XK Making Friends, We’re Just Along For The Ride “Beating The Heat”.
Thanks to fellow Woody Boaters Shannon & Scott Knight for sending us in this fun Beat The Heat story. Take it away guys
When Shannon and I bought our XK19 three years ago, visiting Northern Michigan’s beautiful lakes was at the top of our “must cruise” list.
Installing a new fuel tank this spring marked the end of two seasons chasing mechanical gremlins that collectively conspired against us.
After the boat ran strong at our chapter’s show in Algonac, the planets aligned and the July 4th holiday saw us makin’ wake under crystal clear skies on Lake Charlevoix and Torch Lake.
A week of Rockwelian small town lake life, Independence Day festivities, and boating with family and friends checked many boxes and recharged our batteries. We had so much fun we decided to leave the boat in Boyne City for a return visit.
With metro Detroit temps forecast to soar near 100 degrees last weekend, it was an easy decision to head North and even easier to convince some friends to join us. Our cruise itinerary included Walloon and Charlevoix.
We knew early on that we had a boat that was fun on the water, but we didn’t realize how much attention it would draw. It is a magnet for younger enthusiasts and never fails to draw the admiration of passing boaters, dock boys, and restaurant patrons. At one point, a fellow boater barely had his anchor set in the sand bar before making a beeline for us, exclaiming, “That’s a Chris-Craft! That’s cool!”, and talked boats with us for an hour. After that, we realized the XK makes friends – we’re just along for the ride!
We burned lots of fuel, dove off the transom, and relaxed in the sun. We dripped water, sand, beer, cracker crumbs and sunscreen all over the interior.
We jumped wakes, snooped boathouses, patronized waterfront dining establishments, dove in the lake then did it all over again.
So far we’ve made wake in Charlevoix, Torch, Walloon, and Lake Michigan. There’s still plenty of summer on the calendar and fuel left in the tank.
Thanks Shannon and Scott for capping off a fun week of Beating The Heat, today here in VA its 20 degrees cooler. So looks like all your warm wishes helped.
Yes, glass and wood CAN co-exist! That is one sweet ride, Scott! Classic look and I love the white sides. Looks like you two have to the classic boating thing down pat. Like the combination of “spills” in the boat.
What a great article about “Northern Michigan”. Shannon and Scott are two wonderful people. Love the all photo’s… especially of one that features the “original” Chris Craft Red and White. That brings back a bunch of memories for me! Thank you for sharing!
Great story about two great people and their really cool classic glass XK. I am jealous since I have never cruised Waloon or Charlevoix. I hope we can set up a Michigan chapter event up there some time in the future.
That is one good looking boat, love the lines, thanks for sharing
I will agree that Classic Boating is the best way to meet GREAT people!
The best is actually using these boat for what they were made, for just like you two are doing.
My former SS and XK…….oh how I miss them!!!