Runabouts on the River Recap

article and pictures courtesy of Don Leutz


More than just a boat show, the Second Annual “Runabouts on the River” was a weekend dedicated to finding ways to cool off in the hot summer temperatures of California’s Central Valley.  The weatherman was warning that it would be the hottest weekend of the summer (and he might have been right).  But at least we had the Delta Breeze this year, numerous rides on the river and the spacious shade offered under the Stockton Sailing Club to cool us off.

Friday evening, we gathered for an impromptu cruise to Windmill Cove on Friday evening for drinks and dinner, followed by a sunset cruise to the Downtown Stockton waterfront.

Saturday’s Boat Show got an early start as Sacramento TV Channel 13 arrived for a live mini-broadcast for their show “AM Sacramento” (below). 

Boat Show Chairman Layne Davis was interviewed at the helm while captaining his Chris Craft U-22 “Wuz Fuzz”. 

They were also treated to a roar-by from Lew Dobbins and friends aboard “Redhawk, the Dobbin’s elegant 1929 Chris Craft.

Highlights of the Boat Show included the ever popular morning boat parade, followed by boats on the dock (above) and free boat rides for the public (below).  The ACBS Ship’s Store, held their Stockton Annual Clearance Sale offering prices “too hot” to pass up. 

A new addition at this year’s show was the Kid’s Tent – created and staffed by Pat Butler and Bill Means (below). 

There were a lot of happy memories created at this booth.  Kids had a variety of activities to enjoy and even had a chance to make their own wooden “Runabout” boat to take home. 

Saturday Night it was time to celebrate at a Riverside Luau where everyone got into the spirit at the new and improved Tiki Bar.  Dinner featured a return of the famous Stockton Sailing Club’s barrel smoked ribs served on their spacious riverside patio deck.

The evening’s finale was the awarding of the prized Boat Show Awards, rescued and restored by ACBS Board member Dave Lyon.

And the Winners were:

Most Original:  “Wood Duck” – a 1956 20’ Century Coronado – owned
by Elliott and Ginny Brown

Best Utility:  “Sweet Water” – a 16’ Century Resorter owned by Donna and Allen Thomas

Best Race Boat:  Maybe Not II – owned by Dan and Barbara Foster

Best Runabout:  “Matchstick” – a 1946 20’ Chris Craft Custom owned by
Rick and Laurie Gurries

People’s Choice: – “Aquarius” – the hometown favorite Stockton-built Besotes –
a 1962 18’ Ski Utility owned by Robert and Kim Little.