Here we go! Summer is alive and well. The show reports are starting to come in. This weekend was the big Lake Gaston show here in the south east, thanks to fellow Woody Boater Judy Hills for reporting in from Lake Gaston. Here is the report. Take it away Judy.
The Raleigh Durham Chapter of the ACBS held their 10th annual chapter show at the Morning Star Marina in Eatons Ferry, NC which is on Lake Gaston which straddles the NC/VA line. We had over 20 boats in the water and five displayed on land. The show was open only to ACBS members. Most of the exhibitors were with our chapter but we had one boat from the Smith Mountain Lake, VA chapter and several exhibitors that were unaffiliated ACBS members.
The antique and classic boats in the water ranged from a 1931 Chris-Craft 203 to a 1983 Grand Craft and everything in between. The land display include mid-50s vintage outboard powered craft, a strip planked Penn Yan and a polished aluminum Cadillac Boat Co. Custom.
There was also a display of several antique outboards.
The day was picture perfect and thanks to our advertising efforts we had a good, steady crowd throughout the day. For the first time we offered free rides to the public to give us some one-on-one time to discuss the hobby with prospective enthusiasts.
Emphasizing the importance of classic fiberglass boats, we were able to recognize a pristine example of a 1959 MFG Celeron owned by Richard Charles with an ACBS sponsored award for Best Non-Wood Boat.
We all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the opportunity to share tales about our boating adventures and tips on repairs. It was like an old fashioned family reunion. We are looking forward to #11 next year.