Woodwind” is a replica of a 1929/30 HackerCraft 26’ triple, built by owner Bill Zautner in 2008. Power is a Mercruiser 300 hp.
Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Kent O. Smith Jr and his one amazing eye, we get to see this years Lake George Rendezvous in spectacular splendid superlishious, sparkling, stunning, superduper, color. Now we just need to figure out what he does with his other eye! But first, some history… Take it away Kent!
The Jug” is a 1928 Gar Wood 28’ BabyGar powered by her original Scripps 202. Owned by Bruce Nash, Bruce is a grandson of Hib Hall who founded and ran Hall’s Boat Company in Lake George. Hall’s was a Gar Wood dealer and “The Jug” was Hib’s personal boat.
40th Annual Lake George Rendezvous
by Kent O. Smith, Jr.
Glorious weather graced the 40th Annual Lake George Rendezvous in upstate New York. Forty years of boat shows – consider the sheer number of boats that have attended and the history of antique and classic boating as we know it.
An old boat enthusiast named Ray Nelson organized the first Lake George Rendezvous (LGR) which was held August 24-25, 1974. Thirty-six boats were on display, making it a huge success for a first show. During a picnic at Canoe Island, Ray pitched his idea of forming an organization of people that were interested in old boats. Later that year, the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc., was created with an inauguration on January 25, 1975. Ray served as the first president.
Forty years later, the Adirondack Chapter of ACBS is continuing the tradition that Ray started. This year’s event was special, marking four decades since the birth of ACBS. And making it even more special is seeing some people who have been in this hobby since the beginning still coming to the show.
Joe Flemming was one of the eight founders of ACBS, served as the first secretary, later owned Elcowww.elcomotoryachts.com for a while and is still consulting for Elco on their state of the art electric propulsion motors. And Joe is still coming to the LGR, walking the docks, enjoying the boats, promoting the hobby. He was at the first show, forty years ago…
Helen Reynolds served as the first editor of the “Rusty Rudder”, the newsletter of the ACBS, which is nowadays just called the “Rudder”. She was also a Charter Member of the society. Helen attended the cocktail party and show, still involved, talking about old boats, after all these years.
Other charter members of ACBS that were seen on the docks, out there enjoying the hobby, were Deke Morrison and Dr. Ron Montana. You may ask – why do these folks look too young to have been involved in classic boating forty years ago? The answer is simple, antique and classic boating keeps you young at heart!
So on a beautiful sunny summer day in 2013, there were 47 beautiful boats at the Lake George Village docks, and another 14 on land display, with over a hundred attendees at the cocktail party and awards dinner, out there enjoying antique & classic boats, just like Ray Nelson, Helen Reynolds and the other trailblazers of our hobby intended for us to do.
After this brief reflection on Woody Boater history, we shall get on with the presentation of the photos…
This patriotic looking 1961 Chris Craft Sea Skiff 23’ is owned by Glenn Gentry and has a Chevy V8 for power. The boat is named “Ready Oar Knot
Styled after a Gold Cup racer, “Curvaceous II” is a 25’ Clarion built in Canada. She is powered by a Mercruiser Scorpion 330hp and owned by Bill Bernhard
The curvey deck lines of “Curvaceous II
Steve Upham’s 1939 Chris Craft 21’ deluxe utility “Ewe Boat” is powered by her original Model K engine. Steve is the second owner and has owned the boat for 45 years.
Toodles” won Best Restored. She is a 1939 Gar Wood 20’6” streamline cabin utility owned by John Perkins from Shapleigh, Maine. Her power is a Chrysler Ace. Note the pop of chili on the table was not part of John’s display – that belonged to the “hot dog lady”. She wears a huge dog and bun on her head…seriously….don’t worry, I’ll spare you that photo.
John O’Carroll just received “Peachy Keen” fresh out of the restoration shop. The boat is a 1955 Chris Craft Sea Skiff powered by a Model K engine.
Mop that deck – Ed Scheiber details the bow deck on “Fish Tales III”, his 1950 Chris Craft Holiday 23’ with an ML 145hp. The boat won the People’s Choice Award.
Chris Freihofer stands on the deck of “Jacqheline”, his amazing 28’ Van Dam racer. The 550hp Saris Racing engine and Arneson surface drive will push her close to 80 mph. The most amazing thing is Chris’s straw hat adorned with a rattlesnake head and skin won’t blow off…
Betty Lou” is a 1957 Century Coronado 21 powered by a Mercury V8 and is owned by William McGowan.
Adventures in docking…Ted Brothers tries paddling his 1926 Chris Craft 26’ into the dock. How many WoodyBoaters bring their land display atop their boat? That’s his Adirondack guide boat. “Hemmingway” is powered by a GM V8.
eff Brown, Naval Architect for the Hacker Boat Company carefully fends off the recently completed Miss APBA racer. Those of you who know me know that I took a three year hiatus from my restoration business to serve as Production Manager for Hacker Boat after it was purchased by current owner George Badcock. The Miss APBA was one of my two pet projects while working there. Finished after my departure, Jeff was still able to install my power of choice – the Indmar Cadillac CTS-V supercharged 6.2L 540hp. This beauty could be yours today, contact the Hacker Boat Company for a test drive…
The Henry Nevins yard built a series of one design sailboats known as the Sound Interclub 29. “Ghost” is one of two Sound Interclubs owned by John Kelley III. They have Elco electric motors for auxiliary power.
Swifty” is a 1924 Hacker Dolphin 24’ powered by a modern V8 and owned by Dave Forshay.
An awesome 1937 Gar Wood custom utility 24’, “Ankle Deep” is named for Count Mankowski’s Gold Cup race boat of the same name. Mankowski was a resident of Lake George who won a Gold Cup and brought the racing event to his home town.
Roger Johnson has been restoring boats for over thirty years. His personal boat is this 1934 Chris Craft Custom 25’ named “Recovery”. Roger and his wife Maria fabricated the Dietrich style top and currently manufacture a limited number of these tops for select clients.
Wild Rose” is a sharp 1956 Chris Craft Sea Skiff owned by Ed Bombard from the Lake Champlain chapter and has a Chris Craft 185hp for power.
Adam Retersdorf built his own version of a Miss APBA racer and named it “Retirement Plan”. He and his friend Kevin look reminiscent of the 80s group “Right Said Fred” ….with the son, “I’m Too Sexy for my Shirt” for those of you who remember…
Duane and Jean Cipas onboard “Golden Fury”. “Golden Fury” was originally a 1957 Chris Craft Holiday that was converted into a custom racer. She is powered by a Chrysler 440.
Just For You” is a 2010 Gar Wood 28’ Custom Runabout powered with the incredible Ilmor 570hp V10, which is a marinized version of the Dodge Viper motor. The boat is owned by Jack Rifenberg.
An aft view of “Recovery”, the 1934 Chris Craft.
George Coppola won Exhibitor’s Choice Antique with his 1939 Chris Craft 19’ barrelback “Intuition”. She has a Model M 130hp engine.
Dave and Elizabeth Misener, their children, and friends and friend’s children – all aboard “Sly Fox”, which is a Hacker-Zimmer designed Palm Beach racer. The 23’ boat is powered by a Chrysler 318.
High Ho Silver – it’s “Tonto”, and near perfect Chris Craft Silver Arrow owned by Buzz Lamb, with a Chris Craft 283 engine.
Getting goofy on John Kovac’s replica blue & white racing runabout. Built by Vintage Marine and powered by a 315hp fuel injected Mercury. Who says woody boating isn’t fun?
Bill Fish at the helm of a Fish Brothers replica of a 25’ Chris Craft Sportsman, powered by Mercury. Fish Brothers are one of the many sponsors of the Lake George Rendezvous, without which the show would not be possible.
Thanks Kent, as usual the photos and credits are perfect.Tune in later for more from Texx’s journey across Minnesotta!