Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

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Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby Mark-NJ » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:50 pm

Anyone attending? Anyone showing?

My little boat is entered! I don't expect to win anything, I'm just looking to have some fun with fellow boat enthusiasts.....

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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby DrBryanJ » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:40 am

Mark:

I might go. Don't know if Lisa has made other plans yet.
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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby Mark-NJ » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:53 pm

Well, I sure hope you can make it!

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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby Mark-NJ » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:17 am

Wow, wow, wow!

First of all DrBryanJ, thanks for stopping by!! Great to see you! Hope you had a good time at the show. Awesome boats, huh?

Next: I almost didn't go. The weather forecast was simply ghastly. Thunder & lightning all day. But aside from a 5 minute sprinkle around noon, there was no rain at all.

Finally, they classed my boat in the "outboard class"...a class they don't typically judge because very few outboard boats are typically entered. Usually outboards are lumped into the "special class", but since there were nine outboards, they put us all there, irrespective of the boat's age. Because of that, I was up against some very stiff competition, but managed to win 2nd place! Amazing!!

I entered this show just for the fun of it, and never expected to win anything. Nobody was more surprised than I was when my boat's picture was displayed on the big screen and my name was called. And while I was being presented with my plaque, the head judge mentioned to the crowd that "In case you didn't know, Mark made this boat from scratch!", and he told me what an outstanding job I had done. The crowd reacted very positively. Pretty awesome experience, really.

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I lost out to a fabulous 1958 Century Roan in (original color!!) Pink. Super cool boat, in amazing condition....worthy of top honors! The owner offered to buy my '57 Johnson Golden Javelin, but for now, that engine is staying on my boat. It's just too cool to sell....

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Leaving the show, we pushed off the dock, and.......nothing! No propulsion.

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The shift connector decided at that moment to come undone. Better here than in the middle of the lake, I guess. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Toolbag was on board, so it was a 5 minute repair...

When boating with an antique engine, always bring your tools. Always. :D :D

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And we were once again underway.

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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby PeterG » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:39 am

That's awesome Mark! Great validation of all your hard work and talent. Enjoy!
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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby DrBryanJ » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:38 pm

Congrats Mark. You deserve it. It was good to talk with you. Wish I had more time to spend there. That pink boat was pretty cool
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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby hoodman » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:41 pm

Wow, congratulations on the 2nd place honors!

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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby sscobra » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:34 pm

Congratulations on getting the 2nd place. In my opinion, it should have been 1st. Skip
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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby speedracer » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:07 am

What a great showing Mark. Congratulations.
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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby Mark-NJ » Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:57 pm

Being handed a plaque by the club president was surreal!

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These were the "official pics" that the show took....

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And a wonderful dinner! See all those big pictures on the wall in the background? Those are large portraits of the past yacht club commodores going back to the club's inception....

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That's my uncle! He's passed on now, but is still held in extremely high esteem. When the club people discovered we were related, we were really welcomed with open arms! Not bad for a couple of non-members! This is me & my sister.....and "Uncle Bud".

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Thanks for letting me brag a little. I'm still sort of walking on clouds!

(on the other hand, isn't 2nd place "leader of the losers"? :D :D :D :D )

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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby Bill Edmundson » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:16 pm

Mark

By no way "Leader of the losers!" We're all proud of your recognition! Great Job!

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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby BayouBengal » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:18 pm

Thanks for letting me brag a little. I'm still sort of walking on clouds!

I'm good with being vicariously happy with someone who's hard work and achievement is publicly recognized. Thanks for sharing.

For most builders, building a boat takes a lot of lonely hours working away trying to perfect every little detail, most of what will never even be noticed by the casual observer. When you're finally able to bring your finished creation out and see the joy it brings to everyone who sees it, it's a prideful moment. That's something that us on this forum understand and so it's a great place where you can share your victories.

By the way, 2nd place is for winners. And honestly, 10th and 20th place are too. Everyone who commits to building a boat and does what it takes to complete a functional boat is a winner. I'd be willing to wager if statistics were kept on the number of people who started building a boat and actually finished, the number would be 10% at the very highest.

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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby BarnacleMike » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:07 pm

Mark,

Thank you for sharing your story and the great pics! Congratulations on your award! That's a really beautiful boat.
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Re: Lake Hopatcong (NJ) Wooden & Classic boat show 6/23

Postby Mark-NJ » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:29 pm

BayouBengal wrote:
I'd be willing to wager if statistics were kept on the number of people who started building a boat and actually finished, the number would be 10% at the very highest.


I have to admit: there were a few moments during the framing process where I thought "the fire pit is right over there..."

Glad I didn't succumb to those notions! :)



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