Late Live-ish From Portage Lakes Ohio!

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On June 25 th, the North Coast Ohio chapter of the ACBS held their 41 st show on Portage Lakes south of Akron, Ohio. This show is believed to be one of the oldest of its kind held in the U.S.

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53 boats were displayed; in the water, on land in a “for sale” lot titled, Field of Dreams. Boats ranged in age from a 1913 B. N. Norris canoe to contemporary fiberglass craft. Some of the more unusual boats were a 1956, 30ft Chris Craft Constellation, originally from Seattle, Washington. After a 2000-hour restoration, Steve and Susan Littin of Chardon, Ohio took home the People’s Choice award.

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It was a special occasion for a very rare 18’ 1947 Gar Wood Utility Sedan called “See Gar Go” shown in the water for the first time since it’s total 10-year restoration. There are estimated to be only 12 of these boats in existence and this one has been restored to exacting detail along with the original engine. This boat was found tied to a dock on Lake Champlain, NY, where it sat sunk up to the hardtop for 30 years. After raising the boat and trailering it from New York back to Ohio, the engine fell out through the bottom of the boat on the highway. Needless to say, it was considered a basket case until Les Demaline of Avon, Ohio spent countless hours and 10 years bringing it and the original engine back to show condition. 2016 Portage Lakes Boat Show 008One of the more interesting boats was a 2014 “home built” torpedo stern 22.5′ runabout called My Passion, constructed by Keith Riedel from Chippewa Lake, Ohio. Keith started out to build a mahogany runabout from scratch and ended up with a “torpedo stern” classic. As he said, his imagination got the best of him. Still, a good looking, unusual boat built without the benefit of plans. 2016 Portage Lakes Boat Show 016

Still one rarer boat was the 1959 Sandusky Bluewater with twin 45hp Mercury outboards owned by John and Betty Scheurer, of Mansfield, Ohio 2016 Portage Lakes Boat Show 026

Three “Amphicars” owned by Tom Hutchison and Dan Henterly also joined the show.The Amphicar was designed by Hanns Trippel, the amphibious vehicle was manufactured by the Quandt Group at Lübeck and Berlin-Borsigwalde,Germany with a total of 3,878 [2] manufactured in a single generation. Amphicar #5

The annual show ran from 9AM-3PM with an estimated 5000 visitors and fished with an awards banquet at the 125-year old Turkeyfoot Island Club. Submitted by Walt Stashkiw Photo credits; Gil Maringer

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

    WOW I don’t even know where to begin.

    The Connie is AWESOME, a Gar that sat in a lake sank for 30 year (who does that stuff), those Merc’s are insane, and even Amphicars. What a great event! Even a great looking Century and do I see the YNOT Donzi? Thanks for taking us along Walt!

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      This morning I was still looking at WECATHUM (Great pic by the way).
      Now I come back and BAM this amazing header by Kent O. Smith Jr.

  2. Dave Nau
    Dave Nau says:

    Amazingly, out of the 53 boats, 15 were fiberglass, a new record for the show. The show had tremendous variety, and included many outboard-powered craft, both wood and non-wood. Truly a show with something for everyone.

    Thanks to all who participated and to those in the North Coast Ohio Chapter who put the show together. Show Committee Chair Gil Maringer and his team pulled off a great one!

    A list of the award winners is at:

  3. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Gil:…Sounds like it was a great show….and Les:…A truly gret restoration. Congratulations to both of you.

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