After months of anticipation, we are finally in Florida for the big Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Festival this weekend. This morning we stopped by Wooton Park and the nice folks from the Sunnyland ACBS Chapter were there in full force setting up the tents and flea market areas, getting ready for the show – a beehive of activity. But it was 85 degrees and the lake was calling… a call we just couldn’t ignore.
So a few of us got together and decided to spend the day on the water, kind of like a Woody Boater play day. Jim Frechette phoned to invite us for lunch, Paul & Karen Harrison jumped in “Kabot’s Habit” and John & Kim Kadimik called and before we knew it we were cruising across the lake in search of one of those classic, Florida style drive-in (float-in), dockside restaurants. Jim Frechette said “I think I know where we can find one of those, follow me…”
Oh – The V-8 was thirsty for some of that Go Juice too, but the best part is you can fill up at the restaurant… It’s not every day you can get this much happiness from pumping gas, only when your filling up a classic wooden boat I guess…
And after filling up on some classic lakeside “Onion Burgers” we were back on the water…
“Old Paint” is one of those vintage Chris-Crafts that you simply never get tired of looking at… I was having trouble deciding which photo to include here, so I thought, what the heck – why not just use both…
We arrived back at Woody Boater HQ just in time to meet Matt and his wife who arrived with a special guest “Thayer IV” in tow. And it didn’t take long for the folks to gather around the famous U-22 to see her in person for the first time. If you want to see “Thayer IV” – She will be on display at the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club tent all weekend, and as many of you may already have noticed, she has quite a history. She’s Barn Fresh.
And last but certainly not least, just as it was getting dark, one of the most well known Woody Boater’s in the area, Bob Forbes stopped by to check out “Thayer IV” which brought a big smile to his face. Bob was instrumental in establishing the Sunnyland Boat Show here in Tavares many years ago and just loves these old boats.
Hmmm… No swim ladder in the first shot, and then the swim ladder appears in the second shot. What’s that about I wonder?
Tomorrow, we will be reporting live-ish from the boat show as it gets ready to open to the public, and we will also be reporting from the ACBS Symposium / Workshop. So stay tuned to Woody Boater for updates.
Mike Mayer – Wish you were here buddy, where ever you are tonight… (ET – Phone Home…)