Without a doubt, today’s post is going to feature my personal favorite shots from the Wooden Boat Festival at Maple Bay Marina.  This is our second post in the “The Hollow’s Backyard” series showcasing the festival, boats and the marina that hosted the event.

Now, even though I may be a Toad with nautical interests, an expert in boats is something I am not.  But, I love boats.  A lot.  And I know what I really like and that usually has something to do with going fast.  In the late eighties I used to watch Miami Vice (the old one with Don Johnson) religiously…  mostly to see the cool fast Ferrari’s and cigarette boats.  We have the entire DVD collection of this series at home and it’s my favorite thing to watch…  I never tire of seeing these gorgeous vehicles in their natural elements going like they’ve been stolen.

I was absolutely delighted and enchanted with today’s boat, a classic Chris-Craft manufactured in the 50’s, I believe.  Made with just gorgeous mahogany, this boat stands out not just as a speedboat, but also as a paramount work of classic art.

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

She looks like she’s breaking every law, just sitting there.  Low slung, bright red lines coupled with the warm and deep mahogany wood…  this very well might be one of the nicest boats I’ve ever seen in my life.  She really looks like she belongs in a page of a nautical magazine, straight out of the fifties.

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

It took every bit of self-restraint I could muster to not hop aboard this boat, grab that wheel, and take off.  The rich woodwork and gleaming chrome accents really set this image off.  Accompany these elements with the rich, vibrant red trim pieces, and you’ve got yourself something special here.

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

This quintessential shot showcases the Chris-Craft chrome logo, the red trim again, and of course we get to really take in some of the warm tones of the woodwork.  Everything was shiny and sparkly with this gem, with reflections everywhere to behold.  In my humble opinion, they really don’t make them like this anymore….

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

I can’t, for the life of me, pick my favorite image from this series.  This one is definitely a contender.  This shot was one of those quickly captured images that once I brought it home for post-processing, I was personally surprised and enamored by it when it came to life.   There’s something about the out of focus window framing, and the wonderful and colorful elements and features inside that really made me feel like we were having a magical glimpse into a time now 60 years past.

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

This picture definitely reminds me of the business end of a pointy stick.  Seriously.  These boats are wicked fast, and if you hear the rumble of her powerful engine and turn to see this comin’ at you, you best hurry out-of-the-way!  I love the red stripe there on the side, it definitely looks to me like it’s a racing stripe.  And again, we have a plethora of red trim and rich mahogany to take in and enjoy here.  Just gorgeous, eh?

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Chris-Craft Classic Boat - Wooden Boat Festival - Maple Bay Marina, BC, Canada

Now, this may indeed be one of those multiple shots from a slightly different angle that most photographers really don’t see merit in, but to me this was a completely different picture than the one above.  Here we focus on the red and white “go fast sticks”; also known as the throttle controls.  The open, lifted windows give this enchantress the appearance she’s looking back at you coyly.  You can almost imagine her blinking and smiling as everyone walks around her and fully takes in all the gorgeous beauty that makes this vessel the pure diamond she truly is.  Next to Mrs. Toad, this is one beautiful woman who can turn this Toad’s eye, I can honestly tell you.

We sure hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post as much as we did bringing it to you!  We really appreciate you taking the time to visit, and hope you may find some time to leave us a comment…  we love to hear from all our visitors!



  1. Ok, I think that a Toad we all know, might just do with a cold shower! These are stunning images; captured with all the affection and fascination of a truly ardent admirer. The image of the steering wheel (I’m sure there is a proper name) is my favorite!

    • This is one of the most wonderful comments ever, Barbara, thank you so very much!! :) I call it a steering wheel, too… must be the car guy in me! Regardless, thank you so very much for your visit and support today, my friend!

  2. avatar mindymilburn says:

    That is beautiful!!

  3. avatar Jim Nix says:

    wow those are great images Toad and lovin’ that shot with the guitar in it!!

  4. Fantastic set of shots, Toad! Love the shot with the guitar in it!

  5. avatar Heather says:

    I agree with Mindy! The guitar on the bench is my favorite! Toad you should go buy a boat!

  6. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    You’ve captured this boat beautifully Toad…from every possible angle!! Awesome!!

  7. avatar Jessa says:

    Love the stormy clouds in the first shot!

  8. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Outstanding Toad. The reflection of the boat with the cloud formation behind it is fantastic.

  9. avatar ChrisdMRF says:

    Really cool HDR Toad, love the detail shots

  10. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Wow, great post. I really like all the images, but the shot with the guitar is my favorite. Good stuff!

  11. avatar A.Barlow says:

    Really cool, love boats! Captured very well.

  12. avatar Kristi Hines says:

    I love the shot with the guitar. Makes me imagine that someone is sitting in there, peaceful on the water at night strumming some tunes!

  13. avatar Mike says:

    I am in love with your shot through the window with the guitar in it. It is a wonderfully composed shot with great DOF and an even greater POV. Well done!!

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