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    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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    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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    What process would he have been using to stick the Al together back then? SMAW?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yukoner View Post
    What process would he have been using to stick the Al together back then? SMAW?
    Spray arc(gmaw).

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    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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    So very sorry for your loss. I'm sure the world is a lesser place with his passing....
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    Sad news. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

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    The good ol’ days on the Kenai River with Bob Thompson and Larry Suiter owner of Freebird Fish Camp. When the Kings were big and the engines were too. Boats pictured are Wooldridge Classics.




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    Photos from Glen’s trip up the Rogue River for the Mercury sponsored film The River Beyond. Mercury gave the film a New York premier, and went on to use the photos for calendars and countless advertisements. Below is an excerpt from the book The Rogue, A RIVER TO RUN of Glen talking about one of the struggles of that trip. “We had to run back and forth some of the rougher spots so the men could get the pictures, and we were doing pretty good until we got to Upper Black Bar. We broke a motor right in two, trying to run Upper Black Bar. Fred Hale was to bring us gasoline down there, fly it in, so we got in touch with him and told him to bring us another motor. But, of course, we didn’t tell that around.”














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    A couple of early welded sleds at Glen Sr.'s shop in Grants Pass.


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    Neat old advertisement for boat plans Glen Sr would sell back in the day. $10 what a bargain!


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    Some snap shots of Glen Sr test running an early aluminum boat, before heading up to run the powerful Hells Gate on the Fraser River. Glen fitted the 21’ sled with twin Mercury 85hp with Outboard Jets. He was 79 years old!






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    Love this old photo of Glen Sr. running the Rogue.


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    I just love old photos!
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    Remembering what would have been Dad’s 95th Birthday today. He touched the lives of many as a family man, a friend, a mentor, a man of God. It’s safe to say that without his inspiration and steady hand at the helm, Wooldridge Boats wouldn’t be what it is today.


    We miss you Dad.



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    Indeed, we do miss our Dads....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Indeed, we do miss our Dads....
    Every **** day and it doesn’t seem to get any easier.


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