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September 7th, 2009, 2:03 am #51


Yours truely turning over the microphone to Chris Smith, Saturday Brunch, so Mr. Smith could introduce Mr. Herb Pocklington. Herb said he wanted to introduce Chris at Saturday evening dinner, so we leaked the information to Chris and said "turnabout is fair play", and he smiled and accepted. What a wonderful couple of guys to be hanging out with. That's Herb looking on from the right.



Here's a photo of some of the side action, out for dinner on Friday night. That's Fred Catcott on the far left, and his beautiful lady on the left, can not remember her name but sure do remember that smile. That's the Watkins center, and the Pletcher boys far right.



Here we are docking Bryan Huntley in his fabulous 1964 38 powered with a pair of Chrysler 440s. Bryan likes running at night, and found there were plenty of people to assist when he arrived at Huron. If you can get your boat to the harbor, there's plenty of people to always give a helping hand.





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September 7th, 2009, 2:10 am #52



Here comes OTTER CHAOS, with Jeff Watkins at the helm, after a harrowing rough ride on Lake Erie where the 42 put it's nose into blue water twice in near tornado weather.







Here we are putting a 42 Commander into a spot that is too tight for a 42 Commander, walking it in by hand. OTTER CHAOS is in the foreground.




Here is Bob Hope's HIGH HOPES, a 41' Commander without flybridge. We didn't think we had documentation photos of this one, but as more photos come in we find we do!






Here is REVELATION below, a beautifully maintained 47' Commander.


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Paul











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September 7th, 2009, 4:01 pm #53

Well now that the big event is now a very pleasant memory for so many, including me, I'm adding this image from Classic Yacht Magazine that gave us some nice publicity, along with a link where you can find the article. The remainder of the post below is as it was when it was posted "Live, From Huron!"

Regards,

Paul


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The 2009 Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous at Huron, Ohio, has officially begun this morning, Friday, August 21. There are already 15 or more boats in the harbor, and scores more will be arriving today and tomorrow. The excitement is already way up the scale, will probably continue upward until sometime Saturday. Jerry Namken just called in from Washingnton, DC area, said he departed and was on the road as of 8:00 AM EST, first stop Pittsburgh, second stop Huron, Ohio.

A fleet of boats are on the way from the Detroit area, including Mike Schrage and Terry Hart, along with scores of boats in the Sandusky area. People are continuing to call for dock space, and we encourage you to do so, and Matt is doing everything he can to accommodate everyone. This event will easily eclipse the world record set last year for Chris Craft Commanders in one place, and those of us who are here sense the historic moment being shared with the likes of Chris Smith and Herb Pocklington. As the event continues through the week end, well upload more photos, but afterwards there will be a mass uploading with a more efficient computer system. These images are being beamed to the world from a hotel room a hundred yards from the harbor, the connection is a bit slow, but word is getting out regardless ! Stay tuned. For more images, check the following link throughout the week end.

Thursday was eventful! Finally arriving in Huron, after a on-the-tarmac jet engine cowling inspection, we finally made it to Ohio, in time to experience some heavy rains. Fortunately this stuff blows over, and is short lived.

On the water, there are Commanders like OTTER CHAOS that take waves over the bow, soaking the interior of the cabin. Once in the harbor all is well, and Thursday afternoon proved to be very nice, and the weather was beautifully cool.



OTTER CHAOS, finally safe in the harbor











Here is Steve Spurrier's DEPORTABLE, a great looking 42' Sports Fisherman






Here' is Ron Smoker's SUMMER SONG




DUNROIN




Al Langolis's KIMBERLY ANNE




The Gibson's beautiful 31' Flybridge Sedan, with Mark Weller's 35 DC in the background.





Regards, Paul
Bill Prince, publisher of Classic Yacht Magazine, just gave us three-and-a-half pages of some very nice publicity for the Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc., and the 2009 Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous, (including a full page center-fold) in the latest edition (September / October ) of his CLASSIC YACHT.

When you go to a Rendezvous you want to see boats! We had a great time, Im honored to have been a part of this event in 2008 and 2009.

Here is the current issue of Classic Yacht magazine, look at page 22, its available in a very magnified format and you might even see yourself in the background! You can also print the entire magazine in PDF form, in color! Nice to have aboard your Commander!
http://www.classicyachtmag.com/currentissue.htm








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September 10th, 2009, 5:49 pm #54

Well now that the big event is now a very pleasant memory for so many, including me, I'm adding this image from Classic Yacht Magazine that gave us some nice publicity, along with a link where you can find the article. The remainder of the post below is as it was when it was posted "Live, From Huron!"

Regards,

Paul


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The 2009 Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous at Huron, Ohio, has officially begun this morning, Friday, August 21. There are already 15 or more boats in the harbor, and scores more will be arriving today and tomorrow. The excitement is already way up the scale, will probably continue upward until sometime Saturday. Jerry Namken just called in from Washingnton, DC area, said he departed and was on the road as of 8:00 AM EST, first stop Pittsburgh, second stop Huron, Ohio.

A fleet of boats are on the way from the Detroit area, including Mike Schrage and Terry Hart, along with scores of boats in the Sandusky area. People are continuing to call for dock space, and we encourage you to do so, and Matt is doing everything he can to accommodate everyone. This event will easily eclipse the world record set last year for Chris Craft Commanders in one place, and those of us who are here sense the historic moment being shared with the likes of Chris Smith and Herb Pocklington. As the event continues through the week end, well upload more photos, but afterwards there will be a mass uploading with a more efficient computer system. These images are being beamed to the world from a hotel room a hundred yards from the harbor, the connection is a bit slow, but word is getting out regardless ! Stay tuned. For more images, check the following link throughout the week end.

Thursday was eventful! Finally arriving in Huron, after a on-the-tarmac jet engine cowling inspection, we finally made it to Ohio, in time to experience some heavy rains. Fortunately this stuff blows over, and is short lived.

On the water, there are Commanders like OTTER CHAOS that take waves over the bow, soaking the interior of the cabin. Once in the harbor all is well, and Thursday afternoon proved to be very nice, and the weather was beautifully cool.



OTTER CHAOS, finally safe in the harbor











Here is Steve Spurrier's DEPORTABLE, a great looking 42' Sports Fisherman






Here' is Ron Smoker's SUMMER SONG




DUNROIN




Al Langolis's KIMBERLY ANNE




The Gibson's beautiful 31' Flybridge Sedan, with Mark Weller's 35 DC in the background.





Regards, Paul
Here is a great shot of Chris Smith holding the new book published by his daughter, Joy, about his adventures.


A couple Roamers along side a nice 35' Commander.


The big battlewagons, the 45' Tournement Fishermen! That's the BELLA DONNA on the left.



The now "infamous" Jerry Namken, in his element!


More 45' action.






More photos in next post............

Paul















Photo of the Day Award !


Featuring a noteworthy photograph sent in by Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc., participants,
showing off a Commander, a restoration in progress, or Commander people having fun!
Here is the photo (below) and a few words that were published when the photo was featured September 11, 12, 13, 2009.



Here is Commander owner and rabid Chris Craft boating fan, Jerry Namken, back from Iraq and in his element, at the 2009 Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous, at Huron, Ohio, (Huron Yacht Club and Boat Basin). Jerry is presently restoring a 38' Express, which has been totally gone through from top to bottom, including new repower engine transplant and all major systems and cosmetics. He drove non-stop from the Washington, DC area to attend this event, and if looks could tell the tale, he had a good time!










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September 10th, 2009, 5:53 pm #55


Here's a 392 Commander !!


Another shot of Bill Policastro's GHOST RIDER ! Thanks again, Bill, for bringing this boat to Huron. It's the only 23' Commander I've ever seen in person!


Hey, who let this guy in, and whaaaaat is it, ha!



Couple more photos of people having their kind of fun on Lake Erie!!




regards,

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September 10th, 2009, 6:04 pm #56

The evening was beautiful and we understand Bryan likes running at night, and is an accomplished captain, and it sure looks that way in this video. This sort of sets the tone for the evening, but it is only a few short moments out of a fabulous evening, and fabulous week-end.

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You might be able to see things better, if you go to this link and click on the "full screen view", depending upon your particular viewing screen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE5SEgB3zRg



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Paul
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September 21st, 2009, 6:53 pm #57

Well now that the big event is now a very pleasant memory for so many, including me, I'm adding this image from Classic Yacht Magazine that gave us some nice publicity, along with a link where you can find the article. The remainder of the post below is as it was when it was posted "Live, From Huron!"

Regards,

Paul


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The 2009 Chris Craft Commander Rendezvous at Huron, Ohio, has officially begun this morning, Friday, August 21. There are already 15 or more boats in the harbor, and scores more will be arriving today and tomorrow. The excitement is already way up the scale, will probably continue upward until sometime Saturday. Jerry Namken just called in from Washingnton, DC area, said he departed and was on the road as of 8:00 AM EST, first stop Pittsburgh, second stop Huron, Ohio.

A fleet of boats are on the way from the Detroit area, including Mike Schrage and Terry Hart, along with scores of boats in the Sandusky area. People are continuing to call for dock space, and we encourage you to do so, and Matt is doing everything he can to accommodate everyone. This event will easily eclipse the world record set last year for Chris Craft Commanders in one place, and those of us who are here sense the historic moment being shared with the likes of Chris Smith and Herb Pocklington. As the event continues through the week end, well upload more photos, but afterwards there will be a mass uploading with a more efficient computer system. These images are being beamed to the world from a hotel room a hundred yards from the harbor, the connection is a bit slow, but word is getting out regardless ! Stay tuned. For more images, check the following link throughout the week end.

Thursday was eventful! Finally arriving in Huron, after a on-the-tarmac jet engine cowling inspection, we finally made it to Ohio, in time to experience some heavy rains. Fortunately this stuff blows over, and is short lived.

On the water, there are Commanders like OTTER CHAOS that take waves over the bow, soaking the interior of the cabin. Once in the harbor all is well, and Thursday afternoon proved to be very nice, and the weather was beautifully cool.



OTTER CHAOS, finally safe in the harbor











Here is Steve Spurrier's DEPORTABLE, a great looking 42' Sports Fisherman






Here' is Ron Smoker's SUMMER SONG




DUNROIN




Al Langolis's KIMBERLY ANNE




The Gibson's beautiful 31' Flybridge Sedan, with Mark Weller's 35 DC in the background.





Regards, Paul
Hi all,

A beautiful night, a harbor full of Chris Craft Commanders, lots of nice people everywhere, and an available light photograph like this to capture the moment for everyone around the world to see.


These photos below show Chris Smith and Herb Pocklington aboard a 1967 38 Express, signing posters and generally having fun.
It was quite the scene, lots of people milling about, good tunes on the docks, snacks and champagne about to be served. Safe to say........a good time was had by ALL.













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September 21st, 2009, 6:58 pm #58

Lots of autographs were given and gladly received!









There may be a few people out there who have something autographed by Chris Smith, I have two such items, however,
not many people have their boat autographed. Chris stepped right up and didn't hesitate. Now Tim has to find
some way of preserving that sharpie ink on his varnish. Better do a test Tim !


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September 21st, 2009, 7:06 pm #59

Here is a tribute to "the man" who was not there, Dick Avery.
It was Herb Pocklington's idea, and what a kind hearted gesture, to have everyone sign this poster so he could
personally present it to Dick and Maureen upon his return to Florida. We hope the Avery's are both doing well,
we missed them at Huron, but hey there's always next year and we're hopeful to see them then and there!



Here is Mr. Pocklington giving his very nice and informal talk to a very appreciative audience.



Here are a few great candid photos. These are just awesome, getting candid shots like this
show off the fun, and the people in the photos will really enjoy seeing themselves having fun too.









Yeah, that's Elvis (er Chris Wade) in the red shirt !






more photos in next posting..........................








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September 21st, 2009, 7:09 pm #60


I think you can tell from these photos, what a fabulous time everyone had.














More photos in the next posting.............................
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