Expect a full marina for 25th year of Chris-Craft Rendezvous

This year’s 25th annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous could be one of the biggest ever.

More than 100 boats are expected for the four-day event July 10-13 at Port Orchard Marina, 707 Sidney Parkway.

“We’ve been pushing it hard and for — whatever reason — there seems to be more excitement this year,” said Mike Monda, event chairman.

Monda said normally there would be about 50 boats registered and have about 70-80 boats show up.

“As of July 1, we have 91 boats registered,” said Monda. “We could get 100 or more boats. We never have this many people registered in advance.”

Boats will range from 16 feet to nearly 100 feet.

The event provides an opportunity for Chris-Craft owners and their families to share the pride and enjoyment of the boats they love. All Chris-Crafts are welcome regardless of size, age, model, construction material or condition. The boats are made of many materials, including steel, aluminum, fiberglass and, most spectacularly, wood.

Herb Pocklington, a former executive with Chris-Craft, is attending the event, Monda added. Pocklington will speak at the July 12 dinner.

“We’re having more events than normal, but we’re having more boats than usual,” he said.

The Port Orchard stop is the largest Chris-Craft gathering in the Pacific Northwest. It skipped Port Orchard once, in 1997, due to space problems. In the 1990s, more than 137 boats made the event.

Boaters at the four-day Rendezvous put on a barbecue, nightly dances and an awards banquet for Chris-Craft club members. The Rendezvous serves both the boat owners, and the local residents and merchants, many of whom see a boost in sales during the time the boats are docked in the Port Orchard Marina.

Registration opens at noon July 10 and a “get acquainted” party is from 5:30-8 p.m. Live music is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. with the Michael Crane Band.

On July 11, boaters can enjoy coffee and doughnuts from 7:30-10 a.m. Friday’s dinners is on the dock from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Soulstice will perform live music from 6-9 p.m.

There will be free access to the marina docks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Events after 5 p.m. are for event participants. The first boats arrived about noon Wednesday.

On Friday, boats will be open for touring, along with a clothing sale, raffle and dinner on the Activity Float with live music.

On Saturday, people can vote for their favorite boats in several categories and a swap meet is planed for the afternoon. There will be an art project for children of all ages on the Activity Float. An award dinner, ceremony and auction is planned at Port Orchard’s Marina Waterfront Park. The Lions Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.

Following this event, some boaters will head north to the 15th Annual Canadian Chris Craft Rendezvous on July 18-20 in Telegraph Harbour Marina, Thetis Island, BC.


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