Live-ish From The 2013 Lake Arrowhead Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show In SoCal

Lake Arrowhead - Mellow Yellow

Triple award winner “Mellow Yellow” 1958 Thompson 17′ Sea Lancer

Today, thanks to fellow Woody Boater Marten Anderson, we travel to beautiful Lake Arrowhead, California for a Live-ish report from the 2013 Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show hosted by the nice folks from the Southern California Chapter ACBS. The high altitude mountain air and laid-back atmosphere of the Lake Arrowhead area provides a perfect venue for a classic boat show. As expected, the range of classic boats at this years show is great – something for everybody. – Texx

30th Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show
by Marten Anderson

The ACBS Southern California Chapter’s 2013 Annual Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show is being held this weekend at the Lake Arrowhead Village. Antique and classic wooden boats vie for trophies and can be viewed up close both Saturday & Sunday at the Lake Arrowhead Village docks. On display throughout the village are vintage woodie cars, hot rods, antique wooden boat models and early outboard motors. Antique boats are also for sale throughout the village.

The featured boat this year is the 1936 22′ Earle Barnes crafted “Bille Bea II” – a winner of the Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Concourse d’Elegance.

Lake Arrowhead Cover

1936 22′ Earle Barnes crafted Bille Bea II

The show is produced by the Rim of the World Historical Society with the assistance of the Arrowhead Lake Association, the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce, the Antique & Classic Boat Society, the Up The Hill Woodie Club, and Lake Arrowhead Village.

Marten Anderson

Here is a list of award winners from this years event, which were presented on Saturday evening during the boat show banquet.

Best of Show: “Serpent”
1955 Chris-Craft 18′ Cobra – Craig Brewster

Lake Arrowhead 9 - Serpent

Lake Arrowhead 10 - Serpent

Lake Arrowhead 11 - Serpent
Best Chris-Craft: “Daisy”
Best Postwar Double Cockpit: “Daisy”
1953 Chris-Craft 18′ Racing Runabout – Chuck & Kathy Michel

photo 10 - Daisy
People’s Choice: “Empress”
1938 Gar Wood 22′ Streamliner – Tim & Laura Robinson

Lake Arrowhead - Empress
Oldest Boat of Show: “Mountain Mistress”.
1938 Chris-Craft 19′ Custom Runabout – Ollon & Sammie Downing

Lake Arrowhead 8 - Mountain Mistress
Ladies Choice: “Meteor”
Best 1959 and Newer Utility: “Meteor”
1981 18′ Herreshoff Harbor Pilot – Bob & Vickie Killeen

photo 22 - Meteor
Best 1958 and Older Utility: “Mello Yellow”
Best Outboard: “Mello Yellow”
ACBS Most Original: “Mello Yellow”
1958 Thompson 17′ Sea Lancer c/w 40HP Johnson – Mike LeCompte

Mellow Yellow 4

Mellow Yellow 5
Best Owner Restored: “Escapade”
1959 17′ Dorsett Catalina – Bob & Janet Kircher

Lake Arrowhead - Escapade

Lake Arrowhead - Escapade
Here is just a taste of some other wonderful classic boats on display at this years Lake Arrowhead show. A perfect example of why all classic boats, both big or small, older or newer are welcome at these local events.

A great looking 1950 Chris-Craft 14′ Outboard… 40HP – 40MPH

Lake Arrowhead - 1950 Chris-Craft 14

Lake Arrowhead 4 - 1950 Chris-Craft 14
A very cool period correct blown California Flat Bottom which looks like fun, especially for the passengers in the rear seats. “Mixed Emotions” is a 1970 18′ D&H Flat Bottom owned by Richard Kane. Perfect for those early morning runs up the lake.

Lake Arrowhead 6 - Mixed Emotions

Lake Arrowhead - Mixed Emotions
Jim Ball brought his 1964 Chris-Craft 18′ Super Sport “Bahama Mama II” this year.

photo 32 - Bahama Mama II
Fellow Woody Boaters and dedicated ACBS Chapter volunteers – Dave & Cheryl Anderson’s beautiful 1956 18’6″ South Coast Lapstrake “Wicked Wahine” from Victorville, CA.

photo 36 -Wicked Wahine
“Maximillian” is owned by Chuck Swimmer – a very nice 1956 21′ Chris-Craft Capri Runabout.

photo 39 - Maximillian
Thanks to all the SoCal ACBS Chapter volunteers and sponsors who helped to put this 30th annual event on again this year, and congratulations to all the award winners.

Thanks again to Marten Anderson for sharing this Live-ish report from lake Arrowhead with us today.


15 replies
  1. ian
    ian says:

    where is some pictures of the poster boat

    the best designed and probably the greatest boat built by earl barnes and argueably the best boat ever built in Muskoka

  2. Troy
    Troy says:

    Found this Hiliner in Bucksport Maine yesterday.
    1962 with a 1962 50HP Merc.
    They are asking $1,500.00.
    Has rot.

  3. don vogt
    don vogt says:

    Looks like a great show. Question perhaps for Tim Robinson who was there. I see mountain mistress looks like it has a 5 gauge instrument panel. Sequoia, for example only has the 4 gauge panel. Cant remember its model year. Wonder at what point they switched to the larger panels in the 19 foot model? certainly by ’39, at least. thx.

    • Brian Robinson
      Brian Robinson says:


      At the end of the pre-barrelback 19′ Custom Runabout series (1935-1938) four Special model 19s were built with Chrysler Crown engines and the 5 unit panel in 1938. All four were originally delivered to Lake Arrowhead.

      • don vogt
        don vogt says:

        Thanks, Brian, very interesting. I was not aware of that. This explains the apparent discrepancy in instrument panels. Are any of the other 3 still around, as far as we know? Texx, might make an interesting story. I assume maybe they were ordered to be part of a racing class?

  4. 51Resorter
    51Resorter says:

    Thanks Matt and Texx for using my photos for today’s story and header! Beautiful weather yesterday for the show. Billy Bea II was on her trailer in the village for all to get a close look at her.

  5. Gary
    Gary says:

    It would be informative if the numbers indicating the model number were known on the builders plate of the Gar Wood Mountain Mistress.

    • Brian Robinson
      Brian Robinson says:


      Mountain Mistress is a Chris-Craft and the only Gar Wood there was Empress, so I’m not sure which one you are referring too?

  6. Philip Andrew
    Philip Andrew says:

    Wow imagine sitting in the rear seats in Richards ‘ flat bottom Mixed Emotions.’ That must be ear-splitting.

  7. Carla
    Carla says:

    Thanks everyone for welcoming Hagerty’s own Lauren Gusler to your fabulous show. She’s already put Arrowhead on her list of shows for 2014!

  8. Suzie
    Suzie says:

    Looking for someone at Lake Arrowhead who would be able to give a ride. Missed the show this year and love the pictures!

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