Tuesday, 23 January 2018

K&C's Famous Raceboats SeaFleas the first four

TIBS is over and the "World Championship Indoor SeaFlea Races" 2018 is in the history books where it surely belongs! First ever indoor powerboat races on the world's largest indoor lake. I was blown away by the quality of the support we received from the greats of teh boat racing world - it was clear that few of the K&C volunteers had the background in racing needed to quickly understand how to maneuver in such tight quarters so I made one key call to Randy Milligan who I know from raceboat events. His dad and uncle raced and knew Dave Norton very well.

Randy connected me to Norm Woods (Miss Canada & Motorsports Hall of Fame) and to Andrew Fralick (TORC). I also called Chris Taylor of Muskoka SeaFlea fame who brought experienced drivers to the show.

From these connections came Harry Wilson (Miss Canada), Sue and Steve Huff, Mark Rotharmel, Erik and Christian Luksep, Scott Robertson, Roger Duncan, Emily and Patrick Overbury, Cam Newlands, Aiden Taylor, Sarah Renton.

To all these amazing folks I send my great thanks for jumping into such an unlikely proposition and givin' 'er hell.

Here are the Famous Raceboats SeaFleas....

Mini Gas-Hopper

Mini Miss Canada (with permission from Harry Wilson)

Mini Miss Supertest
and Mini Canadiana

Now some action shots:

Emily Overbury holds off Norm

Norm's smooth flawless style set him apart

Scott really got it going too

Scott is flying


turns were really hard to maintain without cavitation



Dock crew Bruce, MB, Scott, Ron













Meanwhile back on the K&C booth in the south foyer our core team of boatshop volunteers also had a great show and lots of fun. The carving benches were a total hit again!


chips are flying

coaching by Steve, George and Anton








Toss N Save Hats very popular this year























and then it was Sunday night....

fun



Friday, 12 January 2018

First test day on Lake Wow!

Good morning Folks!

Yesterday was our first time with our whole sea flea fleet on the Worlds Largest Indoor Lake at the Toronto Boat Show. Early test runs showed a surprising new complication which it is still unclear as to cause. On hard acceleration or overly aggressive turns the engines develop cavitation (prop spinning in bubbles with no traction) which drop you off plane.

As our test drivers were all very skilled with a long history of racing (except moi of course) techniques were developed to minimize this tendency. In today's tests we are going to try some different props. Here are a few of the pictures by Grant and Harry.

Steve and the Laying on of Hands

Mini Miss Canada gets wet











Eric and Wayne ready Miss Canada

MB ready for first run













The first raceboat lap ever on an indoor lake?



Roger getting ready for high speed run










Wayne explaining racing to George
Norm Woods finally gets to drive Miss Supertest






Norm gunning her

highest level of skill in action



















Eric flyby
MB just had to go again (and again)












Norm flyby

Mini Miss Candiana rigged and ready










Harry captures sea flea racing greats

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

News! See (fairly) exact replicas of Famous Raceboats at TIBS!

That's right! In the K&C boatshop our volunteers (Bernie & Bruce), like Santa's Elves, are frantically building two more sea fleas in time for the World Championship Indoor Sea Flea Races beginning on Jan 13 2018 on the Largest Indoor Lake in the World at TIBS.

 The new boats will almost be exact replicas of famous Canadian Raceboats, Gas-Hopper, Miss Canada, Canadiana Gran Prix and Miss Supertest. Our boats will have slightly different names to avoid confusion, Mini-Hopper, Mini-Miss Canada, Candiana Mini-Prix and Mini-Miss Supertest.

Here are the first two:

Rory in the Mini-Hopper at Gravenhurst













Mini-Miss Canada















And here are the new constructions as of this week,

George on Mini-Miss Supertest

Canadiana Mini-Prix under way
So stay tuned as we get these almost famous boats ready for the Great Event at the Boat Show!

We are still open for applications to be drivers if you have sea flea or outboard racing experience - especially during the week days! Email us at blackbox@cogeco.ca for more info!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Join us for our 2nd Annual Haul Out Party at MCC

Last year we had a blast at PCYC courtesy of our long time supporter Paul Schmidt and this year we are holding the HOP at Chris Rogers MCC (Mimico Cruising Club). Some of you will remember this club as it is one of our favourite destinations when we splash our boats in at the Humber Ramps. The club house second floor gallery has a great view over the boats and out to the lake - food has always been great and service very friendly.

Date is October 14th, Saturday so more of you can make it - without Toronto rush hour driving - and so we can add some boating to the event!

This is a unique joint venture between ACBS Toronto Chapter and Kids & Classics Boatshops (because I happen to be the event planner) so we can meet new folks and share different boating experiences.

And speaking of sharing experiences - a feature of the evening is the Liars Contest - a judged event with a prize for the most riveting somewhat true story. So dig up your past for all to hear and take your chances!

In the afternoon we plan to have several boats in the water at the club so we can do antique boat rides for early arrivers. Let me know if you'd like to participate by bringing a boat or going for a ride!

More anon, and you can register for this event on the ACBS website acbs.ca 

Great Show in Pt Credit - a first for K&C

We have been invited before to participate in the Port Credit In Water Boat Show but this year was our year to actually do it and what a delight it was. We were given the best booth location in the show (but not as good as next year's location!) and we had a great time on a beautiful day.

24 Shepherd was a draw for arrivals
Kids soon got into paddle carving










Dileas always a great hit too
Sea Fleas drew comments as usual










but the kids carving was busy all weekend

 Only problem was we used the last of the paddle banks in Buffalo and couldn't let these kids take theirs away - we could use a sponsor for this event - the blanks cost us about $2 each even though the profiling has been donated by ACBS's Scott Dunsmore's All Weld Co

Still it was lots of fun and we can thank Micheal, Paul, Ray, Bruce, JJ, Matt and Scott for making it all smooth!


Old Friends at Clayton Boat show

This was a great year to visit the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY, so Gretchen and I circled the lake to make a lovely weekend trip out of it. If you have not visited the ABM, it is a most amazing place even if your interest in boats is moderate. The history of the Thousand Islands is beautifully laid out through it's boats which of course made life on the islands possible in the first place. Here's a quick tour of the show.


GM really loving all these boats
note high water boards along the docks









several beautiful dinghys

beautiful HEMI in a 22' Shepherd










Hickman Sea Sled in collection
we got one of those!












what a pretty shape

 For me the best part was running into old friends....Rebecca who is now the ED of the museum - Cheers! and these three....

Joe Youcha designer of our skiff and founder of Teaching With Small Boat Alliance

Windswept III my favorite Ditchburn
Chrysler Queen hydro, best use of a HEMI











K&C Storms "Thunder in the Harbour" Buffalo

Well "Storms" might be overstating our presence but we did make a difference to a lot of kids who came to this raceboat regatta with their folks! Rich DeGlopper who we know well from Ontario Place days was a key organizer of this event so I was determined to participate. Our plan was to put the sea fleas in the water and have some fun - that part didn't work out....


Ron Popenko joined me to run the booth along with my chum Bill Knoche

we had the choice location next to pits with the racecourse across the driveway from us

Once Ron and I had the booth set up with the sea fleas out front, 24' Shepherd in the back and paddle carving benches in the middle - things started to hot up! Raceboats in front of us running circuits in the Outer Harbour and kids on the benches non-stop! We never had a break to put the sea fleas in the water! Dang!

Ron decides to test the system!
and becomes a masterful coach!



Bill also loved coaching the kids

lots of action and interest in K&C












We really had a blast and we were visited by several organizations who will be in touch because they love some of the things we get up to! My thanks to Ron and Bill for jumping in and making our participation noticeable. Rich was amazed at the constant attention we were generating - we are already invited back next year!


and this is a pretty good reason to go. Care to join us?