From the Helm October 2017

We know that sometimes our classic boats can be a challenge to keep them running reliably.

One thing I was told long ago was that our older boats and engines are quite simple, unlike today’s boats and engines with a variety of computers and other electronics that often require special diagnostic tools in order to resolve problems.

I will admit my 1971 Chris Craft Commander 31 twin engine cruiser has been giving me some problems over the last few years, but at least I have always had an additional engine that enables me to get back to the dock. (With help from Chick Wheat and Alex Barry I have recently resolved an issue that has been occurring for a long time; this is also an example of another benefit of membership in our club, members willing to assist).

Also, my 38-year old blue Caravelle runabout has been faithful in the 31 years I have owned it to never fail mechanically. It may be hard to start at times, but once it is running it goes without fail. This boat has traveled the many miles associated with some of the Table Rock cruises never causing any problems though the engine is original and has thousands of hours on it.

These old engines require 3 major items: 1) Fuel, 2) Compression, 3) and spark to ignite the fuel. So when troubleshooting it is pretty basic

That said, a new tri-toon with a new Mercury outboard engine that I have had less than a year and has just a few hours on the meter, left me stranded on Grand Lake during the week following our boat show. I had to resort to my first call to Boat U.S. with a request to be towed back to the dock. Unlike the simplicity of our older engines, these newer ones are complex with a lot of computers and electronic components. So, I am limited in troubleshooting and resolution.

So I have to laugh. My old boats have always gotten me home, but my new boat failed me. Another reason to own and use a classic!? simplicity

Chapter of the Year

Heartland Classics was honored to receive an award for “Chapter of the Year” at the ACBS annual meeting and international boat show in Racine Wisconsin. Our chapter was well represented by having 18 members in attendance and the boat show included boats from 3 members. Dan Diehl and Clay Thompson were part of the shows official judging staff.

24th annual Mahogany and Chrome Classic Boat Festival

At the conclusion of the international boat show, everyone headed home on Sunday in order to get ready for the beginning of the 24th Annual Mahogany and Chrome Classic Boat Festival at Arrowhead Yacht Club which began on Thursday. We had over 40 boats displayed by our members followed by an excellent meal at the Awards Banquet. Details about the events activities and the recipients of awards can be found here on the website as well as you will find more details in the final 2017 issue of Mahogany and Chrome.

Remaining 2017 Events

September has been busy, however, by the time you read this “From the Helm” commentary, there are three additional events that will have taken place or be taking place as we conclude the year of 2017.  Read more about what took place at each event on the Heartland Classics website or in the final 2017 edition of Mahogany and Chrome that should be arriving in your mailbox soon.

  • Heartland Classics was invited to participate in the local boat show on Lake Lotawana, a small town near Kansas City, MO which began on the afternoon of Friday September 29th with the boat show on Saturday. Forrest Bryant has been coordinating with this local group, which resulted in an invitation for our Chapter to bring up to 10 wood boats to the show. We expect that Heartland Classics will also see additional members as a result of this opportunity.
  • The Arkansas River trip participants launched their boats on Saturday September 30th in Muskogee, OK and took their vehicles and trailers to Little Rock, returning in time to depart early Sunday morning, concluding the trip on Friday October 6th.
  • The North Little Rock Boat Display on the Arkansas River is or was (depending on when you read this) on October 7th and is the final event Heartland Classics has planned for 2017. This is the first time for this event, with the location providing excellent visibility and ease of access for the public, not only to view our boats, but also an opportunity to educate others about ACBS and Heartland Classics.

Thanks for another active and successful year.

Dates for next year’s events will be available soon and posted on the website.

Hope to see ya’ soon!

Mike Yancey