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  • Outtakes Around the Lakes, Boat Show, Night Regatta set for June 30

  • Through the efforts of the North Coast Ohio Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (NCOCA&CBS) and the Portage Lakes Historical Society, this year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show should be one of the best.

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  • Through the efforts of the North Coast Ohio Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (NCOCA&CBS) and the Portage Lakes Historical Society, this year’s Antique and Classic Boat Show should be one of the best.
    According to Gil Maringer, past president and member of the Board of Directors of the NCOCA&CBS, the popularity, show size and boat quality have grown greatly. This year they’ll have “an unprecedented collection of rare Chris Craft Customs, both antique and classic models.” Pre-World War II and post-war models will be on display, with more of these beautifully designed, highly collectable boats side by side than ever before.
    Maringer emailed that the classics, designed on Chris Craft’s drawing board while they were supplying landing craft to the WWII effort “were meant to celebrate the end of the war with a whole new design of light blonde and red mahogany decks, that would change the appearance of many after-war models.” This applied to Chris Craft and other boat manufacturers who soon copied the exciting new look.
    Maringer writes, “These boats, like their pre-war triple and double cockpit cousins, were dressed with top of the line chrome trim, high powered engines, fancy upholstery, and complex curved hull shapes.”
    Only 367 post-war models of 20 feet or more were built from 1946 to ‘49. At a time when houses didn’t cost much more, their selling price was over $4,000. They had leather upholstery, folding windshields, double engine hatch doors lined with chrome, transoms that curved in three directions and 330 cubic inch 158 horse power engines. Today it’s estimated only 150 are in existence. Six will be at this show. They’re coming from Michigan, Virginia and all over Ohio.
    One of these Chris Craft Custom Runabouts, owned by Maringer himself and named “Legend,” serial number 257, is docked locally. For the first time in 64 years it will be side by side with its “brother,” serial number 258. Named “Waterlogged,” it arrives here from Michigan. They were both built at the new Chris Craft factory in Cadillac, Mich. in March of 1948.
    More than 50 classic boats are expected to be on display, including a rare, 1928, 22’ double cockpit Dodge, named “Doozie,” and owned by Jack Beatley of Columbus. Another is the crowd- pleasing 1929, 30’ triple cockpit Hacker Craft named “Gad-a-Bout,” and owned by Eric West of Portage Lakes.
    One of the rarest customs on display will be the beautiful 22’ 1939 “Sashay,” a pre-war triple cockpit owned by John and Kim Vorhies of the Portage Lakes. Only 24 were built and just nine are known to exist.
    Also displayed will be the top judged Classic Runabout, “Lady D” of the 2010 ACBS international show at Bay Harbor, Mich., an 18’ 1952 Chris Craft Riviera owned and restored by Gary Kosiba of North Lawrence.
    It all happens here at the Portage Lakes June 30, at the Olde Harbor Inn and Hook, Line and Drinkers restaurants on Portage Lakes Drive in Coventry Township. The show is free and open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Don’t miss this year’s show poster. It features the original catalogue photo of the 20’ Custom. The photo will also be on the T-shirts and available for sale at the PLHS booth attended by Carol Eubank, Melanie Messmore, David Weil, Tom Fry, Sylvia Johnson and Martha Vye.
    Page 2 of 2 - This is one boat show you won’t want to miss. With canoes, outboards and even classic fiberglass boats, this rain-or-shine event kicks off the spectacular, 37th annual Portage Lakes July Fourth celebration.
    “Light Up The Lakes” Regatta
    If you’re looking to take in a different type of boat parade, look no farther than the Portage Lakes. That same evening the fifth annual “Light Up The Lakes” regatta, started by Brookes Ames and Mark Norris, will be cruising the lakes once again in parade form. Ames and Norris are looking to double last year’s entries with 20 boats, all decorated with lights to float by such well known spots as Dusty’s Landing, that “Classy Establishment On The Lakes” known as Howies, Dietz’s Landing and The Upper Deck as well as hundreds of waterfront homes.
    It all starts in Rex Lake, Saturday evening, June 30 at 9:40, passes Dusty’s, circles Turkeyfoot Lake, Turkeyfoot Channel, loops the main part of West Reservoir and returns to the Dietz’s/Upper Deck area at the 619 bridge for the awards ceremonies.
    According to Norris, owner of Dietz’s Restaurant, $1750 in prizes will be awarded. Third place gets $250, second place receives $500 and $1000 goes to the first place winner. Judging will be from Dietz’s waterfront. Those who wish to enter may do so by registering. To register, call Brooks Ames at 330-703-2732.
    The daytime Boat Parade, the Sand Castle Building Contest and the gigantic fireworks display, are all set for Sunday, July 1.
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