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.
And eye-catching was this candy-red XK-18 Chris Craft Ski Jet named XKape and 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 and Bill Murphy and Jan Wofford.
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.
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