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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Coug » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:40 am

Gotta love local, family run companies. Hope to get one from them very soon.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Riverjohn » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:27 am

Did Wooldridge discontinue The Classic :?: I did not see it on your website.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:21 pm

Riverjohn wrote:Did Wooldridge discontinue The Classic :?: I did not see it on your website.


The Classic has been redesigned and renamed the Canyon Classic. The new boat has many upgrades over the old Classic but, the hull design remains virtually unchanged.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Riverjohn » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:18 pm

glen wooldridge wrote:
Riverjohn wrote:Did Wooldridge discontinue The Classic :?: I did not see it on your website.


The Classic has been redesigned and renamed the Canyon Classic. The new boat has many upgrades over the old Classic but, the hull design remains virtually unchanged.

To Bad! That makes it just another Potato Boat look alike now. :(
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby waylon » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:53 pm

cant beat the lines of the classic. imho.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:47 am

Eagle1 wrote:Looking great Bob. You see Jetboating is good for the soul.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:25 pm

Excerpt from the book The Rogue: A River to Run. Written in Glens own words, with the author filling in the story along the way. “Ruell was one of the Billings tribe down at the Agness. He was a quite sort of fellow, didn’t have too much to say, but he was a good boatman, probably the best one on the river at that time. Tom Staley went along with us to take pictures.” They trailered the boat from Grants Pass to Riggins, then drove along the dirt road that went up the river a few miles, looking the rapids over.”

Find the book on the Wooldridge Boats website. http://www.wooldridgeboats.com

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:14 am

Hope you all had a great Christmas. Happy New Year!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:58 pm

Glen senior’s boat shop back in Grants Pass Oregon. The boats pictured are manufactured boats he was a dealer for back in the 50's.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:15 pm

The founder, Glen Sr.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:12 pm

Glen Sr. and Glenn Ballou with two others during the building of Glen's cabin up on the Rouge. They made many trips like this to complete the cabin at Long Gulch. Ballou had worked many years in the lumber and building industries, including being in charge of a portion of the Oregon caves Chateau project. So it was only natural that in his retirement years he would go to work for Glen at the boat shop in Grants Pass, and would do so for another 25 years.

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:09 pm

October 31 1977, Dahl Creek Alaska. Its -15 degrees Fahrenheit and these guys are unloading this 18ft Wooldridge sled out of the back of a Fairchild C-82 cargo transport plane! Just another normal day in Alaska! Boat was powered by a 140hp 4-cyl Chevy. Totally awesome!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:12 am

Hey Hey Hey! Meet Yogi, Not your average bear, In fact “smarter than you average bear”. Yogi was a frequent visitor to the Wooldridge cabin up on the Rogue and seemed to know to show up just about the time the pancakes were coming off the breakfast griddle. Glen recalls visiting the cabin as a boy and seeing Yogi getting his morning short stack of pancakes. Good memories, from a different day in time!

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:29 am

Here are pictures of a very early aluminum Wooldridge drift boat. To my knowledge my grandfather was the first to build aluminum drift boats. The first ones were built in the 60’s and had no serial numbers. Some of the features of this one tell me it’s an early boat. With its pipe gunnels welded on the outside of the sides, boats built in the 70’s had the pipe slit and right over the edge of the sides. The oar lock block on the 70’s boats had the oarlock castings changed to fit around the pipe gunnel. The 70’s boats also had channel in the bottom for structure not angle you see here. Interesting side note, phone number shown under his name was the number to his home in Grants Pass, Oregon. -Glen

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby NORSE-FORGE » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:08 am

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Here's a picture of my 1987 wooldridge 20' custom classic center console
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:41 am

NORSE-FORGE wrote:
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Here's a picture of my 1987 wooldridge 20' custom classic center console


Beautiful! This ok to share on our other social media?
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby glen wooldridge » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:43 am

My Dad (Bob Wooldridge) passed away this past Sunday morning at the age of 94. My Dad wasn’t just my dad he was my friend. He taught me how to work hard. He showed me faith in his lord Jesus Christ. He showed me determination to do what it takes to get something done. He was compassionate, kind, loving and caring. At 52 years old my dad re-mortgaged the house I grew up in to put a down payment on a building for Wooldridge Boats. Dad and mom had just finished paying their original home mortgage off at the time so this was a big risk. Now at 52 years old he had two mortgage payments to make. He did whatever he could think of to make it work. Working during the day and taking Boats to different events or fishing clubs at night to speak and show my grandfather’s Rogue River movie to help promote business. His dad had taught him that the word “can’t” wasn’t in his vocabulary and he took that to heart. We worked side-by-side in the early years. We would eat lunch in his pick-up truck together and listen to the radio. I commonly called him boss but it never felt that way. We were teammates and friends. Everybody loved my dad. The office ladies that worked for different suppliers where dad would pick up trailers and motors or such would tell me how sweet he was. If someone needed help and it was in his ability, he would do what it took to help them. Without him, there would be no Wooldridge Boats today. I want to thank all the people who have loved and honored my dad. Dad, I love you and will miss you always.

-Glen Wooldridge-

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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby NORSE-FORGE » Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:04 am

glen wooldridge wrote:
NORSE-FORGE wrote:
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Here's a picture of my 1987 wooldridge 20' custom classic center console


Beautiful! This ok to share on our other social media?


Absolutely you can use the picture,
So sorry to hear about your dad, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby hilljackian » Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:49 am

Glen:

I am sorry for your loss and I am moved by your remembrance. Reading your words, I can feel the respect and love you had for your dad.
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Re: Wooldridge boats 100 yrs.

Postby Toddco » Wed May 01, 2019 6:38 am

It is always a sad day when a pioneer of our world passes. Always remembered.
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