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2013 Buffalo Classic Boat Show Update

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Schedule of Events for Participants:


The public is welcome to view the boats on Saturday, September 7th

     -Think Big

                  -Think Small

                             -Think Fast

                                        - Have a Number in Mind?

                                                   - Smile

                                                             - Think Buffalo!


Want to know what all this means? Then make plans to come to Buffalo on the weekend of September 6,7,& 8 2013.


For those of you who would like a little more detail before hand: We have made a number of changes to the event for this year.


 1. We want participants to have a greater opportunity to use their boats, therefore on Friday afternoon we have a picnic style lunch at the Buffalo Launch Club from 11:30 -12:30 followed by 2 guided cruise options.


 a. A longer cruise departing from the Launch Club heading up river through the Black Rock lock, passing the Frank Lloyd Wright boathouse, with a final destination of Canal Side in the inner harbor.


 b. The second is a shorter cruise headed downstream to the mouth of the Erie Canal and Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda.


 2. This does not mean that we have eliminated a second opportunity to use your boat on the Sunday morning “Fun Run” around Grand Island. This 22mile run will take place at its usual time of 9:00am. However this leads us to the next change: Awards Presentations.


 3. Awards will be presented this year as a part of the steak and corn roast on Saturday evening following the show, so make sure you register for this dinner if you have your boat judged! We will not have a Sunday morning awards brunch.


 4. The final major format change is the seminars. These will be held on show day around the noon hour, which is also the lunch break for the race patrol boats.


Think Big - One of the feature category of boats are Chris Craft Commanders. These larger cruises will make their way Buffalo from various water destinations and should make for an interesting display. This will also be the theme for our seminars on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Paul Pletcher, Chris Smith, and Herb Pocklington will head up our gala group of speakers that will be on hand for the weekend. A must see event!


Going along with the think big theme we have two classic yachts making the trip from the Thousand Islands. They are the 56’ 1930 Cyngus (a Peterson hull built in NJ) and a 19-- 40’ Elco. Attendees are welcome aboard to tour these boats, which will also stay in the Buffalo area and are available for charters. Please contact Rich DeGlopper or Tom Frauenheim if you are interested.


Think Small - Going from one extreme to the other. We are very pleased to host the “Dippy Club” from north of the border. Back in 1922 a Disappearing Propeller boat race was held at the club. So on Friday evening as a part of the welcome party festivities and again on Saturday afternoon we will let these one cylinder speed demons run the historic course at the BLC for the “Phillips Cup”! This should be a great deal of fun for spectators and participants.


Think Fast - Jay Armstrong is returning to Buffalo again with his Miss US unlimited hydroplane after having another season to tweak the boats performance. Along with Jay we are putting together heats of large fast limited hydroplanes. These boats will make some noise and generate roostertails. A new attraction will be a test session for local current APBA sanctioned boats to demonstrate their boats on the BLC course. It will offer an interesting contrast to the boats on the vintage circuit. We are also paying tribute to Burnett Bartley Jr. who passed away this spring. We have made arrangements to his boat the “Wildcatter” on hand at the show. Burnett raced many years at the BLC and was a lifetime honorary member. We also will have those wild and bouncing Jersey Speed Skiffs as well as other vintage classes.


Numbers Boats - We will have at least two numbers boats at the show. One has just finished complete restoration and will be christened at the show. The other will be an electric power replica built by Morin Boats of Michigan. Every year Doug has brought beautiful and unique boats to the show. This will be another in his series.


Smile and have your boats looking pretty - Classic Boating Magazine will once again attend our show and will write feature articles for an upcoming issue.


Think Buffalo - Above I have listed some of the changes and feature attractions for this years show. What I did not list was a wide variety of land displays, nautical vendors, kids camp, classic car show, food and beverage, and most of all great hospitality in a historical setting.


Note: We have made arrangements for special boat show rates ($107) at the newly renovated Holiday Inn on the Niagara River, Grand Island NY. Don’t get fooled, as of July 2nd it will go under its new name – Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa.


Call 716-773-1111 and ask for the “boat show 2013” rates (if the person at the desk can’t find the special rate tell them to look for booking ID# 1422829



Room Block Cut off date is August 16………after that we cannot guarantee room openings.


So don't’ wait, go on line and register your boat now and don’t forget to make those room reservations as well! PS. Send us a picture of your boat so we can post it on our website.


Oh yes, if you make it into town early there will be an opportunity to get over to our new workshop location in conjunction with the Buffalo Maritime Center!


Remember - Think Buffalo and join in on the fun and hospitality our show has been known for!


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Reply ★ Owner
7:48 PM on May 6, 2014 
Stay tuned for 2014 updates, coming soon!