Are You Torturing Your Boat?

We have blacked out the name to protect the innocent. Ugh, and parked next to a row of Porta Pottys.

Is your classic boat sitting in your barn on a trailer? When was the last time you went out in her and gave her the chance to exercise? mmmm, Well, if you haven’t been out in her so far this year, you are abusing her. YUP! Think of her for a second. She has full throttle, and splashing around in her DNA. She was literally born to run and be in the water! And there she is sitting on a trailer in your garage next to an old Washing Machine and Mini van with rotten french fries stuck between the seats. SHAME ON YOU! Ding! Shame! Ding!

So you need to correct that this weekend and get it out there! No really. Or we will call the Woody Protective Services. They will come get your abused boat and float her in the tears of those before you.

OH.. ROT, you see that? Rot.. Sorry if you are reading this early in the morning. UGH!

17 replies
  1. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    Good idea but here in Northern Illinois the waterways are closed due to flooding. Our local show has been postponed twice. I’m tired of the rain.

  2. Johnny V.
    Johnny V. says:

    ’56 17′ Sportsman out for a ride. Sits in a hoist from June-September so it’s ready to go anytime. (Let’s not mention the other four sitting in the garage and barn that I should be working on).

  3. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    Hey M-Fine I have been boating in the roads here in Illinois for two weeks! Canoe and inflatable w/ outboard.
    Wind flipped our 22′ Pontoon 160′ into the lake UPSIDE down STILL IN the boat lift. One mighty blow! Got the woody out 3 days before so yes she is sitting on a trailer. No WooHoo here. All BooHoo.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:


      I wouldn’t even know where to start with a flipped boat still in the lift! Excavator or crane on a barge?

      • Wudzgud
        Wudzgud says:

        4 young guys and me running a come along. Flipped it all together. Amazed it went as well as it did.

  4. Phillip Jones
    Phillip Jones says:

    Posted late yesterday so will post here early. Anyone wanting to run the river at Clayton next week Tues-Wed let us know, Thursday we will be on the show cruise, but hope to be on the river other days.
    Phil Jones (434) 942-8076
    Probably better to run in a group, that way we can all hit the same rock:(:( always pack a plastic bucket:):)

  5. Noah
    Noah says:

    What is all this complaining about a little rain ?

    BTW – I saw this cool Rocket out on the lake recently.

  6. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    I judge the quality of my weekends by how much I spend at the gas dock. Use it and use it more.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      You should get a Ski-Jet with an obsolete jet unit, a SBC 350 power plant, and a 20 gallon tank. If you are heavy handed with the throttle, you will only be AWAY from the fuel dock for brief 40 minute spurts!

  7. Charles J
    Charles J says:

    15′ 1962 Ideal Craft hasn’t been in the water since the Lake Hopatcong show. I think Sunday we’ll get out and do the Classic Boat Washington DC Potomac River Tour; no more trailer torture 🙂

  8. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Try not to be so mean when you do not have the whole story. I know your heart is in the right place but there are circumstances that are beyond our control. Thank you for going boating for me.

  9. Fred Bursch
    Fred Bursch says:

    1963 Shepherd 22′ runabout with 454 – 350 hp. Use it almost daily from May – October in Alexandria MN

  10. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Guilty as Charged!

    AB sits on the hard still, but since I have 4 other boats in the water I don’t feel too badly.

  11. Ryan moore
    Ryan moore says:

    Ok. I just need a second boat…… I lost all last season to a required re power. We had to ditch the K for a 283 last year. Unfortunately, the engine wasn’t right. Sent carb for rebuild over the winter. Got the boat going this spring. I have fuel leaking on my manifold out of the carb, oil leaking out of the valve cover, and it bogs down over 3000 rpm. So, for the second time in 12 months, I have pulled the engine. CD’s engine has had the motor for 2 weeks. Waiting on the prognosis. The boat has had the front half of the hull rebuilt, and required during retrofit last year. My wife is ready to kill me. I cannot seem to get this 1956 Sea Skiff to be seaworthy and a good “user” boat. It doesn’t seem to matter how much money I throw at it. I think I could have built a boat from scratch cheaper. We are on year 3 fighting this boat. You name it, and we have had “THAT” problem. I am restoring a very nice boat for someone else someday….. my wife has been on it 3 times in 2 years. A “Blank” check cannot seem to fix all the gremlins that continue to bite me in the ass.. I am trying to stay positive but this thing is killing my finances and fun. I could use a boat ride on a Woody that actually functions properly.

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