Vanity Fair Says Woody Boats Are A Cult Favorite! Woohoo! We’re A Cult!


Vanity Fair ” Cult Favorites” by Punch Hutton

First Woody Boater on CBS Sunday Morning, and now Vanity Fair Magazine! WOW!  In an on going effort to spread the gospel of the magic of our beloved Woody Boats, we are very honored to have one of our photos featured in Punch Hutton’s column on cult favorites. To be featured in one of Punch’s famous “Cult Favorites” is beyond an honor, she is considered by many to be one of the big influencers of style and design in the country. The specific boat featured is a 1941 19′ Chris Craft Barrel Back,” Sylvia” photographed in Reedville Virginia. The best part is that we are seeing an increase of awareness in the media of our rare and beautiful boats becoming “Cult Favorites” “Art” and part of a “Lifestyle”. All our efforts are starting to pay off we hope. Vanity Fair could not be a better magazine to be in, like CBS Sunday Morning, it’s the perfect audience for the awareness of the culture of classic boats!

VF2FAV1241MWM0.pd owes us some love for that credit. The Woody Boater shot and credits are burred on the gutter of the page, where we always wind up after a show I might add! HA

Now back to reading this weeks 45 comments . ALL DIFFERENT by the way as to when and where to have our party! Add Cool Aide to the refreshment list.

20 replies
  1. mike s
    mike s says:

    Who knows we may all become “trendy”. That’ll be a first for me.
    Here’s another Chris Craft featured in Vanity Fair many years ago featuring Naomi Watts on the aft deck of my dad’s 20′ Custom. She was featured to promote the upcoming King Kong movie as I recall. Photo shoot was is Greenwich, Ct. Although he resolved to never again do one of these shoots, I don’t think dad has washed the deck since.
    Troy, you’re welcome.

  2. Rick
    Rick says:

    Of course we’re a cult and our headquarters is in VA. Now if I can just remember which one rides the motorcycle. Also how did Chad’s monkey get in there?

  3. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    what ever happened to our smoking monkey?

    also do us non “chris craft” woody boaters belong to the cult or do we have to start our own?

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Just drink the Koolaide and you’ll belong. The average Joe out there can’t tell the difference between the boats anyway.

      • Texx
        Texx says:

        Yes, as m-fine noted not too long ago “those big triple cockpit runabouts all start to look the same after a while…”

  4. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Gosh, I thought we had arrived long ago…Changing Times magazine in 1983 or ’84. On Golden Pond Movie, Rivieras featured in GM ads, others featured in insurance and bank ads, a Chris Rocket on a West Marine Poster, a Chris on a Vera Bradley, ladies handbag poster and more I’ve since forgotten.

  5. John Bailey
    John Bailey says:

    Don’t leave out the Hacker-Craft has done a Tommy Bahama Edition…

    “Tommy Bahama is the island lifestyle brand that has become synonymous with relaxation, high quality and sophistication, whether at home, on vacation or traveling the world,” said Terry Pillow, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “Our partnership with the Hacker Boat Company now gives us the
    opportunity to showcase the Tommy Bahama lifestyle on the water, where people truly know how to relax.”

  6. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    There has been a lot of new posts over on the “Party” story of a few days back. You should check them out and see what you think.

  7. John Dort
    John Dort says:

    That is a beautiful shot of Sylvia and wondering if it was photo-shopped or a great blend/bleed of the darker stain of the covering boards down onto the top portion of the top sides which are a lighter stain? I’m asking as I’m getting closer to a strip/stain and considering options.

    • Rich Marschner
      Rich Marschner says:

      John, I can tell you that ten years later this boat’s covering boards are still the same shade of stain as the sides. They always look darker in the sun, for some reason, but in artificial light there’s no difference.
      I’ve had to look twice a couple of times myself, though, so what you’re seeing here is about what it looks like now…darker than the sides!
      I think it’s safe to say that’s what you will get if you stain your boards and sides equally.
      I like it. So do most people who have asked the same question at shows.
      Rich (current owner of Talaria, nee Sylvia) in Cleveland

  8. Matt
    Matt says:

    No retouching. We stained the covering boards like the rest of the boat, then did the covering boards in a walnut stain over the Chris craft stain. What you are seeing is natural light.

  9. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Here is the “Tommy Bahama” founder’s boat… A long-time northwest cruiser… Trendy indeed! 🙂

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