2011 Lake Chatuge Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous (And Cardboard Boat Race)


The 2011 Lake Chatuge Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous (and cardboard boat race) is under way at The Ridges Resort & Club in Hiawassee, Georgia. The Lake Chatuge show is hosted by the Blue Ridge Chapter ACBS, and as usual, President Al Olsen and the nice folks from the Blue Ridge Chapter have once again organized an awesome show. Based on the number of boat shows & events the Blue Ridge Chapter is hosting this year, they have to one of the busiest ACBS Chapters in the country!

Robert & Linda Miracle are in Hiawassee with their cameras in hand and once again providing us with some beautiful images from the Lake Chatuge show as they start to come in to Woody Boater HQ. Here’s a few more…  This fellow’s shirt kind of says it all…

Beautiful Lake Chatuge is nestled between two states and the two towns of Hiawassee, Georgia and Hayesville, North Carolina. This pristine lake has 132 miles of shoreline and is ideal for fishing, swimming, boating and camping.

Fellow Woody Boaters Jerri Nowlen and Terry Harbin aboard “Paramour” a very attractive 1962 20′ Chris-Craft Sea Skiff, sporting their Woodys For Boobies Burgee.

Gil Grant from De Land, Florida with his classic 1960 25′ Chris-Craft Cavalier Custom Cruiser “Wooden Lady”.

A very cool, very retro, Aristo Craft Nineteen Hard Top that Robert Miracle spotted on Friday.

Thanks to Robert & Linda Miracle from Miracle Photography for sharing their images with us. You can see all the images from the Lake Chatuge show and many other ACBS boat shows by clicking here.

Stay tuned to Woody Boater for another report from the 2011 Lake Chatuge Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous (and cardboard boat race) on Sunday. We heard a rumor that one of the kids glued the seams of his Cardboard Race Boat bottom with 3M 5200 and swept the field to an easy victory… Tough to beat those 5200 bottoms guys.  More tomorrow.


Breaking News From The Lake Chatuge Cardboard Boat Race – Duct Tape Utility Wins!

The sleek “3M 5200 Special” had a big lead, but they forgot to repair the transom properly and she started taking on water mid-race…

And when they crossed the finish line, “Miss Duct Tape” was still floating…

Lots of smiles and laughter, all the boat racers had fun at this annual event!


12 replies
  1. Texx
    Texx says:

    Has anyone noticed that the last 4 stories here at Woody Boater all use wooden boats with white painted hull sides in the cover shots?

    Is that some kind of hidden signal that another white sided boat may be appearing on Woody Boater in the near future or is it just a coincidence… Whitey Boater?

  2. kelsey Fabricius
    kelsey Fabricius says:

    Another outstanding show thanks to the show organizers Randy and Linda Cunningham and of course Bill and Gail Turner (also year after year providing the supplies for the cardboard boat race). Always a great show in a beautiful setting with wonderful people! 🙂

  3. kelsey Fabricius
    kelsey Fabricius says:

    Also, the Aristo Craft hardtop pictured above belongs to Scott Turner, grandson of Claude Turner who started Aristo Craft boat company on Pylant Street in Atlanta.

    Am I rambling yet? 😉

  4. Texx
    Texx says:

    No, your not rambling at all… We were hoping to learn more about that Aristo Craft and the other one that is at the Lake Chatuge show too. Like what vintage they are, etc.

    Also the Correct Craft Jr in the cover shot, it’s very cool…
    Tell us more please.

  5. kelsey Fabricius
    kelsey Fabricius says:

    Here we go… There were 4 Aristocraft Nineteens at Chatuge- owners Scott Turner boat pictured, Bill Turner (Scotts Father), Richard Turner, and Mark Murphy all with different period color schemes and upholstery. They varied from year 1968 to 1978 just 2 years before ceasing production.

    The 15′ 6″ Correct Craft Junior “Old Spice” vintage 1954 is owned by Richard and Sarah Kopp of Largo, Fl.

    Hope that helps a little bit, I don’t have much on the CC Jr but I do know the Turners well, they are members of the ACBS BRC club with us and have known them for years… can always get you more info on either or both (boats and people).

  6. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I love the cardboard regatta pics, but when are we getting a feature story on Matt’s new boat, B on B?

  7. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Wow Duct tape. Maybe I should keep a roll in the boat for emergencies. I use it on land all the time. No one will see it if I use it below the water line. At least as a way to test suspected areas of water infiltration.

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      RiverRat – Haven’t you heard the news, there is now a Marine Grade duct tape on the market. A poor man’s 5200…

  8. randy & ginger
    randy & ginger says:

    looks like the gang (BRC) had a wonderful time…

    can’t wait until our schedule clears and we can meet up with them again!!!

    the lake looks absolutely beautiful, BRC has to have some of the most fabulous boating areas in the country, i know we fell in love with lake keowee,sc and the townspeople of lake hartwell, ga…(ok, maybe it was the guys at the local VFW!)

    every BRC event we have been to has been so much fun and well worth the travel time to get there…you know its good when you don’t want it to end and the thought of having to return to the real world makes you want to cry…

    miss you guys!!!!

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