Friday, July 26, 2013 to Saturday, July 27, 2013There is nothing quite like rich mahogany reflecting off of the pure blue waters of Lake Tahoe.
The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic is presented by The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc. Indulge in a classic Tahoe tradition this summer at The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic, July 26th and 27th located at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe. If you enjoy the boat show then head to The Tahoe Maritime Museum, located in Homewood, California on Tahoe’s North Shore. If you are a guest, have a look around by clicking on the Forum button up top and browse our public areas.
Thunderbird, the sleek mahogany creation of famed boat designed John Hacker, cut across the waves of Lake Tahoe after its launch in 1940. The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic is being held on July 30th and 31st this year at Lake Tahoe's only inland marina, Tahoe Keys Marina & Yacht Club in South Lake Tahoe. This year the boat show will feature over 65 antique and classic boats and will be honoring Lake Tahoe's Birthday Girl, Thunderbird. View amazing '60's drag race boats including Golden Komotion that won in the blown gas class time after time in California's Central Valley venues in the 1960's. If you want to take a ride in a wooden boat, join the Tahoe Maritime Museum at the boat show and get a free ride! Thunderbird, America’s most recognizable yacht is celebrating its 70th birthday on Lake Tahoe. From Reno, North Shore, the East Shore, and Stateline: Take Hwy 50 south to Tahoe Keys Blvd and turn right.
Sharon GayReno Lake Tahoe Travel ExaminerSharon Gay, local author and photojournalist, lives on Lake Tahoe's stunning East Shore in Nevada.
Sunday after the boat show is dedicated to the participants, chapter members and volunteers who make this big event successful. In 1965 the house and 1,975 acres of the estate were acquired by the California State Park System. As the parade of wooden boats made their way up the lake, it was a perfect opportunity to see the boats on the water and grab a few shots from the aft cockpit. For the last 29 years, Roy has created the art work for every Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance poster, which are displayed at Sierra Boat Company. Approximately 250 people attended the Sunday picnic and awards presentation at Sugar Pine Point, and the individual awards were on display prior to the ceremony. One of the sponsors of this years South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic is Korbel & Woodford Reserve who provided the Korbel California Champagne for all the award winners.
The historic Sugar Pine Point grounds is just a perfect venue for the picnic and awards presentation, the property is almost like a small amphitheatre offering spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the wooden boats while enjoying the catered picnic lunch. Smiles all around for the family enjoying their classic wooden boat on one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet.
The Wooden Boat Classic boat show will be open on Friday, July 30, from noon to 5 pm and all day Saturday, July 31, from 9 am to 5 pm. Savvy shoppers can save $5 off the regular $20 admission when they purchase tickets for this fun, family event at any Raley's, Nob Hill, or Bel Air Family Market in California or Nevada. This premier judged boat show features 65 rare and beautiful antique and classic wooden boats. Guests at the boat show will enjoy live music, taste fine Picchetti wines, Korbel California champagnes and Stella beer stroll through the sponsor and charity booths, and mementos of the day are available at the Antique & Classic Boat Society's Ships Store.
This show is extra interesting for us because we have the opportunity to see some boats that, before today, we have never seen before, at least that I have never seen before.
There is no question that these Greavette Streamliners represent some very unique Canadian design features, and when restored properly – certainly stand out in a crowd. On Friday, Matt posted a shot of a Besotes runabout which was popular with some of our regular viewers, so here’s a few more shots of two fine examples of the Besotes marque at this years South Tahoe show. Texx – Reporting from South Lake Tahoe, part of the Hagerty Fantasy Road Trip Series.

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Yeah, owning a boat with a lycoming v-12 would make you smile…until you get a quote for an engine rebuild. Music, wine, food, vendors and more than 85+ of the world's rarest boats bring together the fascinating and priceless history behind these elegant machines. As a 501C3 organization, we are pleased to be able to make gifts to deserving charities that meet our charter's philosophy.
View their impressive collection of boats dating back to the 1800?s that document Lake Tahoe’s boating history. I have heard, there is a similar show somewhere back East, where many of the examples are from boat builders East of the Mississippi. George Whittell's prize possession remains one of the most beautiful wooden boats of the twentieth century. In her 70 year life she has been the site for many gala cocktail cruises for the rich and famous.
Owners will turn over the engines of some of the wood antique and classic boats and if you're lucky you'll get to hear the roar of the amazing drag boat engines.
Get an additional $2 discount per ticket by purchasing a bottle of Korbel California Champagne! At the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 89 you may park for free in the large parking lot just across the intersection.
On the left is a large parking lot where you may park free and take the free Nifty Fifty trolley to and from Tahoe Keys Marina from noon to 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Sharon has two upcoming photographic books, Lake Tahoe Gardens and Lake Tahoe Inspirations. In the morning the boats leave the Tahoe Keys Marina and run up Lake Tahoe for a picnic and the awards ceremony which is held on the amazing grounds of the former Ehrman Estate.
Today the house is maintained as a house museum and as an example of the opulent tradition in Tahoe summer homes. We were also joined by a photographer who was gathering images of the event throughout the day, and as you can see he had some serious camera equipment.
She’s an original Lake Tahoe boat which was shipped from the Chris-Craft factory in Algonac to nearby Truckee, Calfornia in 1956. Roy is very active with both the South Tahoe event as well as the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance which is held up the lake at Sierra Boat in Carnelian Bay in a few weeks.
Roy has invited Matt & I to join him at his lake house in nearby Homewood during this years Concours, which will certainly make for an interesting story on Woody Boater.
Here’s Ryan Barella (Korbel Market Brand Manager) and his lovely wife who were on hand for the awards ceremony.
We were also joined by fellow Woody Boater and Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club Director Brian Robinson. The Rudloff’s use their boat every chance they get, and have logged over 1,100 hours on her over the last 19 years, for everyting from water skiing, tubing, wake boarding and evening dinner cruises which is great to see. View five 1960’s drag boats, including Golden Komotion, a fantastic boat which dominated the blown gas class in its day in California's Central Valley venues. The Tahoe Maritime Museum booth is offering new members a special opportunity to take a ride in a beautiful boat from their collection. Lunch at the Fresh Ketch Restaurant, overlooking the marina, or enjoy snacks, drinks and a barbecue lunch at the refreshment booths. Paul Anderson, i have a 1936 Clipper Cruiser and i would very much like to talk to you about your restoration of Klondike. This year more than 3,000 people will embark on a historical journey which will feature the power and thunder of the 1930s. Its mission is to bring together people with a common interest in historic, antique and classic boats for the purpose of sharing information, experiences and ideas. Along with the timeless mixture of masterfully restored wooden boats reflecting off the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, you’ll also enjoy live music, an array of food and shopping, a wine tasting village and a festive, family-friendly atmosphere.

The museum is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year, Friday to Monday, 11am to 5pm.
The Thunderbird was constructed at a cost of $87,000 which would be approximately $3.3 million in real terms today.
Enjoy a snack, a drink, BBQ'd lunch featuring Stella Artois by Fresh Ketch under the umbrellas, or lunch at the Fresh Ketch Restaurant overlooking the marina.
There will be a free Nifty-Fifty Trolley running to and from Tahoe Keys Marina from noon to 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday.
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We have a cool story about the Sugar Pine Point Estate and one of the original wooden boats that remains on the property, but that’s for another day, later this week. Fellow Woody Boaters Dave Triano and his son Andrew presented the award on behalf of the Thunderbird Crew. The 55-foot antique mahogany and stainless steel cruiser, will celebrate her 70 years on the Lake throughout the summer but this will be the only place that the public will be able to see her up close outside her boat house, and learn about her history on the Lake.
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It’s a great ways to spend your day taking in the summer sun at gorgeous Lake Tahoe and seeing a bit of boating history. The guy who told me how to properly varnish the wood trim on my little VJB (as well as contributing a bit of Mahogany) is restoring a 1956 Mercury Saber.
See the Thunderbird and all the other beautiful antique and classic boats this weekend. Annual operation costs, such as insurance, fuel and maintenance to keep the Thunderbird afloat are over $250,000. If you want to try and park closer and take a short walk or a shuttle cart, continue on Hwy 50 by turning right at the intersection and going to the second light. If parking is unavailable near the Marina, go back out to Hwy 50 on Tahoe Keys Blvd, turn right and go to the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 89.
The entire picnic and awards presentation was simply a great experience, and very well organized by the chapter and the countless volunteers – Thanks to everyone for a fun, memorable day. Rudy is with Northwest Classic Boats, the folks who recently completed the remarkable restoration on Don Ayers Riva Ariston.
It is a 55 feet long boat made from Honduran Mahogany hardwood, stainless steel and crystal.
There is free parking and the free Nifty Fifty Trolley will run to and from Tahoe Keys Marina from noon to 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Hellman began buying property at Sugar Pine Point and by 1913 had acquired nearly 2000 acres. His son is working on the 1958 Corvette engine, and I will contribute some polishing know how for the old valve covers. Two V-12 Allison aircraft engines are mounted on the boat that give it a top speed of 70 mph. His grand but informal summer home, called Pine Lodge, was completed in 1903 and was considered to be one of the finest in the high Sierra. His daughter, Florence Hellman Ehrman inherited the estate and she and her husband Sydney spent many summers there entertaining family and friends.
The estate is located along the shores of Lake Tahoe which offers some spectacular views of the lake.

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