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  1. I have never known all three lakes to be over Top Flood Pool at the same time, like now. Combined, that's 56 feet of water more than there should be. Looks like a tournament today.
  2. I posted the history previously, here: http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/index.php?title=Rich_Line Here's how the son of the founder explained it: In the summer of 1952 my father, Gordon L. Schneider and I were standing on the dock at Hyde-Away-Cove at the Lake of the Ozarks watching a Lone Star crossing the lake. My dad commented that he could make an aluminum boat that would plane better than that. He was silent for a time. Then, he said, "George that is what we are going to build at that old Shell Pumping Station in Richland." I had no idea what a Shell Pumping Station was and I had never heard of Richland, Missouri.On May 4 of 1953 the articles of incorporation with 8 members were filed by Gordon L. Schneider with the Secretary of State, State of Missouri. They were approved, creating Richland Manufacturing Company, on May 14, 1953. By August of 1953 we had moved from Independence, Missouri to Richland and I had seen the Shell Pumping Station which my dad was turning into a boat production plant. . . . The first Rich Lines were tested at the Lake of the Ozarks in the spring of 1954. By the fall of 1955 Rich Line aluminum fishing boats, runabouts, and houseboats were streaming off the production line at two shifts a day, five days a week. The Governor of Illinois purchased one of the houseboats. By early 1956, 6,000 Rich Lines had been sold. . . . My dad sold the company in 1957. Richland Manufacturing continued making boats another 21 years. They also purchased Sea Fury and Tom Sawyer Boats for an early fiberglass line. The Rich Line name continued until 2003. Up until Appleby was the builder, the Rich Line MIC was: RCH RICH LINE BOATS RICHLAND MFG. CO.
  3. By the way, if you find an old aluminum Rich Line, and wonder if it's seaworthy, go for it. My canoe is as solid as the day it was made. A guy visiting the neighbor's the other day saw me coming in on the canal and said, "Wanna sell it?"
  4. I found the answer as to why my '76 Model 15C Rich Line canoe has a HIN starting with APB: Sales Manager, J. B. Appleby, left Rich Line in 1960 to found Appleby Boats. He later returned to buy the company in the 1970's and consolidated operations under the Appleby Boats brand. http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/index.php?title=Rich_Line
  5. Yup, and the letter at the end is the month, starting with August being A. The first three letters are the MIC, Manufacturer Identification Code. Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC) Hull or Serial Number Model year("M") followed by a two digit year, followed by a single letter for the manufacture month. Please note that the "Model Year" changeover was assumed to have happened in August with this format, so its possible the boat was built before its model year. The month codes are as follows: A: Aug E: Dec I: Apr B: Sep F: Jan J: May C: Oct G: Feb K: Jun D: Nov H: Mar L: Jul
  6. I suspect that some here may be familiar with Rich Line Boats. I have a Rich Line canoe and am wanting to determine when it was made. But, HIN searches have proven to be unsuccessful. I believe I can decipher it, but I can't confirm it. September, 1976 (76B) APB0957XM76B To complicate it "APB" does not match as the MIC for Rich Line boats: RCH RICH LINE BOATS RICHLAND MFG. CO. But, my canoe has the Rich Line medallion on the port side of the bow, and the HIN plate APB0957XM76B on the port side of the stern. Also, on other forums I have seen people trying to identify their Rich Line boats, and they are posting "APB" HINs: "Can anyone tell me what model richline I just bought? Hull ID # APB0078RM75E,"
  7. Or, that it had been below 900 twelve times before 2001, and not once since? &, since then, in the time it has been held higher, there have been more major floods, especially since 2008. Didn't someone once say that one should learn from history? 😎
  8. Does anyone find it strange that before 2008, Table Rock Lake had only been above 930 once, in 1961, but it has been above 930 four times since 2008? Once in 48 years, then four times in 9 years? https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Portals/50/docs/tablerocklake/Pool History - Table Rock .pdf
  9. Thurston. I have an acquaintance with the last name of Howell, and I call him Thurston, and his wife Lovie.
  10. Funny, when I was on Virtual Reality, a tournament bass boat ignored the no-wake buoy and put a big wake our dock. It seemed so real. 😁
  11. I couldn't tell you the last time we had either of our boats' "sound systems" on, but I do remember having them on . . . some time. We probably don't need one because we can hear all the wake boat's systems. 😁
  12. It seems like those with disposable income are always looking for a new way to dispose of it. There are so many things wrong with current (wake) boat designs, beginning with their tall towers, that this fad will likely fade. &, speaking of Clevenger Cove, more than 20 years ago, before we bought our place on Table Rock, we used to stay at Red Bud Cove B&B, across the cove, before Paradise Point condos were there. We almost bought the existing house that sits in the middle of the Paradise Point development. &, speaking of the evolution of boats, our dock is an old resort dock, and has 16-foot slips. The Corps records don't go back far enough to see when it was placed on the lake, but I'm guessing 40 years ago. 20 years ago slips were 20' or 24'. Now, new docks have 30' slips mostly.
  13. Another season drawing to a close, and nothing has changed. 🙄
  14. FWIW, there's more dock abuse from heavy waves from sources other than tournament fishing. This Summer it has been worse than ever in the 22 years we've been here. Bigger boats, wake boats, boats going round and round and round towing tubes/skiers/whatever. When that's going on, it's constant pounding. The deal with tournament fishermen doing it is that it's so obvious, and it's disrespectful and inconsiderate. It's just a bad mark for tournaments.
  15. Our dock has been on the lake for 40 or 50 years, and it has never received more or bigger boat wakes than it has this Summer. It is a ways back in a cove, protected on three sides, and only gets waves when the wind is from the northeast (not very often). The huge wakes are coming from boats going round and round and round, just outside the first no-wake buoy. One huge wake wave after another, pounding and pounding. It certainly won't get better when that no-wake buoy is gone.
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