It feels like the countdown to Mt Dora only its summer.. But for us here at Woody Boater going to Michigan is a very exciting idea.. In just 9 days, The entire gang of Woody Boater reporters will be in Algonac. Chad and Texx, Tom, Mark, Jimmy, Patrick ,will be there is full force.. and will also be speaking at the Old Club on Harsens Island. Henry Ford, Firestone, Edison.. History is dripping all over this area.. about Woody Boater and the state of the union of the hobby.
I am also picking up a little surprise up on Belaire lake to bring to the show. shhhh the boatress will be in Denver on her walk.. So I have a week to hide stuff.. And then Texx is headed up to Hessel with fellow reporter Alex Watson to do a tour of the secret boat house finds in Hessel with a local legend. Tom Mertaugh of Classic & Antique Boats, The first Chris Craft Dealer in the US. These boats never go to shows, and are daily users, the real deal.. Woody Boats in there natural habitat.. Texx will be like the Marlin Perkins of Woody boater.. . Texx is doing all this on his Harley! And we can all go for a ride in Alex Watsons latest Boat!
So this will be a 10 day Michigan feast. I can’t wait.. I actually keep taking off extra days as I can to stretch this out. If I was a dog, my tail would be wagging all day for the next 9 days.. Bouncing up and down at the door, leash in my mouth ready to go.. If you cant find me over the next 9 days.. i will be in the passenger seat of my truck drooling on the window.. No one is leaving me behind!!!!
I might just explode when I get there. Below is the Press release for the Algonac show.. If you are with in a 10 hr drive.. It’s worth it.. To bask in the history of it all is a must if you are into the history of these fine water craft. This is far far far more than a show. The entire state is dripping in Varnish! We hope to see you there.
Michigan Chapter ACBS Presents the 27th Annual Chris Craft Plant Jamboree “Where It All Began” in Historic Algonac Michigan
Algonac, Michigan has historically been an area that has influenced classic boating due to proximity to Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, and the river delta called the St. Clair Flats. This is evidenced by the location of many of the classic boat builders such as Chris Craft, Gar Wood, etc. The area still boasts of many antique and classic boats and restoration shops. There is an inherent and passed down knowledge of wood boats. Also there are many classic boats stored in old boathouses that are not restored and used for family Sunday afternoon boat rides or Walleye fishing.
In the early 1970’s one of original ACBS Michigan chapter members, B.A. Bud Aikens hosted a picnic at his waterfront home. The picnic concluded with a parade of boats down the St. Clair River. In 1979 Bud and his friends started the Michigan Chapter of the ACBS. The number of boats became so large that it could no longer be held at Bud’s home, so another member, Pete Beauregard, suggested moving the picnic to his marina in Algonac. Since the marina called the “Algonac Harbour Club” was the location of the original Chris Craft Factory, it was a fitting place for the annual event. Unfortunately Bud is no longer with us, but his Triple Cockpit runabout is featured on the 2012 show poster. Thanks to his daughter, his boat “Flyin High” will also be displayed at the show this year.
In 1985 the Algonac Antique and Classic Boat Show was born and is now in its 27th continuous year known as the “Chris Craft Plant Jamboree, Where it All Began”.
The Marque boat for the 2012 show is the Triple Cockpit Runabout. There are as of June 1st 10 of these classic boats registered for the show. We are anticipating about 100 total boats on display including 4 classic hydroplane racers. A new addition to the show this year is a Friday night Captain’s welcome party held inside the original Chris Craft factory at the final assembly area. Also the traditional Friday cruise will be expanded to include a more extensive tour of the “Flats” and a picnic lunch on a private island only accessible by boat.
Show information including accommodations in the Algonac area is available in the Michigan chapter web-site www.michacbs.com.
Questions: Call Roy Schoenherr (586)713-9340