One Boat Stood Out At Lake Arrowhead This Year – The Judges & The People Agreed


Saturday was another fantastic day at the 2012 Lake Arrowhead Antique & Classic Boat Show – Hosted by the nice folks at the Southern California Chapter ACBS. The docks and village area were packed with spectators all day, who came out to see the beautiful classic boats and woody cars.

All the boats that participated in the show this year were exceptional, however one boat in particular stood out. When we arrived at Lake Arrowhead on Thursday, we learned that a one of kind, custom built 1937 Ditchburn 26′ Triple Cockpit Runabout powered by an original V-12 Scripps was going to be in attendance this year… And sure enough, on Saturday morning “Miss Lindy” arrived at the show. Check out the unusual rumble seat / rear cockpit which also can fold down flush with the aft deck… Cool stuff.  

This ultra rare Ditchburn owned by Bill & Melinda Patton is absolutely beautiful, and on Saturday night “Miss Lindy” came away with a total of four awards.

– ACBS International Most Original / Best Preserved
– Best Triple Cockpit
– Best Engine
– People’s Choice Award

We managed to take a number of photos of this boat on Saturday during the show, and have some history from the owner, so stay tuned to Woody Boater for the full story early this week.

The awards banquet on Saturday night was a great time, and very well organized by the SoCal Chapter ACBS crew. And the staff at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa presented the 75 participants with a first class banquet & dinner.

Here are the results from the awards ceremony…

– Best 1958 & Newer Utility
Bahama Mama II – 1966 Chris-Craft 18’ Super Sport
Jim Ball

– Best 1958 & Older Utility
– Best Owner Restored Boat
Wicked Wahine – 1956 South Coast 18’ (shown below)
Dave & Cheryl Anderson

– Best Prewar Double Cockpit
– Oldest Boat In Show
Miss Janoula – 1936 Gar Wood 18’ (shown below)
Arnie & Jan Johansen

– Farthest Traveled Boat
Zeus – 1953 Century
Randy Corson (Scottsdale, AZ)

– Best Outboard Boat
Mellow Yellow – 1958 Thompson 17’ Sealancer (shown below)
Mike LeCompte

– Best Outboard Motor
Escapade – 1959 Dorsett 17’ Catalina (shown below)
Bob Kircher

– Best Century
Julia Cheree’ – 1968 Century 17’ Resorter
Guy Giacopuzzi

– Best Chris-Craft
Ol’ Glory – 1942 Chris-Craft 19’ Deluxe
Kenneth & Susan Slaght

– Ladies Choice
Joey II – 1947 Chris-Craft Utility Runabout (shown below)
Walter & Connie Rugh

– Best Of Show
Jean Ann – 1939 Gar Wood 19’ Custom Runabout
Jean & Johnathan Trevillyan

Our apologies for not including photos of some of the award winning boats, but on Saturday the docks at the boat show were absolutely packed with spectators all day, and we had a difficult time getting a clean shot of all the boats.

There were also a number of custom cars and woodies that attended the show this year, which we will also report on later this week. Southern California is a hot bed for both original and customized woodies, and there were some exceptional examples on hand throughout the weekend.

The individual awards and perpetual awards were outstanding, including this cool “Best Century” award.

Matt Smith from Woody Boater was the guest speaker this year, and we enjoyed sharing some behind the scenes stories of the daily chaos at Woody Boater HQ.

The folks from the SoCal ACBS would like to give all our viewers a big Woody Boater Wave!

Congratulations to all the award winners this year, and thanks so much to Dave Anderson and the entire crew from the SoCal Chapter ACBS for inviting us to join them this year… Stay tuned for more updates from beautiful Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.


7 replies
  1. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    Can’t wait for some pic’s of the Ditchburn guys. That must have been one of the very last one’s built. I have seen that cool “rumble seat” arrangment on some Greavette’s of the period.

    The show looks like it was a great time, venue and setting.

  2. chad
    chad says:

    Thanks WB dudes for the Lake Arrowhead coverage. Looks like it was a fantastic show. I’ll have to put that one on the list.

  3. Rick
    Rick says:

    Looks like you have that whole “Lifestyle” thing going strong there. Great boats, weather, surroundings and people. Did Matt supply a copy of his talk so you could see which words he was pronouncing right but spelling wrong?

  4. Tommy
    Tommy says:

    Say hello to the bartenderness in the cool boat style bar for me. I,m sure she remembers me and BK Powell from last year.

  5. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    I’m assuming all those holding their hands up were wanting to be excused to escape your speech to go to the bathroom?

  6. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Those Muskoka boat builders (Ditchburn, Greavette, Minett, et al) had a real knack for putting curves in and shaping wood. Their creations are works of art. Its no wonder the Canadian gov’t considers them national treasures and, so I’ve been told, lists boats that would not be allowed out of the country? This may well be an old wives tale but I could certainly agree with it.

  7. Cobourg-kid
    Cobourg-kid says:

    Hey Floyd

    While it would be nice if the Canadian Govt. actually listed “heritage boats” and protected them in actuality it’s a just a tall tale from scuttllebutt lodge.Belive it or not the US has much stronger heritage preservation laws . In Canada it’s pretty much up to the private sector to save our built or boat heritage.

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