Thanks to long time fellow Woody Boater Dennis Mykols for sending us in this report from Spring Lake. And get this.. NO CAPTIONS.. Oh sorry Dennis… Here goes.
It was a perfect weather day and the crowds came out in force. This year there was something vintage for everyone; from Classic Wooden, Fiberglass and Aluminum Boats, Antique Outboard Motors, to vintage Tractors and new this year, vintage Bicycles.
There were 40 classic boats on land and in the water this year, with a surprising number of outboard boats, which made the judges pull their hair out, trying to pick the winner in that class.
The SPRING LAKE WOODEN BOAT SHOW AWARDS for 2018
BEST OUTBOARD: Going Steady, 1962 Cruisers Inc, Michael and Melissa Fairchild, Hamilton, MI
BEST NON-POWER: Pink Skiff, 8’ dingy, Aubrey Edwards, Grand Haven, MI
BEST INBOARD 18’ AND UNDER: Second Love, 1960 Chris Craft Continental 18, Ed Fairchild, Holland, MI
BEST INBOARD OVER 18’ Abigail, 1954 Chris Craft Holiday 24, Mike Poort, Grand Haven, MI
BEST LAPSTRAKE INBOARD: Sweet Dreams, 1958 Century Raven 22, Blair Sweet, Holland, MI
BEST CONTEMPORARY: Sapelli, 2017 Dan Paul mid-ride 19 runabout, Dan Paul, Grand Rapids, MI
BEST CENTURY: Sweet Dreams, 1958 Century Raven 22, Blair Sweet, Holland, MI
CLASSIC GLASS: Bud’s Fantasy, 1969 Chris Craft Lancer 23, Eric Jensen, Spring Lake, MI
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: 1964 Cruiser’s Inc. 17, Dale VanEck, Grand Haven, MI
CAPTAIN’S CHOICE: 1956 Cadillac Seville (Aluminum) 17, Dennis Thimm
BEST OF SHOW: Abigail, 1954 Chris Craft Holiday 24, Mike Poort, Grand Haven MI
SHERIFF’S AWARD: Odyssea II, 1947 Chris Craft Rocket 17, Mark Smith, Holland MI
BEST FIBERGLASS/Roger Pacina Sponsor Award: 1967 Buehler Craft, Turbocraft 18,
Tom and Pat Clark, Grand Haven, MI
Once again, the Show organizers teamed up with Hagerty Insurance and the Lake Shore Big Brothers Big Sisters for the Youth Judging Program. We had three “Littles” as judges this year.
The three award winners as picked by the Youth Judges were;
Third Place; Jeff Reynolds’ GW Invader two-seater outboard,
Second Place; Casey De Hollander’ Hot Wood Drag Boat,
First place; Dan Paul’ Hand built Outboard Runabout.
The Featured boats this year were boats made in Holland, MI. This was to honor Water Wonderland Chapter Member Geoffrey Reynolds, who has just published a book, titled ” Boats made in Holland – A Michigan Tradition”. Jeff was on hand signing books, and was gracious enough to donate a signed copy to each of the Youth Judges.
The three “Made in Holland, Michigan Boats” on display were A Slick Craft, a Mac Bay and a Skipper Craft.
The Wolverine Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club came out in force once again with many rare and running vintage motors, and Donuts, a lot of Donuts for all! What I like about this group, is each motor has a placard, with facts and history on each motor. It allows the spectators to learn more of the history and hobby.
The Antique Farm Power Club brought out a couple of vintage tractors and motors that ran all day. This cross-marketing effort helps both clubs to promote their events.
New this year was a nice added attraction of vintage bicycles from the 40’s to the 70’s. The Custom and Classic Bikes of West Michigan group had 15 bikes on display with many members riding them around the show site.
The local Boy Scout Troop helped in the morning directing show exhibitors were to park their land displays and helping out on the docks, were the good breeze made for interesting docking.
Then the rest of the day they manned their “Float Your Boat” tent and pool. The kids visiting the show were encouraged to create their own boat and then float them in the kiddy pool. They normally have 35 to 40 boats made, but with the bigger attendance this year, they had 60.
Speaking of crowds, we think the show format of having vintage displays of various hobbies, is bringing out more and more spectators, which are staying much longer, and spending more money in the vendor booths.
When you have the same 20 to 30 boats, year after year, twenty minutes and you’re done. Now we have crowds from 10 am till 2pm or longer.