Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association

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Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association

Water Wonderland Chapter of the ACBS Poker Run at Hessel Harbor Marina and Picnic in Cedarville, Michigan, August 8, 2014

Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show August 9, 2014 in Hessel, Michigan

Chris and Julie Bullen brought a group of Canadian neighbors to Northern Michigan for the Water Wonderland Chapter's “August Adventure” which involved some classic boating activities during the week prior to the Hessel Boat Show. The group arrived in the Northern Lower Peninsula Monday evening, August 5, for boating there on Tuesday and Wednesday with Bil and Karen Ballard and Jim and Wendy Mersman as heir hosts.

Thursday morning the group toured Van Dam Custom Boats in Boyne City, and then drove to the Les Cheneaux Islands that afternoon to visit the Great Lakes Boat Building School. In the Upper Penninsula. they were hosted by Lynda and Gerry VandeVusse, which included a meet and greet get together at Gerry and Lynda’s home on the north shore of Sheppard Bay in Cedarville on Thursday evening.

Rich and Linda Hughes

On Friday the group participated in the Water Wonderland Chapter's Poker Run and Annual Picnic, and then on Saturday they attended the 37th Annual Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show.

At the show, Rich and Linda Hughes of TSACBA received three major awards. The Hughes Aqua Velvet, a 1968 22ft Greavette Executive, was awarded First in her Class, Second Best of Show, and the prestigious major award for the show, The Bronson Family Award for Best Craftsman.


At the same show, Chris and Julie Bullens Gatsby, a 1947 22ft W. J. Johnson Triple Runabout, was awarded Second Place for Best Runabout. They are members of both the Toronto and Water Wonderland Chapters of ACBS, as well as members of the TSACBA. Chris is a Past President of the Toronto Chapter.

Also travelling to Michigan were TSACBA members Bryan and Kathy Rhodes. Kathy is the current President of the Toronto Chaper. They were accompanied by TSACBA Members Jim and Merridy Watt (Jim is Past President of TSACBA) and of course Rich and Linda Hughes (Rich is TSACBA's current president). As well, two TSACBA distant members Norm and Kathy Kitching from Los Altos, California, joined the group.

Along with the Hughes and Bullens boats, the Watts brought their 1950 15ft Heron by Link Manufacturing of Gananoque Ontario. The Kitchings were planning to bring a boat but unfortunately last minute problems prevented them from doing so.

The above includes information taken from the Water Wonderland Chapter Waterline newsletter Summer 2014

TSACBA members can enjoy the trip by viewing the video of our members' adventures in Michigan.

Rich Hughes provided the following pictures from the group's Michigan "adventure."

Leaving Sarnia for Port Huron, Michigan and The Boyne Mountain Lodge, home for the next three nights.

Chris and Julie Bullen and Bryan and Kathy Rhodes in “Gatsby” and boating down the Crooked River.

The “Clam Lock” near Alanson and Jim Watt takes the wheel of “Aqua Velvet” for a sunset cruiser.

Sunset on Walloon Lake and our commander, Chris Bullen, leads the fleet.

Stopping for lunch on Torch Lake and the famous aqua waters of Torch Lake.

Stopping at the sandbar for afternoon tea and Bryan Rhodes testing the water.

Visit to VanDam Custom Boats and Julie, Linda and Kathy eying up some VanDam jewellery.

Rich’s favorite boat, the “Susan C" and Friday morning poker run in the Les Cheneaux Islands.

The poker run lunch stop and Norm Kitching relaxing after driving all the way from California.

Kathy Kitching enjoying a boat ride with Jim and Merridy Watt and Rich and Linda Hughes “Aqua Velvet” at the Hessel Boat Show.

Jim Watt with his Link boat at the Hessel Boat Show and Chris and Julie Bullen’s “Gatsby” at the Hessel Boat show.

On the way home back to Canada via Sault Ste. Marie.