|This is a photo of the new site in the process of being worked on.|
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Woody Boater of the Year.. Herb Pocklington. That guy is a machine and lead the charge of the statue of Christopher Smith and Gar Wood. This was a major move forward towards honoring the history that was created by The Smith's and Woods.. Wow! Herb had to deal with nay sayers and a tough fund raising effort.. During one of the worst economic crashes in our lifetimes.. Way to go Herb.. You now have a Big Woody!
Woody Boater Show Of The Year. Algonac. There are bigger fancier shows.. But for Woody Boater and it's tragic un-fanciness, Algonac was the big winner. Located at the epicenter of the hobby. You could feel how it all started and the personality of the folks behind it. Summers in Algonac are a treasure.. That entire area and folks are the best.. I am proud to give Algonac a Big Woody.
Best Show For Show Boats - Bay Harbor ACBS International Show. Jesus Christ you had to be there to see what I am talking about.. The boats there were all best of show winners at any other show.. I got splinters in my lower jaw from scraping the docks.. The perfect docks.. Even that whacked out Duck head boat was killer..So here goes ACBS.. A Big Woody...
Woody Boater Best Website - Antique Boat Center. Finally someone gets it. Facebook, updated content, cool features, boats for sale. And according to the stats.. The largest readership.. By Millions.. Way to go.. You can put another Big Woody in the tent there..
Woody Boater Change The Game Award - Mecum Auctions. Not just the Warner Auction.. That was amazing.. But all the other stuff that they are doing to evolve the passion of classic boats.. Don't auction off your Big Woody.. They are priceless..
Woody Boater Road Trip of The Year- Texx. The Trip From Calgary Canada.. to Southern California, to Tennessee, then to Fla..for the big show And BACK! You get the Big Hemorrhoid award.. to go with your Big Woody.
Woody Boater Club of The Year. - It's a no brainer.. The Chris - Craft Antique Boat Club. With the Boat Buzz, and new features on the Web Site.. And... ... The Brass Bell.. Crap! No wonder it's growing at a such a fast pace.. Congrats to the team.. you all can share your Big Woody's.
Most Supportive Of The World Of Classic boating. Hagerty- They are everyplace and supportive of even the smallest shows.. They contribute time and money.. And make sure that when you smack your boat into a dock. The support is always there. So Carla.... A Big...... I can't say it.. it, just sounds creepy.. Chris you can enjoy the Big Woody.. Wait, that sounds worse.. Who named this dang award a big woody anyway..
Woody Boater Event Of The Year- The Warner Auction.. Hands down an amazing event. I am including the parties before and after.. That entire month was amazing.. Minnesota, you are now the home of a Big Woody!
Woody Boater Babe Of The Year. Amanda! She is clueless of her stardom, and clearly will run screaming if anyone says we have a Big Woody for her.. But with over 430,000 votes.. Clearly she is a winner with someone.
Woody Boater Film Of The Year- Mike Mayer from Lake Oswego Boat Works- For introducing original film, with words....to the hobby, not just shots of boats going fast on a lake.. or being put in the water...He is so avaunt guard! "I laughed I cried, I kissed my wife good bye and went to the Warner Auction" You can watch the film here.. Just please, no films with Big Woodys in them..
Woody Boater Barn Find Of The Year - The Third Rumored Thayer IV, and the US mail Boat Mariah.. These two boats created the biggest story of the year..the Harrison's Barn find Sportsman, which was a close runner up.. But with over 100 comments on the Golden Pond boats.. I will send Pat and the Family a Big Woody.. They can tuck it away and one day someone will find it.. ... I would love to give a Big Woody to who ever that is..
Woody Boater Boat Of The Year! Oh boy.. I am thinking here and trying to weed through which boat made the most impact on us.. Which is the boat that left me saying, god, I want that boat, I want to oil it, rub on it and just..... OK.. It's a toss up.. First, ya got Mr White, the nicest U22 on the planet Owned by the Kadimicks, . Or Foxy lady.. Also a very cool Higgins's owned by the Ploetners, Or Seth Katz's Cobra, or that Barrel Back in his show room at Katz's marina..... Dang that thing has a finish on it that I would kill for.. Or... wait.. Wait one second, they are all from Lake Hopatcong.. So.. The award goes to all the boats from Lake Hopatcong! You all can get in a circle and share your Big Woody!
Woody Boater Destination Of The Year. Michigan.. Between, Hessle, The St, Clair, and Bay Harbor.. It's an entire state of Woody Boat Bliss.. That poor state got the shaft over the past couple of years.. So now.. A Big Woody..
Woody Boater Thing I Would Not Miss Ever Award. Sunnyland Show- I can't keep giving this show the best show award.. But it should get one each year. The volunteers, the location , the time of year, the people, the boats, the weather, the food.. Wait.. the food is normal and boring..Wait, Chicken on a stick.. Ahhhhh! everythinge is fantastic, the flea market... The pals, the.. it goes on and on.. Just like a Big Woody!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
|Stay Calm! I won't be, so some of us need to be adults....|
Saturday, January 1, 2011
We have lots of fun putting these stories together and Friday morning's "Best of 2010 - Woody Boaters" story was a good example of what it takes some days. At 3:00 AM Pacific Time I just checked in to a hotel after a 20 hour round trip drive to deliver "Zsa Zsa" (my 1952 Chris-Craft Riviera) to Ryan Trailers in Oregon for her new trailer. It was 6:00 AM Eastern in Virginia and Matt e-mailed me, asking me to proof read the story because he was concerned that he was going to forget to include someone in the story.
Matt's a "Morning Person" and I'm a "Night Hawk." If we are working on a story together, because we are on opposite sides of the country, it's very common for Matt & I to communicate live via e-mail in order to get the story out on time in the morning. Nine e-mails back and forth exchanging names and images and a few hours later the story was ready to be published. Matt went to work and I went to bed in the hotel for a few hours.
Later that day, we spoke by phone about how the story came together and we laughed and laughed like a couple of teenage girls at the beach... At one point I had to pull off the highway I was laughing so hard. That's a normal day behind the scenes at Woody Boater and that's why we enjoy it so much - We are always having Fun!
Here's the Captain posting live updates from the Warner Collection Auction on his trusty iPhone, Matt doing what he's best at - with his unique style of wit and humor like no other... What a great weekend that was...Regardless if it's creating a story, attending a boat show or an auction, or just coming up with fresh new ways of presenting a Woody Boater story, Matt's "Energizer Bunny" level of enthusiasm and creativity in infectious.
Friday, December 31, 2010
|The Boatress, The Boatress's Mother, and the Harvy's on Betsy|
|The Kaptain Krunch - Clayton|
|Donald Ploetner and his Foxy Girlfriend. Clayton NY|
|Frank Miklos and his brother Bob doing the CSI thing for the Golden Pond boats|
|The Ploetners and the Kadimik's .. Cant anyone have a simple last name to spell? Clayton NY|
|OH God..Like Romper Room... Lets see.. I see, The Krunch, Ploetners, Dick Kish, Seth Katz, Paul and Karen Harrison, Texx, Mike Mayer, Al Shinnerer, cant tell, I do remember it was fun and in a bowling Ally. Warner Collection Buffalo Minn|
|That's Seth Katz from Katz's marina on the left have a Homer Simpson moment. Bob have I got a calender for you Kays on the right.|
|Dennis Ryan for Antique boat Center playing with Sylvia . Bay Harbor ACBS International Show Michigan|
|Chad Durren .. Its his better side.. Driving us around on Lily, Clayton NY|
|Carla and Chris from Hagerty marine Insurance.. And a prop from Coke..|
|Brian Robinson and Terry Fiest giggling like 10 year olds at Christmas looking over Wee Don one amazing original Chris Craft Warner Auction|
|That guy at the auction.. That guy could dance,|
|Jim "I hate the poparatzi" Staib|
|The boys from the Antique Boat Center, Buying a boat at the auction|
|Dave Wright and Al Shinnerer out from the west coast. party in the lobby of the Country Inn|
|Brian Robinson again Tahoe. He is everyplace|
|Marty Feletto at the helm of Alan Weinstein's amazing Riva.. Marty is performing a reverse docking.. Its was fun to watch.. Since it was not my boat|
|The Arrrrgs.. Larry Nichols and Woody gal, Mt Dora, Tavaras FLA|
|Don Danenberg doing what he does best.. Telling the Judges at St. Marys Maryland about spark plug wires|
|Texx, We could not believe that we were give press passes to the Mecum Auction AND given Free donuts.. Shhhhh.. We would have done it for a glass of water.. Dont tell them.|
|Logan Wood and Chris Smith, Algonac dedication of the statue of Gar Wood And Christopher Smith|
|Herb Pocklington.. Giving a wonderful speech. Algonac Statue Dedication. This guy is amazing|
|Dale Kocian With his collection of beautiful gauges.|
|Alexander Watson, who has as many Boats as kids.. Dear god.. Mr Hessle Michigan..|
|Don Ayers, who takes amazing photos of everything.. except for himself. I had to steal this one..|
|James and Caroline from the Perlitta Two restoration.. and there beautiful love child.. They called him Scripps.. He screams all the time now... Lopez island.|
|Chad Durren's father.. March Durren.. What a great family..|
|Dan Nelson, Who is currently restoring another master piece..|
|Dana Mecum. We got donuts, He got sandwiches.. Warner Auction|
|The Chaps.. I just showed Sheila here.. She is the more attractive of the two!|
|The entire Algonac gang! What a fun group.. My new second... third, wait fourth home.. I love that part of the country. The Old Club St Clair Mich|
|Jim Shotwell, who behind the scenes helps out a ton. This is from is fancy story as a hall of fame guy from Hagerty.|
|Phil Jones. Who wins the good guy award Smith Mountain lake VA|
|Mike Mayer of Lake Oswago Boat Works, who made makes us laugh 24 /7 Thats him on the left..|
|Pat Curtin who also makes me laugh 24/7 and cry and laugh...! Ha..|
|Amanda, Miss Chris Craft, who has no idea she is even on Woody Boater|
|Phil Andrew from new Zealand not wanting to go home... enjoying Lake George.|
|The Stevenson's She is a looker but not much on the conversation..|
|The Turners. A real Class act..|
|Paul and Karen Harrison.. The biggest asset to the hobby in years.|
|Another lovely couple...Bill Basler on the right. with Chris Smith. Tavaras.|
|Jimmy Scott with his date Mariah.|
|Herb Hall From Sierra Boat Company who today is under 30 feet of snow.. Keep your head up herb.. its only 4 months til Summer!|
|Thanks to everyone this year for making this the best year yet.|