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Monday, 17 July 2017


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Those wooden Runabouts are wonderful, I'll bet many of those go back to their own water level boat house complete with a lift system to keep them pristine between outings. Those are a great story in themselves.

Ps as of 1:10 eastern time I do not show Doug Thacker's comment on the previous post Just FYI

[That was because of the thunderstorm. I had to shut down the computer mid-post. It's posted now. --Mike the Ed.]

Oh boy, wooden boats! The closest I ever got was the old rowboat at my grandma's summer place along Lake Huron in Michigan. Built in the late 1930s by my uncle, it was nothing fancy, despite having two sets of oarlocks. But oh, the waves slapping the hull made a beautiful music.

Wait, a boat show at a lake? Yeah, everybody pretty much has to like that. Around here, in the state of 10,000 lakes, the one "boat show" I hear about is held in the convention center.

"There is never so much fun as playing around in boats..."

Let's see, 24 "proper" boat builders around your Lake. There is the traditional builder Chris-Craft, they were not seen too often in my part of Ontario, too expensive. Ditchburn and Gravelle out of Port Carling
manufactured classic runabouts similar to Queen.

That term "classic" could mean many things. You and me Mike although me being over seventy could be classed as elderly. Classic boats as noted need to be out of the water in the winter to be polished and cleaned and kept safe for the next turn around the lake. Classic cameras, (gotta keep on topic) those wood bodied vehicles probably better built than the junk of today.
And then there is other classics, in my case a Velocette, along with the BSA with the Swallow sidecar.

I worked as a Yacht Broker in Caliornia and Mexico. Part of my job is to take photographs for my listings that are for sale and mail, now email them to prospective buyers. Started with Nikon F3 film through several Nikon DSLR's and then a couple Sony mirrorless. Right now my Phone can do a really decent job. Like on exotic cars, you can generate an offer with nice images. These old woodies came out very nice BTW. Also, It was an off topic was written about something I have a lot of experiences about although my expertise was about Ocean Sportfishers.

Love the boat shots, Mike. If your 18-55 has "issues", I can't tell it from here. They look fine to me from what I can see from THZ.

Word on the street, though, is that the new X-T2"S" will have IBIS, so you can upgrade from the X-T1, pass on the 23/1.4 and THZ, pick up the sweet little Fuji 23, 35mm, and 50mm f/2 primes, and be a happy camper! (I'd keep the Fuji Fab 14, if I were you...)


All that wood in the boats. I'm having a Pavlovian reaction. Nothing like that down here. Just bass boats that years ago would be called speed boats. Horsepower of 150 and greater. Lots of metallic, glittering paint and logos for fishing companies. I asked one die-hard bass fisherman why he needed 200hp. He said to get off the water if a storm blew in. You would think with modern meteorology and communications, you would know when storms are likely and find something else to do that day.

"When did that happen? I was unaware."

I am sure there are lots of reasons. One is that in many countries... 2 stroke outboards are banned because the oil is mixed with the petrol to lubricate the engine also pollutes the water. 4 stroke engines are much bigger than 2 stroke engines.

Also, to a salesperson ...bigger is also better.

Nicely done Mike! I really enjoyed your slide show - you captured the day perfectly. Isn't it fun to get out and shoot an event like that?

"Do classic boats make you happy?"

Yes, because they are pretty.

Yes, because they provide interesting photo ops, as in this selfie.

No, I don't have huge hands holding a Leica, but my first digicam, a Canon S110.

This was my first trip with my now wife. Carol looks pretty darn happy. Always hard to tell with our hostess/driver.

But not all women riding in a classic Cris Craft are necessarily happy.

I don't know these women, nor know why they were along for the ride. I also don't know if they are naturally grumpy, or were eyeballing the storm clouds, that soon rained on us a little. (Maybe my hat wasn't funny enough?)


Final answer to the question: Yes, for about the first half hour, then dashing about on the water starts to pall as entertainment.

This was on Moosehead Lake, Maine, which is rather large, and not all served by roads, so a fast boat is useful - and visually a treat. I was a small boat sailor in my younger days - always something happening. Power boats seem to me useful, but generally not interesting.

I live in a seaside town on a river mouth in Australia. On long weekends I like to sit on the front porch and watch what I call the "billion dollar parade" on its way to the boat ramps. Not a single wooden boat among them. Just a dowdy parade of fibreglass and aluminium (or aluminum, to be precise). There is a lot of money in that parade (heading out to the banks to fish for marlin and tuna), but absolutely nothing that could be considered beautiful or classic. That having been said, the "boat-ramp tango" on the more popular holidays can be very entertaining.

Careful, Mike - you could end up with a new obsession!

100% supportive of a hat to keep the sun off. Just getting a sunburn in the part in my hair was enough for me to start owning hats for the first time in my life. (Yes, I live in Minnesota; but I'm not fond of warm hats, I'm fond of actual hoods on winter jackets.)

And that brand actually makes hats that would fit me! Though Amazon doesn't seem to carry them. (I know people whose heads are even more swelled than mine, but few to no "one size fits all" hats will fit me at all, and most sized brands don't go big enough. However, at "big hat" stores they easily go much bigger than I need.)

Mike, I've got to introduce you to my ice boating friends.
Way faster than any motor boat and 140 years old.


They can go over 100 mph on the Hudson if you are so inclined and have the space. And the nerves. Built by the Astors , Vanderbilts, and Roosevelts et al , but raced by hired crews which should give you an idea of how safe they were. 2 tons, 900 square feet of sail and about 20 square inches of runners touching the ice, when it's standing still.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzf-jeKhk4Q (not my video)

It gets fun at about a minute and a half in.

Wooden boats really are functional objects of art. A lot of love goes into building one. And a very nice photo essay, Mike, well done young man!

Aside from the fact that a lot of folks are now driving heavy deep-V boats that NEED huge motors to get out of their own way (as opposed to that lovely launch you showed us), one reason that outboards have gotten bigger is that they're now often more fuel-efficient, quieter, eco-friendly 4-cycle designs rather than the old 2-cycle ones. Our vintage British Seagull 2-stroke was very small and light, but it smoked enough to be an embarrassment and left a clearly visible oil slick on the water, and you had to yell to be heard over its noise. The power-equivalent 4-stroke Tohatsu is a bit bigger and heavier, but it uses a lot less gas and oil, and you can actually have a conversation while it's running.

The navigational equivalent of beautiful old wooden 8x10 plate cameras...

Hi Mike
I miss a Penny Miyata. Is there something on the horizon?
Take care

An OT question. Why do boats have the steering wheel on the right?

Nice! Irresistible!, Mike. And will you go to the vintage sports car races at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock? They can be over the top fun, with hundreds of entries, many charismatic. They also still might host marque events.

Mike Shwarts. I hadn't heard about the dangerous weather motive for fast bass boats, but it must make sense in some places. But, getting away from sudden summer weather isn't the the same thing as knowing about it.

I had heard that those boats were first developed by pro bass fishing tournement competitors, for getting from one far flung fishing spot to another as fast as possible.

Now weekenders are equipped, but I think that a lot of them fill the same need as locomotive size pickup trucks.

BOAT. Break out another thousand. Boats will make you poor a lot faster than cameras

James Weekes wrote "Why do boats have the steering wheel on the right?". It's the natural position in cars so they are just following the custom ;-)

I love those old wooden boats, they are truly floating works of art. My one suggestion would be that a polarizer really helps bring out the glow in the wood used in those boats, looks like you shot them natural. Both looks have their fans, but that wood deserves some extra credit in those beauties. Just my opinion. BTW, I have the 300hp version of that big Mercury Verado outboard on my boat, and at idle, it's essentially silent. I have forgotten it was running on more than one occasion. But at full throttle, nobody has to wonder if it's running!

I wonder why boats, especially boats used in inland waters, don't have electric motors. Boats certainly have ample displacement, more than enough to carry a heavy battery (which could serve to stabilize the boat), and an electric motor is way quieter and cleaner.

I know. This is an outrageous and clueless suggestion that flies in the face of remembered tradition, going back all the way at least to my childhood, when my much older brother used to gawk at ads for big Mercurys in Popular Mechanics magazine in the 1960s, but still...

Regarding photo "Queenie". I'll give you bonus points for a level horizon.

Strictly for nerds: Iove old 'woodies'. In the 1950s, in the UK, our second family car was a 1937 Packard 120 woodie, so those pics made me feel all nostalgic. It was right-hand drive, of course, and overheated at the slightest provocation. On one occasion in the mid-1950s, it started to misfire (as it seemed) on the journey back from Italy to the UK, reaching home on 7/8ths of its engine. Only on investigation it turned out that it had broken a piston, and the broken bit had lodged in such a way that it didn't do any further damage. Amazing, really. I suspect the station wagon bodywork might have been locally built on an imported chassis, as it differed in detail from any of the US-built Packard woodies I have seen in photos.

Sure beats looking at cameras. What a great post!

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