Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake
The first time ever to have Cruisin’ Weekend in October turned out to be a bit cool, quite windy, but still full of fun. Fifty classic boaters from nine different states brought 21 boats to this annual event. The host port was Rock Lane Resort near Branson, Missouri where attendees began to gather on Thursday evening at Charlie’s Steak Ribs & Ale.
Following the obligatory Captain’s Meeting, Friday’s 80 mile round trip through choppy waters ventured up the James River Arm of the lake to Koppies on the Lake near Cape Fair, MO. Hot coffee, hot chocolate, hot chili were the first things ordered for lunch.
Cruising back going with the wind was much easier, especially in Barnes’ 1977 24′ Henry Boat Co. lapstrake. Daisy Mae knocked down the waves for those who followed.
Dennie and Donna Friesel from Indiana met up with Mike Friesel from Texas here in the middle of the Heartland for a Cruisin’ Reunion. The Indiana boat, Mahogamous Affair, a 1953 Chris Craft 19′ Racing Runabout and the Texas boat, Current Affair, a 1946 Chris Craft 16′ Special Runabout were both preserved and restored by the brothers working together.
Diana also came a long distance for the event. Osborne’s 1951 Chris Craft 20′ Riviera was towed from Lake Tahoe to Texas and then to Table Rock Lake. What a beauty!
Even this 15′ Cavalier, Jack Pryor’s 1956 Chris Craft, faired quite well in spite of the swells on Friday.
The Ozarks Yacht Club on Indian Point was wall-to-wall friends and food with plenty of time to share stories of boats and boating.
After Saturday morning’s Chapter meeting, the convoy of classics headed for the Kimberling City bridge and docked for lunch at The Rocks Lakeside Grill. Here are the pictures of a few more of the 21 boats.
Dan Diehl’s 1955 Chris Craft 21′ Cobra
Chick and Karon Wheat’s 1962 Century 18′ Sabre Wheaties
Paul Hastings’ 1964 Riva 28′ Aquarama Champagne Taste
Kevin & Jeanne Hogan’s 1958 Century 21′ Coronado Love Me Timber
Mike & Denese Yancey’s 1979 Caravelle 17.5′
Mike Langhorne’s 1971 Chris Craft XK19 For The Good Times
Saturday ended with an evening hosted by John and Carolynn Thompson at their lake home giving the guests an opportunity to tour what has become almost a Table Rock Lake classic boating museum featuring nautical décor and literally hundreds and hundreds of boating-related memorabilia.
Going by boat to Big Cedar Lodge for Sunday brunch was the final and smoothest cruise of all.
Plans are already underway for the next Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake which will be the first weekend in June, 2015.