Cordova Summer Cruise *Followup

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Cordova Summer Cruise 2009 - Followup

July 18th and 19th, 2009

Universal Hovercraft hosted a cruise at Bob Windt’s house on the mighty Mississippi River June 18th and 19th. Cruisers began showing up Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturdays cruise to Savanna IL. Nineteen hovercrafts departed Cordova Saturday morning. Eighteen hovercrafts made it to lock and dam #13 in Fulton Illinois. After locking through we headed north to the Palisades Park. Seventeen hovercrafts made it to the park. Some took time at the park to rest while others went on a hike.

From the park we headed south to the main town of Savanna where most of the group took a late lunch. Sixteen hovercrafts made it to Savanna. We were just in time to see “The Daylight Special” steam locomotive roar through the town on its way to make a pit stop in the Savanna rail yard.

We departed Savanna and headed back toward lock and dam #13. We arrived just in time to see a huge barge making its way through the lock. This lock did not have a separate pleasure boat system so we had to wait until the barge was clear. This gave us time to check our craft, chat and watch the barge lock through.

Our group locked through and headed for Cordova. We arrived at 7:00pm. It was an excellent cruise with great company.

So what happened to the three hovercrafts that didn’t make the entire cruise? Graham’s racer broke a belt, Pat’s 18SP had an overheating problem and Andy’s Webber broke the foam thrust propeller. Everyone was able to find a seat on other craft and enjoy the cruise.

Most of the cruisers hung out and enjoyed hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, beans and the best sweet corn in the world. We were entertained by an enormous bonfire, foam propeller rebuild and a belt change. A special thanks to Steven Pope for hauling a cooler load of corn all the way from Ohio.

Sunday we took off up the Mississippi River to the Wapsi River. This is a small winding river that runs deep into the Iowa countryside. Eight craft made this trip while a large number of others cruised around the Mississippi River. We made it roughly 19 miles up this river before heading home.

On the return trip we stopped by Princeton Beach for a quick snack where Dave Rayburn let a few of us take the Rocket for a spin. Thanks Dave.

Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the loosely coordinated nature in which the event was run.

I would like to thank all of the people who attended the rally. We hope to see you all again next year.

Bill Zang

Bob Windt

Photos from the event:

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Dean Polle and Scott Jindra depart on the Saturday cruise

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Dave and Travis Reyburn preparing to depart on Saturdays cruise

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All types of craft showed up at the rally; Hovertrek, Slider, Weber, Scat and many UH

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Modified 18SP with lift engine and super wide body

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Bob Zang and Travis Wilkey enjoying each others company

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Gary Jensen preparing to cruise with his Slider

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Locking thru Fulton on Saturday

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Donna Pitman having a good time

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Andy Pitman and family having a good time

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UH-19P and Dean Polle design parked at Palisades Park

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14P’s Parked at Palisades Park

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Taking in the sights

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Bob Windt talks walking sticks with Jerome Wilson

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Ken Roberts, Andrea DeCrane and John Windt enjoy each others company

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Bill Zang taking a nap after the hike

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Dakota Wilson, Future Hovernut enjoying the Palisades park

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Waiting for a barge to empty out of the Fulton lock on the way back to Cordova

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Waiting for a barge to empty out of the Fulton lock on the way back to Cordova

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Waiting for a barge to empty out of the Fulton lock on the way back to Cordova

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Waiting for a barge to empty out of the Fulton lock on the way back to Cordova

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Shane Wilkey in his 16S

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Repairing Graham Spencers belt Saturday night

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Repairing Graham Spencers belt Saturday night




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