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Florida Fun on Lake Dora

March 29, 2022 in Uncategorized


The Sunnyland Chapter of the ACBS show at Tavares from March 23rd to March 25th featured one of the widest selection of boats in North America. It draws from a wide base of builders and collectors from both Canada and the US. It isn’t unusual to see a few Canadians with their northern treasures tied up in Tavares on Lake Dora. Since this show is well before we can launch in Muskoka, it draws boaters to its warm sun and water. Boaters from Canada can exchange their scenic backdrop of pines and maples for towering palms and fresh coconuts and pineapple.

Some of the variety of boats can include racing hydroplanes, amphicars, little outboards, big outboards with plywood hulls, all manner of Chris Crafts, Century, Garwood as well as classic glass.

The amphicars are especially cool. They arrive in a parade on the road, riding high on their funny wheels until they head for the boat ramp and keep on going, especially with a big splash. Four people can fit into one of these and it looks all fine until they are bobbing along in the water, with just a few inches of freeboard. I’m sure every owner checks to ensure the doors seal well.

Another classic that always catches attention is the Chris Craft Cobra. They are hard to miss with their big fin, reminiscent of the early days of passenger get travel.  The display of classic travel on land brings out the woody cars, dressed in wood panels and white wall tires.

By Tim Du Vernet

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