A Welcome Party Today For Woody Boater CBS Sunday Morning Boaters. UPDATE NOW WITH THE SEGMENT!

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We are thrilled to have you here. Eight years ago this was just a passing thought. I wonder if its possible to do a story on Classic Boats every day of the year? And now over 4,000 stories later, you are here after watching us on CBS Sunday Morning. WOW!


Come on in, the waters warm!

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Thanks for visiting, come on back tomorrow, Monday. Texx and Dane Anderson are reporting live-ish from Gull Lake Minnesota with some AMAZING  boats. And throughout this week we are featuring all sorts of special stuff to keep you here.

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Thanks again for checking our little town of Woodyboaterville out. Hang around and have a warm cup of Varnish Coffee, and party.

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Woohooo, get out there, the water is great.

Here is the segment from CBS!

78 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    A big Hello to all the WoodyBoaters from all of your Michigan friends. It’s good to hear Matt and Texx toot their horn for all the great work they do. Congrats on this classic boat loving thing you have built over the last eight years. Now get out there and get ’em wet!

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Good morning from Keuka Lake, NY. We have 5 working boats (always a small miracle) but no TVs so I will have to hope the Tivo is doing its job. In the meantime, there’s bacon to be fried.

    Oh, and thanks for the prominantly displayed Penn Yan Swift photos. A local classic for those for whom a Chris Craft was well out of reach.

    • Eric
      Eric says:

      This Swift was a “gift” from our neighbors on Lake Minnetonka, originally from Fulton, NY. It’s fun to have it here in the Midwest, draws out the northeasterners.

  3. Wylie
    Wylie says:

    It’s great to step back in time everyday here on woodyboater, today we get to share it with a national audience. Thanks for making a Thoroughbred the header of the show. 🙂

  4. DudetheDog
    DudetheDog says:

    Congratulations on 8 years and the CBS pub. You’re a great ambassador of our lifestyle.

  5. Carla
    Carla says:

    What a great way to start my Sunday!! Fabulous segment on classic boating…Matt, Dave, Pete, Wayne and many others, THANK YOU! Love this hobby!! Welcome to the new Woody Boater readers…you will definitely be hooked to WB!

  6. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Wow !…On earlier than expected…Glad I got to see it…Matt and Woody Boats have made the big time….Haven’t had so much exposure since On Golden Pond…which was replayed in part this morning…Great job CBS !!!

  7. Matt
    Matt says:

    I am still in shell shock. Surprised to be on. BTW as of 945 AM today we are at 4500 views on Woody Boater. its a good day for all of us.

  8. Gene porter
    Gene porter says:

    You and your team deserve a big gold star for putting our hobby on national news in such a superlative manner.
    Bravo Zulu

  9. Bob Kays
    Bob Kays says:

    Great job Matt and all the woody boaters in Michigan! Welcome to all the CBS viewers, you will love it here in Woody Boatervile.
    Here is “Thayer IV: in her retirement home of Lake Hopatcong, NJ after her Oscar winning performance !

      • Jeff Thom
        Jeff Thom says:

        Great job on CBS, Matt, representing our wood boating culture. Keep up the great work! I hope to see you at Gull Lake.

        By the way, THAYER IV 1802, (called by you the most well-known On Golden Pond movie boat) remains in loving hands as part of our family in MN, as well.

  10. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Thanks to the modern web I was able to watch on my phone. Great job guys, that was a very well done piece. I was very surprised to see I made a cameo appearance since I was not at Algonac this year. It is the first time I have been on a news program without the words “wanted” “arrested” or “charged.”

  11. Don Ayers
    Don Ayers says:


    That was a fantastic piece. Hats off to Reed the producer. Very tight with maximum impact.

    Great for our hobby.

    Great job Matt. The camera loves you!!!

  12. James Zimmerman
    James Zimmerman says:

    Please put out a Calender with Classic boats and Classic gals…..
    Love the Chris-craft and your website….

  13. Eric
    Eric says:

    Congratulations on the national TV coverage. Thanks for all the hard work and time you folks put in on WB! I see an Emmy nomination in your future Matt!

  14. Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith says:

    Well done Matt and crew. You gotta know that your Canadian neighbours loved the show. Congratulations … fabulous!

  15. Derk Brill
    Derk Brill says:

    Outstanding feature Matt. I’ll be interested to hear how it affects traffic on the site. Great work on all our behalf!

  16. Tim Robinson
    Tim Robinson says:

    Matt, it is all fame and fortune now. With that facial hair and good looks you are on your way to Hollywood. I here there is a Father and Son boat restoration team in So Cal who do nice work.

  17. Darthtrader
    Darthtrader says:

    “And the award for best short about Wooden Boating, the award goes to Matt Smith.” Good job Buddy! Take the Boatress to dinner and then get busy on tomorrow’s Header!

  18. Bob VandeVusse
    Bob VandeVusse says:

    Weigh to go Matt, Texx, Boatress, (you know you couldn’t have done it without her!) and everyone els. What a grate testimony to the lifestyle. This was just the antidote I needed for the disappointment of the Holland show being reigned out yesterday.

  19. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Heard in Woodyboaterville, “okay that’s a wrap”. Great job, kudos to your makeup artist, lol and welcome to our new viewers, we’ll be gentle with you for the next couple of months but after that, your rookie status is over. Matt, had you known the context of the other segments you could have provided Dick Cheney with a wooden drift boat instead of that tub he was in and explain how Higgins boats built in New Orleans could have provided much needed assistance and rescue services to Katrina victims. So what’s next, Late Night with Steven Colbert, Tonight show with Jimmy Fallen, the Today Show with Matt Louwer? Better get busy on producing a WoodieBoater tie for those formal occasions.

  20. Denis D
    Denis D says:

    Kudos on a great score Matt. I imagine it took a lot of networking on your end to get them interested in producing the segment. Loved the mix of old and new video and the well done commentaries.

    Oh, and the nod to On Golden Pond was well deserved since your new ride “WECATCHEM” came from the lake featured in one of the scenes.

    Denis D

  21. Al Campbell
    Al Campbell says:

    Way to go Matt! Your passion for wood boats radiates throughout the CBS video. And it’s infectious. You know, I think I’m appreciating my own wood boat Wilcat Cafe just a little more if that’s possible. Cheers

  22. Ron - Seattle
    Ron - Seattle says:

    Matt, nice to see you on my favorite award-winning TV program of many, many years. In fact, you have great presence and an excitement that showed on camera. Kudos to you, Texx, and everyone who makes WB what it is…remarkable!

  23. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Great job! Nice to see a few familiar boats captured on screen and the wonderful enthusiasm and love for our hobby shining through!

  24. philip Andrew
    philip Andrew says:

    BRILLIANT! Love your passion Matt. You represent many many people on the planet with your enthusiastic description of what it is to own one of these boats. Thank you.

  25. Randy
    Randy says:

    Matt, you did an absolutely great job presenting our hobby and passion!

    Next up — WoodyBoater The Movie!!!!!!!

  26. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Fantastic job, Matt. Especially liked that opening line. And Dave Bortner did not disappoint with his choice of shorts. I also found it amusing when talking about Chris Smith, the camera zoomed in to cut Gar Wood out of the shot. I guess we shouldn’t expect the non initiated to even know who he is.

    • Matt
      Matt says:

      It was a great headline written by you as others may recall, and made a great opening line. Thanks Bruce.

  27. Bob Men
    Bob Men says:

    Great job Matt and Texx and WB crew! Watched the segment this morning with a toasted bagel and coffee. Perfect way to start a Sunday morning.
    BTW for those interested in a great Woodyboater calendar contact Bob Kays. His photos are superb.

  28. Gail Turner
    Gail Turner says:

    What fun to watch this! Congratulations on this wonderful story. It sure defines a wonderful era……that continues on. Well done!

    • Flash
      Flash says:

      My other picture got deleted. Maybe this one is less offensive of a 7 year old enjoying the ride in the back of a Super Sport.

      • Matt
        Matt says:

        Hi Flash I deleited it because the shot was a blob of digitized stuff and was confusing. Oh the magic of the web. This is great. Matt

        • Flash
          Flash says:

          I figured it was the Chinese food ad from the CBS site. This was taken off of the TV. Great clip today and I’m glad to see all of the traffic this small story generated.

          We all know that as the median age of those in this hobby is increasing quickly, we need more attention and interest, especially from a younger crowd that can introduce more children to the magic of Classic Boating. I am working on something to lead this charge. Stay tuned.

          • Matt
            Matt says:

            We just broke 18,000 views today and are on the way to 20,000 for one day. Sundays can be slow days here. Not this one thats for sure. My fingers are getting tired. HA.

          • m-fine
            m-fine says:

            So what are you going to do tomorrow to top this? 🙂

            Flash, I had a busy day working on the next gen. Took three kids to the Finger Lakes boating museum this morning (got a lot of shots that I will submit to Matt & Texx for a winter filler story) and then took four kids out for lessons on operating a little rowboat with a 9.9 outboard. Big smiles. They also suggested we replace the aliminum row boat and get a classic woody to put the 9.9 on. Further evidence that even kids have some taste.

  29. Matt
    Matt says:

    By the way an Update on traffic to WB. Looks like as of 6 pm east coast time we are close to 16,000 views. Thats 10,000 more than a huge day. We are estimating that close to 20,000 will hit today. WOW, along with the 5 million on CBS that watch, and we have had some wonderful exposure of the culture today. Also of note, ALL the sponsors have seen a huge bump in traffic as well. Win win for everyone, and thats what its about.

  30. Rob Lyons
    Rob Lyons says:

    Matt, What a fabulous job in capturing how all of us feel and shouting it out to everyone in TV Land. Your passion is absolutely CONTAGIOUS, Thanks for being our voice (and of course image.) Also a special thanks to your supporting cast of Pete, Dave and Wayne. How much fun much that have been!!!!!!!

  31. MikeM
    MikeM says:

    Great Job this morning, Matt. My wife was proud to tell me she had a cup of coffee with you when I came up from the shop! When we backed up the DVR and I saw the spot on old vacuums I thought we were in trouble. However, with “every turn of the prop” you just kept on “nailing” it. Great Piece. Thanks for all your hard work on this site and in the hobby.

  32. Pete DeVito
    Pete DeVito says:

    Great Job to you and all the WB crew. The CBS segment was perfect this morning and I know it will attract some new members to our hobby.
    Thanks for all you do for our hobby.

  33. MikeM
    MikeM says:

    All this traffic reminds me of the Woodyboater Shootout, where my original Century Arabian beat Alex’s heavily restored Chris Craft XK in an online vote by your readers. The most heavily commented story in WB history if my memory serves me. Ah, the Mighty Arabian. Ride a Thoroughbred! Giddy up.

    • Alex
      Alex says:

      Was it karma that caused a giant tree to fall on your boat after that story?

      Or just another from a long line of angry beavers?

      • MikeM
        MikeM says:

        Ha. Funny you should mention the tree incident. While its true Matt mentioned that the lake was lined with trees of wood, it is a little known fact that in the mid 50’s Century experimented with a genetically modified fiberglass tree. Ask Tommy Holmes….he knows all about it. Anyway, the Mighty Arabian was built of one of these special trees. Needless to say, all the wood trees have had it out for her ever since. One day when we least expected it, BAM. But don’t worry, the Mighty Arabian is back in action and prettier than ever! We owe much thanks to Carla and Hagerty as well!!

  34. Kentucky Wonder
    Kentucky Wonder says:

    Great to see all our friends and their boats featured this morning. Had to record and watch it later. Glad they edited around the rain showers, and made the report look sunny. Remember, it’s always sunny and warm in WoodyBoaterVille.

  35. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Just catching up here on morning. Took Sunday off from Cyber-Space to go boating.

    Great piece, missed it on CBS, glad you attached it here.

    Keep up the GREAT work!

  36. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Absolutely GREAT show….I never expected as long and nice a segment. Matt was perfect ( a never before achieved status…), mfine got his pic on there too…..and they started talking about Chris Smith with a flash pic of Gar Wood…..completely appropriate for back in the day ……
    inspirational to those of us with boat problems…..

    John in Va.

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