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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Eagle1 » Sat May 19, 2018 2:17 pm

The river is like magic. Great running the tight stuff and dodging rocks.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Thu May 31, 2018 8:53 am

wildhooker wrote:Amazing history lesson and anyone that's shares a passion for jet boats should read. I recently read "Rogue a river to run" and had the pleasure of taking my boat to the river. Amazing trip and after reading the book and being on the river you can just feel the presence of these first pioneers and it's humbling.


Its amazing to realize what they did with the equipment they had. Great thoughts wildhooker.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Thu May 31, 2018 8:53 am

Super cool old Mercury print ad from 1951 after Glen Sr. ran the Rogue River. Classic stuff!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:36 pm

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Glen wasn’t only a good boatman, he knew how to cook up a tastymess of vittles for his crew! Who wouldn’tlove a river boat trip by day, stakes by the fire by night! That’s real liven for sure! This photo looks to be taken in the summer of 1969.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:17 am

Glen Sr during his historic running of the Salmon River.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Eagle1 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:50 pm

I noticed he is not running 1100 HP and twin jets. LOL


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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:24 am

Here at Wooldridge Boats we’ve been putting smiles on peoples faces for over 100 years and counting! Stumbled across this old picture from back in the day.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:32 am

Glen Sr. was always working on something! This picture is a perfect illustration of that. He developed a stick steering mechanism (pictured in the two boats in the background) that enabled the user to turn lock to lock with only a half turn of the helm! A great advantage on a rapid river! Along with light weight aluminum oars also pictured. Neat stuff!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:52 am

My Grandpa at his shop in Grants Pass Oregon sometime in the 1930’s.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:32 pm

Left to right: Fred Hale, Glen Sr. and Reuben Garcia. Garcia Bagged this Black bear and Hale flew in to haul Garcia and his bear back to Grants Pass. It’s in the book THE ROGUE, A RIVER TO RUN, another great story is recounted of Hale (Owner Operator of Grants Pass Air Service) and Glen Wooldridge Sr. (Local Guide and Boat Builder) about the Christmas Eve storm and record breaking flood of the Rogue River. Hale’s plane crash landed into a tree covered hillside in bad weather. Glen ran his boat down the Rogue on Christmas day at flood stage to perform a daring rescue of his stranded friend. Sound like a Fiction thriller? Nope, just a chapter out of THE ROGUE, A RIVER TO RUN, Where this and many adventures like this are there for the reading.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:12 am

In 1948 a year after doing the unthinkable and taming the mighty Rogue, Glen and his friend Ruell Hawkins turned their sights to another unthinkable the Salmon River of Idaho. Once again he was successful!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:08 pm

Chow on the bank of the Rogue! What's not to love!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby fowl barrels » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:43 pm

glen wooldridge wrote:In 1964, Grandpa’s boat design & patterns were featured in Popular Mechanics Magazine.
He developed the wide bow for running white water. A wide bow lifts better and takes less power to go over a roller compared to a pointed bow boat pushing through a roller. In big white water situations, it doesn’t get pushed around as much. Here’s an example of Grandpa running one of his wood outboard jet boats. Glen

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I still have this actual PM book !
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby kingmech1 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:43 am

I just picked up an 82 classic 22'er and it came with the original pamphlet and warranty card here are some pics
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Eagle1 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:19 am

That's a win. Nice ride with history. Is that glen jr. in the pic's ?

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:51 am

kingmech1 wrote:I just picked up an 82 classic 22'er and it came with the original pamphlet and warranty card here are some pics


That's very very cool, what a neat find! Thanks for sharing that!
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:58 am

Got tagged in this cool old picture on our Facebook. “Early 90’s me and my dad hauling 1,000 gallons of gasoline to the Napakiak marine with his 28’ Wooldridgeoat”

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:53 am

Bob Wooldridge at the helm of this neat landing craft we built and sold up to Galena back in the 1970’s . Powered by a 460ci V8 this 24’ sled was a real workhorse.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:22 pm

Yesterday was Bob Wooldridge's 94th Birthday! Bob has always been a huge part of the business here, and is still going strong today. He's known to make his way around the factory looking things over, checking in with the shop workers and telling jokes as he goes along. Have a Blessed Year ahead Bob!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Eagle1 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:41 pm

Looking great Bob. You see Jetboating is good for the soul.

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