This June, specifically the end of June, June 26, 27 & 28 2015, we will be reporting LIVE from Algonac for three days or so. We would love to see a huge Woody Boater crowd there. I will bring cups! Coffee cups, not the kind you had in sports. OUCH! Its tough show competition, but not that tough. Anyway, I digress. This is a fun and very historical / histarical show. Its located at the original Chris Craft plant, and the Gar Wood and Chris Smith Families are still all around the area. You will see stuff there you will not see anyplace else. Custom one offs, Mayea Boat works, still in business as if time had stood still, and the most important treasure, the people of the area. Beyond fun, friendly and funny.
Never mind the insane perfect turquoise fresh water, and beautiful Chris Craft catalog homes all with little canals behind them. Its all there, where it all began. You can go by and bow to Mr Smith and Mr Wood over looking the water way.
This is a trip back, into the very DNA of our passion. Location and spirit of the folks that started it all, all in one place. Algonac! Below is a very complete list of all the places to stay in the area. It aint a resort, so you will need to find something. Fellow Woody Boater Greg Lewandowki has put this all together for you to help. Take it away Greg.
Thanks Matt, here is the list and link of houses for rent and for the club website to find out more about signing up!
Tour of Algonac Cast Products:
Location: 9300 Stone Rd., Algonac, MI
Members can meet at Algonac Cast Products at 9:00 or meet at the Harbour Club Harbor Master’s Building at 8:30 to car pool. We will return to the Harbour Club at 11:30 for a 12:00 PM departure for the Friday lunch.
There will be a casual dinner Friday evening under the water tower at the Algonac Harbour Club. Dinner 6:30 PM.
Throughout the day on Saturday a shuttle will leave the Harbour Club and travel to the Algonac Historical Society downtown Algonac. The shuttle will stop at restaurants on the way. It will also pass by numerous historically significant locations, including Gar Woods house, Chris and Jay Smith’s houses and the Algonac Cemetery where Gar Wood and Chris Smith are buried. Anyone can get off the shuttle for lunch or view the museum, then catch the next shuttle back. Shuttle will travel between 10:00 and 3:00.
We will have 3 guest speakers during the day on Saturday. They will speak under the water tower.
10:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:00
1:00 – 1:30 Hagerty Insurance antique boat insurance and the state of the antique boat hobby.
Kids in Distress Charity rides
Saturday between 10:00 – 2:00 any member that is interested in taking people for rides in their boat can do so in support of Kids in Distress Charity. Riders will make a donation to support the Charity. Boaters will pick up passengers at the low loading docks near the Harbour Club gas docks. Boats will cross the North Channel and pass through the Grande Point Cut to the South Channel. Proceed up the South Channel to a point near the Algonac State Park. Turn and proceed back past the Jay Smith House, past downtown Algonac and return to the Harbour Club. If you plan to give rides please make certain you have enough life jackets on board for each seat in the boat.
Boat Parade Saturday, this is a fantastic event and you really get an idea of the area!
Anyone interested in participating in a boat parade check the box on the registration form. The Parade will be coordinated by the Algonac Historical Society. Representatives from the Society will contact you during the day to explain the procedure for the parade and gather information on your boat.
At approximately 3:30 boats will depart the Harbour Club and head up river to the Algonac State Park. Boats will then proceed back down river at a slow speed past the park in downtown Algonac. When passing the park, someone on shore from the Historical Society will announce the boat and provide any interesting details on the boat to people gathered in the park to watch the parade.
Anyone not wanting to be in the parade can go to downtown Algonac and watch the parade from the city park. Dinner is across the street from the park at the Historical Society
After passing downtown the boats can proceed back to the Harbour Club or boat ramp.
A dinner will be served Saturday evening staring at 6;00 at the Algonac Historical Society. 1240 St. Clair River Dr., Algonac, MI 48001
HOTELS IN THE AREA / ALGONAC BOAT SHOW ACCOMMODATIONS
6077 Pointe Tremble (M-29) – Algonac, MI 48001 – Phone: (810) 794-5974
Algonac State Park
8732 N. River Road – Phone: (810) 765-5605
MARINE CITY (6 Miles)
Anchor Inn Motel
6000 N. River Road (M-29) – Marine City, MI 48039 (14 miles north of Algonac)
Toll free: (888) 799-7666 – Phone: (810) 765-8877
Port Seaway Inn
7623 S. Riverside Dr. (M-29) – Marine City, MI 48039 (5 miles north of Algonac)
Phone: (810) 765-4033
Heather House B&B
409 North Main St. (M29) – Marine City, MI 48039 -Phone: (810) 765-3175
PORT HURON (25 Miles)
Blue Water Motel
5570 Lapeer – Kimball Twp. MI 48074 – Phone: (810) 984-3667
ST. CLAIR (15 miles)
505 Clinton Avenue St. Clair, MI 48079 – (20 miles north of Algonac)
Phone: (810) 329-7118
St. Clair River Lodge
3573 River road (M-29)- East China, MI 48054- (15 miles north of Algonac)
Phone: (810) 329-2581
MARYSVILLE (25 Miles)
70 Gratiot – Marysville, MI 48040 (25 miles North of Algonac)
Toll Free: (800) 329-7466 Phone: (810) 364-8400
Super 8 Motel
1484 Gratiot Marysville, MI 48040 (25 miles north of Algonac)
Toll Free: (800) 800-8000 – Phone: (810) 364-7500
PORT HURON (30 miles north of Algonac)
1770 Yeager Port Huron, MI Phone: (810) 982-5500
Thomas Edison Inn
500 Thomas Edison Parkway – Port Huron, MI
Toll Free: (800) 451-7991- Phone: (810) 984-8000
Quality Inn and Suites
1720 Hancock Port Huron, MI
Phone: (810) 987-5999
60136 Gratiot Road – Port Huron, MI
(25 miles north of Algonac)
ST. CLAIR MI
River Crab Blue Water Inn
1337 N. River Road (M-29) St. Clair, MI
Toll Free: (800) 468-3727 /Phone: (810) 329-2236
FAIR HAVEN (10 Miles)
7745 Harmony Court – Fair Haven, MI 48023
Phone: (586) 725-1331
10469 Dixie Highway (M-29) Fair Haven, MI 48023
Phone: (586) 725-9693
NEW BALTIMORE 11 MILES
10161 Dixie Highway (M-29) New Baltimore, MI
Phone: (810) 725-0551
HARSENS ISLAND A very cool place. (Requires Ferry) (4 miles south of Algonac)
2732 South Channel Drive Harsens Island, MI 48028
(Ferry trip required)
Phone: (810) 748-8834
CLINTON TOWNSHIP (20 Miles)
44315 N. Gratiot (M-29) Clinton Twp. MI
CHESTERFIELD TWP. (25 Miles)
Holiday Inn Express
45805 Marketplace Blvd.- Chesterfield, Mi. 48051
Hampton Inn and Suites
45725 Marketplace Blvd. Chesterfield, Mi. 48051
Need more? There is more, like a tour of homes in the area. The restaurants are old and wood paneled walls loaded with cool boat stuff from the time when men were men and boats were boats!