I have a new favorite TV show. Just ask my wife and kids. It's called American Pickers, and it is on the History Channel.
I know that we are all bonding over boats here on Boat Buzz, but I also know that there are a number of us who are also involved with cars, planes, tractors, motorcycles, etc.
American Picker is about two guys who travel across the US, asking permission to enter every interesting barn/shed that they come across. Their goal is to find treasures, and they often do.
Sometimes the finds are fascinating. Especially as they find a 1917 Indian Motorcycle in a protective crate inside one of the barns.
After watching several episodes, I was always intrigued that these guys were always shown traveling through eastern Iowa, or western Illinois. It does make sense after all, as there are barns and sheds at every turn. After google searching their company, Antique Archeology, it turns out, these guys are base about 45 minutes from here in a little Mississippi River town, LeClaire, Iowa.
I have talked with them via phone several times now.
Now, go back a few years. I found my 1936 Gar Wood Utility on a piece of Iowa agricultural property. The owner of the property had 270-something cars and somewhere around 40-something antique tractors. And one Gar Wood—now mine! I chased after this boat for several years, many times giving up thinking it was an urban legend.
As I have gotten to know these guys I was tempted to tell them about this property...this little secret of mine. Before I could, I started watching prior episodes online, and low and behold, on one episode they were "picking" an old woody pickup from the exact same property.
Luckily I was about three years earlier! These guys have found many old Indians and Harleys. Conventional cycles, old, old, single cylinder models from the early 1900s, trikes, sidecars. You name it they have found it.
I haven't seen them "pick" any boats yet. I have a feeling they're out there too. One just needs a lot of time, and x-ray vision to see into all of the old barns.