy mahogany framing!

  27. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    You certainly struck a nerve today, Matt. One more: A windshield in the boathouse in January. Yes, I sneak down there with a pint.

  28. Brian F
    Brian F says:

    Isn’t this what classic boating is all about!! Both toddlers were under 2 at that time!! The big plexi windshield makes a great handle for a little person, unfortunately this is a major strength problem and thus the single piece plexi window only last one year of production…

  29. Grant Stanfield
    Grant Stanfield says:

    I love short foredeck and sweeping side shields of the 1st-gen. CC Sea Skiff…the optional ventilating windshield on our 1954 22′ is an added bonus if you just can’t get enough green spray in your face as you plow through heavy weekend Jet-Ski chop on Green Lake in WI..!

  30. Jim Hilton
    Jim Hilton says:

    Boating getting ready for the night. Even windshields need a fair amount of shut-eye.

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