As promised a report from Rich and the Sandusky River Cruise.. Wow, how beautiful is that? Thanks to photographer Mike Mainheart for some very nice images.
Lyman Country: Sandusky, Ohio!
How often does a boating event draw as many Lymans as Chris Crafts? Saturday October 8th was one of those times, when the North Coast Ohio chapter of ACBS hosted the First Annual Sandusky River Run. Sandusky is home port for Lyman, which made wooden boats here from 1875 – holy moley! – through 1973.
We stumbled onto one of those incredible fall days with clear skies and 80 degrees – a big improvement over the horizontal cold rain that graced the prior Saturday, the original date for the event. It really is better to be lucky than smart.
The boats slipped into the water and headed upstream towards the city of Fremont, Ohio, about 12 miles away. Along the river, elegant cormorants and egrets watched our procession pass by lush farmlands, dense woods and riverfront summer homes.
Chapter president Jeremy Goldstein led our flotilla in his 23-foot Lyman Offshore, guiding us around the few spots in the river that might prove unfriendly to boats.
Once back at Jim Leasor’s Memory Marina, which hosted the event, we were treated to a barbequed chicken lunch at Jim’s Tiki bar – complete with palm trees – where the mid-summer feel was stronger than ever. Thanks to Gary DeShettler for organizing the lunch and for making the fabulous apple crisp and applejack, both from produce harvested from his riverside orchard.
What a great way to end the season here on America’s North Coast, river-running at about 25 mph in the Indian Summer sun!
Watch for the October date in 2012 for the 2nd Annual Sandusky River Cruise. You and your boat are most welcome to join us. Email [email protected]