Live-ish from beautiful Priest Lake, Idaho – Fellow Woody Boater Wes Yandt sent us this “mountain-fresh” report from the Lake Hopping Pre-Events leading up to the big Antique & Classic Boat Society Annual Meeting and International Boat Show later this week, down the road in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The weather was less than perfect for the pre-events but that didn’t bother the folks who have gathered from around the country for this celebration of classic boating. Wes Yandt and his family have been boating on Priest Lake for many years, and know it’s personality very well.– Texx
2013 ACBS International Pre-Events – Priest Lake, Idaho
Story & Photos by Wes Yandt
Matt & Texx – As you reported Monday, there were about 50 boats and 175 people that participated in the Priest Lake Hopping Pre-Event as part of this weekend’s ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It was a chance for people from all over the USA and Canada to experience the natural beauty of Priest Lake and the extremes that the lake can present to you on occasion.
Monday was one extreme with torrential downpours and high winds (high winds = big chop on a 19 mile-long lake).
Even with the poor weather conditions, about 30 boats with full crews made the trek from Elkins Resort up to Upper Priest Lake and back (I think that we all got back). That shows you just how hardy classic boating people are. We finished the day off with an absolutely “over the top” dinner at Dick and Louise Werner’s cabin. My hat’s off to those two for opening up their cabin to over 165 people for dinner, live music, camp fire and over course smores.
As Tuesday’s brunch at Elkin’s Resort was finishing up, the sky’s looked as if it could go either way. But as we got all the boats fired up and pulled out of the marina, the weather started to clear and the lake was like glass.
The sun popped out and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful mornings that we’ve had this summer. We had close to 30 boats again to participate in the run down the lake to one of the hidden (literally) treasures on the lake.
Lowell Fennick opened up his hanger that is positioned just yards off of the lake, but is so well hidden you would probably float right by it if you didn’t know it was there. It is dug into the side of the bank with a taxi way that leads from the lake into the hanger. He uses his hanger to house his two Grumman G-73 Mallard and two Lake Aircraft. All of these
are Amphibious airplanes and in perfect condition.
We were told by our “tour guide” that one of the Mallards was one of the first and the other one of the last to be built. Floating right next to Lowell’s taxi way is a beautiful 1928 Chris-Craft Commuter.
Another “First and Last” that we get to see this weekend is the first production StanCraft Torpedo Runabout and the last one that has been built by Syd Young over the last months. Although Syd tweaked the hull and deck shape a little, it is still obviously an old school StanCraft Torpedo.
What a treat that was to see the two StanCraft Torpedo’s running together on this beautiful fall morning on Priest Lake.
All the boats were then pulled out of the water and headed south for more “pre-event fun” tomorrow (which is now today) on Lake Coeur d’Alene. In his true style, fellow Woody Boater Danny Hinds had to be first back to the docks and show us what his little “souped up” 327 Chevy will do. I’m sure that this is the exact moment when his wife Donna was telling me about finding God.
As we all move down to the Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Coeur d’Alene Resort, stay tuned for more to come from the 2013 ACBS Annual Meeting & International Boat Show. Click on the link for more information on this great event.
Thanks to Wes for sending us this great report from Priest Lake – Looks like everyone is having a great time in northern Idaho.