Meanwhile In Michigan This Weekend – Port Huron Blue Water Antique & Classic Boat Show
Meanwhile in Michigan! Shockingly the entire globe was not fixed on the barrel back racer floating. Life goes on, and it goes on great in Michigan, thanks to Fellow Woody Boater Greg Lewandowski for sending us in the report from this weekends Port Huron Show! Take it away Greg.
The 2016 Port Huron Antique and Classic Boat show was held on September 9 &10, and is now in the Michigan chapter history book as another great event with 40 registered boats ranging from a 14 ft. Peterborough runabout to a 48 ft. Chris Craft Constellation. A lot of great folks, wonderful watercraft, a beautiful new pavilion at the River Street Marina and some practice activities in preparation for the 2018 ACBS International show which will be held at the same venue.
Friday started early with a 7:00 meeting including event organizers and 14 captains of classic boats that were involved in a drone photo shoot for marketing the 2018 show. The photos and video turned out great, but stay tuned to information on the show to see the results.
At about 1:00pm, about 20 boats left the marina on a one hour downriver cruise to Marine City. We were greeted at the docks by our hosts from Mariner Theater where we greatly enjoyed a presentation by Gary Kohs about the building of the model Titanic. We also viewed the outstanding collection of other fine art models that are on display in the theater. This is a "must see" for anyone that is within reasonable driving distance of Marine City, or in the area for another reason.
We then cruised back up to St. Clair for a great dinner at the Voyager restaurant with fellow boaters and a dramatic view of numerous freighters that came by during dinner. It was also a beautiful evening for the sunset cruise of the flotilla of boats heading back to Port Huron.
Although Saturday started out with some morning rain, it ended by 10am, and participants and attendees enjoyed the show which included giving 208 smiling people and their “screaming with delight” kids rides on the six classic watercraft that were designated as ride boats. There was also live jazz band entertainment, toy boat painting to keep the little sailors busy and happy, knot tying lessons for the hard core boaters and the Michigan chapter ships store for purchase of that “must have” classic boating item.
4:00pm was the after glow party with presentation of five well deserved awards and hot dogs on the grill for show participants. The awards presented were:
Mayor’s Choice “The Old Lady" 1957 30ft. Chris Craft Sea Skiff owned by Geoff Kush
Power Squadron Commander’s Choice “Maiden Michigan” 2013 16ft. home built owned and built by Dave Higby
Michigan Chapter Commodore’s Choice “Jazzy”1948 17ft. Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout owned by Steven & Meladee Tuzinowski
Best Classic Glass “Glass of 68” 2009 23ft. Adams Craft Custom Racer ownedand built by John Adams
People’s Choice “In the Mood” 1939 17ft. Chris Craft Double Cockpit Runabout owned by Mark Edmundson
We want to thank all the participants, the City of Port Huron, the River Street Marina and the many organizers and volunteers that made the weekend such an enjoyable and successful event. We are already looking forward to next year and coming back to the wonderful blue water and hospitality of the area. And don’t forget to ” Boat the Blue” in 2018 and the really big party!
Greg Lewandowski Story and photography credit-Chris and Craig Herbert.
Thanks Matt for sharing our great time last weekend in Port Huron. I volunteered our Continental as a ride boat and enjoyed the experience tremendously. The the chatter with my passengers and experiencing their enthusiasm was priceless!
Nice job Greg, and the photographers. Sue and I had a wonderful time as usual. Port Huron is always one of our favorite shows.
Unless the food being served on land is very good, I would much rather be out on the water giving or receiving rides.
And by very good, I mean bacon and chocolate.
We offered tours of our 48′ Connie and we estimate 75 people came through.
I’m due for a Michigan chapter boat show. Hopefully next year.
It’s about time!!!
I know, right? Hope to see you soon, Greg.
Love It, Love It!
Chad let me know what event you will be planning on attending next year. These always seem like fabulous events.
Does anyone have any info on the G-68 racer?
I love the style, but most only seat 3. To me, this boat is perfect!
It is an Adams Craft, built by John Adams, a Michigan chapter member. It starts out as a CC Lancer hull and is then totally rebuilt into a racer. Search for Adams Craft on the internet. He has a web site that explains his build process in more detail and has boats for sale.
Great job to the leaders in the “Free Ride” program. 208 more happy land lubbers can now tell their friends about the thrill of being in a Classic Boat. And just maybe, a couple of them are now searching the internet, looking into buying their own Classic Boat.
Look for an in-depth article in the RUDDER, outlining “how to” include a “Free Ride Program” at your next local Classic Boat Show.
This is one of the best ways to grow attendance to your events as well as growing more interest in our hobby.
Unable to attend the show. I’d love to know more and see more of Miss Scarlett. That’s a really sweet pre-war CC. Very well done!
Dan, we will have its story soon. It’s a great boat, with a cool history.
What is the twin engine with the mint green interior? Awesome!
I really like the “Free Rides” idea! Maybe we’ll try that with our chapter shows.
Also the “Connie” tour sounds great!
It’s a 1946 25′ Sportsman with twin Ks. It’s been in our family since my grandfather bought it in 1960. Here’s a shot of it’s recently reupholstered interior (original colors). Thanks for your kind words.
Great review of a wonderful show but yes, we still want to know if the 16′ Racer got back in the water, why it leaked, if you could fix that with chewing gum, what was with the carb or distributor that it wouldn’t run full speed, did it get an award and did it get safely home ?????
Two thumbs up for free boat rides at shows! Rides give people a chance to fall in love with the feel, sounds and smells we all cherish. They also convey the reality that these are not static museum pieces but real boats that can and should be used.