Wow! Thankyou For All Your Kind Words And Help.


The first boat I ever owned. And the help that showed up has never changed

Well, yesterday was not intended to be a day of thanks, but for of a open forum as to how to improve and see what you like and stuff. To be honest, I have been a little down on it all lately. After 9 years, finding stuff new to talk about and being stiffed by sponsors can cause a grey cloud to over shadow things. But your kind words and encouragement were what I didn’t know I needed.


29 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    People can sometimes be the best medicine. Glad it helped!
    I didn’t know you had a Deluxe Runabout. Nice looking boat.

  2. Rick
    Rick says:

    Don’t get down now it’s only November. Depression is for late January when there is 6 feet of snow on the driveway between you and the garaged boat and only 1/4 bottle of tequila left so “Snap Out Of It.” You’re, yore, your loved appreciated and wanted. Now unless you’re a Millennial and need to spend some time in a Safe Place petting puppies and playing with Play-Doh get back to work. Ok that’s the advice I got from my parents, not sure if it works or just pisses me off but I pass it on.

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    “Nobody Loves Me, Everybody Hates Me, Guess I’m Going to Eat Some Worms”

    Being stiffed by people you have trusted is always hard on the psyche.

    Think of all the fun stuff!

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      Denis D made a good point yesterday. The ripple effect of WoodyBoater is HUGE!

      Had it not been for you promotion of Dora, I never would have gotten there and met so many friends I can’t even list them all here. Without meeting those friends I would not have gotten as involved in the CCABC. Now my friend Larry Jamieson has just been elected to the BOD of the CCABC and was appointed VP earlier this year. ALL this because my brother Rory sent me a link to WoodyBoaters FaceBook page several years ago. BTW I almost never visit your FB page, but I visit your site almost every day, and if FB has brought myself and others to you than you have to take the bad of FB with the good, you can’t have it both ways.

      Still LOVE YA!


  4. Shep22
    Shep22 says:

    Great way to start everyday, keep it up and be assured you bring joy to many. If you were stiffed by suppliers, we would like to know who they are so we don’t support them—supply us with a list.

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Don’t let winter get you down, there are only 125 days until Sunnyland! And you usually go a day or two early, so it is less than that.

  6. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Woodyboater is my ONLY go to place on the net…no time for all those other “look at me” platforms…..
    Never discount the fact the so many of us in the CCABC good to that site THROUGH woodyboater……I just look at the postings in the WB sidebar and then go to the Boat Buzz…..
    I can not imagine coming up with daily material…I do a quarterly newsletter for our historical society and that damn thing hangs over my head like an overdue term paper…..
    All of us appreciate your efforts Matt….hell WB was my go to source for all info in the last year…having ditched the media because of the election crap.
    hang in there…..
    John in Va.

  7. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    and I forgot to mention all the FRIENDS meet thru the site……

    Troy: I met him via this site and have been smiling ever since….like he says….this is the place for us all to connect….

  8. Wilson
    Wilson says:


    When I did The Brass Bell which was also a quarterly, it was always a big sigh of relief when it went in the mail. I have no idea how Matt comes up with something new every day. He’s obviously a very creative fellow.

  9. Rick S
    Rick S says:

    Without WB I probably would have not got into wooden boats. Since I have been on your site I and have seen what a great hobby / group of folks you have on here, I have purchased two. So I blaming you Matt for your fantastic work. If sponsors are stiffing you they need to go, and perhaps we need to step it up with donations.

    Regarding the comment yesterday of restorers showing the progress from Grey to show condition. Check out Marine Services Unlimited customer projects, they are a sponsor here. Thousands of photos are on there of restorations from beginning to end.

    Please keep the site going….

  10. hamster
    hamster says:

    Just a quick survey :
    How many FB t-shirts do you own ? Answer : Zero
    How many WB t-shirts ,hats and pullovers ?
    Answer : Enough to not have to do laundry for at least a week !!!

    Enough said, Thanks Matt

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      I have more than a dozen WB items and zero FB items.

      The one thing I still don’t have is a 4×6 Sons of Varnish flag.

  11. Ranger
    Ranger says:

    We’re putting in tomorrow, just the two of us. It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten to do that. Wine and water are in the cooler and we shall drink to your health, my friend!

  12. Bob
    Bob says:

    I don’t comment much but I start every morning with Woody boater! I can’t imagine a Minnesota winter without Woody Boater.

  13. Doug
    Doug says:

    Your site has a really positive impact on many many people everyday; please know the hard work is appreciated. Moreover, the only reason I ended up finding the shop that takes care of my boat was their sponsorship here. Hopefully more sponsors will appreciate the direct correlation your site can have to their bottom line. Thanks again!

  14. gesfour
    gesfour says:

    I tend not to comment often but I frequently visit the site. It is a great way to keep up to date on the boating community. I truly appreciate all of the hard word that goes into the stories. Thanks!

  15. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Matt, Texx, and All Thanks. Where else can I go and say “Lapstrakes Rule” and someone might understand.

  16. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Its good to get affirmation for your work on a regular basis rather than winging it. Outside of letters to the editor, publications (digital or print) probably should periodically survey their readers otherwise one will never know what direction in which to go. No need to be flying blind. Remember, everything is relative. I look at all the stuff you’ve had your hand in or on and think why can’t I be in those shoes and then realize I’ve had some great times in woodies, just have to step back into my personal “archives” and be thankful for those opportunities.

  17. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    As so many others have said – Thank you for WoodyBoater! It’s a wonderful place. I don’t comment often & don’t get here everyday, but I do most days & go back & read every story. Don’t get hung up on the exclusive content/being first thing – it’s obvious from the comments that very few care about that, as we all come HERE for our classic boating fix! And yes I said classic boating – wood, glass, metal, old or retro – love them all. Don’t let winter get you down, as you’re what gets us through the off season.

  18. Wayne D. Schmidt
    Wayne D. Schmidt says:

    Keep up the good- interesting job- articles. Your email site is the first one i read every morning at work. I never owned a wooden boat but fell in love with them at Conneaut Lake in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. Ever one had one tied up to the white wooden docks. And there was the speedboat rides out in front of the Midway Hotel. Owned a fiberglass, 1978 Thompson with lapstrake and flared bow. It was great on Lake Erie. Thanks again and keep writing.

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