Hey, Spike! climbs aboard with classic boat owners
Ryan Summerlin October 25, 2012
Low water levels of Lake Dillon may have kept this summer’s annual Rendezvous on the Rockies wooden boat show in dry-dock, but it didn’t stop owners of the classics from holding their annual meeting in Frisco – again.
Gathering at Wayne and Cindy Spaulding’s Boatyard on Saturday were members of the Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
Hosting the event were Wayne and his partner in Wonderful Woodies, Bill Tordoff, who restore vintage vessels – power and sail – from Chris Craft, Century, Hacker Craft, Correct Craft (like Hey, Spike!’s restored 1959 Atom Skier, “Blondie”) and others.
On hand for the luncheon was Bob Phillips, an engineer from Golden, who owns “Shearwater,” a 1900 16-foot steam-powered English launch. Bob was re-elected chapter president.
Another woodie owner present and accounted for was Chris Ann Smith-Braaf of Tabernash. She is the daughter of Chris Smith, the grandson of the founder of Chris Craft.
Chris Ann still pilots her one-off 16th birthday present: a 17-foot 1957 Chris Craft Cavalier runabout, made even better over the decades by her 85-year-old dad, who’s been here a couple of times.
The Smith-Braafs also have a restored 1957 28-foot Chris Craft Sedan Cruiser, named “Chris Craft II.”
Mead residents Mike and Diane Vannier, who own a well-done 1949 Century Sea Maid speedboat, “Ain’t She Sweet,” with a modern 460 V-8, were there with their latest project, a ’50s Chris Craft Custom Cruiser of 25 feet.
Among others aboard were Bob Braaf, Lu and Richard Ball, Chip Taft, Kathy and Tom Lange, Jeff and Diane Waco, Mike Novak, John Stiller, Charlie Geuin, and Vickie and Mike Rutkowski.
This summer saw Bill taking his fully restored – and rare – 1952 Hacker Craft Overnighter to shows in Texas, Grand Lake, Oklahoma and a national show in Branson, Mo.
“Mine is number 24 of 25 made – and the last one known to exist,” says Bill, a retired Ashland Chemical vice president who lives in Water Dance.
The African mahogany-planked boat, topped with 12 thick coats of marine varnish, measures 23 feet, sleeps two and is powered by a 135-horsepower Gray Marine six-banger.
At the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, Keels and Wheels Show, “Water Dancer” took a Best in Class, later topped by Grand Lake’s Best in Show honor. Bill and Wayne also showed the Hacker at the annual Grand Lake and Okoboji, Iowa, events.
Their travels had them on the road for 7,000 miles.
For a couple of the shows, Wayne took his restored Hacker Craft, a 1951 22-foot Deluxe Utility with a 350-horse modern V-8 GM crate engine.
Congrats to Summit County entrepreneur Jo-Anne Tyson, whose allergy free snack food company, Bee Nut Free, won the DaVinci Institute’s “Food and Drink Product of the Year Award.”
She was asked to present one product at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase on Oct. 13, and chose her Chocolate Chip Granola Bar – free from the top eight food allergens including egg, nut, tree nut and gluten.
At the show at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 10 independent judges selected Jo-Anne’s product.
See her website at www.beenutfree.com.
An all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser for Trudy Gleiforst is slated 9-noon, Sunday at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne
Trudy, a paraprofessional at Frisco Elementary for 31 years, has a medical emergency and many of the expenses are not covered by insurance.
Call 468-2561 for will-call or get your tickets from the football team.
Prices are $10 pre-purchased, $12 at the door; children under 12 are $5.
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.