We are always sad to report the passing of a fellow Woody Boater, and many of you know who Pat Curtin was, but in case you are wondering. Pat is the guy behind all the On Golden Pond Boats.
Pat Curtin was also marine coordinator on Striking Distance with Bruce Willis, and Interview with the Vampire with Brad Pitt, filmed in New Orleans. He also worked on Water World, filmed in Hawaii, with ship scenes shot on an Arizona dessert. Curtin also worked on Anaconda in Brazil.
Pat was key in helping us all find the film boats from the film which had been stored away in Massachusetts since purchased.
I credit that barn find as one of the turning points on WoodyBoater. It launched the brand beyond blog status and into the information portal of the community of classic boaters. That one story has lasted years and still the brunt of great comments today.
After the preservation of THAYER IV and MARIAH by Katzs Marina where they live now, Pat was able to connect with the family that had bought the boats from him back in the 80’s. Pat was an avid boat guy. having worked at Donzi Marine, and other places. His impact on the boating community was critical to our passion growing. The use of Thayer IV in the film On Golden Pond was a great boost to our passion! You will be missed Pat, and thanks for all you did.