Grass Valley “woodie” featured in Tahoe Concours d’Elegance this weekend

From the blog of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine:

The flags are up and the Tahoe Yacht Club Foudation’s Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance announced that more than 70 of the finest and rarest wooden boats in the world will be on display August 8-9 at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, California.

Each “woodie” is a work of art, and one of them is from Grass Valley.

“The history of Obexer’s, founded in 1911 and the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, is as classic as the boats themselves,” according to Tahoe Yacht Club President David Olson.

“In bringing the show back to the West Shore, however, we wanted to ensure that we could continue to host as many boats as our guests have come to expect in recent years,” Olson said. “We are thrilled to have worked out a plan with Obexer’s management to accomplish that goal while also having even more space for our vendors and sponsors.”

Attached, you will find the documentation and history behind many of the boats that will be featured at this year’s show. The “woodie” from Grass Valley is in the “Marquee Class” of Barrelbacks:

LAHONTAN
1942 17′ Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout
121-hp, 6-cyl, Chris-Craft KB engine
Trent & Karen Pridemore, Grass Valley, Calif.

This boat, found deteriorating in a Los Angeles-area lot, was restored at Tahoe between 1991-1993. An engine compartment plate suggests it was prepared at Inland Marine of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake.

The boat’s name was changed from End of Watch to Lahontan (the historic trout that resided in Lake Tahoe) when the present owners completed a major facelift in 2006. The boat, which has been featured in numerous publications, is a “user Boat” and can be seen on Tahoe and on Foothill lakes during the off-season.

More information about the boat show is in our summer issue, now circulating. The article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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