Live-ish From The 2015 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival In Georgia
TODAY’S LIVE-ISH REPORT from Lake Hartwell, Georgia comes to us courtesy of contributor Kentucky Wonder and show organizer John Heiderich. The Blue Ridge ACBS Chapter continues a solid history of organizing top cabin classic boat shows with great boats and innovative awards, which is refreshing. – Texx
2015 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival
Hartwell Marina, Georgia – April 16-18
Show Summary by John Heiderich
Photos & Captions by Kentucky Wonder
The weather was threatening all weekend, but the only rain we had occurred when we were getting the boats back on the trailer.
The show attendance was also effected by the weather, with attendance estimated at 1,500 to 1,600. The people attending all had a great time looking at the boats, piloting the remote control boats, viewing the 30 Porsche cars, shopping at one of the 15 vendors, and of course enjoying a bite to eat at one of the food vendors.
The weekend started with a Cocktail Party at John and April Heiderich’s house where Cinnamon Margaritas were the drink of the night. The Friday lunch cruise was cancelled because of the threatening weather, but several boats headed out for a tour of the lake anyway. Friday evening’s event at Dennis and Julie Moore’s Boat Barn was a great time for everyone.
The weekend events finished up with a fine dinner where our awards were handed out, friends had a last chance to visit with each other, and renew relationships and plan the events they were going to attend this year. Indeed, a great time was had by all.
Blue Ridge Chapter Show Chairman
2015 Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival Awards
Best of Show / Skippers Choice
Tommy Watson – “The Roaring Twenties” 26′ Chris-Craft Custom
Fred Thomas Best Antique Boater of the Year
Al & Faye Smith
Old Boats, Old Friends
Dave & Pat Nesbitt
(Old Boats, Old Friends is a Perpetual Award, started years ago by Mike and Sue McSwain, given to someone who exhibits both a genuine love for old boats and also for the friends developed through the Blue Ridge Chapter over the years.)
(Also a Perpetual Award, Boat Enthusiasts is given to someone who has an enthusiastic portrayal of the classic boating hobby, drawing others into the hobby and the Blue Ridge Chapter.)
“I can tell you that Randy Cunningham is very deserving of this award. He is very entertaining, always having a funny story about the current topic.” – Kentucky Wonder
Both awards have name plates added every year with the recipients’ names, and are displayed at the Hartwell Marina throughout the year.
I Want That One
Edward James – “Ciao Baby” 1971 Riva Junior
Bob & Linda Smith – “Lisa Ann” 1930 Chris-Craft Model 100
Patrick Cunningham – “CeCe” 1959 Chris-Craft Sportsman
Randy Cunningham – “Mello Yello” Chris-Craft fiberglass
Tom Neff – “Northern Reflections” 1940 Ema-Rold Runabout
Tom & June Riggle – “Slow Dancing II” 1952 Chris-Craft Sedan
Ed & Brideett Arrington – “First Love” 1959 Barbour Sliver Clipper
Bob & Linda Smith – “Linda Ann” 1975 Century Arabian
Chris & Gina Hansen – “ExAustin” 1965 Chris-Craft Super Sport
Special thanks to Kentucky Wonder and John Heiderich for sharing this report with us today. Also to the dedicated organizers and volunteers from the Blue Ridge Chapter for continuing to make this event a winner.
One final note: We were thrilled to learn that this year’s Fred Thomas Best Antique Boater of the Year award was presented to our friends Alan & Faye Smith. We have had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Alan & Faye at various classic boating events over the years, and always enjoy their company. Faye has also contributed to Woody Boater on a number of occasions which we appreciate.
For those of you who may not know – Alan Smith is the Great-Grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith who, along with his brother Hank established Chris Smith and Sons Boat Company in 1922. The company changed it’s name to the Chris-Craft Corporation in 1930.
To learn more about Alan & Faye Smith and their wonderful Chris-Craft Sea Skiff, you can check out a story we published in 2011 named SmithSkiff – Keeping It In The Family.
Congratulations to Alan & Faye and thanks for everything you do for the hobby.
Once again a great show, well worth the trip. There was also a good showing of aluminum Feathercrafts along with their enthusiastic owners. For those who don’t know, Feathercrafts were built in Atlanta and mimicked the lines of wooden boats. Some had walk through decks, some were rear center steer with extreme tumble homes ala barrelbacks. Very lightweight, they can be polished like chrome.
Even though I am a wooden boat guy [My ’57Correct Craft “Wooden Nickel” didn’t make the show.. we’re awaiting a prop strut bearing]; I still love all old boats so seeing these and the Arena Craft among others pleases me a lot.
The Porsche guys are also great company, but my favorite folks are ACBS DIYer’s like Jerry Winter and Bob Churhill among many others.
I got a cool site from the Feathercraft guys for those interested: http://feathercraft.net/
Passed by Hartwell on our way back from the Tavares Show. The place is on our short list of interesting destinations to cruise.
The new owner of our old 1965 19′ Lyman lives there. Only in this odd culture do we get visitation rights on our old boats!
Ahh. Unfrozen water. How beautiful it looks when the snow is falling, again, in Northern Michigan today. How depressing is that? Very. Everyone feels just like the guy in this image.
I really enjoyed this story. Nice pics too KW! That Ema-Rold Craft header shot took my breath away. What an exquisite boat.
Seems like Kentucky backwoods rednecks are good at taking pictures!
Hey, there Anon: I am starting to see and hear a lot more of the R word than need be. Getting tired of the H word, too. No harm intended on your part, I am sure. Leave that kind of language to the trashy cable programs. CQ
CQ, thanks for standing up for me, but I believe the Anonymous comment was made by someone who attended the event. That EXACT phrase “Kentucky Backwoods Redneck” was used in jest, and I MORE than defended myself with a return shot of humor.
How nice to learn about boats that I was unfamiliar with. EMA-ROLD looks like a great boat and the Durmont from Arena Craft is one that I haven’t seen either.
Dane – The 1958 18′ Arena Craft Durmont appears to be a rare model. A preliminary web search yesterday and check through my Bob Speltz library came up empty. More research required on the interesting boat. – Texx
It’s a great show in beautiful venue…It was really fun before the recession forced the Georgia State parks to close…We recall fondly when we could rent a cabin and tie up our boat almost at our door step and boat back and forth to the show. Truly a show for ole friends.
few of my shots
not crooked this time
One more shot.
Photos repaired Jimmy…
Jimmy. Thanks for the additional Picts. Nice
Great looking show.
Love to see the remote involvement for the kids! That is a very cool idea.
Thanks to all for a great show!
Correction re: Bob & Linda Smith’s “Linda Anne”
She’s a highly modified 75 Century Arabian.
Original FG bottom, 454/V Drive with a custom mahogany design above the waterline.
Georgia State parks ARE OPEN! and on Lake Hartwell!
So Wilson, take heart.. I wasn’t aware that they’d ever closed but this link is to one just around the corner by water or land from my house. I’m quite sure they are open because we go by there almost daily. This one [Tugaloo] is about 25 minutes from the Hartwell Marina, Hart State park appears to be even closer but I don’t know anything about that one. Also remember that one side the lake is in South Carolina so the SC state parks may have cabins.
I do know Tugaloo though, the cabins are very nice, many have private docks. There’s great new launch ramp and it’s only a few minutes off I-85. I just took my boat over there and the first one I came to had cars in the drive and fishing gear on the dock.
It’s probably an hour or more to the Marina where the show was by boat, but as I said, it’s an easy drive if you are towing anyway.
Thank you to the wonderful chairs and volunteers for the Lake Hartwell Show. It was a fantastic event as always. This show truly kicks-off the boating season locally and is a chance to see all of our dear boating friends/family. We LOVED renting a house with Kentucky Wonder and his vivacious wife which made the event even that much better. Ms. Wonder…. S’mores at Chatuge??
Chris Craft super sport lake hartwell winner “ExAustin” featured on flipping ships and several other blue ridge chapter boats on animal planet!