St Johns River Cruise Celebrates 30 Years With Glass Water and Perfect Sunshine!
Wow! We got two reports in last night, one with a phone call from Paul Harrison, you said Mondays ride was a fantasy perfect day, on glass like water with just a bunch of folks out having a blast!
And thank goodness, one from Chris and Julie Bullen with photos and some copy. Here is the report.
It’s the 30th year for the St John’s river cruise. Yup the club set up to preserve the old classic boats are themselves old classics. After a very snowy winter up in the north country (many of us know it’s still very much winter up there) we left the great white north in between snowstorms. Drove all the way to Charlotte NC. A 15hr day to avoid potential freezing rain in the morning back in the mountains.
We made it and can take some big warm Florida air breaths, Its very calm and warm down here, ahh ! worth the crazy drive. This year’s weather has chased a bunch of boats south – 27 are on this cruise, 3 all the way from Ontario.
That’s 80 people to keep in line, feed and keep happy, not sure how they do it every year – Guy and Laurie are true champs.
Due to hurricane Matthew, a few things have changed, fuel stops and the Crab shack is no longer with us. Instead it was a delicious BBQ lunch provided by Elk Lodge volunteers at their quant location on the river.
Then off to Palatka for some much need refreshment.
Everyone took off like they had an itch they had to scratch, or it was a bunch of northerners who had not been on the water in months – unfortunately that means not so many pictures today as we were too spread out.
Great times down here in Florida. Here’s our adventure with John an Kim on the canals.
If you look up fun in the dictionary it has to say classic boating,,,,if not it should.
45° this morning. Glad I brought my boating parka.
Great day to be on the St Johns river. Great time, great lunch, great new friends.
Looks like fun, sure miss not having a boat down there this year. See you all in atavates on Thursday! Hope Larry got his boat straightened out!
Get Ready people for TPain and Crew !
Dan, really nice job on the restoration. What is the year and model of your boat. Would like to see a couple more photos if possible. Looks like lots of fun down there, and the real party hasn’t even started yet.
See the link for the article WoodyBoater ran on my Grandparents boat that the built.
Here is a picture of the Elk Lodge where we had a fabulous BBQ lunch.
Thanks to all for the great river cruise coverage. It’s just like being there except I don’t have to put on the sun screen!
Greg I keep telling myself that here in NY but it really isn’t working. I think I’d rather be putting on that sunscreen.
Tomorrow it will be 13 in the morning when I leave home and 87 by mid afternoon when I reach the Best Western. I can’t wait to see that big bright thing you guys call the “Sun”
Heading that way myself on Thursday am. Hagerty will be “in the house” (alright, booth) as of mid-day Thursday. Please swing by and say hello. Safe travels to all that are enroute…plane, train, automobile or BOAT!!
The last time I saw the Hagerty booth it was stuck up in a tree😳
And that would have been the ACBS International Boat Show on Finger Lakes back in 2014!!
LOL, I remember that! Late September is not the most dependable weather timing for a Fingerlakes visit, but it sure beats February or March. The last two weeks we had hurricane force winds that took power out for 4+ days followed by 30″ of snow. The weather in Tavares will be better.