On The Road To Dora – Channeling The Harrison’s.


A quick stop at the Super Lube in SC.

Yesterday the ritual began. The long slog to Florida, and this time with WECATCHEM in tow. What could possibly go wrong? Not much to be honest, but a bunch of small things that can add up to a delay of course. But one thing is for sure about the Woody Boater world. We all understand that “issues” are all part of the fun and its one of the things that I love about our little Woody world.


Oh brother, the Super Lube, part repair shop part grave yard


The boatress never left the car.


Fantastic guy though who did a quick break bleed.

Jim Frechette had a 200 mile detour he had to take, and we had break issues and a nice cover kinda torn here and there. Lessons learned? NO. Because we know very well, that no matter how much we fix, there is always something else to snap, tear, or break!


Thats gonna cost me!


Finally a large enough cup of coffee to keep us awake



The good news is that we finally arrived and are set to set up in the AM, as in about 2 hrs from now. Yikes, I just woke up late this morning. Wooohooo. Now all we have to deal with is the weather…. What could possibly go wrong?


27 replies
  1. Phillip Jones
    Phillip Jones says:

    I guess the next shoe to drop on “WECATCHEM” would be that single hose clamp on that exhaust pipe if you did not double them up. :):) But OH I digress, as you DO HAVE A PLASTIC BUCKET!!!!! Have a great trip, and good weather.

  2. Old Salt
    Old Salt says:

    Based on the photo of the coffee truck and the reflection in the mirror, Either the Boatress is driving and towing Wecatchem or she needs to shave the hair off of her arm. LOL

    Goooo Suzy! It’s great to see that your not afraid to tow that big boat!

  3. john A Gambill
    john A Gambill says:

    I don’t know, maybe your should stick a prop on the back of that nice Yukon XL and put it in the show. Nice rig to tow with for sure! Have a great time!! Tell Del and Anderson hay for me!

  4. Roger Martin
    Roger Martin says:

    Matt, you had as much troubles as we did. We changed two trailer tires, took off one trailer fender, shredded a new boat cover and cracked the truck windshield. What we won’t do to go boating.

  5. Ranger
    Ranger says:

    Not putting the boat in the show this year but we are coming over tomorrow to do some shopping, see you at the tent!

  6. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    what happened to the f150?

    also , i thought we were not suppose to trailer our boats with covers on? is that a special travel cover, hence no rear riser pole for rain?

  7. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    I always shake my head when I see boats heading down the highway with expensive canvas flopping around all over the place getting caught on hardware and chafing varnish…

  8. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    The Yukon looks to be riding a bit low in the aft section. You hauling a spare W engine in the back just in case???

  9. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Man I wish I was there! Next time you pass through the lobby, please reserve a room for me for next year!

  10. jim g
    jim g says:

    A correctly made cover will hold up for thousands of miles of trailing and protect it from many things.

    Miss America IX has around 10,000 plus miles on it.

    It has protected it from eleven quarts of very hot diesel oil covering it when the drain plug fell out of the engine.

    When a radial tire peeled and slapped the side of the cover not only leaving a black mark but also imbedded pieces of steel cord in it.

    Last but not least the 2 truck drivers that got in a fight at a truck stop and started throwing wrenches one of which hit the side of the boat.

    In everything that has happened the boat has not been damaged once. A proper cover while not cheap can turnout to be priceless when preventing damage.

    • Phillip Jones
      Phillip Jones says:

      Jim I am in the process of having a cover made just like Miss America’s, and I hope it last that long, as it will take me that long to pay for that double cover design:):)
      They attach Evolution to Sumbrela, then sew the panels together to produce the cover. Very light weight but $$$$$$$$$$$$$

  11. Randy
    Randy says:

    The only time I trailered a boat for any distance (PNW to the Tahoe show) I covered the entire boat with 2-layers of wool packing blankets, tied down the cover over those, then laid a mesh gillnet (commercial fishing net) over the entire boat and then tied it down.

    Not a scratch.

  12. Kentucky Wonder
    Kentucky Wonder says:

    Am I correct in assuming that a travel cover and a mooring (weather) cover are two very different things? Miss America IX’s mooring cover looks very different than her travel cover.

    The travel cover would be multilayer, with a method of attaching directly to the trailer, or completely tight to the boat. Mooring cover may be one layer, loose enough to tent-post the top to allow water to run off.

  13. jim g
    jim g says:

    Yes. Miss America has a different mooring cover. Which is mainly due to her design. She is the only one I have had to covers made for.

    All the other covers I have had made for my customers are a mooring and trailering cover. They stop a little bit above the waterline and can be secured to the trailer or weights hung from the straps while on the boat when its in the water.

  14. Alan Arrighi
    Alan Arrighi says:

    We made it down 1200 miles in record time, no issues at all. Then ran about 60 miles south from Jacksonville on the river in the Hurricane and spun a main bearing. Still haven’t made it to the show.

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