Member Boats: Late Classic beginning in 1976

Boats presently or previously owned by members of the Heartland Classics Chapter.

The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) has designated age classifications which include boats of all hull material and purposes.  Although well known for wooden pleasure craft of the mid 20th century, the members’ appreciation of historic craftsmanship and styling blended with the purposeful utilitarian use of all vessels leads our members to be guardians of all types and ages of watercraft.

Daisy Mae

1977 Henry Boats, Inc. Hard Top 24′ “Daisy Mae” owned Wayne & Barbara Barnes

1977 Henry Boat Co. X240 Hard Top 24’ Powered by a Mercruiser I/O 228 hp
Owned by Wayne and Barbara Barnes of Springfield, MO

Daisy MaeDaisy Mae was manufactured in Ohio in the Columbus area and went to the northern Michigan area. She was at home on Lake Michigan.
We bought the boat in June of 2013. The boat had been restored in the Henry Skiff Craft Boat Factory in Ohio the year before.
She has a 228 HP 5 liter Mercruiser I/O. Her new home port is on Table Rock Lake in Missouri.
The name Daisy Mae was already on the boat but we do not know why she was named that or by whom. We are the third owner of this boat.

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Heska Holka

Heska Holka is a 1978 18′ Century 2000 with a Mercruiser 470. She is owned by Richard Wrablik.

1979 Caravelle

1979 Caravelle I/O 17.5′ owned by Mike & Denese Yancey

1979 Caravelle 17.5’ Powered by a Mercruiser 165 hp

Owned by Mike & Denese Yancey of Tulsa, OK

Caravelle Boats were manufactured in Conway, AR by Centark Industries which went out of business in 1982. The brand was resurrected in California and is still being sold today.

This 17 ½ foot fiberglass boat, was manufactured in Oct. 1979 with Serial # CNHO4434M79C, with a 165 HP Mercruiser I/O. In 1986 she was advertised for sale in a very poor neighborhood as part of a bankruptcy sale, but the boat looked good and was affordable.

We used the boat regularly and in the spring of 1991 discovered a leak in the transom where the outdrive was mounted. Upon further analysis, discovered the flooring was getting spongy, so it was time to do a major renovation. Everything was removed and disconnected the top deck from the hull and set it to the side. When the flooring was removed, the plywood stringers were ground out. Then using what was left as a pattern, new ones were made. A local fiberglass guy made a new plywood transom and glassed everything back together. I then had all the upholstery recovered and installed new flooring and carpet. Effectively, she was back to new condition.

We have used the boat regularly for the following 20+ years, keeping it in a garage or carport and out of the weather. Original gelcoat still shines, however it may be time for another minor renovation soon as the upholstery is showing 20 plus years of wear.

The engine is all original, having never been rebuilt. With no hour meter, it is hard to say how many hours of use it has on it but still runs perfectly. Both of our kids learned to water ski behind this boat, and are still doing so today as it is still the best water skiing boat in the fleet.

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1980 Cobalt CD 19

Table Rock Lake is homeport for this 1980 Cobalt CD 19.  She is now owned by Don and Kathy Parker.

Sleeper

1981 28′ Bertram “Sleeper” owned by Alex and Linda Barry

1981 Mako Shark

1981 Mako Shark owned by Greg Carney

HOWDY IV

1982 Lund 17’ Tyee is powered by a Mercury 75 hp outboard.  Howdy IV is owned by Cam and Marie Blazer, Leawood, Kansas. 

HOWDY IV was delivered to the Arrowhead Match Club on Lake Winnebago, Missouri.  She was named after a 1930 Race Boat owned and piloted by Howard Ingram, who raced HOWDY and won 3 of the 5 years the race was held.

Howdy II was my dad’s outboard boat on Okinawa at the end of WWII.  Howdy III was my Class D Stock Utility Runabout – one of four wood boats we built in the 1950’s.

HOWDY IV is docked at Lake Winnebago when not trailering to a river cruise or an annual trip to Ontario, Canada for more than 29 years.  Log of River Trips includes:

  • 2014  Mississippi River to St. Louis
  • 2015  Cumberland River, Nashville to Paducah, KY
  • 2016  Tennessee River, Knoxville to Chattanooga, TN
  • 2017  Ohio River, Pittsburgh to Gallipolis, OH
  • 2018  Muskingum River Stockport to Marietta, OH (hand operated locks)
  • 2019  Table Rock Lake, Heartland Classics Classics Cruisin’ event 

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Wave Toucher IV

1983 Skiff Craft Cuddy Cabin 24′ “Wave Toucher IV” owned by Dick Baner

1982 Skiffcraft 24’ Hardtop Powered by Mercruiser 488 188 hp

Owned by Dick and Janet Baner of Eureka, Illinois

Wave Toucher IV was purchased in the fall of 2014 from ACBS Sunnyland Chapter member Jim Flack, Mt. Dora, Florida. Post-purchase test run was on Lake Dora and the Dora Canal.

We did another section of “The Great Loop” in this boat, which replaced the ‘65 Carver, with John and Carolynn Thompson in February, 2015. We intended to run from Mobile Bay to Sarasota Bay. However, when we reached Carrabelle, FL where we had to leave the Intercoastal waterway and travel in the open Gulf of Mexico, we faced high winds and 5’ to 6’ waves. So we had to turn around and return to where we started. We will be doing another section, Chicago to Lake Barkley, Tennessee in September.

I seem to be hooked on Lapstrake boats.

All of my boats have the word “Toucher” in their name as a follow up to my homebuilt aircraft that were all named “To Touch the Sky”.

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Lily Pad

Lily Pad, 1984 24′ Skiff Craft “Lily Pad” owned by John & Carolynn Thompson

Owners: Carolynn and John Thompson
Marshfield, MO
Homeport: Table Rock Lake(Branson West, Mo)
24’ 1984 Skiff Craft X240
Powered by a 5.0 GM motor and an OMC outdrive
We believe we are the third owner of this boat which was originally used on Lake Erie, then on the Tennessee River, before being stationed on Table Rock Lake. It is pictured on Six Mile Creek off of the St. John’s River in Florida. We have taken this about on nearly 1,000 miles of the Great Loop Cruise.

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1984 Cobalt CS7

This 1984 Cobalt 17′ CS7 is powered by a Mercury 185 V-6 engine.  She is owned by Alex and Linda Barry.

Cara J

1985 Trojan Sedan 37′ “Cara J” owned by Dick & Cara Moist

Type: 1930 20 ft. Model 100 Chris Craft
“The Cara J” is a 1986, 11 meter Trojan sedan cruiser. Powered by two big block GM’s We brought the boat to Table Rock Lake in the year 2000. It resides at the Ozarks Yacht Club dock. The boat spent time on the Lake of the Ozarks and the Mississippi river at Polestar marina where we bought it.

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1986 Century Coronado

1986 Century 21′ Coronado is powered with a Mercruiser 454.  She is owned by Mark Moser.

Eliminator Jet

1987 ELIMINATOR JET 21′ owned by Clay and Patty Thompson.

Jet boats were a popular choice in the 70’s and 80’s, and many companies built them, but most think Eliminator built the best. This one is the 21’ Daytona model, and a nice survivor. It has a 502 Chevrolet dual 4 barrel engine, with a Dominator racing jet pump and lots of chrome. Eliminator was known for their excellent gelcoat finishes and that is represented here with the 9 color striking graphics.

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Black Betty

1988 Glastron-Carlson 23′ named Black Betty owned by Zack and Danielle Stafford

Century Arabian

1989 Century Arabian 19′ owned by Chuck Gibbs.

1989 Century Arabian 19′ powered by a Mercruiser 454, 340 HP with a Velvet Drive transmission. She is owned by Chuck Gibbs.

This 1989 Century 19’ Arabian was acquired by Don & Kathy Parker in 2016. We wish she could tell her own story because the boat must have experienced a very difficult infancy and teenage years. Apparently, she got caught up in a Century Boats’ bankruptcy, acquisition by Glastream, and eventually was left outside, covered with a tarp that eventually disintegrated. At some point, she was acquired by a dealer in Kansas City who began to rebuild her which necessitated new stringers, flotation, fiberglass restoration, etc. The restoration stalled at some point and she was acquired by Jason St. Onge in Carthage, Missouri. Jason contracted with a fiberglass restorer in Nixa, Missouri who completed the work on the stringers and flotation. Mr. St. Onge then began the process of putting her back together.

She is powered with a Mercruiser 454, 340 HP with a Velvet Drive transmission. At the time we took delivery the engine had 6.1 original running hours. In 1987 Century had been acquired by Glastream Group and so her hull number (GSYDV053G889) actually indicates she was built by Glastream.

She was purchased by Chuck Gibbs in 2019 to be used on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.  She should be a great vessel for Grand Lake with her 7’3” beam, 19’1” length and deep v hull design.

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Deliteful

1990 Rinker 250 25′ “Deliteful” owned by Jon & Ruthie Petermann

Untouchable

1991 Hacker Craft Triple Cockpit 30′ “Untouchable” owned by Jim & Marilyn Conner

1991 Hacker Craft Triple Cockpit 30′ “Untouchable” owned by Jim & Marilyn Conner

“Untouchable” owned by Jim and Marilyn Conner of Tulsa, OK 1991 Hackercraft Triple 30′ Crusader 454

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Pub Decision

1995 Hacker Craft Gentleman’s Racer 18′ “Pub Decision” owned by Bruce Hurst

Pub Decision was purchased from Ron Montoya of Jefferson Yacht Sales in Michigan, November 2009.  It is 18 ft long and 5 ft beam. The seller had no idea who built the boat or much else about it for that matter.  The hull #PCK1802A595 identifies that she came from Packard Classic Boats in Sarasota, Florida.  The company was owned by Bud Finkl who apparently passed away in 2007.

I wrote Vintage Race Shop during the summer to ask them if they had ever seen the boat. Bill Johns thought a guy named John Ford had built the boat, which turned out to be a fact.  Bud Finkl built Packard boats but they were fiberglass reproductions of vintage runabouts, never a wood boat.  A call to Gary Scherb in Florida verified that Bud had contracted John Ford to build four boats, three 18 ft and one 26 ft.  Gary also told me his company did the finish work on the boat and installed the very hot (250 hp) V6 Chevy engine built by Flagship Marine Engine in Punta Gorda, Florida.  It has hydraulic steering and transmission.

My first outing in Pub Decision was on Lake Keystone, my home waters.  I got fairly comfortable with it on flat water before I pushed it to its limit, a mere 50 mph on the GPS, but it would start to bounce.  I later added some wedges under the transom which stopped the bouncing and slowed the boat a couple of miles per hour.
We made all of the Heartland events in 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed them. Pub Decision is so much fun to drive in calm waters.  I personally don’t mind a bit of chop but it gets quite wet!
I’m not sure who named “Pub Decision” but it suits me as I grew up in English Pubs.

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