Live-ish From Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania
IF YOU LIKE CENTURY BOATS (and honestly – who doesn’t like a classic Century) then you picked a good day to tune in to Woody Boater. If you like Dippy boats – that story was yesterday.
Today we have a Live-ish report from fellow Woody Boater Allen Papendick, who was on hand last weekend for the 19th Annual Conneaut Lake Classic Boat Show – hosted by the Allegheny Chapter ACBS. This was also the site of the 32nd Annual Century Boat Club Thoroughbred Roundup. Or as Jed Clampett would say “Today we have a Heapin’- Helpin’ of Century Boat photos (and hospitality) from Conneaut Lake, PA.” – Texx
32nd Annual Century Boat Club Thoroughbred Roundup
Report & Photos by Allen Papendick
Hi Texx – I attended the 19th Annual Conneaut Lake Classic Boat Show hosted by the Allegheny Chapter ACBS, combined with the 32nd Annual Century Boat Club Thoroughbred Roundup on Saturday, June 20th.
The rain held off and the weather was comfortable which made for a fun boat gathering at Ice House Park on Conneaut Lake, PA. A total of 79 classic boats were entered this year arriving from as far away as Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Texas and of course the host state of Pennsylvania.
The Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society brought “Liberty The Second” for the crowds pleasure. We were treated to a show and historical discussion by engine builder Gary Worthington.
On Labor Day 1922 Harry Snavely planned to race his “Liberty The Second” in the First Annual Conneaut Lake Speed Boat Race on Conneaut Lake, PA. During a time trial his magneto faltered. Yielding the tiller to his mechanic, he leaned over to adjust the magneto and the front rudder caught a wake and the boat flipped throwing the two men clear but sinking “Liberty The Second” in minutes. There she sat at the bottom on Conneaut Lake in 49 feet of water for 63 years until July 13, 1985 when she was found and raised.
Well preserved by the cold spring fed waters of Conneaut Lake, she was restored and now is under the care of the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society.
Handling the starting duties of the rare 1917 Liberty eight cylinder motor is engine builder Gary Worthington. We shot the following video of the engine demonstration during the show, these old race engines are always a crowd favorite.
Here is a link to the YouTube video. Click Here
Regards, Allen Papendick
Century Boat Club Member
Special thanks to Allen Papendick for sharing his great report with us today. The Century Boat Club is a fantastic organization, and is operated by some dedicated and knowledgeable classic boating enthusiasts. To learn more about the Century Boat Club you can check out their Website Here and you can also find them on their very active Facebook page Here.
Also thanks to the good folks and volunteers at the Allegheny Chapter ACBS for hosting another excellent boat show.
Next stop for us is Algonac, Michigan for the Michigan Chapter ACBS Boat Show – at the Algonac Harbour Club, June 26-28.
Lovin’ the Century boats here… Style, flash and dash (especially with that Hemi!) 🙂 . Seriously, these boats need a higher profile and we need to see more, much more. No disrespect to the CC crowd intended.
I’m with you on that Sean. Century made such exciting boats and it’s so good to see so many of the designs together in one place. Thanks for the story Alan and Texx.
This was truly a great show with many outstanding Century Thoroughbreds in the water and on land!
Thanks to everyone that came the 19th Annual Conneaut Lake Classic with the 32 Annual Century Boat Club Thoroughbred Round-Up. It was the largest gathering of Century Boats that I have ever seen. it was a lot of work and a lot of fun. Again thank you all … Looks like next year we are going to possibility feature Chris Craft Boats for our 20th show. I hope we can get just as many Chris Craft Boats next year… I plan to have my 1959 21′ Continental (hardtop) re-finished for the show.
The show next year is tentatively set for June 17-19 2016
Ride a Thoroughbred, fastest boat on the lake.