The tenth annual boat show at Lake Rotoiti was once again a chance to see grown men playing with their toys. They’re not the only ones having fun: the large crowd enjoying the wonderful setting saw some great entertainment.
There were the familiar old steamers, unworried by concerns about global warming, air pollution regulations and the like. Even belching smoke they still looked good:
Some entrants came equipped with their own jetty:
and, in case we didn’t already know, proclaimed their love for all the world to see:
One family arrived with their own, rather substantial table upon which they set out their lunch.
This was not quite what it seemed. It wasn’t a table, but a ‘toat’ (or ‘bable’). The typed notice attached explained it all:
” Divorce lawyer – $10,000; loss of house, car, etc – $250,000; small marine motor – $250; disposable camera – $8; sending your ex-wife a picture of you boating in her family heirloom dining room table – PRICELESS!” Here’s what he meant:
Boats ranged from small, speedy craft:
To even smaller:
I wonder if there’s a story behind this next picture? It looked as if she might have been trying to conceal the ‘for sale’ sign from the boat’s owner:
Perfectly timed for the “All boats drive past”, we were buzzed by a couple of ancient Chinese fighter planes. Some impressive low flying and aerobatics, I guess warming up for the upcoming Omaka air show.
Not one of the fastest vessels on display, this dessert spoon powered craft made it’s owner very happy: