THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE
The holidays are past and now is the time to tackle all those projects we have put off, in our case house renovations are poised to begin. The table saw is taking up residence in the living room and probably will stay there until spring when we get electricity and thus heat to the barn.
Currently you can literally ice skate from the back deck to the barn and out to the road, so it appears that open water and boating are still a fair way off. This is good and bad, I’ll get more renovations done, but the temperament fixer is not available.
Ric and I are very pleased to have received the President’s Cup and will continue to do our best to help the chapter in its endeavors. Thank you Roger for the acknowledgement. Due to the wonderful weather mother nature always seem to share with us the weekend of the annual dinner we could not be there, but I am sure my parents took as much pleasure and pride in accepting it for us.
When I read Roger’s letter and heard him refer to Rob as having grown up with antique boats. I realized (being part of the same age group) I am also part of the group who grew up with “antique” boats. So I am no longer of kid status and thus responsible for the continuation of a plan my father and his visionary friends embarked upon 25 years ago. Is there is a distinction between these generations? I’m not sure, these boats have been as much a part of my childhood as they were to the first owners and their families. But to us they were always antiques not new or recently built thus they were of value. We do not need to be convinced they are worth saving and enjoying therefore a hurdle has been cleared. May we continue this experience and vision with our future generations. Wendy
News From ACBS
Reported by Dick Sherwood upon his return from the ACBS Board Meeting.
1. As a fund raiser, ACBS is creating a low cost, non-slick calendar for 2002 highlighting old boat & related nautical advertisements. To submit materials for consideration mail them to Duncan Hawkins, ACBS Director; Box 563; Collingwood, ONT L9Y 4B2 Canada
2. The ACBS web site is looking for photos. Members who would like to submit photos for inclusion on the ACBS site should send them to:
Gary Baker; 10 N. 9th St.; Marshalltown, IA 50158 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or www.acbs.org
Who’s At The Helm?!
Roger Townsend 315-635-9695
1st Diane Schwenke 315-675-9755
2nd Jack Miller 607-844-9513
3rd Arnie Rubenstein (E)315-637-8522
4th & Membership Dick Sherwood 716-265-1518
Shirley Marsden (E)315-253-7505(D)315-252-9506
Jeff Williams (E)607-387-5346 (D)607-387-3900
Bernie Clapp 315-625-4568
Bill Gregory (S)315-685-7646 (W)602981-2883
Steve White (E)315-685-0252 (D)315-685-7733
Rob Kidd 315-635-6187
Jeff Schwenke 315-675-9755
Ron Svec (E)607-657-2748 (D)607-755-3779
Joint Chapter Spring Dinner Meeting
Joint Chapter Spring Meeting hosted by the Adirondack Chapter will be held at the Ramada Waterfront Inn, Geneva, NY.
Cocktails begin at 5:30 followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00pm. entrees include sliced top sirloin of beef with sauteed mushrooms, and filet of sole with crabmeat and scallop stuffing. The cost is $24/person and reservations must be sent to Jean Hoffman, P.O. box 448, Clifton Park, NY 12065 no later than March 18th. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Ramada Inn, 41 Lakefront Drive, Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 789-0400 and will be held until March 14th, just mention the Adirondack/ACBS Dinner to receive a special rate of $69 single or double.
The featured speaker will be David Petters, of Skaneateles, who spent two years rowing the length of each Finger Lake in a 15’ Adirondack Guide Boat. His presentation will pre-empt the publication of his book on the experience.
This event is always well attended, so get your reservations in early as seating will be limited. Please join us for a fun night that will have us all thinking about the warm boating season just ahead. See you there!
|The front cover is from an original print
given to Ric & I for Christmas
a couple of years ago by my parents. Isn’t it perfect ?!
Dear FLC Members:
On July 2, 1996 our family was blessed with Kaitlyn Marie Clapp. My gift to her was a boat cradle built with 160 “grandfather” hours (about 35 real man hours). This Christmas with the help of her Dad and scraps of wood she built a wooden boat (of her own design) for Gramps. The boat she built now holds a conspicuous spot on my mantle. In the past about this time of year, I made out a small check to FLC for two Jr. Memberships, which are only $5 each.
Every year since, one of my two grandsons who live in the area have helped at the launch site for our boat show. Nathaniel and Loren both know Gramp’s passion is wooden boats and have developed their own passion for these boats.
Two years ago Loren helped Nate Nevins with his sailboat during the FLC Annual Show. Later, when Nate acquired another sailboat to restore he gave other old sailboat to Loren. It needed some work, so last summer Loren and I got a chance to get to know each other as we worked on the boat. He and I have a whole new relationship and a better understanding of each other. We also noted there isn’t much difference between our ages of 20 and 68, and we are very similar in many respects, except he’s not quite as funny or as good looking as I am.
The point of this letter is the $5 Junior Membership Fee is so little to pay for the extra moments it provides. Giving a child a separate membership gives them an independent identity they can be proud of and pursue. This year I will be adding a membership for Katie (our youngest member ever). It will be Loren’s last year as a Junior as he will soon be 21.
Why don’t more of our membership take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to introduce young children to antique boats? For my family it has been a wise investment. Why don’t you give it a try? Sincerely, The Kid Bernie Clapp
1930 22’ triple cockpit Gar Wood. Very good shape, West bottom,
327 Chevy engine 210hp, tandem axel trailer. Asking $37,000.
1932 18’ split cockpit Gar Wood. needs to be restored. some hardware, the rest available. no engine, 283 available. $3,000 OBO.
1957 15’ Century Palomino outboard. all original with motor. $1,500. OBO.
1963 38’ Pacemaker. needs to be refinished. Two 318 225hp engines. good shape, hull very tight. asking $7,000.
Call Bill Nedrow, 163 Davis Road, Lansing, NY 14882 607-533-4361
1954 Chris Craft Custom runabout, s/n 17-P-231, 120hp KLC, restoration 1999, trailer & new custom-made cover. $10,500. Jerry Hart 315-834-6070.
1959 19’ Lyman Islander with never used custom built trailer. $2,000. Also 1956 16’ Penn Yan Sealiner with KBL engine. boat has original paint and varnish. $1,000 Lou Smith 607-734-3882, leave message.
1929 22’ Chris Craft Cadet. Restoration started, hull and bottom in great original condition. would like to finish to buyer’s satisfaction. Photos and more info available. asking $32,000. Cal George Morse 315-889-7720 or Will schempp 607-533-7208
1954 14’ Shell Lake. Good fishing boat. Painted 1997 $400. Sally Lathrop 716-554-6147
1950 22’ Chris Craft Sportsman. all original, completely restored
in 1992. Revarnished and “M” engine rebuilt 1997. full cnvas
plus cover. stored in boathouse year round. $20,500 or reasonable
offer. Call Bob Parke 315-446-6260
1959 22’ Century Ravenwith 170hp V-8. New upholstery throughout. Fresh Brightwork, paint and antifouling bottom done fall ‘98. ready for water with tandem trailer. Sacrifice at $7,500. Call Doug Persee 315-469-3349 Fair Haven, NY
1948 25’ Chris Craft Sportsman. Need restoration, but has all hardware and original leather upholstery. $4,900. Trailer available. Also 1950s Penn Yan Swift, ski model. needs resstoration but is solid without rot. $750. Call George Seeley 607-547-9330 Cooperstown, NY
Rare 1927 20’ Gesswein Sportabout (hull#7) with original 6cyl Van Blerck engine. Twin cockpit with unusual facing rear seats. Brass hardware, leather upholstery. Boat & engine fully restored, both in excellent condition. Trailer included. asking $40,000 or make reasonable offer. Geno or Barbara Giovannetti, Box 84, Fair Haven, NY 13064 315-947-5532 (E).
1963 13’ Penn Yan Swift, stepped hull, 50hp Mercury with trailer $4,500. also 1959 22’ Century Raven, needs restoration, $2,000. also 1915 (?) 24’ Fry launch, built Clayton, NY make offer. also 1957 24’ custom built Hubert Johnson cedar lapstrake inboard, 3/4” planking riveted to heavy oak ribs, decks, windshield, coamings and seats; 3/4” mahogany and teak finished with Cetol marine “no sand finish”, bottom has Interlux Micron CSC “no sand bottom paint”, engine is a 225hp Chrysler Hemi with reduction gear, custom-built bunked tandem axel trailer with brakes and removable uprights. $54,000 Call George Morse, 315-889-7720 or Box 89, Union Springs, NY 13160
April 21-22 Chesapeake Antique Marine Engine Meet at Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland for info Richard Dodds 410-326-2042 ext 31. or email Doddsrj@co.cal.md.us
May 26-27 Grotto Marina, Rt 415, Harveys Lake, PA 18618 Feature boats- Chris Craft, Lyman, and Glaspar-G-3. Show Chairman William Nash III, 285 East Moyer Rd., Pottstown, PA 19464-1534, Home 610-970-5749, Fax 610-323-9588 email Nashr email@example.com
June 9 10th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show and Open House at the Sodus Bay Yacht Club. Water ($15) and land ($10) displays complete with boat parade, awards and flea market. Registration and information Alice and Ethan Irwin 5787 Sodus Shores, Sodus, NY 14551, 315-483-6104 email firstname.lastname@example.org
August 10-12 11th Annual Antique and Classic Boat show of the Smith
Mountain Lake Chapter at Saunders Parkway Marina, Rt 626, Huddleston, VA
To register or for info contact Cindy & Lars Okeson 540-297-8451,
or Dan Holdgreve 540-890-2027, Katedanhold@gateway.net
Aug 10-12 Thompson Antique & Classic Boat Rally at Nest Egg Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin on the Menominee River only six miles from Peshtigo, Wisconsin the original Thompson Boat enterprises. For info & registration contact Andreas Jordahl Rhude, 4054 Wentworth Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55409-1522, 612-823-3990, email email@example.com
Aug 11-12 Wooden Boat Festival Orleans Cty. Marine Park Boat rides, free concert, food and more..More info contact Ray Leonard 716-226-2594, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 18-19 26th Annual Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino near Red Wing MN, Contact 952-934-9522 or toll free 877-636-3111 or BSLOL, P.O. Box 11, Hopkins,MN 55343-0011, www.acbs-bslol.com
Aug 25-28th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous of the Adirondack Chapter ACBS at Lake George Village docks, Lake George, NY Contact Maria Johnson, 9 Scott Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, 518-884-2878
Tall Ships Sail Into Oswego Once Again
June 21-25, 2001 will be the Tall Ships only port-of-call in New York State during 2001. It will also be the first of eight of the American Sail Training Association’s Tall Ships Challenge - Great Lakes 2001 races from port to port throughout the Great Lakes system. During this time there could be as many as 15 to 20 traditional sailing ships, ranging fro 70 to 200 feet in length.
The Tall Ships Challenge - Great Lakes 2001 will be the first of a three-year race and port events series. In 2002 the events will be concentrated on the west coast, and 2003 will be east coast ports. Oswego will have the honor of being the first port of call for the entire three-year event; from there, the ships will race to Toronto, Canada. Boats will be open for tours tentatively on Friday-Sunday for a modest fee. In addition there will be other activities going on in the immediate area. For details visit www.co.oswego.ny.us/tourism/festival/tallships.html
The Seventh Biennial Antique Motorboating Symposium sponsored by
May 18-20 at The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.
If you are looking for something to do with a long weekend in May, this may be just the ticket. A wide variety of topics will be covered from surface preparation to steaming ribs, to engine maintenance you can do yourself. And if weather permits there will be boating opportunities on the historic St. Lawrence River. If you want the details on the various talks and lodgings available your best bet is to contact the ACBS in Clayton, NY 315-686-2628
|This photo was taken by Doug Vittum during the FLC Fall foliage cruise in October 2000, as you enter Seneca Falls, NY.|
“Maintenance Free”- that is the advantage
cited for many of today’s products. Not to have to repair, refurbish,
repaint or keep up is considered a supreme virtue. But I am not so
Last year I sold a treasured old wooden boat in order to buy a new one made of fiber glass. My friends congratulated me on doing a wise thing, but I began to wonder as spring came around.
When that earlier boat emerged from winter quarters, her brightwork gleaming and her old wooden sides aglow with fresh paint, I would be carried away with joy at the sight. The pleasure was not repeated when I took over my little fiber-glass vixen, her face fixed in a rigid, unchanging smile.
The point is, I really enjoy the extravagance of upkeep. It is certainly more rewarding than buying something new, or possessing something theoretically impervious to wear and tear.
We ourselves change as the years pass. The objects around us should change also - gracefully, as we would like to do, the encrustation of age smoothed over and the weakness inconspicuously redressed. Things that don’t suddenly stop working and become useless.
Acknowledge the pleasure of maintenance and all sorts of secondary rewards open up. Not enough has been said about the kind of people in the trades of refurbishing and repair, for instance. They tend to be old and wonderfully articulate. As I go forth, with a chipped platter or ailing clock, I am likely to find myself face to face with an understanding human being, who knows what the trouble is. And the job is accomplished - along with many salutary remarks on the state of the world.
It is all very well to create, and to recycle, but nothing excels being able to keep the original object, aging but not forsaken.
You know you are from Upstat New York when:
1. You only have three spices - salt, pepper and ketchup.
2. You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
3. You have more miles on your snowblower than your car.
4. Driving in the winter is smoother because the potholes are filled with snow.
5. You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightgown with only eight buttons.
6. Your back porch serves as a freezer six months of the year.
7. You actually get these jokes and repeat them to your friends!
|People contact our web site daily researching all kinds of projects
and asking all kinds questions.
Here’s one that
was addressed to all our members.
If you know of this boat you can
drop the family
Dave Van de Laar is the grandson of Howard Shepherd, founder of Shepherd
Boats of Canada.He started a website to gather information on the company.
You can visit his site on the internet and share information at www.shepherdboats.com
|This boat should look familiar to many of our members, although it
make take you a minute to recognize the driver. Yes it is Kate Smith
behind the wheel of Shady Lady. Included in FLC’s webpage is a current
picture of Shady Lady. An owner of another of Kate’s boats saw the
photo and offered Jim this wonderful vintage shot. Visit Speed Boat
Classics and see Kate Smith’s other boats at http://www.speedboatclassics.com/.
The photo of Kate Smith, is courtesy of Kate's biographer
Richard K. Hayes, www.katesmith.org/.
Isn’t it amazing the information available and the smallness of the world with this tool the internet. Why not try using it for your own research.
When setting up your dock or buoys for the boating season, tire
anchors can be a very good way to go. These anchors are made from
concrete and old tires. They are environmentally friendly as both
hold up well in the water. Also they are easy to move until put into
place as all you do is tip them up onto the treads and roll them into place.
Since most places now have a fee for disposing of tires, it should be easy
to obtain all you need free of charge.
To make a tire anchor, lay the tire on a flat surface (a polyethylene ground sheet makes clean up a breeze) and fill the tire with concrete( a premix is easiest). While the concrete is still wet insert a strong metal hook, for anchoring the tire anchor in place. A heavy duty 3or 4 inch U-bolt works great. If you attach the U-bolt to a brace it will create more surface area and help to prevent it from being pulled out under stress. Typically a 14” car tire anchor with three 66 pound bags of premix will result in a 200 pound anchor. Use a 15” tire and four bags of mix and your anchor will be approximately 275 pounds.
You can even group a couple together if you need a mooring weight.
For more ideas on dock building and maintenance try the Dock Manual by Max Burns, it has great drawings and very practical advice.
Thank you Doug Vittum, Bernie Clapp and Deanne Townsend for emailing
us photographs to use on the website and in Brightwork, but we still need
more quality photographs. On the internet we can keep them in full
color, while changing them to black & whites for use in the newsletter.
Email is also a great way to send us articles, editorials, links of interest
and any other questions or information. We welcome chapter member’s
insight and input into making FLC’s website informative and entertaining.