Well, it happened, we got two great reports in from the Mid America Boat Show! So what to do? Well, Certs did it, so can we. It might get a tad confusing. One is from The Lyman Boat owners Gang and the other from the YNOT gang. So, lets see how we might pull this off. OK, the first report is from the YNOT guys told through beautiful photos. Then we will do the LBOA report which covers well, what you are seeing. Maybe open the stories up on two side by side computers and do a stereo thing? Take it away YNOT and Ryan!
And some more from the show from YNOT
AND NOW THE SAME EVENT THROUGH THE EYES OF THE LBOA!
2017 Mid America Boat Show Woody’s
Ryan Nagel, LBOA Commodore
The Mid America Boat Show is always a highlight of winter in Northern Ohio. It is one of the largest indoor boat shows in the country held at the International Exposition Center (IX Center) in Cleveland, OH. This year the Antique Classic Boat Society North Coast Ohio Chapter (ACBS NCO), Lyman Boat Owners Association (LBOA), Sandusky Maritime Museum and Antique Outboard Motor Club Lake Erie Chapter (AOMCI) partnered together to create the largest showing of classic boats and motors the show has ever seen.
With 22 boats, the showing was so large that it had to be split into two large display areas. Boats ranged in size from a 12’ 1951 Switzer Craft to a 28’ Lyman Sportsman. Each organization signed up several new members, sold merchandise and swapped stories and information with visitors. Show goers from all over the Midwest come in for the weekend just to check out these classics. The display is always a huge hit and it seems that everyone who stops by has some kind of family connection to the boats, especially the Lymans which were built in nearby in Sandusky, OH.
The collection on display always features a diverse rotating collection of boats from ACBS and LBOA Members. This year some of the highlights and oddities included a 1967 Donzi 19 Hornet, a 1955 15’ Lyman runabout “boat in a box” still in its original factory shipping crate, a stunning 1966/2010 28’ Lyman Open Sportsman and an all-original, dusty/stinky 1962 24’ Lyman barn find.
Another highlight of the weekend is the LBOA Commodore’s Winter Party, held each year during the boat show at the Copper Cup; a Lyman-themed bar owned by LBOA member Rodney Johnson.
Dozens of members from all over the Midwest come in for the weekend to attend the boat show and party. This year’s party was the best attended in recent memory with over 75 members and guests making the trip. A lot of old friends and new members mingled to the early morning hours.
During the evening the LBOA also presents its most notorious award, The Golden Hose Clamp Award. This award was created in 2010 and is typically given to the member who has the most public breakdown or mechanical issue during the year but manages to fix it and save the day. The 2016 Golden Hose Clamp Award Winner was John Leitner who experienced distributor cap issues while entering the Huron River for the 17th Annual All Classics Festival in Huron, OH. Keep in mind that John and a group of Lyman owners had just completed a 1,000 mile trip on their boats around the Great Lakes only to experience mechanical issues during his short trip from Sandusky to Huron. John was on the hook in the Huron River dead in the water and was towed into the show by Ray Lamarca’s 25’ where he was able to fix the issue and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
If you missed this year’s show, the same collection will reconvene for the Summit Racing IX Piston Power Auto-Rama, March 17th-19th, 2017 at the IX Center in Cleveland. This show features almost 2.5 million square feet of cars, motorcycles, planes, military vehicles and boats. If a piston makes it go, it’s in the show!
Big thanks to all the ACBS, LBOA, AOMCI, and Sandusky Maritime Museum volunteers for all their time and hard work organizing and working the show.
OK, Phew! Three organizations working together and two stories all jammed packed into one day. Hope you got a large mug of Joe this morning. But what is cool, is you definitely get the vibe of the show and how cool it was to be there! Thanks to all that made this happen.