Bass Lake California Has Water – Just Add Woody Boats, And Fun Happens!


The Joy of Bass Lake! – Joy (the boat) is a 1946 17′ Century Resorter that brought Best Utility recognition to owners Cody & Joy (the person) Taylor.

Thanks for this Late Liveish report from Rob & Maggi Cassell from the Bass Lake Event. Woohoo More Counter Clockwise Boating!

The Northern and Southern California ACBS clubs met for our annual cross-over episode event in Bass Lake, California, with more than 30 classics in attendance. Although California is still in a major drought, the lake is full for the first time in several years!


The traditional Friday night hot dog cookout at Millers Landing was a fun time, with members loading up tables with their home made side dishes and desserts, and eating and chatting on the lawn.


Saturday brought partly cloudy skies and cool breezes, plenty of opportunity for speed runs after the mid-day parade, capped off with a lovely dinner and the chance for a cocktail cruise afterwards.




For the second time in its current era, Dave Anderson and John Maddox brought out their 1928 Dolphin II Hacker Craft, Reina. 28 feet, three cockpits, and a 200 HP 780 cubic inch Sterling Petrel engine make giving folks rides, eight at a time (plus driver) an easy task.


Reina went on to bring home Best Runabout and Skippers’ Choice. Rick & Annie Hill’s 1941 17′ Chris Craft Deluxe, Tumblehome won Best Restoration.


Hidee ho!

People’s choice went to Dirk & Linda Reed for their 1969 20′ Riva Super Florida, Amore. Jeff Rains is Most Original with his 1955 16′ Mercury Sabre, Damn Straight.

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Damn Straight


Riva fun.. Dont text and ride! You’ll miss the fun!


Poker Run!

Many thanks to Bobby Gaestel & Teri Parker and their legions of minions for making this such a fun event! And, if you’ve never participated in a legendary Chuck Kelley Sunday Morning Poker Run, you might want to start making plans for May 2017 now.

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Thanks to our West coast pals for sharing the joys of Bass Lake!

9 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I love these kind of stories!

    There always seems to be some sort of teaser somewhere. Any more pictures of that Owens? That thing looks insane.

    • Pete Kerrigan
      Pete Kerrigan says:

      As skipper, restorer and chief bottle washer of the 1958 19′ Owens I enjoy sharing pic’s with any and all . Here’s a couple.

      • John Knosp
        John Knosp says:

        My Dad had a 19’Owens with a Fiberglass top and V-8 but it was plywood. Probably 1960. Very fast boat. Don’t see many Owens in Woody World. Looks Great

        • Pete Kerrigan
          Pete Kerrigan says:

          This is interior and engine pic from last year’s Concourse de Elegance at Lake Tahoe, my wife did all the tuck n roll ! And yes she is very fast boat

  2. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    After looking at the background scenery, and all the ways these folks USE their boat during ONE event, is amazing. Add to that, my first trip ever to Seattle a couple of weekends ago to be in and view first hand, the “Opening Day” parade event, I now have a new appreciation for the folks on the West Coast. They know how to boat, and enjoy their toys.

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