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FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:41 am

On December 23, 1933 Bob Stossel was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He became one of the world's finest airboat engineers and is known for designing his famous single airfoil rudders and his aircraft riveted hulls. In honor of his birthday today, we are opening up the documentary about his life, to the public, for FREE. In fact, from this day forward, it will always be open for FREE viewing and downloads. Please share with your airboats friends and family on this site and other social media sites. Thank you. Enjoy the ride.

Here's the link to the free video. You can download it & share it on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter with this link. Hit download and HD 720p for high quality video. Click on the button that looks like a paper airplane to share it.

https://vimeo.com/111697453

If you just want to download it, or watch it, click on this free link:

https://vimeo.com/user11140524/review/1 ... 89703337a1

1. Click on the link above.
2. Look below the screen and description of the video.
3. There's a button titled Clip Info/Download.
4. Click on Download.
5. Click on HD 720p for high quality video

~Vicki Gordon Dameron
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Bob Stossel: Florida Pioneer - Airboat Engineer
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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Cooter69 » Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:08 pm

Best hour and five minutes I've spent in a very long time, it brought back so many memories for me. I was born in pahokee Florida any raised all around lake okkechobe, morehaven, belle glade and clewiston, my dad was a commercial fisherman on the lake. This is where I learned to swim, fish ,hunt and drive a buggy and airboat. We was poor as dirt, but we like Mr. Bob always had something to eat on the grill and spend time with our family and friends.

My dad always said you can't help being poor but can help being stupid and like Mr. Bob it was his way or no way. Lol

I think being brought up this way and working hard for a living makes better people.

Thanks to the Stossel family for Brightening my day and I'm sure some other folks too.

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:26 pm

Thanks for the kind words Cooter!

First and foremost, thank you for your service in the USMC. Semper Fi aka "Always Faithful!" You must have been touched watching Bob's journey from childhood into the USAF.

So glad you liked the video. It's a great story about an incredible person who beat the odds. Through his strength and intelligence, Bob Stossel showed everyone you CAN accomplish much in this life if you put your heart and soul into it.

I too am a Florida native and still have a great love for all things "west" of town. Many people helped me create this video and now, we're happy to make this FREE to all.

Again, Cooter, thank you for all you have done and thanks for your comments. They truly hit the heart of what we have always tried to do with this project... tell a great story about great Florida natives. The Stossel family will cherish your words, I'm sure of it.

~Vicki Gordon Dameron

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Scarecrow » Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:45 pm

I believe I have said this before,Mr. Stossel was one of my teachers in sheet metal apprentice school. He rebuilt a 65 Continental for me and he called me worried that the only rings he could find for it were car motor rings and not airworthy, I had to remind him it was an airboat not an airplane, he was definitely a perfectionist. I know all the Stossel boys and I'm sure Bobby is proud of all of them. He was one of a kind for sure and I had as much respect for him as I did for my own Dad. Tim George PBCAHC

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:32 pm

Tim,
This is wild. My first night spent in the Corbett was with you and Kitten Browning. I am Tony Senecal's niece. How wild is this! I am Sally's daughter, Vicki. Do you remember me? Please reply and let me know what you are up to Tim!

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Post by GCRedfisher » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:49 pm

Fantastic Documentary! I've seen a few of his boats. Some of the finest fabrication and form I've ever seen. Thank you for making the video available to those of us that truely appreciate airboating and conservation alike. :thumbleft:
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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:52 pm

GC Redfisher,

Thank you my friend! Your comments are loved!

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Post by Scarecrow » Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:09 pm

Vicki, I sent you a PM.

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Post by southern safaris » Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:18 pm

Awesome video thank you for sharing , that took some real work for sure !

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:03 am

Southern Safari,

Glad you like the video. It took two years to produce, shoot and edit it. The end product is a result of a huge collaborative effort between all the Stossel's, their friends and Bob's friends. It was very difficult to edit it down to an hour... we could have done 24 hours will all the cool footage and interviews!

Thanks for the nice comments!

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:08 am

Scarecrow,

Great catching up with you! That is a funny story about the continental parts :toothy7:

As I said in the PM... check out the video again, I'm pretty sure you are in it Tim.

Take care.

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Hambone79 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:35 am

A great documentary I really enjoyed that

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Post by glades cat » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:17 pm

Thank you for sharing such an essential part of air boating history. Really enjoyed that documentary. Kudos to the Stossel family and the friends that were there along the way and continue in the footsteps.
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Post by CarMotorBarge » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:48 pm

That was a really cool documentary. Very well done. Mike took me for a ride on Mert's boat a couple of years ago right after they had finished building it. It rode really nice. Amazing what aircraft aluminum coupled with a great hull design can do. 8)
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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by rick » Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:21 pm

That's one great documentary IMO.

Bought the high resolution version when it came out awhile back & have watched it many times with the grandkids. They love it too.

Also have known Ed Froelich for years and know he's tough as nails. To see him get choked up about his friend & airboat builder tells me something about Bob Stossel.

Thanks for the post Vixter.

Rick

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by slidingforhogs » Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:31 pm

Great video, love the history on our heritage of airboat and conservation.
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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:39 pm

Hey Hambone69,

Thanks for the nice comment. It is a great video, mainly because the people in it are great and the scenery is the best... South Florida at its finest!

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Post by Vixter » Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:43 pm

Glades cat,

It is an essential part of airboat history. Thank you for acknowledging the fact that we need to tell these stories. They are part of our history as south Floridians and we need to keep telling these stories. I'm working on that Glades Cat!

Again, thanks for your comments.

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Post by Vixter » Fri Dec 25, 2015 9:47 pm

Car Motor Barge,

Glad you got to ride with Mike and Mert. They are two awesome people who have been friends for decades. There's nothing like a smooth ride with Mike and Mert... especially when they take you to the pretty spots on Lake Harney.

Thanks for watching!

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Post by Scarecrow » Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:05 pm

Vicki, I will keep in touch with you thru PMs. and hope you will do the same. :thumbleft: :rebel:

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:05 pm

Rick,
You have been on board since day one with this video. Thank you! We're very happy you are sharing this with your grandchildren. It is so important to show these stories to our children and their children. We need to continue to gather these important interviews and the oral history of great airboat pioneers before it is too late. I was extremely lucky and fortunate enough to put these folks in front of a camera. They are true old timers who have the tales to tell. I have Mike and Diane Stossel to thank for that deal. They arranged so many meetings and airboat gatherings, well you know... it was what made it great. Working on some other stuff... stay tuned Rick!

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:24 pm

Scarecrow,

I will keep in touch. I was nine-years-old when I first camped at the Corbett with you and my family. I'm 53 now. Ouch. I still remember that night like it was yesterday. It's one of my best childhood memories. We had a rockin' big camp full of fun, laughter, good food, great people and lots of good smellin' lighter pine campfires. Just good ole days stuff! I still go out there when I'm home. Thanks Tim for connecting. Merry Christmas!

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Post by Stossel Boats » Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:52 am

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and we wish you a better new year.
Thanks Vixter for posting the video Free I hope you all enjoy it and thanks for your comments.
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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by lariat » Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:39 pm

Really enjoyed that. Thanks to everyone involved for taking the time to put that together. I could sit and listen to the "old timers" tell stories all day.

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Re: FREE Download Bob Stossel Airboat Documentary

Post by Vixter » Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:54 pm

Hey Mike Stossel,

Awesome to see you in the thread of comments. We've always looked forward to the day when this was made FREE to the public. Your dad's story, and your stories are now available to everyone. That makes me a happy camper.

Thanks for your help, your input and thanks to your family, especially Diane, for helping me make the connections to all who knew and loved Bob Stossel. I will always cherish our time in Mims, FL.

Who knew that when we were hanging out at Bob's shop back in the late '70s that we could make this video happen.

BRAVOOOOO! Happy New Year!

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