From The Helm August 2017

Hopefully you have had many opportunities to get out on the water over the last few months. It is August already, and summer will be over before we know it, so reach out to other Heartland Classics members and go burn some fuel.

The benefit for many of our members in the 5-state area representing Heartland Classics, with a few possible exceptions in the far north of the territory, is that we can continue to use our boats through September and into October. In the southern areas, this might even stretch into November.

It may seem early, but this has been a very busy summer, so I am already doing preparation work on one of my boats I plan to display at the Mahogany and Chrome boat show at Grand Lake in September. Mainly cosmetic work including cleaning and waxing. I hope to see you there.

I am headed to Racine Wisconsin for the ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show (hoping you will be there too) on Sunday, September 3rd in order to be involved in a few of the pre-event cruises, followed by the meeting and boat show. Events conclude with the banquet and awards on Saturday evening.

I will head back to my home port on Sunday in order to finish preparations for the Mahogany and Chrome Boat Show that begins 4 days later on Thursday and ends Saturday evening September 16th. Like I said, it has been a busy summer.

But that is not all. Ten days later it is time to head to Muskogee, Oklahoma to welcome everyone arriving for the 2nd Arkansas River Odyssey. Arrivals begin to occur on Friday, September 29th as we have many participants coming from distant states. Saturday will be managing the logistics of moving vehicles and trailers to the trip conclusion and returning, allowing for a departure on Sunday, October 1. This trip will conclude with the Heartland Classics Boat Display in Little Rock Arkansas on Saturday, October 7th.

For anyone that has not made it to one of our events this year, I encourage you to try to attend the Mahogany and Chrome Boat Show at Grand Lake (register before August 21 for the Early Bird Discount) or the Heartland Classics Boat Display at Little Rock Arkansas. Even better, plan to come to both events.

Details on both events and the 2nd Arkansas River Odyssey are below.

September and October Opportunities – Register and Come Join Us!

Though I mentioned this event earlier in this article, I want to once again take the opportunity to highlight the need for member assistance with this new event this year, in making the Boat Display on the Arkansas River in Little Rock Arkansas on Saturday, October 7th a success. There is a lot to see and do in downtown Little Rock, in addition to the opportunity to tour the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, where the show will be held. This is our last planned event of the year, so plan to arrive on Friday and enjoy the camaraderie with other boaters.

This Boat Display will not have a registration cost but there is the need for a registration form to assist in planning. You can obtain a copy of the registration form on the Heartland Classics website under the tab “Events”, or just call or email the event Chairman, John Davenport at 479-234-5102. I know John Davenport, is planning on some pre-event cruising up the Arkansas River and through a lock to the Little Rock Yacht Club and then returning on Friday, October 6th, followed by a group dinner, in advance of the boat display on Saturday, so sign up as soon as possible.

Hope to see ya’ soon!

Mike Yancey


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