We are certainly doing some globe trotting this week here at Woody Boater… Which started last Saturday at Bob Mishko’s engine shop in Tennessee… to Matt and his sputtering outboard in Virgina on Sunday… to Secret Island on the coast of Britsh Columbia, Canada with some big classic cruisers… then off to Chicago to welcome Cooper Durren into the world… and then over to Lake Iseo in Sarnico, Italy to celebrate Carlo Riva’s 90th birthday and a big Riva party for few days… then to Monaco with Hamster & the gang yesterday – and now we return back to the splendor and timeless beauty of Priest Lake, Idaho today… Wow – It’s a good thing computers don’t get tired from all that travel!
One of the most popular late summer outings for classic boaters in the entire Pacific Northwest is the annual Dry Rot Boat Show and Parade on Priest Lake, Idaho. I remember driving up there to attend the event a few years ago, and it was like discovering a pristine lake from back in the 1950’s that hasn’t really changed much over the years… Narrow unpaved roads that wind through the forest into the historic resorts, family cabins along the lakefront that looked like they were from an old post card… I also remember that the roads up to Priest Lake, in the most northern part of Idaho state, ended as you traveled north along the west shore of the lake.
Fellow Woody Boater and Editor of the Inland Empire Chapter ACBS newsletter “The Scuttlebutt” – Wes Yandt, shared this story with us today from Idaho.
The 2012 Dry Rot Boat Show and Parade in God’s Country
“Priest Lake Idaho”
Story & Photos by Wes Yandt
The annual Dry Rot Boat Show and Parade was held this last weekend up in Northern Idaho at Priest Lake. The Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the ACBS along with some help from the Inland Empire Chapter of the ACBS put on yet another first class boat show/poker run/parade and all around good time. Dick and Louise Werner once again outdid themselves and put on a very enjoyable event that is a little bit boat show and a whole lot of boat’n fun.
It all started out Friday evening with a welcome aboard dinner and party at Grandview Resort.
Saturday morning I was lucky enough to convince four skippers to get out of the sack early for a photo shoot on the water. When you have water like Priest Lake, a backdrop like the Selkirk Mountains, great morning light and beautiful WOODIES its hard to take a bad photo. What fun we had!!
Steve and Linda Zwarg’s very cool 1942 19’ Chris-Craft Custom Barrelback “Killer”…
Saturday afternoon was the annual Dry Rot Poker Run and this year was the first in a million years that Hutch and Carol Hutchison did not put it together. This year Hutch decided he wanted to see it from the other side of the wheel and so Brian and Cathy Fair stepped up and gave us all a great tour of lake.
“Mister Century” John Tyler with his beautiful 1966 21’ Century Coronado “Black Pearl” during the Poker Run with his dedicated crew Carl & Steve risking life and limb to get the Ace that they just knew was in that envelope.
The finish line was at Dick and Louise’s cabin where they put on a great dinner for all of the hungry navigators. Best time went to Tim and Deb Salt from Whitefish, Montana in the big Lyman “Morning Mist” borrowed from the Werners. Best poker hand was the crew of the Blackthorn skippered by Tom Horn.
Sunday morning the boat show was held at beautiful Elkins Resort. Matt, as the great master Chef Emeril Lagasse says “I wish you all had Smell-o-vision” because you would love the sweet smell of varnish around Steve and Melanie Spahr’s 1955 20’ Century Coronado “Melanie May”.
She was dropped in the water for the first time after a 3 year top notch restoration at Jim West’s shop – Westcoast Classic Boat Restoration down in Portland, Oregon on Friday. She truly was the Bell of this ball.
And you never know what you might run across up in Northern Idaho… Below is Dan and Pamela Mimmack’s 1985 20’ Homebuilt Pirate Ship “Wind Spirit”. The kids went bonkers over this boat. Dan and crew really played the part as well…
Jerry and Char Apple’s Lake Tahoe award winning 1952 21’ Stancraft Torpedo back “YP” was at the show with us this weekend as well. It was a hit with all the dock walkers and as they awarded the Apple’s with the 2012 Priest Lake Dry Rot Dock Walkers Award. Jerry continues to be plagued with the normal mechanical bugs that is associated with new restorations and could not get out for a photo shoot. I can’t wait for next year when we can get out and take some shots of this beautiful boat underway.
The locals have grown accustomed to sitting out on their docks and watch the parade of classic boats which commenced at preciously about noon. Nothing in Northern Idaho is ever really rushed and therefore we get the parade going when we get the parade going.
The parade ended with a stop at Hills Resort where the Priest Lake Yacht Club put on a huge barbeque and Gin Fizz. Awards were handed out and everyone had a great time relaxing in the sand and sun.
Monday morning brought the treat of the weekend. Everyone gathered at Werner’s (they fed us yet again) and we ran up to Upper Priest Lake. Upper Priest Lake is connected to Priest Lake by a 2.5 mile natural thorofare. About a dozen boats gather on a sandy beach and were treated to a good old fashioned weenie roast supplied by Michael and Anavel Boge.
It’s not uncommon to spot some wildlife up here in Northern Idaho… Like the odd black bear searching for berries (or a classic boat ride)…
We also spotted some other wildlife during our journey through the narrows en route to Upper Priest Lake, a rare sighting in these parts… A Sons of Varnish member… Who is that and where did he get that tee shirt!
The traditional group photo from Upper Priest Lake, a great shot of some really great people just enjoying life. (You can click on these photos to enlarge them, this one works good – Texx)
This is truly the way that you are supposed to enjoy these old classic boats, by using them. We put close to 10 hours on the “The Uncle Bob” this weekend. Priest Lake will be the location for some of the pre-events for the 2013 International ACBS Show and Meetings in Coeur d’Alene, so if any of this sounds or looks like fun, make sure that you save some time for Priest Lake next year.
Inland Empire Chapter ACBS
Thanks Wes for sharing your story with us here at Woody Boater today… Come to think of it, we did see some amazing Riva’s and a few wild Sons of Varnish members in Italy, but we didn’t see any wild bears…