Thanks to fellow Woody Baoter Sean Conroy for sending in this nice report from Kawartha Lake! And yes I just copied and pasted Karartha. Who names these lakes? What the hell? Lake George, now that is a name, or Lake Bob, JAne Lake.. this Karartha, Skaneateles, Hopatcong stuff has to got to stop! Anyway, enough of my rant, thanks Sean for the report, Or is it Shawn, UGH.. Shaun? Shawon, Shonn, Shawne, LeSean, DeSean, DeShawn, Ra’Shon. No really, these are all real!
The Joy Of Modern SIX (or five) by Sean Conroy!
Under beautiful skies and summer temperatures the Trent-Severn club gathered for its fall run in Southern Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes, putting in at Lake Chemong. Now, the T-S club is an active bunch that loves to use their boats. This annual event is the last of the season and well attended for many reasons including the great facilities of Chemong Yacht Haven and the generosity of our hosts, the Philpots.
This year also saw the Maple Leaf Outboard Motor Club in attendance. Needless to say, there was a great variance in the size type and capability of boats. Dealing with a fleet of 20 or so boats with vastly different characteristics is actually a difficult task as while the larger boats can barely stay on plane some of the smaller ones are screaming to keep up.
Our up-lake cruise through lakes Chemong, Buckhorn and Pigeon, up to the town of Bobcaygeon couldn’t have been more perfect. Then something new happened… Since the day was so beautiful and the water so nice nobody was in a hurry for the down leg run. This of itself was not so surprising. However, looking ahead to the inevitable haul-out (before another spectacular pot-luck late lunch) and estimation of the speed of the returning fleet we decided a window of opportunity existed to burn off a few more litres of fuel. So, a decision was made for some of the quicker boats to split off and explore more of the area while the smaller boats could enjoy a leisurely ride back without working so hard to keep up.
Led by Club President Rich Hughes in his spectacular 1968 Greavette Executive Aqua Velvet, five boats split off. The now Woodyboater famous Clarion Gold Cup 25 Riot, of Chris and Julie Bullen, the Greavette-esque Hughes of Mike Gridley, Miss Canada V the pocket hydro built and driven by Jeff Hughes and Yours truly, in Sea-J a 1972 Greavette Sunflash IV made up the group.
Interestingly enough, three of these boats are powered by Mercruiser 4.3l V6’s and all boats are powered by modern-ish engines. Riot has a stock Mercruiser 502 while Aqua Velvet runs her original V8 motor but, modernized. It was great to let these boats stretch their legs a bit, and not have to worry about keeping up, or others keeping up. All of this group are capable of 50 + mph… reliably. Cruising in a woody formation or, hopping a wake or two was so much fun on a beautiful clear day. This may be a different type of woodyboating from the “boathouse queens” that only come out for shows but, if fun is what you’re after then these modern power boats can, and do run regularly all summer.
Our group explored both Little Bald Lake and Big Bald Lake, the narrows and some picturesque inlets where we found a great stop for ice cream and refreshments. Back out on the water at a good clip, we let the boats run out again through alternate routes on our way back to Chemong Yacht Haven. Smiles were everywhere and I can say this was the most fun we had this year.