Algonac Boat Show History

2018 Wrap Up Statement

Fickle weather always plays a part in the June Algonac Boat Show. 2018 wasn’t any different. The weekend forecast promised uncertainty. Will it rain, or will it shine? Friday morning broke overcast and calm. Registration opened promptly at 8:00am and the show was on. After a Captain’s meeting under the Harbour Club water tower at 10:00am and conducted by John Adams, 19 boats and over 50 hearty souls started out on a 30 mile poker run throughout the St. Clair Flats. Finishing up at the Idle Hour Yacht Club on the South Channel of the St. Clair River all enjoyed lunch and cookies before making their way back to their wells and taking a short break before the Captain’s Welcome Party.

Although originally scheduled to be held outside under the water tower, the updated forecast of rain dictated moving the event into the building that was the original cruiser assembly line when Chris Craft occupied the premises. And the rains did come. Undeterred, captains, their families, and their guests enjoyed a well thought out and expertly planned event of light hors ’de oeuvres and desserts hosted by club member Joanie Graham and her staff. With background music provided from Roy Schoenherr’s playlist, it was a nice end to a busy day.

An overnight rain and early morning drizzle ushered show day in on Saturday. Vendors and Captain’s alike watched the skies hoping for sun. The radar images looked promising. And sure enough, the sun came out and it got hot. The show also heated up as captains wiped off finishes, more boats arrived, and the public came out to enjoy beautiful classic watercraft.

We were fortunate to have several new and unique boats attend this year. Exceptional boats from Canada, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida, Ohio, and Georgia were in attendance. A 1929 Morton Johnson 46’ Step Cruiser that came up from Florida on her own bottom, a 2005 Hugh-Saint 36’ Hacker Commuter Replica from Georgia, and a beautifully restored 1936 Greavette Triple Cockpit Runabout from Minnesota were shown as well as a professionally restored Century Coronado Hardtop and an early Chris Craft Continental with fins.

With outboards being the featured boat this year quite a few aluminum Feathercraft boats also came in on Saturday. We were extremely glad they did. While it is impossible to mention everyone, all the boats were beautiful to see and it is obvious their owners take a lot of pride in their appearance. All captains this year were treated to a commemorative hat pin and a safety regulated throwable cushion emblazoned with our 40th anniversary logo commemorating the founding of our chapter in 1978.

Free shuttle service was provided by the Algonac Historical Society to area restaurants, museums, and other points of interest from the Harbour Club throughout the day. Other activities on Saturday included a morning coffee tent, DJ, marine vendors, fun for the kids under the water tower, and a station where young and old alike could practice shaping boat paddles with a spoke shave.

From 11am-2pm captains provided free boat rides and cruiser owners offered tours of their boats. The ladies had Ships Store well stocked with new merchandise and did a brisk business. At 3:30pm winners of the poker run were announced. Four aces snagged first place and a $100 Visa gift card and a full house captured second for a $50 Visa card.

Because of the upcoming International Show in ten weeks, a non-judged show was planned. A few fun awards were passed out as well as “Best Outboard” and “Best of Show”.

“Miss Muskoka” entered by Bob Shaddock and David Watts was awarded both “Captain’s Choice” and “Veteran’s Choice”. The former was voted on by fellow captains and the latter chosen by veterans from VFW Post 3901 who each year graciously preside over our opening flag raising ceremony.

“Pete’s Choice”, selected by our hosts Pete and Carol Beauregard was the 1929 Morton Johnson step cruiser owned by Lou Jezdimir and the “Commodore’s Choice” selected by Commodore Jack Warren went to James and Rose Sanders for their beautiful black-hulled 1973 Lyman.

“Best Outboard” was selected by a three man committee of senior club members and was awarded to “Silver Spoon”, a 1957 Feathercraft owned by Chad and Kimberly Davis. The highest honor, “Best of Show” was selected by a panel of Past Commodores and was awarded to Will Stout and his classy Hugh-Saint Commuter, “Rumrunner”. The rain gods thankfully held off until about 7:00pm allowing everyone who was going home to load their gear and depart.

Sunday morning dawned cloudy and hazy with the river smooth for the run to the Old Club. Because of impending rainstorms, many travelled over by car but five skippers and their passengers donned foul-weather gear and shoved off for the forty five minute ride down the river. Running five wide and loafing along we were a classic site to behold, reminding all of us how special our area really is. When “Rumrunner” put the throttle down and left us all in his wake, it was a glorious sight to see as nothing was left but mist. At fifty plus MPH he ran circles around the rest of us for the remainder of the way to the Old Club.

After a fine brunch provided by Megan and the Old Club staff, guest speaker Dave Wrzesinski offered a nice presentation on some of the history of wooden hydroplane building and testing in the Saginaw Bay area including some old film clips from the 50’s and 60’s. At the conclusion of Dave’s talk, Commodore Jack Warren thanked the Old Club and all of our guests for attending with the reminder that in ten weeks we will do it all again at “Boat the Blue”.

The boat run back upriver to the Harbour Club was a wet one with rain most of the way but no one minded. After all, it was another fine ending to the Algonac Boat Show, spending time with good friends and making new ones.

Carl Garmhaus, Show Chairman

The 2017 Algonac Boat Show is in the history books!

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!

2017 Woody Boater Coverage

WoodyBoater Article

2017 Algonac Boat Show Awards

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-19 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

June 25, 2016: Algonac

The Michigan Chapter Boat Show for 2016 in Algonac was a great success with over 100 beautiful boats and three straight days of gorgeous summer weather!

Winner's List

Class Boat Name Owner
Wood Runabout Darla Dana Wagnenhals
Wood Utility Slo Poke Steve martin
Wood Skiff / Launch Muskrat Jeff Giffels
Wood Contemporary Slainte Tim O’Brien
Modified Touch of Glass Paul Herbert
Wood Outboard N/A Kevin Highstreet
Wood Cruiser Baroness David Cronovich
Youth Kid Bit Wm/Cam Petersmark
Fiberglass under 24’ Sweet Little 16 Bill / Nancy Anderson
Fiberglass Cruiser The Legend Jim Mathis
Peoples’ Choice Shepsyl VII Craig Lamm
Marque Class Barrelback Baby Girl Brent Gatecliff
Best Owner Restored Dawn Dennis Downing
Best of Show Slo Poke Steve Martin


Friday, June 24th, 2016

Tour of Algonac Cast Products, 9300 Stone Rd., Algonac, MI

  • The Lunch Cruise departs from Algonac Harbour Club at 12:00 P.M. We will cruise as a group to the lunch location (private island).
  • The dinner is casual and starts at 6:30 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.

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Boat Show at the Algonac Harbour Club, 9AM – 4PM

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 stop at restaurants on the way. It will also pass by numerous 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.
Boat Parade
  • Anyone interested in participating in a boat parade check the box on the registration form. The Algonac Historical Society will coordinate the Parade. Representatives from the Society will contact you during the day to explain the procedure for the parade and gather information on your boat.
  • At approximately 3:30 boats will depart the Harbour Club and head up river to the Algonac State Park. Boats will then proceed back down river at a slow speed past the park in downtown Algonac. When passing the park, someone on shore from the Historical Society will announce the boat and provide any interesting details on the boat to people gathered in the park to watch the parade. After passing downtown the boats can proceed back to the Harbour Club or boat ramp.
Awards Dinner
  • The Awards Dinner starts 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.

Sunday, June 26th, 2016:

Brunch at the Old Club, 9900 S Channel Dr., Harsens Island, MI
  • Breakfast will be served at the Old Club at 9:00 A.M. The guest speaker will speak after brunch, from 10:00 - 10:30 A.M.
  • Access to the Old Club for the Sunday brunch can be via land or water. There will be a group departing the Harbour Club by boat at 8:00 A.M. to make the run to the Old Club via water. For those wishing to go by car, you can take the ferry to Harsens Island and reach the Club via land. Please stop by the Boat Show Registration Desk at the Harbour Club on Friday or Saturday and ask for the access code to raise the gate at the Old Club entrance.
  • No denim is allowed in the dining room at the Old Club. Shirts must have collars
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2016 Algonac Boat Show Press Coverage

ALGONAC: Got Wood ??

Post Show Write-Up

The Michigan Chapter Boat Show for 2016 in Algonac was a great success with over 100 beautiful boats and three straight days of gorgeous summer weather!

Algonac 2015

The Algonac Boat Show for 2015 is history. The Friday Picnic was well attended and the weather was great. On the other hand, the Saturday Boat Show was a real wash out with almost 3" of rain recorded during the day. A list of award winners is below but judging was carried out under less than favourable conditions. The judging team did the best possible job under really terrible conditions.

The Sunday cruise to the Old Club for brunch had better weather, even some sunshine later in the day.

The event was exceptionally well attended with over 100 boats registered. It is unfortunate that the weather did not fully cooperate but boaters do persevere under adverse conditions.

Winner's List

Class Winner Runner-Up
Wood Runabout UNCAS, Kermitt Sutton DARLA, Dana Wagnehals
Utility NIMROD II, Stuart Nunnely SEMI CRAZY, Murry Sandford
Wood Skiff / Launch No Name, Dana Richardson No Name, Carl Mount
Contemporary Wood 1976+ NICODEMUS, Peter Wickens
Modified Wood / Non Wood TOUCH OF GLASS, John Adams
Wood Outboard No Name, Tom Scally
Wood Cruiser BLACK BEAUTY, Rick Laenen CIAO MONDO, Don Leone
Youth LITTLE POINT, Audrina Guldemond
Classic Glass Runabout O/B No Name, Bill Anderson BUMBLEBEE, James Tunison
Glass Cruiser KIITOS, Michael Feldman CHRIS’ CRAFT, Chris Morisette
Owner Restored DARLA, Dana Wagenhals LENA ESTELLE, Jim Mathis
Best of Show UNCAS, Kermit Sutton, Shown by Dave Bortner of Freedom Boat Works