April and John Heiderich's 1949 Century Seamaid slices through the wake of another boat during Friday's Poker Run.

April and John Heiderich’s 1949 Century Seamaid slices through the wake of another boat during Friday’s Poker Run.

Fellow Woody Boater Kentucky Wonder reports in from this weekend’s 11th Annual Bluegrass Chapter ACBS Rendezvous in.. drum roll please….Lake Cumberland State Park Dock in Kentucky. This year’s event featured nearly 30 boats from across Kentucky and also from Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.

 

Kerplunk, a 1948 25' Chris-Craft Sportsman burbles along Lake Cumberland during the 11th Annual Bluegrass Chapter ACBS Rendezvous. Owned by Jack Beatley, Kerplunk won both the Peoples' Choice award, receving the most votes from onlookers at the docks, and also the Best Utility award from the other captains.

Kerplunk, a 1948 25′ Chris-Craft Sportsman burbles along Lake Cumberland during the 11th Annual Bluegrass Chapter ACBS Rendezvous. Owned by Jack Beatley, Kerplunk won both the Peoples’ Choice award, receving the most votes from onlookers at the docks, and also the Best Utility award from the other captains.

 

The casual event featured a poker run (won by Brian Keen’s full house), lots of lake cruising and play time, and an awards dinner Saturday night. Each evening, many of us wandered back to the docks after dinner to socialize either in the comfort of the event headquarters, a large houseboat, or by kicking back in the comfortable upholstery of their own watercraft.
The weather was spectacular, the lake clear and warm, and the friendships renewed and strengthened.
Brian Conroy's 1961 Boston Whaler goes airborne as he jumps the wake left by April and John Heiderich's Century. Conroy said he felt like a teenager again after a fun afternoon on the water.

Brian Conroy’s 1961 Boston Whaler goes airborne as he jumps the wake left by April and John Heiderich’s Century. Conroy said he felt like a teenager again after a fun afternoon on the water.

Relic greets guests to the 2013 ACBS Bluegrass Chapter boat show Saturday. Photo from the 2013 ACBS Bluegrass Chapter Show at Lake Cumberland, KY September 26-28, 2013.

Relic greets guests to the 2013 ACBS Bluegrass Chapter boat show Saturday. Photo from the 2013 ACBS Bluegrass Chapter Show at Lake Cumberland, KY September 26-28, 2013.

 

Rodger and Lisa Brown blast across Lake Cumberland after the show portion of the Bluegrass Rendezvous on Saturday. Lisa Marie, their 1939 Gar Wood 19' Custom Runabout, took the Best Runabout award at the event.

Rodger and Lisa Brown blast across Lake Cumberland after the show portion of the Bluegrass Rendezvous on Saturday. Lisa Marie, their 1939 Gar Wood 19′ Custom Runabout, took the Best Runabout award at the event.

 

Ski Daddy, a 1958 Helton owned by Robert Hedrick, has been owned by the same family since purchased new. Robert is the grandson of the original owner.

Ski Daddy, a 1958 Helton owned by Robert Hedrick, has been owned by the same family since purchased new. Robert is the grandson of the original owner.

 

The restored dash panel of Lesley and Cliff Caudill's 1961 Century Resorter.

The restored dash panel of Lesley and Cliff Caudill’s 1961 Century Resorter.

 

 

Scott Sneddon rides in the "Princess Seat" of a 1949 Greavette during Friday's Poker Run. The third seat gets the name because it's the smoothest ride in the boat, and also because it has its own liquor cabinet.

Scott Sneddon rides in the “Princess Seat” of a 1949 Greavette during Friday’s Poker Run. The third seat gets the name because it’s the smoothest ride in the boat, and also because it has its own liquor cabinet.

 

Visitors check out the collection of boats gathered for the 11th Annual Bluegrass Chapter ACBS rendezvous at the Lake Cumberland State Dock. Four days of perfect weather, a great assortment of boats, and lots of interested onlookers made for a fun weekend.

Visitors check out the collection of boats gathered for the 11th Annual Bluegrass Chapter ACBS rendezvous at the Lake Cumberland State Dock. Four days of perfect weather, a great assortment of boats, and lots of interested onlookers made for a fun weekend.

 

A set of horns adorns Brian Keen's freshly-restored Chris-Craft. Keen received the Roman Coppola Stewardship Award for his restoration effort. No bull.

A set of horns adorns Brian Keen’s freshly-restored Chris-Craft. Keen received the Roman Coppola Stewardship Award for his restoration effort. No bull.

 

Rick Griffieth, left, and John Williams shake hands while Linda Gilker looks on Saturday. Griffieth is standing in his very original 1979 Sea Ray.

Rick Griffieth, left, and John Williams shake hands while Linda Gilker looks on Saturday. Griffieth is standing in his very original 1979 Sea Ray.

 

And todays header is Art Hampton waves as his 1958 Chris-craft Capri accelerates past the photo boat during Friday's Poker Run.

And todays header is Art Hampton waves as his 1958 Chris-craft Capri accelerates past the photo boat during Friday’s Poker Run.

Here is the list of prize winners, as voted on by the group’s captains:
Best Fiberglass: 1961 Boston Whaler, owned by Brian Conroy
Best Outboard: 1958 Helton “Ski Daddy,” owned by Robert Hedrick (youngest owner at event, age 15)
Best Utility: 1948 25′ Chris Craft Sportsman “Kerplunk,” owned by Jack Beatley
Best Runabout: 1939 19′ Gar Wood Custom Runabout “Lisa Marie,” owned by Rodger Brown
Best Lapstrake: 1963 21′ Chris Craft Sea Skiff “Alley Cat,” owned by Scott Sneddon
Best Chris Craft: 1958 Chris Craft Capri “It’s Someday,” owned by Art Hampton
Best Century: 1949 Century SeaMaid “Ju$t 1 More,” owned by John Heiderich
Most Original: 1979 Sea Ray, owned by Rick Griffieth
Captain’s Choice (Best of Show): 1929 ACF Wason “Neé de Nouveau,” owned by Bob LeDuc

Roman Coppola Stewardship Award: Brian Keen for his Chris Craft “Beezer”

Award of Distinction (Courtesy Event Venue, State Dock): 1986 John Kar Bott “Betty Ann,” owned by Rob Selin

People’s Choice, voted by visitors and onlookers: 1948 25′ Chris Craft Sportsman “Kerplunk,” owned by Jack Beatley

 

 Thanks Mr Wonder! As usual your reports are great.

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24 Responses to “Kentucky Wonder Reports in From? mmmm I Wonder Where He Is Reporting In From?”
  1. Chad

    Looks like a fabulous setting with a great selection of boats. I’ll have to add that show to my bucket list.

    Thanks, Kentucky Wonder!

  2. Troy in ANE

    I have never done a “Poker Run” on the water, guess i will have to pay attention to what show do them and actually show up at one with a boat.

    Thanks Kentucky Wonder!

    Great story as always!

  3. Sean Conroy

    Wow! Greavette’s, Conroy’s, great weather and smooth water….. I shoulda been there! Looks like a great show and fun had bay all.

  4. Al Benton

    Great report KW. Chad, I too need to add this event to my bucket list. Looks like a fun time by all. Thanks!

    • Andy Riggs

      Definitely a great show. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the facilities are excellent.

      If you’ve never been to Lake Cumberland, it is the houseboat capital of the world and there are some amazing crafts on the docks.

  5. Andy Riggs

    It was a great time had by all. I finally made it to the water with my ’69 CC Ski boat after a 3 year restoration and had a blast.

    Thanks to Kentucky Wonder for the pics!

    • Kentucky Wonder

      Andy! I got a photo of your boat, but forgot the model, so it didn’t get included in the initial report. Also, you are not listed in the ACBS directory to call. Sign up, dude!

      I told my wife what you said was the best moment of the whole show – blowing water all over the “Best of Show” winner. She was horrified. Pretty funny, actually.

      • Andy Riggs

        Thanks KW. I spent all weekend not knowing that you were the infamous Kentucky Wonder….how did that happen?

        That was a classic moment to say the least.

    • Brian Flaherty

      Andy, I just have to ask… Why the tan interior? You did everything else on the restoration back to factory, but then tan vinyl??

      • Andy Riggs

        Because there is not another single piece of Red Nautolex flooring to be found on Earth. My floor was pretty faded, so I opted to change the interior to tan to mimic the 2008 CC Lancer GT concept. Also, that red interior gets so hot that I was tired of burning myself. This is more of a Resto Mod project.

        • Brian Flaherty

          We are “in the same boat” if you will… I have a 10×24 inch patch in my floor that I had to seal somehow so I painted it black… Now I have been searching for a flooring solution for 3 years!! I am leaning toward replacing the floor with composite decking that is modeled and colored to look like teak. Would be a huge deduction in points but I am not building a “show queen”, like you I am building a user friendly play machine!

  6. Wilson

    Looks like another show for my bucket list…Maybe rent a houseboat and spend a week there…

  7. Carla

    I’m thinking Cumberland will be added to my list of shows next year as well! Looks like a beautiful lake, good people, GORGEOUS boats and tons of hospitality.

  8. Alex

    Thanks KW. Nicely done.

    And a beautiful spot for a show.

    Love Kerplunk. As I do every 25′ Sportsman.

    But the Greavette’s rear bar is an awesome option.

    Tough to top that.

    But wait. A 25′ Sportsman has a huge dash. Big enough for several draught taps. And there you have it. We’ve stumbled into the best of both worlds.

    • Andy Riggs

      Saturday night was spent sitting in and around that awesome Greavette and let me just say that there is no way that boat is only 20′ long.

  9. Rodger

    Lisa and I have been at the Bluegrass Chapter’s Rendezvous for several years now, each one is better than the last. Super boating people who really know how to have fun, and Lake Cumberland is a boater’s paradise. Y’all come next year! We’ll bring the moonshine!

  10. Wilson

    Any of y’all remember the pre-event to the first Coeur d’ Alene ACBS annual and 25 couples were paired up on five 55 foot houseboats on Lake Roosevelt for five days with woodies for tenders.

    Carla…You were at the show….How did you miss that part ??

    Might be fun to do that kind of thing again…

  11. Kentucky Wonder

    Another boat I’ve never seen before is BettyAnn, owned by Rob Selin. “Betty Ann” (named for his mom who passed away a little less than a year ago) was built circa 1986 in Plymouth Mass. by professional boat builder John Karbott. The boat is a Glen “L” Design called a Bo Jest. It is powered by a 25 hp. Yamaha four stroke. Very much in original condition.

    • Chad

      Very cool! John Karbott was my boat-building instructor about 15 years ago. I enrolled in one of his week-long Wooden Boat courses. We built a small lapstrake skiff. He is a great guy and a very talented craftsman.