Smith Mountain Lake Show Draws Nice Crowd! Ok To Be Specific, A Crowd Of Nice People!

Crowd as the show opened Saturday September 15

Reporting in from Smith Mountain Lake , Fellow Woody Boater George Blosser  sent us some nice pics of the show.. and get this.. captions. OK it wont be as funny, but acurate and even correct spelling.. At least i think its all spelled right.

Youth judges with ACBS member Art Hampton with Tater his service dog and Chris-Craft Capri “It’s Someday”

Don Smith at the helm of “De Ja Vu” with Bill Good as his navigator. Don was one of the first members of the SML ACBS Chapter.

L-R Joan Blosser, Molly Banta, George Blosser, Bob Banta Jr. and Bob Banta Sr. The senior Banta is the Chapter’s oldest member having recently celebrated his 92 birthday. They are riding in the Blosser’s 1956 Chris-Craft Continental “Happy Days”.

Chapter members Alan Frederick and Lars Okeson is Alan’s 1948 Custom “Spiffy”

Abe Ablett with his crew members Randy Stilwell and Lynda Horinka aboard the steam powered “Ben Gunn”.

Thanks George for the fun pics!

19 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Maybe I am just blind, but I don’t see a “dog” in the second picture (Tater). I hope that wasn’t meant as an insult to one of the judges on the dock. Just because the judge deducts 2 points for your incorrect zipper does not mean you should call them a dog on Woodyboater. Just give them a nudge off the dock, or better yet, send them on a road trip with

      • m-fine
        m-fine says:

        LOL, luv me some chrispy tater tots. If tater is the woman with the orange vest, I hope she is not reading this article!

    • Carl Garmhaus
      Carl Garmhaus says:

      The service dog is behind the hatch and windshield. You can see the guide handle in Art’s left hand. Maybe we need to get you a service dog. LOL

      However, I have a blind neighbor who has a guide dog and he is always bugging me to help on one of the boats. When my Riveria was upside down in the shop and I had it rough faired in, I gave him a long board and a wheeled stool, explained what I wanted and put him to work. Because the blind develop heightened senses to help overcome their disability, he did a fantastic job!

  2. brian t
    brian t says:

    Yeah, but the problem with those pesky youth judges is that the trophy winner is not the boat owner that laid down fifteen coats of perfect varnish but rather the dude that passed out Oreos when the kiddos showed up for the look see.

  3. brian t
    brian t says:

    I’m with you m-fine – I don’t see a dog, unless we are calling the 3 foot tall-Hagerty-shirt-wearin-standing-behind-the-guy-in-the-hat-holding-onto-the-windshield-where’s-my-damn-Oreo-kid a service dog.

    In future pics, I think service animals should be required to wear a Where’s Waldo hat.

  4. Phillip Jones
    Phillip Jones says:

    Tater is not really Art’s service dog, he is his companion. You see Art runs a suuccesfull business in Fl. Art purchased his boat new as I recall. He used it for many years and it took it’s toll. After becoming unserviceable Art put it in a storage container at his business. Art always talked of pulling the old girl out and having her restored, but never seemed to get around to it, maybe someday. One day Art’s wife was talking to him and said Art you are always talking about getting that old boat fixed up, I think someday is today, so Art pulled the old girl out and sent her off to be restored. Unfortunatly Art’s wife passed, so now you can spot Art and his trusted sidekick at most any show up and down the east coast. And for Paul ” if you see his truck you will always remember that” its alittle overkill for what he tow’s but hey that’s Art. Thus the name ” SOME DAY”

  5. Alex
    Alex says:

    Steam powered? I don’t have one of those. I should get one. My kids would have fun stoking the boiler.

    But that fun would wane after the first outing.

    Which means I’d be the one stoking the boiler.


    Never mind.

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      You’re already forgetting bribery? Tell them they can toast marshmallows over the fire when you get back to the dock. No s’more though, the chocolate messes up the cushions.

  6. Alex
    Alex says:

    Great point Rick! Better still, I can stop feeding them during boating season, so the only meals they’d get are those they cook themselves over the boiler. It’s foolproof!

  7. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Art’s truck is an F-450 diesel dually to pull his lil ol 19′ Capri but he was in the trucking business so wouldn’t expect anything less. But only one cruiser pic, boo hoo.

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