From the Helm August 2018

Keeping Afloat

by Mike Yancey

Thanks to Brent Howard of Howard Classic Boats along with some newly designed equipment he built, I was able to flip the bottom hull of my 1971 Chris Craft Lancer “project” boat which will now allow me to work with gravity rather than have it work against me. I need to do some fiberglass work as well as prepare for painting by sanding the entire hull. So, I am keeping busy and making progress which is always satisfying.

More Opportunities

Heartland Classics is always seeking opportunities to host or be involved in events hosted by others that are in different locales than our four annual events, providing opportunities for our members that are nearer, that might not be able to travel to one or more of our standard events.

Boat Shows and a Heartland Classics Hosted Workshop

We have three events taking place in Missouri over the next 3-months that I want to make everyone aware of so you can begin planning to attend one or more of these.

  1. August 18, 2018 – In-Water Vintage Boat Show sponsored by Outlaw Power Boats. This event is on Lake of the Ozarks, hosted by the Nauti Cantina in Mermaid Cove at 16319 P Road, Gravois Mills, MO 65037 and will run from 11AM to 5PM. Plan to participate by calling Christina at (573) 372-1612.  The event is FREE and registrations must be completed. Also, boat ramps are available supporting this event.
    Click here for more event details.
  2. September 28 thru 30, 2018 – Lake Lotawana Wood and Classic Boat Rendezvous’, hosted by the Lake Lotawana Wooden and Classic Boat Club, at Lake Lotawana, Missouri (outside of Kansas City, MO). This event is limited to wood boats only under 30’ in length, and there are limits as to how many boats may be included, so if you are interested contact Forrest Bryant at (816) 896-1818. Also, you may participate even if you are not bringing a boat. There are registration fees for attendance.
    Click here for more event details.
  3. October 20, 2018, 9AM to Noon, a Boat Enthusiasts Discussion Group supported by Heartland Classics Chapter at Y-Road Marina, 683 Crystal Springs Road, Linn Creek, Missouri. This event will have a $5 at-the-door charge. Space is limited so contact John Mason and let him know you are planning to attend by calling (515) 202-1708 or via email at Coffee and pastries will be available. This group will discuss wood boat restoration of an on-site 1959 Cadillac boat currently undergoing in-progress restoration.
    Click here for more event details.


25th Annual Mahogany & Chrome Boat Show

September 6th thru 9th, 2018
Heartland Classics fourth and final annual event for 2018 will be the Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show at Arrowhead Yacht Club & Marina in Ketchum, Oklahoma, on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. We have an optional cruising day on Thursday as well as our regular event cruising day on Friday with the show on Saturday. Details and additional information can be found on Heartland Classics Chapter website at or like us on Facebook at Heartland Classics Chapter of ACBS.

Join Other Chapter Events

As mentioned last month, this being the vacation and travel season for many, there are ample opportunities to join other Chapters hosting activities across the U.S. Other chapters are more than ready to welcome visitors and the opportunity to make new friends cannot be overstated. Bringing a boat is NOT required. Listed below are some of the events that you might consider, depending on when and where you are traveling.

For more information about each event visit the ACBS website under Events.

August 3 – 5
13th Annual Boat Show, hosted by Big Sky Chapter at Marina Cay Resort in Bigfork, Montana

August 3 – 5
54th Annual Antique Boat Show at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY

August 4
31st Annual Boats on the Boardwalk, hosted by the Water Wonderland Chapter in Traverse City, Michigan

August 10 – 12
28th Annual Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

August 10 – 11
46th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance  at Obexer’s Marina in Homewood, California

August 11
41st Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Boat Show in Hessel, Michigan

August 11
25th Annual Antique Boat Show hosted by the Mountain View Woodies Chapter in Naples, Maine

August 15
Keels or Wheels Gathering hosted by the Adirondack Chapter at The Algonquin in Bolton Landing, New York

August 17
10 Annual Port Sanilac Antique and Classic Boat Show at the Port Sanilac Municipal Marina in Port Sanilac, Michigan

August 18 – 19
19th Annual Columbia-Williamette Chapter Boat Show in Lake Oswego, Oregon

August 18
Hudson River Chapter Boat Show at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York

August 18
Big Bear Boat Show hosted by the CAL Chapter at Big Bear Lake, California

August 18
Frisco Classic Boat Show at Frisco Town Marina in Frisco, Colorado

August 18
14th Annual Pewaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show in Pewaukee, Wisconsin

August 24 – 25
Gull Lake Minnesota Classic at Bar Harbor in Lake Shore, Minnesota

August 24 – 25
45th Annual Adirondack Lake George Rendezvous in Lake George, New York

August 24 – 25
Blue Ridge Chapter 2018 Charlotte Antique and Classic Boat Show in Mooresville, North Carolina

August 24 –  26
Couer d’Alene Antique and Classic Boat Show in Couer d’Alene, Idaho

There are many options to meet other members of other chapters and do some viewing and cruising as you travel this summer.

Hope to see ya’ soon!
Mike Yancey
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