33 Days Til 100 Years In The Making At Algonac

Behind these doors on Harsen’s Island is some serious history

Longtime fellow pal and Woody Boater Robert Shapton sent us all this amazing story of Chris Craft history, and the discover and fun of it all. This boat 100% needed to be in the possession of one us passionistas. A person of such lunacy that they go far far beyond the normal boat guy. The kinda guy, that owns a vintage boat space as well, just so he or she can just bask in it all.


Texture, history and just the…the.. AHHHH I need to just roll around in it all. Smear all the old oil and dust all over me and SCREAM. I AM NOW COMPLETE….. A complete idiot. A happy one

Robert sent me all the details, which are so cool, that I thought. mmmmm why in the hell would I waste this on one story. So today you get teaser stuff for the big Monday story. And yes, many know of this boat up in Algonac. But they need to be quiet, since they will get another plug tomorrow. Yes, I am gonna milk the Algonac Show some more.

Yup, the perfection of timeless charm

Harsens Island, The round part of the building is full of pure varnished gold. Aged to perfection in the air and water that make up the life of our classic boat passion.

The teaser image

And yes, this extremly special historic boat will be at the Algonac show celebrating 100 Years of Chris Craft. UGH, I am talking myself into it. I do kinda like the hog tie thing. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, WEEEEEEEEE, Hit it.

2022 Michigan Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Show
The 100th Anniversary Celebration of Chris Craft
“Where It All Began”
June 24 – June 26, 2022
Algonac Harbour Club, Algonac, Michigan


13 replies
  1. Jimk Godlewski
    Jimk Godlewski says:

    That’s one of the coolest places on the island. I love to go there and see all the goodness. They had a 1956 20 foot Sportsman sitting in the upper rafters for ever. I believe Joe M recently purchased the boat and is restoring it.

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    If Joe M is involved it will be something special. Those photos could have been taken in severally places I can think of in the Algonac/Harsens Island area. We are truly blessed to have these gems in the Michigan gang’s back yard. Keep up the good work Matt. I hope your better senses convince you to get your butt to Algonac for the birthday party!

  3. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    First thing I saw was the Red & White… I’m looking forward to the coverage of the show – would love to be there, but not going to happen this year!

  4. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Ronnie and I are planning to drive across the state to spend the day at the show on Saturday. Hope we get a close in Handicap spot to park, since my back operation still has me limited in walking without a walker or cane. But as many times we attended this show, we could not miss being there, for this 100th event, and seeing all our old friends from the Michigan Chapter again.

      • Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
        Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

        Also hoping for a full recovery for you Dennis. Hope to see you at the show.

    • Greg Lewandowski
      Greg Lewandowski says:

      Dennis, when you get there, call me and we will get you either a close parking spot or shuttle you to the docks with a golf cart. It will be nice to see you and Ronnie!

  5. Jeff Armstrong
    Jeff Armstrong says:

    Harsen’s Island is and always will be my happy place. Chris Crafts, freighters, and blue water! Truly a boaters paradise.

  6. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    The Holy Grail? I love old places like this seemingly untouched or unaffected by time. May they be forever frozen in this time/space continuum. Of course I’m not naive to development but I can dream.

  7. Troy in NC
    Troy in NC says:


    I’m excited!

    Reading WB while waiting for yet another bridge on the ICW in NC.

  8. Biker Jacket
    Biker Jacket says:

    Your post on Algonac is really interesting because it’s about a museum that is still in the planning stages. I love the idea that there is a museum for WoodyBoater fans and that it will be in New Jersey and New York. The museum’s timeline is also really cool because it starts in May 2022 and continues until May 2052. It’s so cool to see how a museum evolves and changes with the times.

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