Wooden Boat Show attracts record number of spectators and boats

An unprecedented number of boat enthusiasts gathered Saturday at Keenan Marina to see dozens of old wooden watercraft. "These are just a little part of history that, for the most part, will never happen again,' said Mark Miller, chairman of the Spring Lake Wooden Boat Show. "And they're beautiful. They're pieces of art, they're fine furniture, and you can go for a ride.'
Lydia Coutré
Jun 6, 2011


This year’s event drew the largest crowd and largest number of entries in the show’s eight-year history. An estimated 500-600 spectators came to see boats from 48 registered participants — a few of whom showed multiple boats and brought the total number of vessels to 52. The previous record was 38 registered boats at the 2008 show.

The following are the 2011 Wooden Boat Show’s awards:


Best Outboard: Spongebob, a 1955 14-foot Dunphy Pickerel, with a 1952 Johnson motor, owned by the Modaff family of Grand Haven.
Best Non-Power: a 1992 16-foot Davis Rowing Skiff owned by Joy Black.
Best Inboard, 18 feet and under: Impulse, a 1946 17-foot Garwood Runabout owned by Doug Bandos of Ada.
Best Inboard over 18 feet and Best of Show: Nokomis, a 1938 19-foot Chris Craft owned by Kaki and Randy Allmiral of Holland.
Best Lap-strake Inboard: Chicago Bouys, a 1960 Lyman owned by Ron Mistretta of Grand Haven.
Best Replica Contemporary: Weber’s Song, a 1996 31-foot Hacker Craft owned by Peter Morse of Spring Lake.
Best Owner Built: Carolina Express, a 2011 16-foot miniature Caroline-style express runabout owned by Dan Paul of Grand Rapids.
Classic Glass: Lazy Lee, a 1976 23-foot Chris Craft Lancer owned by Joe Lee of Spring Lake.
People’s Choice: McKenzie, a 1929 29-foot Hacker Craft owned by Mark Andreae of Cincinnati.
Captain’s Choice: Weatherly, a 1957 26-foot Chris Craft Sea Skiff owned by Doug McNeil of Grand Haven.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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