Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake 2019 Report starts with people.  The 2019 Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake had 77 people from nine states representing at least five different chapters of ACBS.  This report is going to feature the people who made this event happen.


Tin Fin started the Thursday cruise in the rain, but soon, Mark and Jenni had to shed those rain suits.

Whoever wants to take credit for the weather, you did an amazing job of changing a forecast of 95% rain to a beautifully calm, comfortable, and almost rain-free weekend.  THANK YOU! 

Becky and Jerry Caddell made arrangements for the early cruisin’ crowd to have lunch at Watson’s on the Water Café at Campbell point which is about 25 miles up the main channel of the lake.  Thirteen boats and 39 people left Rock Lane Marina in light rain and soon found their way in calm waters to partly cloudy weather and a good lunch.

Caddell’s “Lake Affect” 1967 Owens 42′ Aruba welcomes us at Watson’s on the Water.

Dan Gyoerkoe, ACBS Executive Director, joined other arrivals on Thursday evening for the beginning of eating our way around the lake.

Dan led a “townhall” type meeting early Friday morning to talk about membership with emphasis on efforts to retain members once they join.

During the weekend Dan was seen riding in a Chris Craft Cobra, a Carver, a Cobalt, and a Century.

Dan Diehl and Dan Gyoerkoe in 1955 Chris Craft Cobra

John and Carolynn Thompson invited us all to one of their favorite breakfast spots on the lake for Friday morning brunch.  The Floating Café on Indian Point put out a spread for us.  Kadee Brosseau from KY3 news joined us for interviews and photo opportunities.

The next cruise went south past the dam, past the Branson Belle, under the 86 Bridge, and on into Arkansas.  Karl Dietz took this picture of the new MO/AR sign as we crossed the border.  The scenery gets river-like with cliffs on the side of the Long Creek arm of the lake.

Every visit to Big Cedar Lodge is impressive, always with new rustic details to see.  Our Saturday brunch was there after arriving with our parade of classic boats. Take a look at the video Mark Engstrom made of many of the boats arriving at Big Cedar:

Speaking of boats, there were seventeen different manufacturers of classic boats represented in the three-hour show held at Rock Lane Marina on Saturday afternoon, counting the ones that joined us for the show.  John Thompson had sent out press releases to area media sources, posters were distributed, and the spectators came in droves.  Most boat owners stayed around to answer questions and enjoy the praise and appreciation for sharing these classics.

1947 Century Standard owned by Ken and Ro Everett

Dick and Ed Moist had a classic Highlander sailboat on land display.  It was joined by Ken Everett’s little Century rowboat, and then a 1959 Delta Outboard brought by new members Tim and Joyce Wilson

Becky Caddell and Denese Yancey were constantly busy selling “On Sale” shirts at the Ship’s Store as well as our standard merchandise.

Wherever you looked, there were helping hands to launch and retrieve boats, put up and take down signs, tents, tables, chairs, carry totes, and offer rides. David Wysong, Jerry and Becky Caddell, John Thompson, Forrest and Kally Bryant, Kevin Hogan, Chick and Karon Wheat, Scott and Linda Hendren, Mike and Denese Yancey, Richard and Cara Moist, Ken Everett, Alex Barry, Steve Spinharney, Dan Diehl, … oh I should just mention everyone who was there. 

Don Parker had again made the little pine boats for kids to decorate.  More families came to participate this year.  Several assistants enjoyed overseeing the creative projects; Kally Bryant, Jenni Webber, Kelli Fure, Jan Roth, Agnes Huels, Ginny Baumann, Susan Garner, Diann Kuhl, and were there others?

What else but two more meals were needed to finish off this Cruisin’ n Eatin’ Weekend. Right?  Saturday night we filled up on a broasted chicken dinner and the traditional lake-front cake at the Ozarks Yacht Club. Then Sunday morning was a smooth cruise over to the Chateau on the Lake for brunch.

So far, you’ve read about people and activities, but a boating event isn’t that unless there are boats and boating.  The oldest boat was the 1947 Century Standard on shore, so there were NO antiques this year.  There were more Century boats (7) than ever before. Twenty of the boats are Classic Boats (1946-1975), seven are Late Classic Boats (1976-1994), and two were newer but with classic design.

2019 Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake Boats