Long time fellow Woody Boater Chris Bullen sent us in this great report from the great white North… vs the great yellow pollen filled South like yesterday. Yikes, can we just get to summer already! Take it away Chris, and thanks for reminding us you can go Woody Boating even indoors!
Hey woody is it spring yet! Its been a winter to forget, we started getting freezing temps in November up here and today April 29,2018 the day after Spring tour the ice is still on the lakes and snow has fallen and I see the ground outside covered with a white blanket.
This is getting depressing, not since the 1920’s has the ice been so reluctant to leave. We are all getting cabin fever. This year more then many the spring tour was needed to give us all hope for the boating season to begin. We are celebrating the boat shops this year. The theme of the Boat show on July 7 is “Keeping the Passion Alive” A Salute to the Heritage Boat Shops. This year we are thanking them a little more for there commitment to this wonderful trade.
The boat shops this spring all had many projects on the go from the early Disappearing propeller boats to the fastest Canadian boats. We had Miss Supertest III and Miss Canadiana join the Spring tour this year.
The Thomson’s Miss Supertest III was the only Canadian boat to win the Harmsworth Trophy and did it 3 times first in 1959 then 1960 and 1961 She was Driven by Bob Hayward.
Art Ashbury drove Miss Supertest II to world speed record in 1957 184.49mph and Miss Canadiana won him his last title in the Canadian GP class high point championship in 1978.
Those were just the fastest on the tour but we also had a great diversity of boats.
Greavette made a last attempt to survive in the early 70s by making an all new design called the executive, two were on the tour getting freshened up, the angler sheer makes them distinctive
Ill let the photos tell the rest of the story.
I hope we see you in July, the ice should be gone. Rich and I are again holding pre-events ahead of our Boat show so come up and go boating.