Live-ish From The Pickwick Landing Rendezvous – Classic Boating On The Tennessee River!

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“Magnolia” a 1940 19’ Chris-Craft Custom from Nashville, Tennessee joins the party at the Pickwick Landing show.

TODAY WE ARE HEADING DOWN SOUTH TO THE TENNESSEE RIVER with contributor Allen Papendick (his official Woody Boater code name / handle is “Wylie”) for the 24th annual Pickwick Landing Rendezvous – presented by the Dixieland ACBS Chapter.

While classic boaters in some parts of the country are hauling out their boats and sticking them in the shed for winter, the folks in Mississippi are fortunate to still be boating (and showing).

This year “Wylie” has covered – 1.) the Century Roundup in Conneaut PA; 2.) the Traverse City Boat Show in Michigan; 3.) The Hessel Boat Show in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and today #4.) the Pickwick Landing show in Mississippi.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank “Wylie” for his various contributions to Woody Boater throughout the year. We know these Live-ish reports take a great deal of time to prepare, with a short time to get there – and we really appreciate the help. – Texx

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The Dixieland Antique Boat Club at the Fillin’ Station Grill.

24th Annual Pickwick Landing Rendezvous
Classic Boating on the Tennessee River
Report & Photos by Wylie

It was a beautiful fall day in Luka, Mississippi. Mid 60’s and not a cloud in the sky. Aqua Yacht Harbor was the venue for the Dixieland Chapter ACBS 24th annual Pickwick Landing Rendezvous. The Dixieland Chapter represents Alabama, Tennessee, Northern Lousianna & Eastern Mississippi – a large geographical area.

A great time was had by all. As the boats were docked we found our way to the Filling Station Grill where we enjoyed pizza and football on the outdoor deck.


Bob McMahan and crew on “Torch Song” from Chattanooga, a big smile from Cayle.


John Gauntt and family head out to Pickwick Lake aboard “Mama Hat” a 1948 Century Resorter from Macon, Mississippi. It’s cool out there on the main channel.


“Black Pearl” a 1960 22’ Century Raven owned by Jim & Delores Timmerman from New Palestine, Indiana.


Patrick Murphy describes his recent restoration of “Magnolia” a beautiful and rare 1940 19’ Chris-Craft Custom from Nashville, Tennessee.


Thomas Brilley aboard his great looking 1968 19’ Lyman “Irish Rover” from Corinth Mississippi. “Gotta Love a Lapstrake” – right guys?


“Wood ‘n Whistle” is a very nice 1964 20’ Chris-Craft Continental presented by owner Will Kissel from Manchester, Tennessee. It’s always fun to see these classic Chris-Craft Continentals at events like this.


Bruce Harkleroad brought “G-Man” a 1950 Chris-Craft 18-foot utility from Hixson, Tennessee. Seen here with “Torch Song” and “Magnolia”. (Does that name mean that Bruce is or was a Special Agent? I would like to know the story behind that name – if the story isn’t classified… – Texx)


Fellow Woody Boater and local legend Norman Blackley brought the oldest boat to the show “Jr.” a 1927 15’ 8” Chris Smith & Sons model 300 from Memphis, Tennessee. (I remember meeting Norman years ago at Lake Dora and riding in this cool boat – it was quite an experience – Texx)


I forgot to mention that the Dixieland ACBS Chapter offers boat rides, all you have to do is ask. “Guests are always welcome and no one gets left at the docks.” – Wylie


Another shot of the Fillin Station Grill – with “Torch Song” in foreground.


“Magnolia” arriving at the dock after a boat ride. Pre-war Chris-Craft barrelbacks are always a crowd favorite.

Special thanks again to “Wylie” for sharing this report with us today – splitting his time between the makeover of his classic 1957 Century Arabian complete with African Avodire mahogony. Go Wylie Go!

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

    Thanks Wylie!

    As we in the north are winterizing and storing our boats it is nice to see people being able to use theirs.

  2. Grandpa Bob
    Grandpa Bob says:

    Thanks Wlyie and WB for giving us national exposure. Weather, water and fall color were great – including foot ball viewing on the terrace. All you Yankees from up north are invited for next year.

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