The Michigan Chapter’s 32nd Annual Where It All Began Boat Show will once again be held at the Algonac Harbour Club, home to the original Algonac Plant for Chris-Craft in Algonac, Michigan. Participants will enjoy three days of classic boats and classic boating in the historic waters of Algonac, the St. Clair River and Harsen’s Island. The Marquee boat this year will be the Lapstrake Skiff.
The activities kicked off with a well attended tour to the Henry Smith Propeller company and then most continued on to the Friday Picnic Cruise. This year we visited a new location at the Idle Hour Yacht Club but still enjoyed the hospitality of the Brysons. The sun came out after a rainy start to the day and remained for the majority of the weekend. Friday night brought the Welcome Party with our special guests from the ACBS International Board who were in the area (Port Huron) for their Quarterly Summer Meeting. Four generous Captains offered a sunset "cruiser cruise" to give the International Board Members a taste of what is in store when we host the 2018 Annual Meeting and International Boat Show Pre-Events next September. Black Beauty cruised alongside with an official videographer collecting footage for a promotional video commissioned by ACBS. He also spent the day interviewing our members! Keep an eye out for that video to debut this summer.
Saturday we enjoyed perfect weather and record crowds. The Harbour Club staff reported that the public parking was full for most of the day! The members and public enjoyed viewing over 90 boats in the water and on land in addition to live music and vendor displays. The chapter provided over 200 free classic boat rides to the public including for the first time ever - free CRUISER rides on none other than the stunning Black Beauty. Thank you to all our Captains who offered their time and classic boats for rides. The class awards were presented throughout the day and the special awards were presented during the Saturday night dinner. A big thank you goes out to those who volunteered to judge. With this many boats it is not an easy task and we appreciate your time and talent tremendously!
Sunday dawned with an early morning shower but cleared to a sunny but windy day that allowed 15-20 boats to make the traditional run to the Old Club. Guests enjoyed a delicious brunch and informative talks from the US Border Patrol officers and Art Woodford, the author of a book about the history of the Tashmoo Steamer and Park.
Thanks to all the volunteers who worked throughout the year and weekend to make the show run smoothly. As always, sincere thanks to Pete Beauregard and the Algonac Harbour Club staff who make it possible for us to hold the show in this historic location, Where it ALL Began!
|WOOD RUNABOUT 1st||Black Dog||23’ 1940 Chris Craft Custom Triple Cockpit||Michelle De Mist|
|WOOD RUNABOUT 2nd||Jazzy||17’ 1948 Chris Craft Deluxe||Steve and Melodee Tuzinowski|
|WOOD UTILITY 1st||Riski||17’ 1960 Chris Craft Ski Boat||Brian Greenia|
|WOOD UTILITY 2nd||Loose Shoes||25’ 1949 Chris Craft Sportsman||Mike Feldman|
|CONTEMPORARY WOOD 1st||19’ 2016 Chris Craft Replica Special Race Boat||Matt Byrne|
|CONTEMPORARY WOOD 2nd||View Finder||18’ 2016 Homebuilt Down Easter||David Hurd|
|MODIFIED 1st||24’ 1973 Lyman Biscayne||Jim Saunders|
|MODIFIED 2nd||Glass of 68||23’ 2009 Adams Craft Gentleman’s Racer||John Adams|
|WOOD OUTBOARD 1st||Acorn||15’ Lyman Runabout (35 hp Johnson)||Mark Cybulski|
|WOOD OUTBOARD 2nd||17’ 1960 Modern (90hp Evinrude)||Tom Scally|
|WOOD CRUISER 1st||Shirean||1929 46’ Morton Johnson Step Cruiser||Lou Jesdimer|
|WOOD CRUISER 2nd||Miss Scarlet||33’ 1940 Chris Craft Enclosed Cruiser||Lisa Kost|
|YOUTH 1st||Chase My Bubbles||11’ 1950 Blue Streak Class B Racer||Derek Mucciolo|
|YOUTH 2nd||Little Point||9’ 2014 Home Built Kayak||Audrina Guldemond|
|CLASSIC GLASS 1st||19' 1972 Chris Craft XK-19l||Scott and Shannon Knight|
|CLASSIC GLASS 2nd||19’ 1988 Elite Craft||Don Andrews|
|CLASSIC GLASS CRUISER 1st||Allure||28’ 1972 Chris Craft Commander||Pat Chaps|
|CLASSIC GLASS CRUISER 2nd||Snapper||28’ 1972 Chris Craft Commander||Robert Henkel|
|ALUMINUM 1st||14'7" 1957 Feathercraft "Vagabond II"||Chad Davis|
|ALUMINUM 2nd||Tin Fish||14'7" 1955 Feathercraft "Vagabond I"||Steve Gower|
|MARQUE CLASS - WOOD SKIFF 1st||25’ 1965 Lyman Sleeper||Carl Mount|
|MARQUE CLASS - WOOD SKIFF 2nd||Idyllic||25” 1966 Chris Craft Sea Skiff||Phil Coulson|
|OWNER RESTORED 1st||Riski||1960 Chris Craft Ski Boat||Brian Greenia|
|OWNER RESTORED 2nd||Loose Shoes||25’ 1949 Chris Craft Sportsman||Mike Feldman|
|BEST OF SHOW||Loose Shoes||25’ 1949 Chris Craft Sportsman||Mike Feldman|
|CHILDREN'S AWARD||13' 1953 Feathercraft "Deluxe Runabout"||Dawn Gower|
Registration will be open from 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Tour of Henry H. Smith Propeller Co., 1880 Fruit St., Algonac, MI 48001
Members can meet at Henry H. Smith Co. at 9:30 A.M. or meet at the Harbour Club Harbor Master’s Building at 9:15 A.M. to car pool. We will return to the Harbour Club at 11:00 A.M. for a departure for the Friday lunch cruise.
Cruise / Picnic Lunch •Boats will depart from the Algonac Harbour Club at 11:30 A.M. for a cruise down the Middle Channel to a private club for a BBQ lunch. We will announce a “Captain’s Meeting” prior to departure to review the route. You can travel with the group or on your own. Directions will be available at registration if you would like to travel on your own and are not familiar with the area. Some seats are available on boats if you would like to attend and do not have a boat. Visit the registration table no later than 11:15 to get connected with a captain for a seat on a boat. If riding as a guest, please be courteous and wear soft soled shoes. Docking is sheltered but limited, so please bring docking lines and fenders. Return from the BBQ is expected at about 3:00P.M.
Friday Welcome Party•The dinner is casual and starts at 6:00 P.M. for socializing (cash bar), 6:30 P.M. for dinner at the old Chris-Craft factory building at the Algonac Harbour Club. Enter through the large bay doors on the canal / gas dock side of the building.
Registration will be open from 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 N. Cut-off for judged boats is 11:00 A.M.
Boat Show at the Algonac Harbour Club, 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Assistance will be available at the public ramp just downstream (South) from the Harbour Club from 7:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. DNR ramp fees will be charged.
Coffee, juice, donuts and bagels will be available while supplies last from 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. under the water tower.
FREE BOAT RIDES compliments of ACBS from 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Shuttle of the Algonac Area •Throughout the day on Saturday a shuttle will leave the Harbour Club and travel to the Algonac Historical Society downtown Algonac. The shuttle will make numerous stops along the way and will pass by historically significant locations, including Gar Woods house, Chris and Jay Smith’s houses and the Algonac Cemetery where Gar Wood and Chris Smith are buried. Anyone can get off the shuttle for lunch or view the museum, then catch the next shuttle back. Shuttle will travel between 10:00 and 3:00.
Children's Events under the water tower including Model Boats, Knot Tying, Corn Hole Toss and more from 10:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Face Painting and Balloon Art will be available from 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
There will be a Flag Raising Ceremony at 12 Noon.
Boat class awards will be presented to captains at their boats by the judging committees from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Saturday Awards Dinner Banquet • A dinner will be served on Saturday evening starting at 6:00 P.M. at the old Chris-Craft factory building at the Algonac Harbour Club. Enter through the large bay doors on the canal / gas dock side of the building.
Brunch at the Old Club, 9900 S Channel Dr., Harsens Island, MI • Activities will begin at the Old Club at 9:30 A.M. For those traveling by water we will leave from the Harbour Club at 8:30 A.M. For those wishing to go by car, you can take the ferry to Harsens Island and reach the Club via land. If you are not familiar with the area and not traveling with the group please ask at registration for a map. The guest speakers will speak after the brunch. Seating will be limited to the first 110 who register. No denim is allowed in the dining room at the Old Club. Shirts must have collars.