2011 Lake Chatuge Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous In Beautiful Hiawassee, Georgia


The 2011 Lake Chatuge Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous which was held at The Ridges Resort & Marina in beautiful Hiawassee, Georgia was another successful event for the Blue Ridge Chapter ACBS.  And thanks to Miracle Photography, we have an opportunity to see a few images from the event this weekend.

Above, Art Hampton and his crew aboard his 1958 Chris-Craft Capri “It’s Someday” out enjoying the stunning scenery that surrounds Lake Chatuge.    

“Sliver” is a spectacular 2000 Goodhue & Hawkins 33′ Laker owned by Wayne & Carolyne Hollis from Gainesville, GA.

I know, I know… They’re not wooden boats, but they are sure cool looking classic fiberglass boats. In yesterday’s Lake Chatuge story, we were interested to learn more about these Aristo Craft Nineteen Hard Tops. Kelsey Fabricius commented… “There were 4 Aristo Craft Nineteens at Lake Chatuge – owners Scott Turner, 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.”

Thanks Kelsey! These photos almost resemble factory brochure photos from back in the day. One in each color…

We had the pleasure of seeing “Deja Voom” at the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival last March, and I can say this Lyman is immaculate in every way. It’s a classic 1965 25′ Lyman Sleeper powered by a Grey Marine V-8 owned by Bill & Sheila Gillroy from Cumming, GA.

This cool overhead shot taken by Linda Miracle from the bridge at Lake Chatuge gives you an appreciation for the sheer size of the big Lyman Sleeper. If you have lots of friends, the Lyman is the boat for you…

The Georgia section of the lake is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest and provides magnificent 360 degree views from the lake.

It looks like the ladies are enjoying themselves… Boat shows always bring nice folks together.

Another nice shot (below) of fellow Woody Boaters Jerri Nowlen and Terry Harbin aboard “Paramour”, thier 1962 20′ Chris-Craft Sea Skiff.

Thanks again to show organizers Randy and Linda Cunningham and the nice folks at the Blue Ridge Chapter ACBS for hosting the rendezvous.

Also thanks to Robert & Linda Miracle at Miracle Photography for sharing their images with us here at Woody Boater. You can see their entire boat show gallery and you can also purchase & download their beautiful photographs from their web site by clicking here.


11 replies
  1. Woody
    Woody says:

    Oh great. Now I want a Lyman sleeper again.. I hate being boatless! I want everything i see.,that Lyman is very very cool….

  2. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Looks like I’ll have to put this on my list of shows to attend! Blue Ridge always does a great job! Many thanks to Robert & Linda for more great pictures!

  3. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Texx, you put it so well. If you have friends that you want out on the water a Lyman is the way to go. Plus lapstrakes are so cool.

  4. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    That Lyman is just great – it was beside our Skiff at Sunnyland and I admired it daily. Texx, you’re teasing Matt just a bit, aren’t you?

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      It worked… Matt e-mailed me soon after the story was published with an adult comment. The power of a photograph…

      That big Lyman Sleeper is perfect.

  5. Victor M Fabricius
    Victor M Fabricius says:

    ‎My mistake, I overlooked a 5th Aristocraft at the show. Stay tuned to “The Mystery of the Missing Aristocraft Nineteen”-a new Hardy Boys mystery novel, lol. The 5th one was out boating (go figure).

    The 5 model “Nineteen”s looked great all in a row. Mark Murphy in his gold version, Wayne Lloyd in his red 77′, Dick Turner in his blue 78, Bill Turner in his brown 79′, and Scott Turner in his burgundy 80′.

  6. Texx
    Texx says:

    Thanks – It would be fun to do a feature story on these cool “Aristo Craft Nineteen” models some day.

  7. Randy
    Randy says:

    Don’t stop with just the A/C 19 — you really need to visit Bill Turner’s “museum”. He has an amazing collection of just about every model AristoCraft ever built. Located next to his A/C production shop. Needless to say, it was a whole lot of fun for me to see!!!!!

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