COVENTRY – The 45th annual Portage Lakes Vintage and Classic Boat Show, held on 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 personal watercraft with over 55 chapters in North America and Europe – and its chapter North Coast Ohio, consisted of 48 classic wood and fiberglass boats; exhibits on water and land; outboard motors; and a sailboat.
The Portage Lakes Historical Society co-hosted the event.
The Ned Mohrman Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best boat in the show, was awarded to brothers Ken, Dick and Jim Shumaker. The brothers saved up money earned on their paper roads in Akron’s North Hill to buy the Johnson 250 Holiday engine and 40 horsepower from 1956 Cruisers Inc. at Warner’s Boat House when they were teenagers, according to the show’s organizers, and they enjoyed water skiing. on Turkeyfoot Lake in their youth. The boat remained in the family and was restored in Maryland and brought back to Portage Lakes by a nephew for the brothers to enjoy on the lakes again.
Ned Mohrman was a pioneer and one of the organizers of the Portage Lakes Boat Show and Parade, 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 to judge boats using the ACBS judging guidelines. The youth program is sponsored by ACBS and Hagerty Insurance.
The first place winners in the following categories included:
• Sailboats: 1970 Mirror Sailing Dingy, owned by Jerry and Liliana Welch, Akron;
• Contemporary Classic: 1993 Launch of Fantail, “P. Beau”, Jan and Margo Holmes, of New Franklin;
• Classic metal boats: 1966 Starcraft, Falcon 14ft, Dan and Ashley Ritchey, of Bolivar;
• Fiberclassic Inboards: 1972 Century Resorter, “Class of 72”, Mike and Bonnie Hakes, of Rocky River;
• Fiberclassic outboard: 1968 Checkmate V141, Don and Winnie Trotter, from Canfield;
• Classic wooden outboards: 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, PA;
• Classic Wood Runabouts: 1948 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout, “Easy Money”, Ken and Mary Kaye Lipovich, of Painesville;
• Unmounted Outboards: 1952 Chris Craft Challenger 5 HP, Penny Peterman, of Springfield;
• Jugement des jeunes, Best of Show: 1972 Century Resorter, “Class of 72”;
• ACBS, Most Original Boat: 1947 Lyman Islander, “Scout”, Jay and Beth Austin, of Clinton;
• Best Amateur Catering: 1958 Lyman Runabout, “Lone Eagle”, Randy Bordner, of Canton; and
• Best of Show Judges: 1956 Chris Craft, Holiday, “Billie Holiday”, Doug and Terri Brooks, of Wadsworth.
ACBS section officials said the show was sponsored by more than 65 local businesses and donations from others.
Show 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 over the past 25 years;
Usefulness: boats whose engine is covered with a box with an open cockpit;
Runabout: boats whose motor is covered by non-trafficable bridges; and
√ Outboard: boats propelled by an engine mounted on the transom.
For more information on sponsorship of next year’s show, contact Show President Gil Maringer at 216-310-7475.
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