Long time fellow Woody Boater Randy Rush (many know him as “Captain Grumpy”) was at the big Lake Winnipesaukee boat show this weekend in New Hampshire with his mighty Carver lapstrake. Forunately for us, Randy and his crew snapped a few photos from the event on Saturday…
These premier east coast boat shows always offer up a huge selection of antique & classic boats, and this was certainly the case at this years Lake Winnipesaukee event. Here’s a brief description of the event from the New England ACBS Chapter’s great website.
39th Annual – Lake Winnipesaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show
July 28, 2012 – Meredith Public Docks
This summer’s 39th Annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Meredith public docks will be another huge gathering of over 80 beautiful antique and classic wooden boats on display all day long in a judged competition at the docks. There will also be a large display of non-judged antique and classic boats on trailers in the adjacent Hesky Park. And returning this year will be a Field of Dreams for antique and classic boats for sale, also located in the Hesky Park area. Also new this year will be a large display of non-judged antique & classic cars in the parking lot at the Meredith public docks, making this a grand celebration of antique & classic boats and cars !!!
This years event featured Century boats as the honored marque, and the Century owners responded with a great turnout from the golden age of Century boat manufacturing. The cool wooden outboard in the foreground is a 1950 Penn Yan ZTD Swift owned by Tom Davenport.
Randy – “Over 70 classic boats filled the Meredith docks, with approximately 40 being judged. Crowds swarmed all day and just kept coming – even at show’s end, a steady stream of admirers visited with boat owners.”
There’s always a few unexpected surprises at these boat shows… As we were going through Randy’s photos from Saturday we noticed a photo of a few boats arriving at the event early Saturday morning, and in the distance was what appeared to be a rare Chris-Craft Green & White bringing up the rear…
If – in fact that’s what this is (according to the Essential Guide) a total of only 134 of these were ever produced by Chris-Craft. A very cool boat… Fellow Woody Boater Dick Werner from Oregon currently owns one of these rare beauties. If anyone out there in Woody Boater land can confirm this, please let us know. – Texx
And here is another stunning boat named “Wilgold III” – And with this boat I am officially in uncharted waters, and can’t even guess what this is… But usually if it’s associated with the name “Curtiss”, it’s a significant antique boat.
We would love to learn more about “Wilgold III” if anyone can help please… (Update to this story – We have been informed that “Wilgold III” is a 1923 26′ Hacker Gold Cup Replica out of Mark Mason’s shop) Thanks Greg & Jim for that info.
Captain Grumpy commented – “A final highlight was Chris Murphy (owner of “Another Headache” a 1970 Century Resorter) and his unexpected swim as he plunged into the water to assist the NEACBS volunteers after their line got sucked into a jetski. This made for a truly amusing end to the day – as the woodies all raced to beat the approaching thundershowers.”
Thanks to Randy Rush for the photos today, and also a special thanks to Boat Show Chairman – Bill John and the entire crew from the New England Chapter ACBS for hosting another fabulous event.