The view over the transom as the group left the marina, headed for lunch up the lake. It was such a thrill seeing the wake behind us after a long winter of cold, rain and work.
Long time fellow Woody Boater Kentucky Wonder reports in from Lake Hartwell, this group is a wonderful and very active gang of Woody Boaters and a sure sign, summer is here. Take it away Mr Wonder.
Charles Mistele takes passengers for a quick run in Miss America IX. There is something about the contrast between the uniqueness of Gar Wood’s creation, and the mass-produced background boats and docks.
More than 3,000 people came out to view the 56 boats.
35 Antique and Classic cars, 24 Art and Craft Vendors, 2 food trucks.
We asked the people to vote on their favorite boat, and of the 48 boats in the water, 47 received at least one vote, so we had something for everyone to enjoy.
The Thursday early arrival cocktail party was attended by 54 people. 52 people riding on 25 boats enjoyed our hour long Friday Lunch run and 107 enjoyed a BBQ ribs and pulled pork dinner at the boat barn that evening.
A pleasant surprise in the newly renovated Hampton Inn in Hartwell was the original photography used throughout the rooms and lobby areas. Many images feature classic boats, like this one in our room. The registration on the boat in the photo is 2009 Michigan. Local Hartwell area photos were by William Powell. Well done!
My biggest recollection of the weekend is about the friendships among Blue Ridge folks, and their hospitality toward new members and the people attending the show as visitors. They help everyone who put a boat in the water, and offer rides to anyone without a boat. At several meals, I saw members make a deliberate attempt to sit with new people attending the event.
Boat Show visitors (free admission, BTW) we encouraged to lend their talents painting an old gray hull. Children loved the opportunity to write their names on something. Not sure what happens to the boat now, though.
I have always felt that when the public is invited to a boat event, the owners of the boats should be there to answer questions and encourage people to look, touch and understand why we enjoy our classics. We should also listen to their stories when they relate their own memories of vintage craft from their past.
Al Olsen pilots Popeye, a 1917 Truscott Cabin Launch, back towards his home on Lake Hartwell. Al entertained the Thursday arrivals with a well-documented photo show of Popeye’s voyage through the Erie Canal last fall. He rebuilt the boat in record time, finishing it just before the Erie tour got underway.
Our boat was one of the first ones people came to when getting out on the docks, so we were the Welcome Wagon of sorts. I talked all day, and really did not have time to take photographs of the great boats at the show. As John said, there was a wide variety of boats, enough so that nearly every boat got at least one vote in the People’s Choice ballot box.
Tommy Watson takes a couple of guys out on a run in Roaring Twenties, his 1947 Chris Craft Gentlemen’s Racer. Tommy told me about the boat’s history over dinner on Saturday night, but the brandy Old Fashioned and subsequent Maker’s on the rocks blocked my memory of what he said. I think it’s been covered on WoodyBoater before.
Even though the trip home was nine hours of driving through rain, the trip was well worth it, considering that we got to reconnect with good friends, and do so while floating on fresh, cool water.
A boat or car show would not be complete if there weren’t groups of men staring at an open engine hatch or car hood.
Bill Lovejoy is both pilot and steward, taking care of his passenger as they set out in his 1947 Old Town Square Stern Canoe.
The boat show featured lots of vendors, from food to clothing to deck chairs to real estate. When watching this scene, I was reminded of a Seinfeld episode where he talks about how women shop for clothes, by putting the dress in front of them, and sticking out one leg. It happened just like he said.
Considering that my week started with snow falling on my head, I stayed away from the shaved ice stand. It did a pretty good business, judging from all the cups of shaved ice I saw being carried onto the docks.
The Hartwell Antique Boat show is held annually at Hartwell Marina, and the south end of Lake Hartwell. Here is a beautiful depiction of the lake. If I lived there, I would buy it in an instant.
Sweet Marie is a 1939 Chris Craft barrelback. Sweet Marie is for sale. She, a 1933 GarWood and two Shepherds were all on trailers, waiting for buyers. You should have had your hitch in Hartwell to take advantage of the opportunity.
Modeler Bill Moyer, right, talks to show goers about the nautical miniatures at his booth.
Another detail of The Boat Barn. Nice lamp conversion.
More than 100 people attended the Friday night BBQ dinner at Julie and Dennis Moor’s Boat Barn. Cedric Martin again in charge of BBQ ribs. That dude knows how to work a grill.
This is the windshield of the Sea Skiff with the swim platform/storage shelf. The wasp nest is not original to the boat, but it’s been there a while now. The cleaner stripes on the glass seem to be created from water dripping from the corrugated roof overhead.
OK, this is a new one on me. I have never seen a limousine made from a 1960’s Pontiac station wagon. Can’t say that again.
I never thought of a swim platform as a storage shelf, but this one is working pretty well in that capacity.
The Boat Barn also features hundreds of models and other automotive and boating memorabilia. Seems to me that it would take a very busy person a long time to collect everything.
Project boats and cars lined up in Dennis Moore’s Boat Barn. The place is a gearhead’s delight.
Dottie White looks out from her 1963 Chris Craft Sea Skiff during a boat ride on Lake Hartwell. She and the others aboard Lucky E’Nuff certainly were treated to a beautiful afternoon out on the water.
RPMs, oil pressure and a little amperage, indicators of a happy cruising speed.
Brown Eyed Girl smooths out the lake in front of us as we follow in her wake. Two years ago, it was the only boat that attempted the Friday lunch run in very windy conditions. The weather this year was much more conducive for everyone in the group to make the hour-plus cruise each way.
Gerald Dake and Dan Gyoerkoe run southbound on Lake Hartwell after lunch on Friday. The boat is Gerald’s 1947 Chris Craft U22.
Ed and Sarah James cruise in their 1971 Riva Junior, named Ciao Baby. It was voted the Skippers Choice by show participants. It always gets my vote.
Stephanie Ryan checks traffic as the group nears its lunch destination on Friday. Stephanie’s 1960 Dorsett Catalina, named Sunburn, is always a crowd favorite. It won the People’s Choice award, voted by people attending the show.
A wave comes from Joel Neff as his 2012 Hacker Racer Reproduction blasts past the slower boats in the group.
Ray Glenn waves to onlookers as his 1958 Century Coronado is towed to dock by Bob Churchill in his 1962 Chris Craft Sea Skiff. Ray’s Century had a fuel delivery issue.
A huge thanks to Kentucky Wonder for taking the time to report in!