The wooden boat bug bit Hey, Spike! back about 1950 on Indiana’s Lake Wawasee.
And that boat bug continues nibbling away today.
Many folks have similar experiences and you can see their classic wooden boats this weekend down at the Frisco Bay Marina at the Rendezvous at the Rockies show.
Frisco’s Wonderful Woodies owners and restorers Bill Tordoff and Wayne Spaulding have been organizing the event with the Antique and Classic Boating Society’s Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter for a number of years.
Boat lovers recount stories of their families having wooden boats. They show up and walk the docks, admiring the wooden masterpieces.
“We’ve had lots of inquiries from strangers,” says Bill. “We are expecting 20-25 boats based on the Grand Lake show and feedback.”
Boat brands like Chris Craft, Century, Hacker Craft and Correct Craft will be in the water, rumbling that “blub, blub, blub” sound, their wooden hulls and topsides glistening with sparkling layer upon layer of varnish.
Back home to Indiana: A present for his three grandsons — MFP IV (Miles F. Porter IV), Marshall and Michael — Granddad Porter (MFP Jr.) bought a wooden-planked Century 16-footer with an inboard engine. None of the grandsons was old enough to drive the Century, but it was ours.
For Spike! it was relief from his dad’s (MFP III) wooden 28-foot E-scow racing sailboat, most often heeling over in a scary, life-threatening manner.
Today, Spike! has a restored 1959 Correct Craft Atom Skier runabout, “Blondie — le Petite Nautique,” bought about eight years ago from Dr. Al Herrington of Pueblo. It sat in the garage for about 20 years, badly needing rehab, while Al was busy messing around with other boats in his collection, highlighted by a rare Italian Riva speedboat named “Caroline.”
Others showing boats here this weekend include Wayne Spaulding, owner of the Boatyard with wife Cindy, who will have his restored 1951 22-foot Hacker Craft, powered by a GM 350 engine; Mike Vannier and son Jack with their 1965 Chris Craft cabin cruiser and “Ain’t She Sweet,” a 1949 Century Sea Maid; Friscoite Jim Bull with his 1951 19-foot “Connie J” Chris Craft Holiday runabout; Charlie Peak, down from Wyoming with his 1929 26-foot Chris Craft triple cockpit; Richard Ball of Loveland with the family Century; and chapter president Bob Phillips, who has a 1900 16-foot steam-powered English launch.
Expected to make another appearance is “Touché,” Hal and Kay May’s 1930 24-foot Chris Craft triple cockpit. The Mays are from Cheshire, Oregon, and have relatives living in Frisco.
Summit High School 2005 grad Whitney Laurel Anderson, the prep star runner who went on to graduate from Duke, posted on her Facebook page:
“Today, I ran my first 5K race in seven years. If you don’t know the story, it took me five agonizing years to recover from an injury, and the last two years to find my love for the sport again. I was still a few minutes off my PR, but placed third out of 400 racers in 95-degree weather. I could not be happier.”
Whitney is now living in Palm Beach, Florida. Way to go, Whit.
Friscoite Sam Sherstad is always good for a golf report:
“The weather gods smiled on us again last week. Our eight golfers from Texas, Illinois, Minnesota and Colorado enjoyed perfect weather and great courses for our annual five-day Colorado Golf Binge.
“The photo is from Monday morning at The Raven at Three Peaks before our 36-hole day there. We also tackled Green Valley Ranch, the River Course at Keystone Resort, Fossil Trace and Saddle Rock. We dodged floods in Denver area and hail in Summit County to be blessed with perfect golf weather and conditions everywhere we played.”
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org