2014 Grand Lake Event Report





We may have had a stormy start but the weather cleared for most that was planned by a great Oklahoma committee.






Friday’s lunch at The Aqua Bar at the Landings Marina gave a chance for old and new friends to visit.

You would think that a business meeting would be serious . . .

Digging into the all-you-can-eat shrimp buckets at Waterway Café at Harbors View Marina was a fun and delicious Friday night feast gaining a “thumbs up” vote.

Saturday was perfect for Show Day, complete with a Ship’s Store and Junior Judging. The evening banquet was held at the host facility of Arrowhead Yacht Club.

The President’s Cup for the year was presented by Chapter President George Reaves to Paul Hastings. Other Boat Show Awards were also presented. See notes with the attending boats.

Heartland Classics members love old boats and enjoy sharing time together and, there’s no denying it, eating is always a good part of our events.

Show boats enjoyed by members and the public on Saturday:

“Jan Marie” owned by Darren and Jan Arnold is a 1964 Correct Craft 16′ Compact Skier which this year won Best of Show.

This 1968 Cobalt 18′ Bubble Deck was an eye-catcher shown by Alex and Linda Barry. This is the winner of the 2014 Corinthian Award.

“Sleeper” is a 1981 Bertram 18′ Fly Bridge model also owned by Alex and Linda Barry.

Best Wood Boat Award was given to Michael and Angela Beachner for this 1964 Chris Craft 20′ Super Sport named “Liberty Bella”.

Annabella enjoys lounging on the Beachner’s Cavalier Cruiser which won Best Display.

This 1967 Century 16′ Resorter named “Moon Pie” is a regular at the Grand Lake Show. She is owned by Bob and Peggy Cutler.

“Checkmate”, owned by Dan and Alicia Diehl, is a 1966 Chris Craft 35′ Sea Skiff won the Best Restored Award.

Diehl’s cobra also drew lots of attention at the show. It is a 1955 Chris Craft 21′ Cobra.

Chuck and Grace Ellsworth brought their 1971 Chris Craft XK-22 with its Chev. Corvette power.

“Sally J” is a 16′ homebuilt mahogany inboard built from a Jamescraft kit in 2009 by owners Michael and Sally Fowks.

“Blue Moon” came from Texas by Jim Frechette. She is a 1942 Chris Craft 18′ Deluxe Utility which deserved the trophy for the Furthest Traveled.

Jay Gallagher visited Heartland Classics with his very original 1957 Delta 14′ Sexy outboard named “Mourning Wood”.

“The Good Times”, owned by Chuck Gibbs, is a 1984 Trojan 36′ Convertible.

“NAMECI” is a 1950 Chris Craft 22′ Custom Sedan owned by Eric Grimshaw. Both the boat and her name are very cool!

Paul Hastings shared “Champagne Taste” with us. She is a 1964 Riva 28′ Aquarama and was chosen as the People’s Choice.

Gay Hennage won the award for the Best Non-Wood Boat for this 1971 Glastron 15′ GT150 that she and Phil own.

Kevin and Jeanne Hogan brought this beautifully restored 1958 Century 21′ Coronado named “Love Me Timber” and took home two awards, Best Century and the Hagerty Youth Judging Award.

“Irish Mist”, owned by Rafe and Melanie Hunsucker, was awarded the Best Chris Craft Award. She is a 1960 Chris Craft 17′ Cavalier.

“EZ Rider” is the Lyman restored by Bruce Hurst. Bruce and Correne enjoy this 1958 Lyman 18′ Runabout.

Handsome Transom is a traditional Grand Lake Award and this year it went to David Jones’ 1970 Stevens 18′ Flat Bottom with a Chevy 482.

A true antique, this 1937 Chris Craft 19′ Custom owned by Bob and Linda Kanak is always admired by the crowd.

Mike Langhorne owns this 1971 Chris Craft XK-19 “For the Good Times”.

The Best Cruiser Award went to this 1972 Chris Craft 42′ Constellation Cruiser named Phaeacian owned by Dan Lorant.

New members Clift and Ginny McPhail brought this 1957 Wizard 19′ El Dorado which went home with the Best Outboard Award.

“Chickadee” won the ACBS Award for Best Preserved. Dick and Cara Moist own this 1954 Chris Craft 15′ Cavalier.

Don and Kathy Parker own “Wood Carver”, a 1965 Carver 17′ Commander outboard. They were awarded the Safety Award as judged by the Power Squadron of Grand Lake.

“The Only Bid” is a great family boat owned by George and Stacy Reaves and daughters. She is a 1974 Crestliner 19’6″ Norseman DC.

This beautiful 1962 Chris Craft 36′ Roamer named “Just Roamin” is at home on Grand Lake. She is owned by Pete and Ramona Seitz.

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