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Sunday wrap-up ! ( Lots of photos )

June 27 2010 at 12:13 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to ---> BAY HARBOR UPDATE <--- ( UPDATE )

Well there was so much going on I was not able to post too many images during the day, and now that things have settled down I'm sitting here on a beach chair looking out at the lake, with a little time to upload some photos. Last night we attended the wine tasting party at the YC, it was fun and the facility is beyond description. I guess I just don't get out of town too often, ha. Today we attended the morning brunch for exhibitors at the YC again and had the pleasure of visiting such a nice facility with so may nice people. The entire ACBS organization is a warm and receptive group, and we promote the same here on The Forum.

Here are some photos pretty much random, showing off some of the boats and cars. A special thanks to Mike and Sue Watson for bringing a really nice 35' Sports Cruiser (I got a ride on that one !!), for Bill Policastro and his buddy Stephen Adcock, Al and Kimberly Langlois, Lolly Bezy, Candy and Peter Fitzsimmons, Jerry Vander Vusse, Jeff Rogers, Tom Flood, Diana Webb, and many others I'm sure I've overlooked.

In my mind, this was the FINEST boat at the show, the Hacker Dolphin owned by my buddy Tom Flood. However, since Tom was on the judging committee, he removed it from the competition. It was PERFECT. The boat was painted black when it was running booze, then it was painted white, moved to the Muskoka islands where the deck was eventually cut off to haul supplies. When Tom got it, it was being used to haul propane bottles to the cottages around Lake Muskoka. The steering wheel and instruments stayed with the boat. In it's present condition, it is in better shape than a new one would be if it came off the original production line. The workmanship is beyond perfection.
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Here's RUNAWAY JANE, I think that could be Jane standing on the dock by the way, and Gerry Vande Vusse giving a hand with the boat.
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Here's Gerry looking at a Chris Craft Racing Runabout with original power. The one in the background has been repowered with a new Mercruiser engine package, and it was very well prepared. The EASY DAISY, however, won "Best Race Boat", and the original power factor helped put this boat in top contention.
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The Greavette Streamliner, this one was a category winner. I asked Tom Flood about the screw fasteners that appeared to be a version of a phillps head type screw, he confirmed they were proper screws, Canadian, and introduced in 1938.
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Here's a beautifully maintained Sea Skiff. This photo was taken Friday morning when all the boats were coming in.
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Here's quite a contrast, the show in wide open throttle! That little FiberForm in the photo won the "Best Classic Glass" award, and I was not too happy to see it there because had that boat not showed up, a Chris Craft Commander would have won the prize, being the only other brand of classic glass at the show! However, one look at this rare little boat with a 161-hp Gray inline six, and it was quite evident this would be the winner. All the judges readily agreed.
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More photos in next thread !!



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