Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake 2016
Over the hills and through the woods to Rock Lane Resort came 24 boats and 65 people to the Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake Weekend in June of 2016.
The land display this year featured four Glastron/Carlson boats from the collection of Jay and Tricia Krause. Jay has been collecting and preserving these eye-catching boats for about 15 years. Two of these boats did get to join us in cruising on Sunday.
The Thursday evening gathering at Charlie’s for dinner helped us get acquainted with new friends and catch up on the news from those who had attended before. This year’s event had friends from 10 states including 14 boaters who had never attended before.
On Friday, the sky was tumbling with clouds, but the water was calm, so cruising was delightful! We started at the Floating Café at Indian Point where Andy and staff more than filled us with a midmorning brunch.
Then the choice of cruising was to go south toward Arkansas or west and north toward Springfield. Both cruises led into beautiful river-like scenery.
Friday evening was unstructured and just for fun with eating, drinking, and dancing at the Parrott Pavilion back at Rock Lane.
Saturday morning, it rained SO hard, but at 9:30 quit, so we gathered at the dock and headed west for about 41 miles to the Kings River. The Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce hosted us at Carmelina’s on the Marina Dock with a great pizza lunch. Close to 300 people from the area greeted us there as we came cruising in.
A special memory of the 2016 event happened here. The 16’ Century “Lake Rat” somehow was left behind the crowd. Someone was about to go find them when they were spotted slowly coming up the river channel with a large new fiberglass boat close behind. On closer inspection, Lake Rat was being a good Samaritan towing the in-distress new boat back to its slip. Hooray for tough old boats.
An afternoon cruise back and we were all ready for a fun evening at the Ozarks Yacht Club and long conversations about boats and anniversaries, boats and new weddings, boats and river cruises, and boats, and when we could do this again.
Here are some boat pictures captured over the weekend. These pictures came from Bruce Hurst, Marilyn Davenport, John Thompson, Tony Fure, Chuck Gibbs, Steve Spinharney and Kathy Parker.
Edelweiss Chris Craft Commander Sedan
XKAPE 1972 Chris Craft XK18 Ski Jet
The Only Bid 1974 Crestliner Norseman
Free Spirit 1996 HackerCraft Runabout Double
Love Me Timber 1958 Century Coronado
Lake Affect 1967 Owens Aruba
For The Good Times 1971 Chris Craft XK19
“N”2 Deep -1958 Thompson Off-Shore
Wood Carver 1965 Carver Commander
Lily Pad – 1984 Skiff Craft 24′ Hard Top
Ed Higgins in W.A.V.E.S. 1961 Higgins 18′ Mandalay
1948 Higgins 26′ Deluxe Sedan Cruiser