2017 Classic Boat Show

Portage Lakes Classic & Antique Boat Show

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Portage Lakes Classic Boat Show
Portage Lakes Classic Boat Show

On Saturday, June 23rd, the annual Portage Lakes Boat Show took place on the docks of two restaurants; The Harbor Front Grille and Picks PLX for the 43rd time.

2018 PLX Antique Classic Boat ShowThis show started as a prelude to the 4th of July fireworks on the Portage Lakes and was billed as the Antique Boat Parade. As the popularity of the event grew and people wanted to view the boats up close, organizers decided to make it a formal show. Early on, the show was organized and sponsored by the Portage Lakes Historical Society.

As the popularity of the show grew, more and more boats from around the region attended. 2018 PLX Antique Classic Boat ShowEventually the Historical Society asked the local chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS) to help with the organization, publicity, show management and judging. The chapter, North Coast Ohio ACBS, has been managing the show ever since. The show is now co-sponsored by the North Coast Ohio Chapter of ACBS and the Portage Lakes Historical Society.

This year the show was managed by chairman Gil Maringer assisted by many of the chapter’s members. There are many volunteers working long hours behind the scenes to make this show a success; organizing sponsors, recruiting participants, all the administration, T-shirt and poster sales, coordination with site owners, media and advertising, parking, launching, awards, etc. Successful shows like this one do not happen without dedicated people.

2018 PLX Antique Classic Boat ShowNow the show attracts boats and owners from surrounding states and fills the docks of the two restaurants, has many land displays and a “field of dreams” lot with boats for sale. This year was no exception. There were 44 boats of all types there from; Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Kentucky.

This year’s theme was the “evolution of the ski boat” and attracted some unusual craft from the 1950’s through the newest ski boats offered today to water skiing enthusiasts.

A 1959 Chris Craft Ski Boat from the 50’s was on display brought by Bud and Ginger Long. “First Date” has a great story behind it and is a great example of a boat from that era. While many boats were used for towing skiers, some were built specifically for that purpose.

2018 PLX Antique Classic Boat Show Like this 1968 Mastercraft. The boat was brought to the show by Mastercraft chief engineer, Donnie Brown and is aptly named “Number1” and is the company’s first boat made to enter the water ski craze. Brown also brought Mastercraft’s newest ski boat designed for skiing and “wake boarding”. This beautiful craft sports all electronic controls and has a price tag of over $180,000.

Jerry Welch anchored the show with the oldest boat, a 1913 B.N. Morris canoe. There were many mahogany Chris Crafts and Century’s for enthusiasts who like the appearance of varnish, home built boats like Keith Riedel’s “My Passion”, a 22.5-foot 2018 PLX Antique Classic Boat Showtorpedo stern inboard. Some folks brought their Lyman Boats, manufactured in Sandusky, Ohio. Others displayed outboard boats such as Jeff and Karen Scott from Doylestown, Ohio with their 1959 Yellow Jacket Riviera, “Beverly J”, a line of boats made famous by their advertising spokesman, Roy Rogers. Growing in popularity at boat shows are the fiberglass classic boats. Several were in attendance on Saturday like Aaron and Ben LeDonne’s 1969 Chris Craft Commander SS, “Wood Island”, from Pittsburg.

2018 PLX Antique Classic Boat ShowThe People’s Choice award went to a 1950 Chris Craft Deluxe runabout from Fremont Ohio, owned by Fred and Kerrie Flower.

There were six “youth Judges” at the show from the area judging several boats and awarding three trophies using a modified ACBS judging system.

2018 PLX Antique Classic Boat ShowThe show was interrupted twice with brief showers which did little to dampen the spirits of the participants and a record crowd of attendees. After the show and enjoyment of the participants cruising the lakes, an awards dinner was held at the Turkeyfoot Island Club. It was a great day for the 43rd show and a beautiful evening at the Island Club for dinner and awards. Plans are already in the works for next year’s show, sure to be another hit at the Portage Lakes.

For more information contact:
Walt Stashkiw | Media Coordinator | 330-289-7849 | wstashkiw@neo.rr.com

Gil Maringer | Awards Banquet | 216-310-7475 | gbmaringer@juno.com

Portage Lakes Classic Boat Show


Antique Canoe:

First Place
1913 16’ B.N. Morris
Owner: Jerry Welch – Akron, Ohio

Non Powered Craft:

First Place (TIE)
2016 home built
7’ & 10’ Kayaks, “My Adventure”
Owners: Trent & Rob Riedel – Chippewa Lake, OH

Contemporary Classic:

First Place
2014 home built 22.5′
Torpedo Stern Runabout “My Passion”
Owner: Keith Reidel – Chippewa Lake, OH

Fiberclassics Outboards:

First Place
1993 16’ Chris Craft Caper
Owners: Mike & Debbie Rutherford – Green, OH

Second Place
1989 15’ Boston Whaler “Mischief”
Owner: Dave & Annette Rosenberger – N. Canton, OH

Fiberclassics Inboard:

First Place
1969 19’ Chris Craft Commander SS
“Wood Island”
Owners: Aaron & Ben LeDonne – Pittsburgh PA

Second Place
1972 18’ Century Resorter “The Mo Ho”
Owners: Michael & Bonnie Hakes – Rocky River, OH

Third Place
1977 17 ½’ Chris Craft Super Sport “Comet 56”
Owner: Robert Ashley – Coventry, Ohio

Classic Outboards

First Place
1957 15’ Thompson “Lady Laker”
Owners: Jeff & Gail Angeletti

Second Place
1957 15 ½ Lyman Runabout
Owner, Pat Conlon, Green, Ohio

Classic Runabouts

First Place
1956 19’ Chris Craft Capri “Catie Claire”
Owner: Chad Chillemi – Westlake, OH

Second Place
1950 17’ Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout “Dreamboat”
Owners: Fred & Karrie Flower, Fremont, OH

Classic Utility

First Place
1957 21’ Century Coronado “Timeless”
Owners: Bob & Stephanie Laubrick, Park Hills, KY

Second Place
1953 18’ Lyman Islander “Miss Karen”
Owners: Mike & Karen Hritz, Avon, OH

Best Chris Craft

1954 22’ Chris Craft Sportsman “Miss Hallie”
Owners: Jim & Char Denning, Dalton, OH

Best Lyman

1953 18’ Lyman Islander “Miss Karen”
Owners: Mike & Karen Hritz, Avon, OH

People’s Choice

First Place
1950 17’ Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout “Dreamboat”
Owners, Fred & Karrie Flower, Fremont, OH

Best Non-Wood Boat

Antique & Classic Boat Society Trophy

1968 17’ Mastercraft “Number 1”
Owners, Mastercraft Co. – Knoxville, Tennessee

Most Original Boat

Antique & Classic Boat Society Trophy

1959 14’ Yellow Jacket Riviera “Beverly J”
Owners: Jeff & Karen Scott – Doylestown, OH

Youth Judged Awards

First Place
1969 19’ Chris Craft Commander SS “Wood Island’
Owners: Aaron & Ben LeDonne, Pittsburgh PA

Second Place
1959 17’ Chris Craft Ski Boat “First Date”
Owners: Bud & Ginger Long – Green, Ohio

Third Place
1962 17’ MFG Edinboro “Big Red”
Owner: David Nau – Barberton, Ohio

Ned Mohrman Memorial Award

“Outstanding Portage Lakes Boaters”

Mike & Debbie Rutherford