A huge thanks to long time fellow Woody Boaters Julie and Chris Bullen from way up NORTH for sending us in this report from Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst.
Woodyboater, We had a boat show.
Julie and I as well as the whole family had a wonderful day at our 38th show. This show is becoming a classic just like the people and the boats. Due to this we here in the land of exposed riding fenders. long deck launches and dippys try to keep it fresh.
That’s not easy but I think this team has been doing everything they can. Last year we made the show free to the public and to the exhibitors without these two there is no show, this alone has really reenergized the event. Free boat rides, almost 300 had a ride this year in some pretty amazing boats. Rum Runner and Will took half of them I think. Its pretty special to have those owners volunteer their boat, time and fuel, but I think the smile and appreciation shown by the riders really makes it a special part of the show now. We also put in great effort to get more fiber classics out with a dedicated team, its working we were up to 20 this year.
Rich and Linda introduced pre-events to our show and this was the third year we have carried them out. We usually trailer to a lake on the Wednesday and then boat on one of the 3 lakes without trailering away from Gravenhurst on Thursday, followed by the poker run on Friday.
Wednesday, this year, we toured the Huntsville chain of lakes just north of Gravenhurst. It was a very hot day we had a good ride and a great stop near the portage railway hosted by Peter and Elisabeth Moffat who have a wealth of stories and history of the area. We then headed to lunch in an air-conditioned pub after which we all said “let’s head back to the ramp”. Thursday on Lake Muskoka we toured the Bala side of the lake with a stop at the Smales boathouse. They are always willing to share and have a great spot with some unique boats, cars and Kathy’s lovely doll houses.
After the stop I raced back to our island to start cooking 48 burgers and getting out all the fixings as I could not continue to lead. My co-Captain Julie took the lead but she did not drive Riot, no, Will gave her the wheel to Rum Runner! Man, I got the short straw. It was another stinking hot one many cooled of on the beach while having their lunch, Friday was the 6 annual Poker run Glen Martin again for the second time, he won with 3 queens.
Saturday has arrived and it is boat show day, we got in a lot of boating over the last three days but now we can stroll the docks and see 120 boats of every size make and colour. We also have antique cars, a kids area to make their own wood boat, music, fashion show, vendors with all sorts of special items you need. Just down the board walk is the field of dreams here you can find your next boat or your first boat, as well we have free entrance to the Heritage Centre were the history of the area, boats, steamships and hotels are there to see. and don’t forget they have the large in-water boat show right in the facility at the grace and speed boathouse.
So much to see and do it should be on your bucket list.
Thanks to Mike Gridley for taking on the Show Chair position and the over 100 volunteers!
It’s the boats and the people! If not for the ACBS we would not be celebrating with all our boating friends. Next show for Julie and I is Lake James IN. Lake James Mike its your turn to cut the grass see you in 2 weeks.
Cheers and Happy Boating
Julie and Chris
Again a huge thanks to Chris and Julie from the Toronto Chapter of the ACBS for taking the time to capture this amazing event and share it with us all.