HURON LIVE ( Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous in progress now ! )

HURON LIVE ( Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous in progress now ! )

Paul
Paul

August 22nd, 2008, 1:19 pm #1

[color=##660000 ] The world's largest gathering of
Chris Craft Commanders
is now history!
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[color=##660000 ] The following thread has all the photos for your viewing enjoyment!
Stay tuned, there are more on the way from various particpants,
and we'll showcase them all as they are received!
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Well the 2008 Lake Erie Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous is history, and it lived up to the pre-event predictions of being the worlds largest gathering of Chris Craft Commanders, certainly within the last 15 years and perhaps ever. I believe there were 52 Commanders registered, and we’ll wait for the official accounting from Matt and Tim, which we’ll publish later in the coming week. We also have hundreds of photos to upload, taken by various individuals. A huge thanks goes out to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth, who initiated this event and who did all of the heavy lifting and local coordination. Many of these images have allready been beamed around the world to the many countries where our readership comes from.




Many of the initial photos you see posted on the web site so far came out of a hotel room at the event, and the hook-up speed was a little on the cumbersome side so we were limited with the volume we could upload at the time. You can tell by looking at the date of the posting, any photo posted before August 25 came out of the Rivers Edge Hotel!

To say the event was an unqualified success is an understatement. The group that responded to the Rendezvous is remarkable, well behaved, and without a bad apple in the bunch. The Huron Yacht Club management and staff is exemplary, and they set a new standard for yachting hospitality for an event like this, and they sure lived up to their motto as being the friendliest club on Lake Erie. The facilities were clean, new, well designed, very well staffed and managed. We can not thank them enough, for their kind hearted support of our group, and for opening their private club to our group. The rains stayed away all week-end until late Sunday afternoon, and it appears the ride home for everyone was a good one too.

One thing is certain, the overall quality of the boats is increasing. I have never seen so much new chrome, and so many gleaming hulls. People are taking immense pride in these old boats, and it is a true testament to the enduring style and overall build quality of a classic fiberglass Commander.

The following post was direct from Huron, and it is left as it was originally posted last week. Enjoy!

Regards to all,

Paul
The Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc.
A formally registered not-for-profit education-based corporation.

http://www.chriscraftcommander.com
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Here is the event as it was reported live, from Huron:









The big event is allready in the works and this place is simply the best venue I have ever seen for something like this.

Many thanks to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth for setting this up, selecting this location, and for doing all the heavy lifting for the event.

The internet communications has brought people together in an amazing way. People who meet in person for the first time are allready friends, and it is really special.

Here are a few photos of the FUN we had last night, just sitting at the amphitheatre and cutting up, and as you may see, there were allready enough Commanders in the harbor for a Rendezvous.

Here are a couple night shots of the harbor, the one of the boats is a time exposure.




Here are some of the Commander Commanders who arrived by boat, enjoying a perfect cool breeze and good friendship right there at dockside last night. What great people, what great fun.



Mark Weller in action, showing off with his wireless connection!


The girls were especially well behaved, as allways.


More fun with the guys, from left to right, Matt, Tim, Paul, Mark









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John Kloka
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August 22nd, 2008, 4:17 pm #2

Oh, how I wish now that I could've got my arse down there! Keep up the "live" pics, and have a good time!!

Klokanuts.
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Jerry
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August 23rd, 2008, 7:02 am #3

[color=##660000 ] The world's largest gathering of
Chris Craft Commanders
is now history!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">
[color=##660000 ] The following thread has all the photos for your viewing enjoyment!
Stay tuned, there are more on the way from various particpants,
and we'll showcase them all as they are received!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="5">

Well the 2008 Lake Erie Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous is history, and it lived up to the pre-event predictions of being the worlds largest gathering of Chris Craft Commanders, certainly within the last 15 years and perhaps ever. I believe there were 52 Commanders registered, and we’ll wait for the official accounting from Matt and Tim, which we’ll publish later in the coming week. We also have hundreds of photos to upload, taken by various individuals. A huge thanks goes out to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth, who initiated this event and who did all of the heavy lifting and local coordination. Many of these images have allready been beamed around the world to the many countries where our readership comes from.




Many of the initial photos you see posted on the web site so far came out of a hotel room at the event, and the hook-up speed was a little on the cumbersome side so we were limited with the volume we could upload at the time. You can tell by looking at the date of the posting, any photo posted before August 25 came out of the Rivers Edge Hotel!

To say the event was an unqualified success is an understatement. The group that responded to the Rendezvous is remarkable, well behaved, and without a bad apple in the bunch. The Huron Yacht Club management and staff is exemplary, and they set a new standard for yachting hospitality for an event like this, and they sure lived up to their motto as being the friendliest club on Lake Erie. The facilities were clean, new, well designed, very well staffed and managed. We can not thank them enough, for their kind hearted support of our group, and for opening their private club to our group. The rains stayed away all week-end until late Sunday afternoon, and it appears the ride home for everyone was a good one too.

One thing is certain, the overall quality of the boats is increasing. I have never seen so much new chrome, and so many gleaming hulls. People are taking immense pride in these old boats, and it is a true testament to the enduring style and overall build quality of a classic fiberglass Commander.

The following post was direct from Huron, and it is left as it was originally posted last week. Enjoy!

Regards to all,

Paul
The Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc.
A formally registered not-for-profit education-based corporation.

http://www.chriscraftcommander.com
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">

Here is the event as it was reported live, from Huron:









The big event is allready in the works and this place is simply the best venue I have ever seen for something like this.

Many thanks to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth for setting this up, selecting this location, and for doing all the heavy lifting for the event.

The internet communications has brought people together in an amazing way. People who meet in person for the first time are allready friends, and it is really special.

Here are a few photos of the FUN we had last night, just sitting at the amphitheatre and cutting up, and as you may see, there were allready enough Commanders in the harbor for a Rendezvous.

Here are a couple night shots of the harbor, the one of the boats is a time exposure.




Here are some of the Commander Commanders who arrived by boat, enjoying a perfect cool breeze and good friendship right there at dockside last night. What great people, what great fun.



Mark Weller in action, showing off with his wireless connection!


The girls were especially well behaved, as allways.


More fun with the guys, from left to right, Matt, Tim, Paul, Mark








Yall are having entirely too much fun! You must be doing something illegal. I will have to move a satelite over there just to keep an eye on all of you! So far the pics are great. Howdy to everyone.
Jerry - atop the sandy sea.
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Paul
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August 23rd, 2008, 1:00 pm #4

[color=##660000 ] The world's largest gathering of
Chris Craft Commanders
is now history!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">
[color=##660000 ] The following thread has all the photos for your viewing enjoyment!
Stay tuned, there are more on the way from various particpants,
and we'll showcase them all as they are received!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="5">

Well the 2008 Lake Erie Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous is history, and it lived up to the pre-event predictions of being the worlds largest gathering of Chris Craft Commanders, certainly within the last 15 years and perhaps ever. I believe there were 52 Commanders registered, and we’ll wait for the official accounting from Matt and Tim, which we’ll publish later in the coming week. We also have hundreds of photos to upload, taken by various individuals. A huge thanks goes out to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth, who initiated this event and who did all of the heavy lifting and local coordination. Many of these images have allready been beamed around the world to the many countries where our readership comes from.




Many of the initial photos you see posted on the web site so far came out of a hotel room at the event, and the hook-up speed was a little on the cumbersome side so we were limited with the volume we could upload at the time. You can tell by looking at the date of the posting, any photo posted before August 25 came out of the Rivers Edge Hotel!

To say the event was an unqualified success is an understatement. The group that responded to the Rendezvous is remarkable, well behaved, and without a bad apple in the bunch. The Huron Yacht Club management and staff is exemplary, and they set a new standard for yachting hospitality for an event like this, and they sure lived up to their motto as being the friendliest club on Lake Erie. The facilities were clean, new, well designed, very well staffed and managed. We can not thank them enough, for their kind hearted support of our group, and for opening their private club to our group. The rains stayed away all week-end until late Sunday afternoon, and it appears the ride home for everyone was a good one too.

One thing is certain, the overall quality of the boats is increasing. I have never seen so much new chrome, and so many gleaming hulls. People are taking immense pride in these old boats, and it is a true testament to the enduring style and overall build quality of a classic fiberglass Commander.

The following post was direct from Huron, and it is left as it was originally posted last week. Enjoy!

Regards to all,

Paul
The Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc.
A formally registered not-for-profit education-based corporation.

http://www.chriscraftcommander.com
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">

Here is the event as it was reported live, from Huron:









The big event is allready in the works and this place is simply the best venue I have ever seen for something like this.

Many thanks to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth for setting this up, selecting this location, and for doing all the heavy lifting for the event.

The internet communications has brought people together in an amazing way. People who meet in person for the first time are allready friends, and it is really special.

Here are a few photos of the FUN we had last night, just sitting at the amphitheatre and cutting up, and as you may see, there were allready enough Commanders in the harbor for a Rendezvous.

Here are a couple night shots of the harbor, the one of the boats is a time exposure.




Here are some of the Commander Commanders who arrived by boat, enjoying a perfect cool breeze and good friendship right there at dockside last night. What great people, what great fun.



Mark Weller in action, showing off with his wireless connection!


The girls were especially well behaved, as allways.


More fun with the guys, from left to right, Matt, Tim, Paul, Mark








Well FRIDAY was nothing short of awesome!

People standing all over the docks, and then you would hear someone say, " Here comes ANOTHER ONE !"

On occasion there would be three or more entering the harbor at the same time. All boats allready knew where to go in the harbor, thanks to Matt and Tim doing all the coordination work. It was a chance to see some magnficient boat handling too. Sheesh, docking some of this hardware is not easy, but everyone made it LOOK easy.

Here are some photos of the day

Here is Captain Wade aboard FEELGOOD, enjoying the fact that he ran over to Huron on one motor and got a choice dock space.


Here is Ron and Pat Smoker's SUMMER SONG, still in immaculate condition


Here is REVEALATION















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Paul
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August 23rd, 2008, 1:35 pm #5

Projections are now looking like this is a fifty ( 50 ) boat event.

Today we'll see what happens, as we are still expecting numerous boats that have signed up and the unexpected boats we don't know about. Thanks to friendly associations with organizations like The Antique and Classic Boat Society and Chris Craft Antique Boat Club who were kind enough to post direct links to our main event page and this forum the entire Lake Erie basin is abuzz and people are deciding to hop aboard their boat and check us out! By posting direct links to the action, those organizations helped Commander owners know about the event, and many of them in the area arrived by land to see the boats, even though they may not have arrived by boat.

Here are two of MANY such group photos we assembled on Friday, as a salute to Dick and Maureen Avery, who sent their best regards and support for this event, but were unable to attend. I'll sort through all the others later and post them later. For now, in my hotel room, I'm posting some action shots and then I need to get back to the boats!



Yes, the champagne was flowing!





Here is what the lineup started looking like on Friday, and boats are continuing to come in even at this very moment (Saturday Morning)


How much fun is this?????








Well guys and gals, that's the report for the moment, now I need to get back to the action!

Regards,

Paul




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August 23rd, 2008, 7:12 pm #6

[color=##660000 ] The world's largest gathering of
Chris Craft Commanders
is now history!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">
[color=##660000 ] The following thread has all the photos for your viewing enjoyment!
Stay tuned, there are more on the way from various particpants,
and we'll showcase them all as they are received!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="5">

Well the 2008 Lake Erie Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous is history, and it lived up to the pre-event predictions of being the worlds largest gathering of Chris Craft Commanders, certainly within the last 15 years and perhaps ever. I believe there were 52 Commanders registered, and we’ll wait for the official accounting from Matt and Tim, which we’ll publish later in the coming week. We also have hundreds of photos to upload, taken by various individuals. A huge thanks goes out to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth, who initiated this event and who did all of the heavy lifting and local coordination. Many of these images have allready been beamed around the world to the many countries where our readership comes from.




Many of the initial photos you see posted on the web site so far came out of a hotel room at the event, and the hook-up speed was a little on the cumbersome side so we were limited with the volume we could upload at the time. You can tell by looking at the date of the posting, any photo posted before August 25 came out of the Rivers Edge Hotel!

To say the event was an unqualified success is an understatement. The group that responded to the Rendezvous is remarkable, well behaved, and without a bad apple in the bunch. The Huron Yacht Club management and staff is exemplary, and they set a new standard for yachting hospitality for an event like this, and they sure lived up to their motto as being the friendliest club on Lake Erie. The facilities were clean, new, well designed, very well staffed and managed. We can not thank them enough, for their kind hearted support of our group, and for opening their private club to our group. The rains stayed away all week-end until late Sunday afternoon, and it appears the ride home for everyone was a good one too.

One thing is certain, the overall quality of the boats is increasing. I have never seen so much new chrome, and so many gleaming hulls. People are taking immense pride in these old boats, and it is a true testament to the enduring style and overall build quality of a classic fiberglass Commander.

The following post was direct from Huron, and it is left as it was originally posted last week. Enjoy!

Regards to all,

Paul
The Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc.
A formally registered not-for-profit education-based corporation.

http://www.chriscraftcommander.com
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">

Here is the event as it was reported live, from Huron:









The big event is allready in the works and this place is simply the best venue I have ever seen for something like this.

Many thanks to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth for setting this up, selecting this location, and for doing all the heavy lifting for the event.

The internet communications has brought people together in an amazing way. People who meet in person for the first time are allready friends, and it is really special.

Here are a few photos of the FUN we had last night, just sitting at the amphitheatre and cutting up, and as you may see, there were allready enough Commanders in the harbor for a Rendezvous.

Here are a couple night shots of the harbor, the one of the boats is a time exposure.




Here are some of the Commander Commanders who arrived by boat, enjoying a perfect cool breeze and good friendship right there at dockside last night. What great people, what great fun.



Mark Weller in action, showing off with his wireless connection!


The girls were especially well behaved, as allways.


More fun with the guys, from left to right, Matt, Tim, Paul, Mark








If you couldn't be here in person, you can almost be here via this web cam. Check it out!

We just got two more unexpected guests, a beautiful 31' Sports Express and another 43' Aft Cabin. The fever is running high, lots of boat hopping, and the larger boats with air conditioning are the most popular right at the moment, because it's HOT.

Later in the evening, you'll see more people out. It's too bad we can't put the evening program on the web cam for everyone, but we're going to talk to the guys here and it it's possible, grin, we'll do it. If you don't have Java installed on your computer you won't be able to see the webcam, but there is a link here to upload should you decide to do so.

http://www.huronparks.org/webcam-harbor.html


Regards,

Paul
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Tom Slayton
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August 23rd, 2008, 7:42 pm #7

This is so cool, thank you for posting all the info and live cam. That live cam is a LOT of fun.

Tom
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Paul
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August 23rd, 2008, 8:31 pm #8

[color=##660000 ] The world's largest gathering of
Chris Craft Commanders
is now history!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">
[color=##660000 ] The following thread has all the photos for your viewing enjoyment!
Stay tuned, there are more on the way from various particpants,
and we'll showcase them all as they are received!
[/color]
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="5">

Well the 2008 Lake Erie Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous is history, and it lived up to the pre-event predictions of being the worlds largest gathering of Chris Craft Commanders, certainly within the last 15 years and perhaps ever. I believe there were 52 Commanders registered, and we’ll wait for the official accounting from Matt and Tim, which we’ll publish later in the coming week. We also have hundreds of photos to upload, taken by various individuals. A huge thanks goes out to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth, who initiated this event and who did all of the heavy lifting and local coordination. Many of these images have allready been beamed around the world to the many countries where our readership comes from.




Many of the initial photos you see posted on the web site so far came out of a hotel room at the event, and the hook-up speed was a little on the cumbersome side so we were limited with the volume we could upload at the time. You can tell by looking at the date of the posting, any photo posted before August 25 came out of the Rivers Edge Hotel!

To say the event was an unqualified success is an understatement. The group that responded to the Rendezvous is remarkable, well behaved, and without a bad apple in the bunch. The Huron Yacht Club management and staff is exemplary, and they set a new standard for yachting hospitality for an event like this, and they sure lived up to their motto as being the friendliest club on Lake Erie. The facilities were clean, new, well designed, very well staffed and managed. We can not thank them enough, for their kind hearted support of our group, and for opening their private club to our group. The rains stayed away all week-end until late Sunday afternoon, and it appears the ride home for everyone was a good one too.

One thing is certain, the overall quality of the boats is increasing. I have never seen so much new chrome, and so many gleaming hulls. People are taking immense pride in these old boats, and it is a true testament to the enduring style and overall build quality of a classic fiberglass Commander.

The following post was direct from Huron, and it is left as it was originally posted last week. Enjoy!

Regards to all,

Paul
The Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc.
A formally registered not-for-profit education-based corporation.

http://www.chriscraftcommander.com
<HR WIDTH="100%" COLOR="##666699" SIZE="111">

Here is the event as it was reported live, from Huron:









The big event is allready in the works and this place is simply the best venue I have ever seen for something like this.

Many thanks to Matt ODonnell and Tim Toth for setting this up, selecting this location, and for doing all the heavy lifting for the event.

The internet communications has brought people together in an amazing way. People who meet in person for the first time are allready friends, and it is really special.

Here are a few photos of the FUN we had last night, just sitting at the amphitheatre and cutting up, and as you may see, there were allready enough Commanders in the harbor for a Rendezvous.

Here are a couple night shots of the harbor, the one of the boats is a time exposure.




Here are some of the Commander Commanders who arrived by boat, enjoying a perfect cool breeze and good friendship right there at dockside last night. What great people, what great fun.



Mark Weller in action, showing off with his wireless connection!


The girls were especially well behaved, as allways.


More fun with the guys, from left to right, Matt, Tim, Paul, Mark
























MORE PHOTOS IN NEXT POSTING........................

Regards,

Paul
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August 23rd, 2008, 8:36 pm #9

Lots of smiles here, and it's all about having fun and sharing information. This is one great group of people























Regards,

Paul

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August 23rd, 2008, 9:26 pm #10

This is so cool, thank you for posting all the info and live cam. That live cam is a LOT of fun.

Tom
You folks are having TOO much fun. Then again we can never have too much fun. Wish I was there, but THANK YOU for allowing us to almost be there.

Greg
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