A huge thanks to fellow Woody Boater Of the Month, Owen Turner for doing this special interview with us. If you want to get a snap shot of our future leaders in our community, here ya go. Hurry though, they grow up way to fast.
Hey there Owen, tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Owen Turner, I am 10 years old and I am in 4th grade. I like working on models: cars, boats, all different types. I like engineering, and science experiments, such as shooting model rockets.
So if I’m interviewing you, you must like Classic boats? If so whats so cool about them?
Yes I do, I like them because I think its cool seeing the gleam of an old boat, and hearing the loud Plump Plump of an old motor instead of the hummm of a new motor. Old stuff has a different design that just looks cooler then the new stuff. The new stuff just kinda all looks the same. I like the older vehicles like a Packard, or Thunderbird, instead of the new SUV’s. Older boats seem to have much more of an unusual design, different shapes and wonders. New boats just seem to be concerned about having more room, and less style. Classic boats were competing to see who could have the most unique, and fast boats, and they had such neat seating areas from bow to stern.
What first got you into old boats?
Going to my dads work shop every day and seeing all the different types of boats coming in, and even seeing how fiberglass is made. I like going to the boat shows just to see the differences in the boats, and talking to the different owners who are different just like their boats. Once there was a crowd behind a boat watching the owner try to crank his boat, and finally it started and it splashed all the people on the dock! I loved that.
Are you currently working on any boats?
I am working on making a wooden RC boat right now. I am building it to go with my RC truck and trailer, so I can back it in at boat shows, just like the bigger boats at the show. Hopefully I can show it at some shows. Im also working on a classic fiberglass Hydromite that was given to me by Mr. Kent. So far ive sanded it down, and filled in some cracks. Im hoping we can finish it this summer, and paint it white with a red stripe, and be able to race it around.
Whats your favorite things about boat life?
I like to drive my little red boat, that was an old Disney park boat. I like driving down the beautiful canals, and driving at night to see all the lights lit up. The joy that it brings is just unstoppable. I like cruising and exploring the lake and being able to go to restaurants and just hang out with my family on the boats.
Thanks for answering all my questions, what do you want to do now?
Go work on my boat model.
Thanks to the wonderful Turner family of Aristo-Craft boats and Scott for allowing us this time to visit.
And finally a wonderful school project that Owen wrote. Owen, you are the man! I agree 100%