Report of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter‘s Annual Boat Show is by George Blosser, Chapter Publicity Chairman. Photo Credit: Nadine Breen.

The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society held their annual boat show at Mariners Landing this past Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Pictured above is Amie, the 1942 Chris Craft 17′ Deluxe Runabout. George Blosser had just launched her at 7:30 on the morning of the show after “working on this beloved barrel stern for three years.” 

Over 2500 people visited the show during the day. Forty-two boats were registered for the show with many coming from out of State. Proceeds from this year’s show will be donated to local Smith Mountain Lake Charites at the conclusion of 2017.

Here are the people who received awards and the list of the boats chosen as winners of this show.

Smith Mountain Lake 2017 Boat Show Awards

Peoples’ Choice Award: 1963 18’ Century Sabre “Heaven On A Sunday” owned by Ray McDowell, Newtown, PA

Nancy Hampton First Mate Award: Presented to Mrs. Kris Olson, Moneta, VA

Judged Awards

Best Chris Craft: 1941 16’ Special Runabout “Small Wonder” owned by Bob Huff, Charlottesville, VA
Best Century: 1966 17’ Resorter “Whiski Runner” owned by Tim Gaffney, Oak Hill, VA
ACBS Most Original: 1954 13’ Peterborough Sportabout “Summer Lull” owned by Garland Gentry, Culpepper, VA   
ACBS Best Non Wood: 1968 16’ Evinrude Sportsman 155 “Lot of Fun Too” owned by Chuck Breen, Lynchburg, VA   
Claude Watson Craftsmanship Award: 1942 17’ Chris-Craft Runabout “Amie“ owned by George Blosser, Moneta, VA
Oldest Boat: 1931 16’ Dodge Runabout “Anntek” owned by Maurice Dunigan, Clear Brook, VA
Longest Distance Traveled: (661 Miles) 1963 19” Chris-Craft Sea Skiff owned by Gil Grant, Deland, FL  
Junior Judges Award: 1957 14’ Century Imperial “Spirit” owned by Bill Goold, Moneta, VA

Captains’ Choice Awards

Best Runabout:  1926 26’ Chris-Craft Triple Cockpit “Flapper” owned by Mike Mutchler, Moneta, VA
Best Utility:  1948 22’ Shepherd  Purple Haze” owned by Phil Jones, Lynchburg, VA
Best Cruiser: 2005 21’ Simmons Reproduction “All Chum’d Up” owned by Lou Klein, Moneta, VA
Best Outboard: 1947 13’ Lyman Outboard, with 1938 Johnson Motor owned  by Bob Pennoyer, Wirtz, VA  
Best Lapstrake:    1951 16’ Century Seaflite “A Little Bit of Green” owned by Art Cournoyer, Glade Hill, VA
Best Contemporary: 2010 9’ Home Built Jet Ski “Aqua Buddha” owned by Ken Taylor, Huddleston, VA    
Best Non-Powered: 1965 15’ Old Town Canoe “Indian Design # 4” owned by Ron Root, Charlottesville, VA

Smith Mountain Lake is a beautiful setting for gorgeous antique and classic boats.  No wonder large crowds come for the day to admire the boats at the show.

“Sybil” 1941 Chris Craft 17′ Runabout owned by Roger and Sybil Smith. photographed on SML by Barb Nocera.

“Spiffy” 1948 Chris Craft 20′ Runabout owned by Alan and Jean Frederick

“barrel stern corner” at the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter 2017 Show


    • Don –
      You’re right but the 1926 C/C had won that award previously and the club never gives out the same award to the same boat in consecutive years. In fact, no boat can win more than one award at the presentation dinner. That way more people go home happy by spreading out the awards.
      Alan Frederick, 2017 SML-ACBS President

  1. We brought our boat down last year for display. Our 1956 Century Resorter 16ft is for sale. Can we post photos on this page?

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