COVENTRY TWP. Classic and antique boat owners dodged the rain drops June 23 to show their boats at the 43rd annual North Coast Ohio Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s (ACBS) show on Saturday at Harbor Front Grill at Portage Lakes.
The event was a success with more than 50 antique boats in the water and on land. Boat owners had great stories to share with fellow boat owners and boat enthusiasts.
The theme for this year’s show was the "Evolution of the Ski Boat" and Donnie Brown, test technician from Master Craft, told attendees about the first Master Craft ski boat verses the newest model, both on display at the show.
Jeff Scott’s 1960 Yellow Jacket was a big hit at the show. It was built April 30,1959, for vice president and half owner of the Yellow Jacket Boat Company, famed TV cowboy Roy Rogers. Scott has collected many pieces of memorabilia from Rogers that he also displayed. Scott tows the boat with a 1955 Pontiac Chieftain.
A boat named Timeless was given to Robert Laubrick for his 50th birthday by his wife, Stephanie Hall.
"It was kind of selfish, because I wanted it, too," said Hall. The Century Coronado needed a lot of work and Laubrick overhauled it. The couple traveled from Park Hills, Ky., for the Portage Lakes show. Hall said this was their first time to the area and that the lake was lovely.
Area youth were on hand to choose their top three winners for the youth division judging. The winner of first place in the youth judging division was Aaron LeDonne from Pittsburgh with his 1969 Chris Craft Commander Super Sport named "Wood Island." It was built in 1969. The boat was named after the original owner’s private island on the Potomac River near Virginia. LeDonne said it is a family boat and took him about eight years to find it.
The chapter of ACBS known as the North Coast Ohio Chapter was formed in 1995 by four wooden boat owners. Through the years, the group has held a variety of events that included many boat shows, workshops, rendezvous, cruises, social gatherings and monthly board meetings. The chapter’s more than 130 members are very active in restoring and showing classic boats. Most of them use their special boats to enjoy the waters of Ohio.
A "Field of Dreams" sale lot was also a part of the event where boats were shown and for sale.
After the show, boat owners cruised in their vintage boats to the awards banquet at the Turkeyfoot Island Club.