Fellow Woody Boater Dr. Bob Johnson from Minnesota participated in the Woody Boater Poker Run in Les Rue’s impressive Hackercraft 24′ Triple.
THE WEATHER WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT ON FRIDAY for the Woody Boater Poker Run on Lake Muskoka. They had twice the number of boats signed up for this years Poker Run, partially due to the number of Disappearing Propeller boats that were on hand for the 100th Anniversary of the Dispro.
It’s was just great to see more than 80 people signed up for the event, which included a lunch at the amazing Muskoka Boat and Heritage Center in Gravenhurst. Smiles all around as the boats left the Muskoka Wharf this morning with clear skies and temperatures in the 80’s. – Texx
“Current Fling” is a beautiful 1947 23′ Hackercraft / John Staudacher designed boat. They were just preparing for the start of the Poker Run under the sunny Muskoka sky.
The Dippys also participated in the Woody Boater Poker Run on a special course just for them. The Disappearing Propeller boats (commonly referred to as Dispros or Dippys) were invented in Port Carling Muskoka in 1915 – a hundred years ago. They are legendary in these parts.
Just before the poker run kicked off we spotted “Ya-bah-dee!” a very nice 1941 Chris-Craft 23′ Barrelback.
“Dorothy III” participated in the poker run, a Canadian classic.
Woody Boater contributor Sean Conroy was at the Poker Run with “Sea-J” a very cool 1972 18′ Greavette.
Sean and his crew led the gaggle of boats to the first check point where they picked up their playing cards.
This year there was a huge range of boats participating in the popular poker run. It was great to see everyone out on the water in Muskoka.
Our new friends Rich and Linda Hughes in their perfectly prepared 1968 22′ Greavette “Aqua Velvet”.
As a team, Rich & Linda have gently customized their Greavette, Linda did all the upholstery which is perfect. The custom windshield has ventilating front glass which works great on warm days like today. Forward seats were made wider which now have compartments for stowage. They were very helpful this week offering to help us with the photo shoots which we appreciate, and the Greavette worked great with modern Mercruiser SBC power.
Powerboat Television producer and host Mike Gridley participated in the poker run with his 1964 18′ Greavette. Great to see Mike here this year! Rich & Linda Hughes were also involved with this Greavette.
“Full Moon” is a spectacular and rare 1937 28′ Hutchinson Sedan. A very elegant boat.
The weather was absolutely perfect for the Woody Boater Poker Run on Lake Muskoka today. Another shot of Dr. Bob in “The Hacker”. Dr. Bob is a regular at the St. Johns River Cruise in Florida and loves his wooden boats.
“Cracker Jack” a 1947 Chris-Craft U-22 was also on hand for the poker run today. They are great, reliable people movers.
Bill & Karen Ballard from Michigan in their 1954 Century 19’5″ Resorter, with our host Julie Bullen riding shotgun.
There were 13 Dippys in the poker run today – “Puffin” is owned by Past Toronto Chapter President and Past ACBS International President Dunc Hawkins. Past International President Jim Mersman was along for the ride.
Mary Storey from the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Center presented the award for the winning poker hand in the Disappearing Propeller class to Sheila & Bob Birk.
Fellow Woody Boater Chris Bullen helped organize the Poker Run and presented the award for the winning poker hand to Al & Margaret Herr in their 1949 Chris-Craft U-22.
Special thanks to everyone who attended the Woody Boater Poker Run this year, and to the Toronto ACBS and the volunteers that make it all possible.
Today is the Main Event – the 35th Annual Summer Vintage Boat Show presented by the Toronto Chapter ACBS at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. We will be there all day to cover the show, so stay tuned for more updates from Classic Muskoka.