A huge thanks to Rabbit for sending in this great story. And the best part is a special gift for me without knowing they gave me a wonderful memory.
SPLASH MOB ON SCONNIE’S CHETEK LAKES
Boat shows and winter clinics are great, but hands down, my favorite boat club activity is just spending a day on a great lake with fellow Woody Boaters. It’s also the perfect antidote to being cooped up so long during this pandemic.
On Saturday, June 20th Jay and Kate Fleck along with Scott and Molly Martin and their families hosted a crew from the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter to a day of cruising and lunch on the Chetek chain of lakes in Northern Wisconsin. Under threatening skies, which finally opened up during lunch, there were seven woodies in all and that was just about perfect.
The Chetek chain is a little over two hours from Minneapolis St. Paul so, with a thermos of coffee and couple of nuts of dough, it’s an easy day trip. With six, long narrow lakes -almost in a row- and 3,800 acres, it also makes for a perfect long day of cruising. And the chain just exudes classic Up North Sconnie charm, with tons of mom and pop resorts, boat-up watering holes, and a shoreline that so far hasn’t suffered the teardown mania common on so many lakes so close to major cities.
But speaking of boat-up watering holes, our original lunch spot closed during the pandemic, so Jay, Kate, Scott and Molly ended up hosting a wonderful BBQ lunch in Jay’s plush and open garage, allowing for fresh air and social distancing. Jay and Scott also treated us to a hike across the road to Jay’s work shed where Scott’s recently acquired and stunning 1928 Chris Craft triple, was getting a new transmission.
Unfortunately, the steady rain started during lunch and showed no signs of letting up, so half of us cut our day short while the others cruised for several more hours. But rain or not, everyone had a great day. Including my daughter Katherine and her fiancé Eric, who left their home in Brooklyn and have been “working from our home” in Minneapolis and our cabin in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, which is a short drive from Chetek. Other than the annual Fourth of July boat parade on Balsam, they had never experienced a splash mob, which they absolutely loved.
Yep, most of the boat shows are cancelled this year due to Covid. But, rest assured, there’s an antidote: Water, fresh air and mahogany.
Some of the boats in attendance:
Jay and Kate Fleck – 1947 Century Sea Maid
Brad and Rachel King, Lauren Fleck – 1960 Chris Craft Custom “Happy Landings”
John Humphrey – 1967 Century Resorter
Al and Barb Lindquist (with Jerry and Sue Low) – 1957 Chris Craft Sportsman “Blue Heron”
Ian and Annette Sandercock – 1955 Shepherd Runabout “Sandy’s Mistress”
Scott Martin – 1947 Chris Craft Runabout “Just Swell”
Bruce and Mary Bildsten – 1947 Gar Wood Ensign “Rabbit”
Photos by Rachel Fleck
A HUGE THANKS AGAIN TO RABBIT AND RACHEL FOR THE WONDERFUL REPORT AND MEMORY!
Here is some older photos of Just Swell as reference.