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Hey, Spike! takes a shine to classic wooden speedboats

Classic boat owners tie up in a flotilla by the dam.
Miles F. Porter IV / Special to the Daily |

A walk and ride through time is possible today down at Dillon Reservoir’s Frisco Bay Marina, which is hosting the annual Rendezvous on the Rockies classic wooden boat show.

Staged by the Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the international Antique and Classic Boating Society, the event showcases these wooden beauties, bringing back memories for many, as they recall personal experiences — riding in or skiing behind — brand names like Chris Craft, Century and Correct Craft.

Local wood boat restorer Wayne Spaulding of Wonderful Woodies and The Boatyard will have his finely brought-back-to-life 1948 22-foot Hacker Craft and a Century Coronado named “Pegasus” slipped there for your viewing and cruising pleasure. Both speedboats feature modern day GM V-8 engines.

Two other Frisco Bay Marina regulars are the father and son team of Mike and Jack Vannier, who are showing their redone 25-foot Chris Craft cabin cruiser, named “Brigadoon,” and their Century Sea Maid runabout, “Ain’t She Sweet,” from 1949.

Others here are John Stiller, Michael Novick, John Asselta, Bob Phillips, Jeff Dwight, Vickie and Mike Rutkowski, Jerry Ross, Richard Ball, Charlie Simons, Tom and Kathy Lange, and Chip Taft.

Novick, a second-generation classic boat owner from Evergreen, will have his Chris Craft 23-foot Continental, “One of My Girls,” in the water as usual.

The Langes, from Boulder, will be presenting their restored, rare 1946 16-foot Garwood Ensign, “Legacy,” powered by a GM 350 V-8. It is for sale.

A first-timer for this show is “Blast from the Past,” a 1926 Chris Craft triple cockpit 26-footer boasting a modern day 428 Ford Cobra V-8, putting out 450hp.

Out of the Las Vegas Harrah’s Collection, this classic needs some restoration help and is for sale by the family from Evergreen as the owner has passed on. “Blast” is an early-day model, with low production numbers, has a fiberglassed bottom, new chrome, upholstery, tonneau covers, and a very good trailer, notes Spaulding.

Its hull features these registration numbers: “NV 002.” Once totally restored, Spaulding thinks it could be worth as much as $230,000.

Hey, Spike!’s inboard 1959 Correct Craft Atom Skier, “Blondie — le petite nautique” — is now owned by John Asselta of Morrison. For many years, Blondie led the boat show parade.

Missing at this summer’s show is Bill Tordoff, one the show founders who recently passed away at his home in Frisco’s Water Dance enclave on the shores of the lake. Bill had named two of his restored vessels “Water Dancer” and “H2O Dancer.” He was one great guy.


In a variety of social settings we’ve seen John and Sue Hasegawa, Cindi and Scott Gelman, Russ and Linda Nelson, Deborah Bass, Mary and Harold Wilson, Lucy Kay, Deb Neyland, Darcy and Marlene Piens, Cindy Beer and Paul Austin, State Senator Jack Tate, Annie Harris, Trygve Berge, Mary and Tom Bierbrauer, Chris and John Dildine, Darcy and Jack Lohmann, Sue Lukinbill, Susan Jurgensmeier, Sandy Rush, Katharine and Evans Adam, Mary and John Kidd, Kathy and Dr. Dave Chinoy and his sister Chris of Florida; Dr. Durant Abernethy, Amy and Bobby Piper, Margaret and Tim Finley, Lauren Fisher and Steve Kurtz, and Dave Patterson.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock 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 milesfporteriv@aol.com

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