COVENTRY — The 45th annual Portage Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show, held Sept. 11 at Pick’s Docks at PLX and the Harbor Inn, drew record crowds, according to event organizers.
The event, organized by the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) – an international organization dedicated to the preservation and recognition of all types of watercraft with over 55 chapters across North America and Europe – and its North Coast Ohio chapter, included 48 classic wooden and fiberglass boats; aquatic and terrestrial exposures; outboard motors; and a sailboat.
The Portage Lakes Historical Society co-hosted the event.
The Ned Mohrman Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best boat at the show, was awarded to brothers Ken, Dick and Jim Shumaker. The brothers saved money earned on their paper itineraries at Akron’s North Hill to buy Warner’s Boat House’s 40-horsepower Johnson 250 Holiday engine from 1956 Cruisers Inc. when they were teenagers, according to show organizers, and they have enjoyed water skiing. on Turkeyfoot Lake in their youth. The boat stayed in the family and was restored in Maryland and brought back to Portage Lakes by a nephew so the brothers could once again enjoy the lakes.
Ned Mohrman was a pioneer and one of the organizers of the Portage Lakes Boat Show and Parade, the Summit Boat Racing organization and former owner of Sandy Beach Marine, according to ACBS section officials.
This year’s show featured “Young Judges,” who learned how to judge boats using the ACBS Judging Guidelines. The youth program is sponsored by ACBS and Hagerty Insurance.
First place winners in the following categories included:
• Sailboats: 1970 Mirror Sailing Dingy, owned by Jerry and Liliana Welch, of Akron;
• Contemporary Classic: 1993 Launch of Fantail, “P. Beau”, Jan and Margo Holmes, from New Franklin;
• Classic metal boats: 1966 Starcraft, Falcon 14 feet, Dan and Ashley Ritchey, from Bolivar;
• Fiberclassic Inboards: 1972 Century Resorter, “Class of 72”, Mike and Bonnie Hakes, of Rocky River;
• Fiberclassic outboard motors: 1968 Checkmate V141, Don and Winnie Trotter, of Canfield;
• Classic wooden outboard motors: 1957 Thompson, “Lady Laker”, Jeff and Gail Angeletti, of New Franklin;
• Classic Wood Utilities: 1958 Chris Craft Silver Arrow, “Lynn”, Joseph Rockburn, of Grove City, Pennsylvania;
• Classic Wooden Runabouts: 1948 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout, “Easy Money,” Ken and Mary Kaye Lipovich, of Painesville;
• Unmounted outboard motors: 1952 Chris Craft Challenger 5 HP, Penny Peterman, of Springfield;
• Youth Judgment, Best of Show: 1972 Century Resorter, “Class of 72”;
• ACBS, most original boat: 1947 Lyman Islander, “Scout”, Jay and Beth Austin, from Clinton;
• Best amateur restoration: 1958 Lyman Runabout, “Lone Eagle”, Randy Bordner, of Canton; and
• Judges’ Best of Show: 1956 Chris Craft, Holiday, “Billie Holiday”, Doug and Terri Brooks, of Wadsworth.
ACBS chapter officials said the show was sponsored by more than 65 local businesses and donations from others.
Exposure classifications include:
√ History: boats built up to and including 1918;
√ Antique: boats built between 1919 and 1942;
√ Classic: boats built between 1943 and 1975;
√ Late Classic: boats built after 1976 and the year 25 years before the current year;
√ Contemporary Classic: wooden boats built within the last 25 years;
√ Utility: boats whose engine is covered with a box with an open cockpit area;
√ Runabout: boats whose engine is covered by bridges that are not passable; and
√ Outboard: boats propelled by a motor mounted on the transom.
For information about sponsoring next year’s show, contact show president Gil Maringer at 216-310-7475.
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