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Your Club has been working hard to add more fun for you membership.
Club days have been added to the calendar. This day is an informal meet and greet at a members shop or home. This club day was held at the home and shop of Linda and Rich Hughes. Rich is in the process of completing a Clarion hull that was left unfinished by Dwight as he has now retired. Rich purchased the hull in 2014 and has been working to complete it for the spring of 2017.
The club days held at a shop are great for the DIY to see how the work on the boats have been completed. With lots of chances to ask questions and get a little more informed. The donuts and coffee make it easy to meet other members of the club. Thanks to Linda and Rich for holding this day on Nov 19 2016. Hope we see you at the next one.

Clubdya2 Folks arriving

folks arrivingClubday2 Outsidework to be done

Out Side work to be completed
Clubday2 Meet and Greet

Meet and greet with a warm coffeeClubday2 Riches Parents point out the areas that need work

Riches parents point out the areas that need more attentionClubday2 Rich explains the work to be done

Rich explains the work to be done on his Clarion racer .

He is eagerly waiting for the 6.2 L mercruiser to arrive

If you like boating, then Muskoka was the place to be this past July. The Toronto ACBS Show held in Gravenhurst each year has always been one of the top places to view classic boats of all types. This year was no exception with the docks overflowing with more than 100 boats. But not everyone is satisfied with just showing their boat, some are more interested in using them. That is what brought Chris Bullen, Jim Watt, and Rich Hughes together with the idea of offering a number of boating events prior to the weekend boat show. Over the years, Chris, Jim, and Rich have travelled to a number of ACBS shows that hosted “pre-event” runs that enabled visitors to boat on the local waterways and meet the people of the hosting chapter. From this concept, the Gravenhurst PreEvent runs were developed, focusing on giving our out-of-town and out-of-country guests a chance to see what beautiful waterways Muskoka has to offer. Tuesday night kicked off with a meet-and-greet held at a local restaurant in Gravenhurst. The bulk of the guests were from South of the border, including one couple who travelled all the way from Kentucky. Introductions were made and the agendas were handed out for the boating days that lay ahead. Most had a long travel day and with an early start to the next day, it was time to head back to our rooms and get some rest. But not before stopping for some local ice-cream! Wednesday morning 10 boats on trailers met in the Gravenhurst parking lot to travel the one hour over to Gloucester Pool. As the crow flies, the Pool is only a short distance away but there is no direct connecting road. Once there, we met up with Scott Dunsmoor and Sandy Kennedy who would be our guides and hosts for the trip. A short boat ride brought us to the base of Big Chute. If you have never been here, it is very impressive to see. A number of our guests took their boats over the Chute from which they remarked that this was the highlight of the trip. The Dunsmoors hosted us for lunch at their cottage while Scott took passengers over to Sandy’s Marine Museum in the Traveller. One last stop was Severn Lodge before loading the boats back up and returning to Gravenhurst.ba8 nusince7 all aboard the travaller4 loading the marine railway



 The Lake Rosseau run on Thursday was the longest with almost seventy miles of travel. Starting off in Gravenhurst Bay, the boats ran through Lake Muskoka to the Port Carling Locks. A short lift up to Lake Rosseau and the trip continued. Rosseau is populated with impressive cottages, boathouses and resorts. The highlight was a lunch stop at the famous Windermere House. With our bellies full, we set sail back to Gravenhurst. 

21 herrs 1955 sportsman

9 day 2 locking through in Port Carling to Rosseau10 lunch at the lady of the lake Windermere House

The Friday Poker Run has been quickly growing in popularity to the point that registrations had to be closed off early this year due to a sell-out response. To accommodate the large number of boats, the group was split in two with a guide boat each to take them to the card pick up stops. Five stops for the faster boats including Wa Chee We, a 35’ Ditchburn race boat, and four stops for the slower and smaller boats including a 13’ Canadian Canoe Company outboard. Murray Walker had his boathouse open for people to make a quick stop to see the impressive collection of Muskoka boats. The day wrapped up with a lunch and presentation to the winners who managed to collect a royal flush in cards.

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 poker run winners in their Fletcher



See you at the Pre- events in 2017.

Rich Hughes