Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Randy Mueller for sending us in this live-ish report from this past weekends gathering in Gig Harbor… take it away Randy..
Thanks Matt & Texx, here is a report from our just concluded 2nd annual Tides Tavern Classic Boat Show this past weekend in historic Gig Harbor, Washington. I organized the first show last year and it was met with such enthusiasm that the Tides management asked me to continue the event. I had enough room last year to bring my MATTHEWS Martinique down to exhibit, but the show met with so much popularity that I did not have enough dock space to include it this year. Even the ‘organizer’ does not always have the ‘pull’ to get his own boat into this now popular ‘invitational’ event!
Most Pacific Northwest cruisers are familiar with stopping at the famous Tide’s Tavern docks here on the bay in Gig Harbor. During the 1st Classic Boat Show on their docks in 2013 they celebrated their 40th Anniversary of “Cheers and Beers”.
This year nine classics filled the docks, ranging in size from 12 to 85-feet. The ‘Queen’ of the show this year was the 1929 Custom Fantail Motoryacht “Deerleap”, evoking memories from the Great Gadsby era. We also had a Hollywood movie star in attendance — the 1939 54-foot Elco Motoryacht “Riptide” which was featured in the 1980’s television show of the same name.
Our totally ‘green’ entry was the 35-foot Owens “Hammer P” which is powered by twin electric motors. And to round out examples in the unusual watercraft category, our special ‘parking lot’ entry this year was the iconic 1968 unlimited hydroplane Miss Budweiser.
This event is free to the public to enjoy, with spectators and boatowners alike having an enjoyable time touring the varied examples of
brightly varnished mahogany and gleaming chrome of a bygone era of boating.
One interesting historical fact was that two of the vessels docked together at this show were also exhibited near each other in the 1940 New York Boat Show — the 1939 40-foot Matthews “Pied Piper” and the 1939 54-foot ELCO “Riptide” were reunited again after 74 years!!!!!!!!!!!
The entry list included:
1928 31-foot Vic Franck “MIRACLE”
1929 85-foot Custom Fantail Motoryacht “DEERLEAP”
1939 54-foot ELCO Motoryacht “RIP TIDE”
1939 40-foot Matthews Sedan “PIED PIPER”
1965 30-foot Grandy “JONTA”
1966 35-foot Owens “HAMMER P”
2006 12-foot Glen L Squirt, built to a 1955 design