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North Little Rock Vintage Boat Display

Recovery day for those who had been on the Arkansas River Cruise combined with a public display of vintage boats led to a colorful gathering of boats for the public to admire.  Nineteen vessels from eight states ranging from antique to contemporary made quite a show.

Boats in the water at the Inland Maritime Museum included a 1992 Century Arabian, 1966 Shell Lake Caravelle, 1960 Chris Craft Cavalier, 1961 Owens Sea Skiff, and a 1949 Chris Craft Sportsman

The boats on land gave spectators a chance to get up close and visit with the owners.  Some visitors even became new members of ACBS and Heartland Classics!

John and Marilyn Davenport coordinated the activities for this fun weekend.  Here are some more of the boats that attended:

1970 Lyman Offshore



1959 Cadillac Bermuda



1979 Caravelle




1955 Chris Craft Cavelier



1999 Saint
Picnic Launch



1965 Jones Hydroplane



1949 Chris Craft Sportsman



1947 Penn Yan canoe



1964  Shepherd Runabout



1961 Higgins Mandalay


1965 Carver Commander



And to round out the show were the featured boats at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum – both Antiques and available for tours; WW II submarine USS Razorback and the United States Navy vessel Hoga, the last floating Navy vessel that was present at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

photo by Jeremy Goldstein of WW II submarine USS Razorback

2017 Arkansas River Cruise

This was the second Arkansas River Odyssey hosted by the Heartland Classics Chapter of ACBS.  The logistics of the 370 miles with 13 locks adventure were planned by Mike Yancey. Fourteen boats left Muskogee, Oklahoma on Sunday, October 1.

Follow the story and enjoy the pictures in these journal blogs by George Reaves.

2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 1.

2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 2.

2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 3.

2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 4.

2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 5.

2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 6.

Heartland Classics at Lake Lotawana 2017

There is a newly formed and growing Wooden and Classic Boat Club at Lake Lotawana, Missouri which is southeast of Kansas City.  This group wanted to contribute to the community by having a boat show that would benefit the city’s Parks & Recreation Department.  To make the show spectacular, they invited the ACBS Heartland Classics Chapter to bring wooden boats and be part of the show weekend.  

In the beginning, there were nine ACBS member boats that joined the local boats to make almost two dozen antique and classic boats for the public to enjoy.

“Diamond Lil” 1930 Chris Craft 100 owned by event coordinator David Wysong

The hosts for the event and the whole community were the epitome of graciousness.  As Heartland members arrived, we were greeted warmly, boat launching was orchestrated by a crew of helpers and we were guests in their homes.

This was a fundraiser. Prior to the event, Lake Lotawana residents had “purchased a ride” in one of the visiting boats – big $$$.  What could be better – boating with new friends in an old boat on a beautiful lake and raising funds for a needed project at the same time.

“Woodwind” 1940 Chris Craft Barrelback owned by Buddy & Sherri Butler

Raffle tickets were sold to win a ride in the 1964 Amphicar owned by Tim Wahl.  Kevin and Jeanne won one of the drawings. 

Pictures are worth a thousand words – those words would say repeatedly “great show” with “gorgeous boats” and “wonderful people” having fun and enjoying “perfect weather” and “scrumptious meals”.  So here is a parade of pictures of some of the boats to tell the rest of the story:

1954 Chris Craft Special Sportsman 20′ Hardtop owned by Don and Kathy Parker
1955 Chris Craft Cavalier owned by Richard and Cara Moist
1955 Chris Craft 21′ Cobra owned by Dan and Alicia Diehl
1957 Chris Craft 17′ Sportsman owned by Mark Zobrist
1958 Century Coronado owned by Kevin and Jeanne Hogan
1958 North Ambassador owned by Dr. David and Brian Tillema
1962 Century Sabre owned by Chick and Karon Wheat
1964 Chris Craft Super Sport owned by Michael and Angela Beachner
1966 Century Coronado owned by John III and John IV Belger.
1996 Grand Craft Utility named “Vacationland” owned by Tim Wahl
1996 Hacker Craft Double owned by Forrest and Kally Bryant
There were several beautiful small craft including this one
Heartland Classics members were honored to be part of this Lake Lotawana Wooden and Classic Boat Show





2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 5

Day 5 started bright and clear !! After a day of rest the four boats going all the way pushed off the dock about 9am and headed down stream towards the first dam. Pu Haps ran with us down to the front of the lock and then headed back to Little Rock to get ready for the boat show on Saturday.

The first lock went quick and before too long we were headed down river once more. On this part of the run we saw a dredging operation and met a tow coming up river. We continued down river to the second lock about an hour after the first.

As we arrived at the second lock a large tow was just arriving at the lock ahead of us. We shut down and started waiting.  About 2.5 hours later we were finally cleared into the lock. While we were waiting the crews ate snacks and chatted. A couple drifted into the bank to find some shade. The sun did come out with a vengeance.

After locking through, the rest of the day was uneventful. A quick 45 minute run down to Pine Bluff was uneventful. We did see a large grain operation with trucks backed up for some distance along side the river.

Arrival at the marina was a bit challenging as the winds kicked up blowing the crews past the target slips. Linda met us at the marina and helped us get the boats bedded own for the night. Right across the marine was an older 105 ft boat.

The crews hung out at the marina while Mike and Erin went to get the van. We were all able to get into the van for a single run to the hotel. After settling in we headed to the Colonial Steak House for dinner. The Colonial is in a former elementary school providing a unique dinning experience. All agreed the food was excellent.

Upon returning to the hotel, Our cruise master told us we were back to the 645am departure times. But, hey, it is the last day.

Here are some pictures. Hope you enjoy:

Dredge operation seen along the river today.
Grain operation just before Pine Bluff
The Colonial Steakhouse. Excellent food, unique dinning environment.
Boats bedded down for the night
Power plant just prior to the days second lock. Hey, there was not much to take a picture of.
Tow coming up stream. One of two we say today.
Second lock of the day. Spent 2.5 hours waiting for the tow in front of us to lock through.
105 ft boat located at the evenings marina.
Floating mooring point inside the locks. This is what we tie too when locking through.


2017 Arkansas River Cruise Day 1

Saturday 9/30

11 Boats and crews gathered in Muskogee to launch and travel to LIttle Rock to drop of the trailers for later in the week. The drive from Muskogee to Little Rock was uneventful with all vehicles arriving without incident. Paul Hastings provided parking for the group at his facility. We then loaded into 3 vans and drove back to Muskogee arriving back around 7pm. The group dinner at Colton’s.

Sunday 10/1 – Day 1.

We were up and going by 6:30 with the vans shuttling us from the hotel to the docks. The boats were ready to go and everything went smoothly. Mike Yance briefed the captains. At 8:30 AM we pulled away from the docks and headed down river. Reach our first lock after about an hour or so under way. This was authors first experience locking through and it went off smoothly.

Clear of the lock the group headed down river and into the Kerr Reservoir. We headed across the reservoir to Applegate marina for food and fuel. Applegate only has one pump but we quickly established a rotation and worked the group through. BBQ was on the dock waiting for the crews. There was plenty to eat with no one going away hungry. After lunch we headed through out second lock and then into the river for a good run down to the third lock. After clearing our final lock for the day we had a good run to Ft. Smith. There was plenty of help at Ft Smith and before too long all of the boats were bedded down and ready for the night.

Please enjoy these pictures taken through out the day.

Captains Meeting

Entering the first lock

Owens Fueling Applegate
Lyman Fueling Applegate
Zodiac Fueling Applegate
Kerr Lock
Deep Lock
Owens Underway
Work Boat Waiting for Lock
Hers Waiting for Lock
Fort Smith

2017 Grand Lake Report

The 2017 Mahogany and Chrome Show was another GRAND event.  Thank you to Phil and Gay Hennage and Chuck Gibbs and Kathleen Barrett, the core organizers, for your efforts which made it a success.

THUNDERBALL, a 1959 Riva Tritone, was the Best of Show winner.  She was restored to this pristine condition by Clay and Patty Thompson.

Thunderball-1959 Riva 27′ Tritone owned by Clay and Patty Thompson

All other winners will follow the weekend recap.

It was a breezy, warm weekend.  For Friday’s cruise, most participants rode in the bigger boats to cruise from Duck Creek (west end of Grand Lake) to Honey Creek (east end of Grand Lake) for a hearty lunch.

Food is always an important part of Heartland events. We all enjoyed the all-you-can-eat shrimp boil on Friday night and the Arrowhead breakfast – including their famous maple/pepper bacon, on Saturday.

Many observers came to the show at Arrowhead’s new docks to see the variety of boats from Antique through Contemporary.  Here are the judging results:

Best Non-Wood – Mike and Denese Yancey

1979 Caravelle I/O owned by Mike and Denese Yancey

Best Preserved – Dick and Cara Moist

“Chickadee” – 1955 Chris Craft Cavalier owned by Dick and Cara Moist

Best Restored Wood – Michael and Angela Beachner

“Libertybella”-1964 Chris Craft Super Sport owned by Michael and Angela Beachner

Best Outboard Boat – Cliff and Ginny McPhail

1957 Wizard El Dorado owned by Cliff and Ginny McPhail

Best Cruiser – Alex and Linda Barry

“Sleeper” – 1981 Bertram 28′ owned by Alex and Linda Barry

Best Century – Ken and Ro Everett

“No Big Deal” – 1947 Century outboard owned by Ken and Ro Everett

Handsom Transom – Phil and Gay Hennage

“The Lady Gay” – 1964 Chris Craft Constellation owned by Phil and Gay Hennage

Best Display – Steve Knight and Tami Benson

“Mornin’ Wood” 1940 Chris Craft Barrelback towed by period truck owned by Stephen Knight

Longest Hauled – Mike and Deb Binns

“Sea Rafter” 1953 Chris Craft Riviera owned by Mike and Deb Binns

Safety Award – Bob Cutler

“PIC 1” – 1959 Chris Craft Cavalier owned by Bob Cutler

Youth Judged Award – Alex Barry

1968 Cobalt Bubble Deck displayed by Alex Barry

People’s Choice – Buddy and Sherri Butler

“Woodwind” – 1940 Chris Craft Custom Barrelback owned by Buddy and Sherri Butler

Individual Awards were given to boats according to judged score.  ACBS judging standards were used to determine the quality and closeness to original condition.

PLATINUM Awards – Scored 96- to 100 points:
(pictured above…)

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport – Beachner
1953 Chris Craft Riviera – Binns
1940 Chris Craft Barrel Back – Butler
1947 Century Outboard – Everett
1959 Riva Tritone – Thompson
plus this cruiser…

“Two Questions” – 1972 Chris Craft 31′ Commander Sedan owned by Mike and Denese Yancey

GOLD Awards-Scored 90-94.5 points

(picture above)

1955 Chris Craft Cavalier-Moist
1981 Bertram Cruiser – Barry
1979 Caravelle – Yancey
plus these GOLD Award winners:

1974 Colbalt CD19 owned by Chuck Gibbs
1972 Chris Craft Ski Jet owned by Steve Spinharney
“Wake up to Tang” 1959 Glass Craft Citation owned by Zeb King
“Jan Marie”- 1964 Correct Craft owned by Darren and Jan Arnold
“Dr. Bob” 1959 Century Resorter owned by Bobby Gibson

SILVER Awards- Scored 85-89.5 points
(picture above)

1964 Chris Craft Constellation – Hennage
1959 Chris Craft Cavalier – Cutler
plus these additional SILVER boats:

“Pu-Haps” – 1961 Owens Sea Skiff owned by John and Marilyn Davenport
“Sandrina”- 1976 Riva Olympic owned by Paul Hastings
1972 Chris Craft 42 ft Constellation Cruiser owned by Dan Lorant
“Carter Rae”-1957 Chris Craft Holiday owned by Steve and Donnita Dagg
1948 Hacker Craft entered for Arden Dorney by Brent Howard

A few of the boats we see year after year like old friends.  Some from the past are missed.  But most exciting is to meet new members that have antique and classic boats plus those Late Classics that are adding color to the docks and to our membership.

Thanks to everyone involved; planners, workers, participants, and spectators.  Well Done!

Other boats at the show that chose not to be judged but contributed to the interest and boat stories shared:

“Just Roamin'”1962 Chris Craft 36′ Roamer owned by Pete and Ramona Seitz
“High Expectations” 1937 Chris Craft Custom owned by Bob and Linda Kanak
“Kathleen” 1954 Chris Craft 20′ Hardtop owned by Don and Kathy Parker
1955 Chris Craft Cobra owned by Dan and Alicia Diehl
“E Z Rider” 1956 Lyman Runabout owned by Bruce Hurst
“Love Me Timber” 1968 Century Coronado owned by Kevin and Jeanne Hogan
“Irish Mist” 1960 Chris Craft Cavalier owned by Rafe Hunsucker
“Little Outlaw” 1960 Glasspar G3 owned by Andy and Lacey Miller
“Wheaties” 1962 Century Sabre owned by Chick and Kron Wheat
“Free Spirit” 1996 Hacker Craft 26′ Double owned by Forrest and Kally Bryant
“Untouchable” 1991 Hacker Craft 30′ Triple owned by Jim and Marilyn Conner
“The Privateer” 1986 Century Resorter owned by Bobby Gibson
“Lake Rat” 1968 Century Cheetah owned by Tony and Kelli Fure
“Checkmate” 1966 Chris Craft 35′ Sea Skiff owned by Dan and Alicia Diehl

































































Heartland Classics is ACBS Chapter of the Year

Eighteen Heartland Classics members attended the Annual ACBS Meeting and International Boat Show held in Racine, Wisconsin.  Culminating the event at the Awards Banquet was the awarding of the title “ACBS Chapter of the Year” to the Heartland Classics Chapter.

Three Heartland boats were at the docks:

Chickadee is a 1955 Chris Craft Cavalier owned by Richard and Cara Moist.
Free Spirit is a 1996 26′ Hacker Craft Double Cockpit owned by Forrest and Kally Bryant.
The Andrew J is a 1948 Higgins Deluxe Sedan Cruiser owned by Jeff Oppenheimer.

Two Heartland members were official judges for the International Boat Show.

Dan Diehl
Clay Thompson

Here are more of the Heartland attendees:

Buddy and Sherry Butler
Patty and Clay Thompson
David Vickers
Jeff Oppenheimer and Don Parker
Richard and Cara Moist
Paul and Marge Morris
Don Parker, Alex Barry, Kathy Parker, Forrest Bryant, Kally Bryant, Mike Langhorne, Mike Yancey

















Besides beautiful boats to admire, there were symposiums to attend, free boat rides, and kids painting their own little boats.

The Benefit Auction for Scholarships and Education featured the beautiful turned cherry wooden sculpture from Dick Moist.

And in addition to the Chapter of the Year Award, the Moists took home a Silver trophy for Chickadee and Jeff Oppenheimer received a Platinum Trophy, the Higgins Award presented by Marge Morris, plus the Best of Show-Preserved.


Surf the Bay- 2017

Heartland Classics was again invited to bring our classic boats to the 2017 Surf the Bay event in the Fairfield Bay Arkansas. This is the second year we have participated in this event.

Kevin and Jeannie Hogan arrived on Wednesday, June 14th having spent several days in Eureka Springs Arkansas after leaving Branson Missouri following the Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake.

Mike Yancey arrived Thursday morning having also spent time in the area after leaving Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake.

Kevin and Mike quickly got their boats launched, though the high water did provide some challenges with the ramps under water.

Forrest and Kally Bryant arrived next, quickly followed by Paul Hastings and then Scott and Linda Hendren. These 3 boats were launched and then it was time to check into our lodging locations and head to our next event, EATING, at El Pablano’s Mexican Restaurant.

Friday morning was cruise day. Kevin Hogan and Jeannie were in Love Me Timber, Scott and Linda in Wax On, Wax Off, and Forrest and Kally Bryant, Mike Yancey, and Paul Hastings were in Free Spirit. It was a beautiful, slightly overcast day keeping the temperatures in check as we headed south on the lake.

The water was smooth and we enjoyed a leisurely pace as Forrest Bryant led the group. Around 11:30, it was time once again for our favorite event, getting together, having conversations, and EATING.

So we headed by boat to Janssen’s On the Lake for lunch. We arrived and had just enough slips in their courtesy docks to get all the boats secured. We walked up the hill and had a great lunch. This is a very popular restaurant that is only open Thursday thru Sunday, so it is always busy.

We headed back to Fairfield Bay Marina.

John Conry, the marina manager, was glad to see Heartland Classics in attendance once again and wanted to make sure the classic boats were prominently displayed. One of the benefits of the high water is that the walkway to the marina was quite long, and enabled all the boats to be parked along the walkway, allowing everyone who came to the event, to admire these works of art as they came to the event. Heartland Classics also set up a table on the marina docks with information about ACBS and the Heartland Classics Chapter giving us the opportunity to talk with folks and tell them more about the club’s objectives and encourage those with interest to come join us.

Friday evening we all met at the Little Red Restaurant for dinner. We had an excellent meal and spent a leisurely time in conversation with excellent service from the staff. We were the first group into the large dining room and the last to depart.

Saturday morning was the primary show day. There was a strong breeze that kept the temperatures in check with a mix of overcast skies and sun. The event was well attended with a mix of folks of all ages. There were bands on the floating stage as well as kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and flyboard demonstrations with the opportunity to allow attendees to try their skill. Our own Paul Hastings took up the challenge.

We participated in a boat parade around the marina and docks around 3PM. We were led by a small tug boat replica in which the John Conry, Fairfield Bay Marina Manager led. It was then time to re-load the boats and head for our final event, EATING.

We went to Janssen’s On the Lake for dinner. Again, the restaurant was packed with a long line of folks waiting to get seated. The food was excellent and abundant. As we finished dinner, we all said our good-byes before heading once again to our overnight lodging.

Thanks to Mike Yancey for report and pictures. Also Scott Hendren for additional pictures.

2017 Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake

After weeks of flooding rain, a window of perfect boating weather opened on Table Rock Lake for 25 boats and 73 people from 11 states to enjoy a weekend of cruisin’ n eatin’, eatin’ and cruisin’ on Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri.

Classics Cruisin’ in early June is a tradition of the Heartland Classics Chapter.  One day of extra cruising was arranged for the early birds on Thursday with a 66 mile (round trip) cruise for lunch up the James River arm of Table Rock Lake to the Cape Fair Marina. Seven boats made that trip including this 1987 Cobalt Cuddy Cabin.

Thursday evening the group gathered to greet old friends and meet new ones at Rock Lane Resort, our host resort and marina.  Even a 1951 Ford “woody” car joined us all the way from Florida.

The first big meal of Friday was at the Floating Café on Indian Point, just a short cruise away to start the day.  Friday’s participants chose one of two routes, one south into the Long Creek Arm of the lake venturing into Arkansas waters, or west and north to a marina for an ice cream treat.  Classic boats are seen here staging for the cruise leaders to lead the way. 

Saturday’s cruise was the long one – 82 miles round trip – west on Table Rock Lake to the Big M Marina where we were joined by this 1967 42′ Owens Aruba.  The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce had promoted the “show” so a few hundred people came to see the boats even though is was a “Mini” show in a remote area.

Two more boats that were “first-timers” at the event were this 1964 Shepherd and a 1949 Greavette, both manufactured in Canada, but now in home ports in Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Also new this year at the dock was a 1957 Wizard 26’ steam powered launch which had been a Navy whale boat tender. 

The gathering at the Ozarks Yacht Club on Saturday evening was a chance to visit, compare boat stories, and make plans for the future.  This was the 15th Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake Event.  Each year proves to be a reunion of sorts as well as the beginning of new relationships and new traditions.


2017 Hot Springs Classic Meant a Good Time

Lake Hamilton gave attendees at the Hot Springs Classic a PERFECT cruising day on Friday, April 7, 2017. No wind! Not a cloud in the sky! Not too hot – not too cold – just right!

We started with a sweet breakfast at Clay and Patty Thompson’s lake home.  They’ve added to the boardwalk complete with cleats for our dozen classic boats to tie up. The outdoor kitchen at the dock was new this year. This dock is the home of Summertime, a 1949 Chris Craft Sportsman 25′ with twin Chris Craft engines.

After morning cruising, lunch time was at Fisherman’s Wharf and then afternoon cruising.  Participants got to see more of Lake Hamilton than ever before – who could pass on this perfect day for boating?

Burban & Water is right at home on Lake Hamilton. Owned by Fred Burban, she is a 1965 Chris Craft Commander 38′ with twin Chevrolet engines.

Event Chair Mike Langhorne leads the tour of Lake Hamilton from the deck of Pu Haps owned by John and Marilyn Davenport.  Pu Haps is a 1961 Owens Sea Skiff 25′ powered by a Flagship 185.

Sea Rafter made her maiden voyage this weekend after a four-year restoration.  This beautiful 1953 Chris Craft 18′ Riviera is owned by Mike and Deb Binns.

Saturday was show day at the Garvan Woodland Garden’s dock.  There was a steady stream of visitors to view the variety of classics.  A big hit was this 15′ aluminum 1960 Cadillac Coronado with a 40 hp Johnson. She is owned by Roy Showalter and Parker Showalter.

Steve and Karin enjoy this eye-catching candy-red XK-18 Chris Craft Ski Jet named XKape  owned by Steve Spinharney.

John and Glenna Ganster brought this beautiful 1964 Shepherd Runabout 22′ with a Chrysler 350 named Shep ’64.   

Heartland Classics Chapter President Mike Yancey and Denese had fun in their 1979 Caravelle 17.5′ with a Mercruiser 165.

This perfectly preserved 1986 Cobalt BR21 with a Mercruiser 260 has been owned by Stuart Perry since it was ordered in 1986 and is at home on Lake Hamilton.
More beautiful Chris Crafts from Oklahoma.  Here is Dan and Alicia Diehl’s 1955 21′ Cobra,-and a 1940 Chris Craft Custom Runabout Barrelback 19′ powered by a Chris Craft engine named Woodwind owned by Buddy and Sherri Butler.

Pina Colada returned to the lake after some time out to be restored.  She is a 1962 Century Resorter 19′ with a Gray 240 owned by Paul Hastings.

It was fun to have the Watkins family back with us. The next generation now has a classic boat – this 1989 Mastercraft 19′ Prostar 190 powered with a Ford Windsor 351 named Three Buoys captained by Collier.

Wheaties was there at the lake but needs a new fuel pump.  We’ll see her running at the next event. Other members who added to the fun were Scott and Linda Hendren, Bill Murphy and Jan Wofford, and Chuck Gibbs and Kathleen Barrett.

Missouri boats that added to the show were:
Free Spirit, the beautiful 1996 Hackercraft 26′ Runabout Double owned by Forrest and Kally Bryant,

and Wood Carver, a 1965 Carver Commander 17′ with an Evinrude 70hp outboard owned by Don and Kathy Parker and Chickadee, a 1955 Chris Craft 15′ Utility owned by Richard and Cara Moist.

Fun people, fun weekend on a beautiful lake.