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Member Boats – Classic
One of the goals of the Heartland Classics is to educate the public on classic, vintage, and retro boats. We hope you will find the information a useful resource of member boats shown by age classification.
ACBS recognizes these age classifications:
- Historic: A boat built up to and including 1918.
- Antique: A boat built between 1919 and 1942, inclusive.
- Classic: A boat built between 1943 and 1975, inclusive.
- Late Classic: A boat built after 1975 through the year 25 years prior to the current year. (In 2019, the Late Classic period ends with boats built in 1994.)
- Contemporary: A wooden boat built within the last 25 years.
Judging classes within those age classifications are fully described on the ACBS website.
Click here to learn more about the ACBS judging system.
Member boats built from 1966 through 1970
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1967 Owens Aruba 42′ “Lake Affect” owned by Jerry & Becky Caddell
1967 Owens 42’ Aruba
Powered by (2) 327 Flagship 450 hp
Owned by Jerry and Becky Caddell of Shell Knob, MO
After looking for a wooden cruiser for 5 years, we found our boat on our hometown lake in Perry, Kansas at the marina where Jerry worked in high school! We bought her in October of 2004.
The first thing we did was to strip the transom to change her name from “Final Answer” to Lake Affect. When we received her documents we found out she was originally on Lake of the Ozarks named the “Starlight Lounge”.
The Lake Affect is a 42’, double planked mahogany hull, with twin 327 Chevy Flagship motors. Jerry first repaired and replaced most of the wiring after a near fire. He then pulled one of the transmissions to access and repair the damper plate. He then refurbished the helm, the carburetors, the toilet pump, and then started replacing all the rotten wood. This included replacing the front 3-4’ of the bow.
In the fall of 2010 she was pulled out of Table Rock Lake and Jerry repaired and repainted the bottom. At that time he realized the back corner of the transom also needed to be replaced. After that repair, he removed one side of the salon windows to replace the rotten wood below the windows. Painting is a never ending, ongoing process!
A wooden boat is a labor of love, and we love cruising Table Rock Lake in her!