Wonderful West Woody Boater Weekend.
Well, they may be winding down the woodyness in parts of the US of A , but not out west thats for sure. So here goes, We are going to try and cover all the reports in one story? First in from Ron Stevenson on Lake Chelan.
Late but liveish from Mahogany & Merlot at Lake Chelan, in central Washington state. The Pacific Northwest chapter finally gets to have a bit of a show which is mostly for the owners. Because we are out in the middle of the nowhere. The town only has 4,000 bodies, but summer time it swells to 25,000. I know we have two members who retired here. Jon and Chris Courtwright are also the organizers.
But at least Texx was here last year, so it must be cool! The cool factor is helped because HARM is here. But nobody gets hurt, we don’t want anybody hurt! HARM is our friends at the Hydroplane And Raceboat Museum. They run the old unlimiteds with their huge Rolls Merlins and Allisons. Here is there website. www.thunderboats.org
Now you have to know that most of us live in the Seattle area, which us supposed to be a boating capital of wherever, but we don’t have anywhere to have a boat show. Marinas are full, and parks don’t have enough moorage available for a show. So we head over here for our version of fall cruising, where it is warmer and dryer, BONUS TIME!
A few of us come over on Thursday to run up the largest, longest (50 miles), deepest (1500 feet) lake in Washington on Friday to the National Park at Stehekin for lunch. It is only accessible by boat or float plane. Population 152. It has a great bakery a couple mile walk up the road.
NOW, We travel to San Diego and fellow Woody Boater John Peckham from the So Cal chapter of the ACBS Take it away John…
“Here are some pics from our meet in San Diego. We put the boats in the ocean via a crane at the SDYC.” OK thanks John we will take it from here, thanks, we had our own ‘Classy” reporter there….Take it aware Ron..
And now back to Lake Chalene, for a ride on Miss Detroit thanks to Mike Mayer. The weather is perfect up here and I just got back from a thrilling ride on Miss Detroit III, video link is below. There are about 38 runabouts here and the big hydro’s are tearing up the course as I type this.
Nice Lapstrake Header
Well it is!
Your so predictable
A bakery in a town you can only reach by boat or sea plane.
Can you say “BUCKET LIST”!
In the video it appears that Miss Detroit is faster at idle with the engine engaged than Panther is at WOT. Does Miss Detroit have a neutral or does she actually start in gear? Nice report. Our boating is rained out today on Long Island.
Neutral & forward. Who wants to backwards!
Is the header boat a Lyman? Love the video, my 12 year old wants to see that going by at speed. Jr. Woody boater-et. She likes lapstrakes too.
While the lapstrake depicted in the header is a dead ringer for a mid 50s Lyman its actually Dave Anderson’s very cool, very rare, and very pristine 1956 18’6″ lap strake skiff built by the relatively unknown California based South Coast Yacht and Shipbuilders Company. Her name ….”Wicked Wahine”.
Here’s a link to the original Wicked Wahine story featuring the South Coast Boat Company from Newport Beach, CA.
Regarding the fish sex, as WC Fields said (in his nasily response) when asked if he wanted water with his scotch, “No thanks, fish fornicate in it).
It appears that they have laminated the Park Service sign announcing the park closure due to the federal government shutdown. Do you think they are planning on using it over and over again??? Hmmmm? Damn politicians. They made sure to run through legislation covering their payroll checks during all of this. And then today Boehner says he has no idea when the government shutdown ends—I wonder what they’d say if the tables were turned and good ol’ John Q. Public got to tell Congress: “I have no idea when your pay will resume!” Of course they have enough piled away from the lobbyists……….wouldn’t really concern them.
Gotta Luv a Lspstrake! Especially the Wicked Wahine being lowered into the Pacfic by the skillful hands of the Admiral! Wow! What a great weekend. Film at 11:00
Mahalo, Matt & Texx
Re Miss Detroit III. While giving us a rudimentary idea of what it is like to sit behind that mighty Curtis power plant Matt’s video suggests a rather civilized ride. In reality gold cup racing in 1918 was definitely not for he faint of heart!
Imagine squeezing yourself into that diminutive cockpit and heading out onto the Detroit River to challenge for the 1918 Gold Cup.
After a wild free for all start you quickly round the first turn and open MDIII’s throtle up and she complies accelerating rapidly down the backstretch to the (then)astonishing speed of 70 mph . Ripping along at full bore MDIII briefly spews flames out her exhaust stacks , singing stray hair, eyebrows and fingers , then without notice she stubbornly digs in to one of the many stray wakes conjured up by the multitude of spectator boats and violently lurches headlong into that swells.Groaning loudly she instantly decelerates to 35 mph slaming you into the wheel and pitching your faithful mechanic headlong toward that screaming 400 hp sewing machine, leaving both of you cursing and fighting with every muscle to keep yourself within the confines of that inadaquate box poetically named “the cockpit”. Now repeat that experience again and again in multiple succession and you can begin to imagine what Gar Wood and his Mechanic Jay Smith, not to mention the crews of the other three boats in that primitive race, went through in the pursuit of speed.
Just discovered that I somehow attributed Mike Mayer’s MDIII YouTube video to Matt. Sorry bout that Mike!