TODAY WE HAVE TWO GREAT LIVE-ISH REPORTS to remind us that the weather on the west coast was perfect for classic boating this weekend. The two farm-fresh reports came in from fellow Woody Boater Ron Stevenson (reporting in from the Mahogany & Merlot show on Lake Chelan, Washington) and fellow Woody Boater Hamster (reporting in from the Northern California Delta Cruise).
The best part about these reports today is that they are both completely different, but at the same time show folks out having fun in their classic boats. The Mahogany & Merlot show brings together classic boats, race boats, and classic cars. The Northern California Delta Cruise is more like a California “Love In” featuring classic boaters and their boats. – Texx
Live-ish From Mahogany & Merlot
Lake Chelan, Washington
Story & Photos by Ron Stevenson
This weekend the Pacific Northwest Chapter ACBS, together with the nice folks from the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum gathered together for the 6th Annual Mahogany & Merlot event on Lake Chelan. Lake Chelan is located about three hours from east Seattle.
Oddly enough, even though Seattle is recognized as the Boating Capital of the World, there is no venue for a classic boat show there. The marinas are full, and zero interest to clear them for a boat show. Hey, that’s OK, here it’s dryer and about 20 degrees warmer! Seattle this time of year is promoting 50 or more shades of grey/gray and how many different types of cooler wet weather they can have. Eastern Washington being very much dryer, needs irrigation to make crops grow, sage brush reigns.
For the classic boaters, we get together before the actual boat show for a big cruise up Lake Chelan. Nine boats and 30 people left Thursday morning at 9AM. Stayed in Stehekin, and returned Friday.
See “Rhubarb” in front of Curt & Marsha Erickson’s “Hokey Pokey”?
Scott & Patty Mason are on their way back to Seattle after their 3,400 mile trip to Gull Lake, Minnesota and back. They haven’t made it home yet, as they spent three days on Flathead Lake in Montana. Their boat was finished by award winning restorer Alan Thomle (near Seattle) about two weeks prior to the 2015 ACBS International / Woods and Water event.
This (the Wooods and Water event in MN) was the Masons first boat show to be judged. They enjoyed the process, they enjoyed the people at the show, they enjoyed the fellow boat owners, the pre-events cruising on the area lakes, and of course the amazing Anderson Classic Boats Museum. It was fun to see their enthusiasm!
Why the name “Rhubarb” you ask?
Scott says he wanted to put his wife’s name Pat or Patty on the boat. She said nothing doin’! But since she grew up and lived in Sumner, (and neighboring Lake Tapps, Washington) her whole life, why not give it a local flavor name like rhubarb? After all, Sumner is the Rhubarb Capital of the world(?)! Craig Magnusson commented why not, after all, rhubarb is a little sweet and a little tart. Hmmmm, does he know something Scott doesn’t?
Today’s shots were taken heading back from our picnic at 25 Mile Park halfway up Lake Chelan. Meanwhile, 30 people in nine boats went up to the head of the lake to Stehekin National Park Thursday, stated overnight and cruised back down to the Chelan townsite Friday.
The sun sets in the west at the end of our day Friday, most of the 38 boats are resting at their slips at Chelan Waterfront Park & Lakeside Marina.
Saturday at Lake Chelan
Lots going on here at the show docks today, but a totally different feel, non judged except for People’s choice and Captain’s Choice. Low spectator turnout but we have Unlimited Hydros! This show is held in partnership with the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum. H.A.R.M.
This weekend H.A.R.M. volunteers get rides in appreciation of their hundreds of hours of work, and rides that have been won at various auctions during the year are given today. You can fork over a healthy donation for a ride too! This is one of the very few places these amazing raceboats can run anymore.
We are happy to be included with their show, and look forward to the mock exhibition races throughout the day today.
On Saturday a helicopter and photographer were on hand to shoot the classic boats which was fun. Seems like the classic boat community is getting lots of “air time” these days, always a good thing – right?
We have more and more cars showing up for this event every year! Why not drive over to Eastern Washington to nice dry, warm (80*) weather in your cool car and see cool woods and raceboats!
While a non judged event, we want the public’s opinion. Here are the awards from the Saturday night banquet.
“Rhubarb” 1961 22′ Shepherd owned by Scott & Pat Mason
“Chris Craft II”
1967 28′ sedan cruiser owned by Bob Braaf and Chrisann Braaf (Smith).
(Chrisann is the Grand daughter of Chris Smith. Yeah, that Chris Smith)
“Longshot” owned by Kirk Knapp a 1927 28′ Dolphin Deluxe.
Thanks to Chris and Jon Courtwright, the Mahogany & Merlot originators and coordinators, and Kris Bassett and her hubby for all they do to promote this event in beautiful Lake Chelan!
Live-ish From the Northern California Delta
Photos & Report by Hamster
Our friend and fellow Woody Boater Hamster sent us this brief report from California. As you will see below, Hamster is the “strong silent type” and usually keeps his comments to a minimum. He is also one the best classic boat skippers ever to get behind the helm – but that’s another story. – Texx
Matt & Texx – Reporting in today from the California Delta with the Northern California Lake Tahoe Chapter of the ACBS. There is over 25 boats of all type and style participating in the big three day event of classic boating fun.
Special thanks to Ron Stevenson and Hamster for sending us these reports today. Great to see people out enjoying their classic boats up and down the west coast this weekend.