Tuesday Forecast – Classic Cruising All Day With Scattered Periods Of Happiness For Everyone

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Pappy – 1931 Chris-Craft 20′ Model 200

Well, after months of anticipation, the classic boating season is finally here (at least in Florida) and today we are joining up with some fellow Woody Boaters for a day of cruising on the Southbound St. John’s River Cruise in Central Florida. And the forecast for today is Sunny 81 degrees (Feels like 84 degrees – 28.8 C for our friends in Canada) with a few thunderstorms.

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Jim Staib & Crew on Lucky 7 – 1951 Chris-Craft 22′ Sportsman

We arrived in Palatka, Florida on Monday, which is the stopping point on the river cruise route on both Monday and Tuesday night. The popular St. John’s River Cruises (north before the show and south after the show) are organized in conjunction with Sunnyland ACBS Chapter Wooden Boat Festival on Lake Dora, in Tavares, Florida.

The nice folks from the Sunnyland Chapter ACBS have been organizing these cruise events for a number of years now, and they have it figured out… Keeping in mind that organizing boaters can be like herding cats some days! The South Cruise runs from From Sunday, March 17th to Thursday, March 21st and covers some fantastic waterways throughout central Florida.

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Paul & Karen Harrison and John & Kim Kadimik – on board Kabot’s Habit – 1965 Chris-Craft 24′ Sea Skiff

The boats began to arrive to the docks of the Palatka Quality Inn mid afternoon on Monday, so we snapped a few shots of the classic boaters as they pulled in to the docks to give you an idea of the wide range of boats that are participating in this years event.

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Adele – 1959 Lyman 23′ Utility

One of the greatest things about this event is the wonderful cross section of classic boaters who attend the event from all over the country and the impressive range of classic boats that participate every year. This is also a great opportunity to visit with old friends and make some new friends along the way. Here’s the stats – based on the most recent sign in sheet:

Over 65 Participants Total – 22 Captains / 43 Crew from 17 US States & 3 Canadian Provinces

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Guy Marvin III & Mike Favilla – Majestic – 1936 Chris-Craft 22′ Triple Cockpit Runabout

23 Boats Registered – from 13 US States & 2 Canadian Provinces

Columbus, OH
Memphis, TN
St. Michaels, MD
Dunwoody, GA
Unionville, IN
Sioux Falls, SD
Humbolt, IA
Excelsior, MN
New Fairfield, CT
Louisville, KY
East Lake, OH
Jacksonville, FL
Jupiter, FL
St. Louis, MO
Fleming Island, FL
McHenry, IL
Charleston, SC
Clover, SC
Rockland, Ontario, Canada
Glen Williams, Ontario, Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Norman Blackley & Anthony Davison – JR – Chris-Craft Model 300

9 Boat Manufacturers Represented

Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company
Gar Wood

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Bernie LeMay – Wood Vibrations – 1960 Lyman 15′ Outboard

12 Boat Lengths Registered

15′, 15’8″, 17’5″, 18′, 19′, 20′, 22′, 23′, 24′, 26′, 27′, & a 28 footer.

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1953 Chris-Craft 19′ Racing Runabout – Mahogamous Aff

Here’s a few more examples of some of the unique boats that will be joining us on today’s section of the cruise – And hopefully we will get a chance to photograph some of these beautiful boats doing what they do best throughout the day today.

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Fascination – 1929 28′ Chris-Craft Triple Cockpit Runabout – Owner, Mike Hagen

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Classic Donzi

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1957 Shepherd 27′ Express Commuter – Despina

Stay tuned for a full report from the St. Johns River Cruise on Wednesday here on Woody Boater. Then on Wednesday afternoon, we travel south to Tavares, Florida to set up for the Sunnyland Wooden Boat Festival at Wooten Park, on the shores of beautiful Lake Dora.


24 replies
  1. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Have fun. Woke up to 6 inches of snow on the driveway, wet and heavy. Lovin the lapstrakes. Adele looks sweet.

  2. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Great report & pics! Glad to see Norman & Jr are on the cruise, he always has good stories & often ends up towing someone! Have fun yall!

  3. Kathy Schultz
    Kathy Schultz says:

    Nice pics! Everyone needs to smile though, it is 15 degrees here in Milwaukee! Enjoy!!!!!!

  4. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    What WoodyGal said, Norms been on this trip every year, I think, and he’s on his 3rd motor in “Jr”. He’s got a small covered garage pool that he keeps his boat in swelled up at home in Memphis. He’s got some great stories to tell with his 80+ years of experience.

  5. Bob VandeVusse
    Bob VandeVusse says:

    Well, at least someone is having fun. Here on the shores of Lake Michigan (Holland), it is 22 degrees F, with 22 mph winds gusting to 33 for a wind chill factor of 6 degrees F. We also have a lake effect snow advisory all day. I’m glad spring starts tomorrow. I hope someone remembers to flip the switch!

  6. Ranger
    Ranger says:

    Please keep the reports and pictures coming!
    Randy had his surgery yesterday and you are making my day a little brighter. Pleased to report Randy’s surgery went well and we are so thankful.

    Dad took this trip both ways numerous times, it’s on our someday lust!

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Thanks Ranger – We are cruising across Crescent Lake right now an board “Lucky 7” and the waters flat, the sun is shining and the beers cold!

      Get well soon Randy, we miss you out here…


  7. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    I will be there Thursday but my boat want be ready, hope I can hitch a ride……I have gas money 🙂

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Did Century ever make (wooden) snow shovels? and if so is yours preserved or restored… Just sayin’

      • Rick
        Rick says:

        If nobody saves the sedan from yesterday maybe we can have GW snow shovels. Just thinkin’ out loud.

  8. Alex
    Alex says:

    Up at 4:00 am. Arrived airport at 5:15. Learned flight was cancelled.

    Weather in Northern MI is not good. But it’s not THAT bad.

    I smell a rat. Mayer! This time I’m serious. Stop calling in threats to the FAA. This ain’t funny!

  9. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Ronnie and I went for a boat ride through the canals and lakes today in Mount Dora. A little too hot for this Michigan boy. Had to put the Sun top up for the first time. But I’ll take it over wind chill factors any time…

  10. Randy Rush Captain Grumpy
    Randy Rush Captain Grumpy says:

    UH Just got done cleaning a foot of wet heavy snow off my tarped boat. So sick of snow, any one in florida got a couch I can sleep on?

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      Yes, but you have to drive a BEATER to get here! It is a MURPHY bed actually, not a couch. And we’ll pick up all the boat gas.

  11. Texx
    Texx says:

    We had a great day on the St. John’s River Cruise aboard “Lucky 7” Jim’s trusty U-22… It’s purred like a kitten all day.

  12. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Great day on the river (Dunns Creek) that looked like a problem with all the red on the weather radar before the trip but it blew thru early AM. Had some fun spottin’ gators.

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