October 2001

Off The Record is missing from this issue as I have not received any letters for inclusion, in addition you will note the lack of a number of other types articles.  This lack of articles is causing the Board of Directors to address the need for a change in our Newsletter format.  The current plan is to return to a more newsletter traditional format with less of a feel of a magazine, including only information pertinent to chapter members, published more frequently with an annual yearbook type edition with color photographs at year end.  This will provide a more cost effective, timely means of disseminating information to everyone!
FLC Members Win at Area Shows

Old Forge,  Adirondack Rendezvous
Best Century & Best Classic Utility Rick Berry
Best Antique Runabout  Roger Townsend
Niagara Frontier
Best Contemporary  Bill Gregory
Best Race Boat   Phil & Arnie Rubenstein
Best Antique Runabout Roger Townsend
Antique Boat Museum Annual Show
Best Hackercraft  Bruce Marsden
Best Rowing Craft Syd & Shirley Marsden
Dr. Fred Thomas Award- “Antique Boater of the Year”  Syd Marsden  (Previously won by Tish Cook and Dan Sutherland)
Judges Special Recognition Award Shirley, Karen & Wendy Marsden  (For period costumes worn many years at the show.)
Pleasant Lake
Best Non Powered Craft  Jeff Schwenke
Most Unusual Garwood   & Best Antique Utility Garwood  Arnie & Phil Rubenstein
Best Garwood Contemporary & 1st Place in Racing Class    Arnie & Phil Rubenstein
Sodus Bay Yacht Club
People’s Choice   Roger Townsend

Editor’s Muttering
The air is turning crisp again and the apples are landing with a pronounced thud on the roof, fall is definitely approaching once again.  I can’t say it saddens me (even as much as I enjoy boating season) to know winter is approaching.  The chill will awaken us all from the laziness that sets in with the warm weather, and our home will be alive with activity as we prepare for the holidays and winter projects.
One of our projects this winter will be touching up our most recent acquisition, Aliante.  She is the 51st boat in the Marsden-Fetridge fleet and coincidently she is the 51st permanently registered boat in the Clayton, NY Museum.  My father and husband were left standing too close together with a bidding ticket in hand at the Annual Auction in Clayton, and when a hesitation occurred in the bidding, there was Dad to encourage Rick on to greater things.  Dad’s third of the boat will be storage, as our barn has reached her limits without some serious revamping (I don’t know of anyone else in the boating world who ever has this problem!)  While in much better shape than anything our family has ever adopted before, there is always little things that can be improved.  Her previous owner (Mr. Robert Cox) has been wonderful providing us with the information we need to proceed.  In the meantime she is providing a treat to the people along the lakes in the Berkshires.  She is definitely the type of boat that fascinates men and boys. I know they are the same when it comes to toys, and she is definitely a toy, a long deck launch that looks like a miniature gentlemen’s racer.  Look for her at the 2002 Finger lakes Boat Show.
I keep rewriting the closing to my column, but cannot come up with the words to describe September 11th.  Although raised in Central New York, I love NYC and still have many friends who live and work there.  It was many days before I could confirm those dear to me were safe and I will continue to wonder about the friends I lost touch with years ago.  Those who were at the World Trade Center and in Washington have shared their personal observations with me and made the tragedy much more real than the media blitz ever could have achieved.  I am sorry for those of our members who have lost loved ones in the day’s events, there aren’t words to make sense of any of this, so I will not try.  We will continue on with our lives with a reminder of how a single minded belief can lead to destruction and pain.   Wendy

President’s Message
It is much too early to tell what effect the horrible events of September 11th will have on our lives, but one thing seems clear to me and that is if we let them alter how we live, out of fear of the unknown, then the terrorists will have won.  For this very reason we must strive to maintain normalcy and conduct business as usual in our daily lives.  With that in mind we will continue to publish our Newsletter and pursue our hobby as we have done, albeit with a little more appreciation for the tranquility it provides us.
As most of you know by now our 2001 Boat Show was a huge success.  The number of exhibitors and spectators was at an all time high and the weather certainly cooperated.  The Saturday night banquet was sold out and the food was marvelous.  In spite of record numbers of people everything ran without a hitch and I can only attribute that to the hard work of all the Chapter members who volunteered their time to help run the show.  It would not have happened without you!  Thank you all so very much.
A list of all the award winners at our show is included in this Newsletter and when you read it you will notice the wide variety of boats that were in attendance.  Seventy-seven exhibitors from ten states and provinces brought boats made by thirty different manufacturers.  This is a tribute to the popularity of our show and the high regard it has among antique and classic boating enthusiasts.  The show’s spectators were the main beneficiaries because they were able to see exhibits not normally seen in one venue.  Next year’s show organizers have their work cut out for them if they hope to top this year’s event and with this in mind, I urge each and every one of you to consider getting involved with the show; it’s fun and very rewarding.
The chapter’s next big event is our Annual Meeting scheduled for January 19th at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles.  The meeting is a multi faceted affair with a Board of Director’s meeting at 4pm that all members are cordially invited to attend.  After cocktails and dinner we will hold our business meeting, followed by the election of two Board members, and the presentation of the President’s Cup.  This year instead of our usual auction fund raiser we will be having a guest speaker.  The proposed speaker is Dr. Donald G. Hester of the “Tall Ships”. It is a great way to break up the long month of January and a chance to see many of our members.  Hope you can make the meeting and I look forward to seeing you there. In closing I would ask you to pray for peace and for God’s guidance for the leaders of the free world.    Roger Townsend

Publication Information & Rates
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Who’s At The Helm?!
FLC President
Roger Townsend 315-635-9695
Co-Vice Presidents
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)602-981-2883
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

Calendar of Events
* January 19th Annual Meeting at Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY with BOD meeting at 4pm, Cocktails 6pm followed by Dinner and guest speaker.  For information please contact Steve White  (E)315-685-0252  (D) 315-685-7733

*July 26-28 FLC ACBS 24th Annual Boat Show at Skaneateles, NY.  Look for more details to follow.

Buy, Sell or Trade
1956 23’ Chris Craft Continental in excellent condition.  327 Chevy V8.  Totally restored with original upholstery.  Stored indoors year round.$19,000. Fair Haven, NY (315) 342-6736 or

Cadillac Monterey, 1957 15’ outboard runabout.  Molded plywood, double cockpit, deck, windsheild.  Matching Evinrude Big Twin 35 electric, correct controls, wiring harness, two twin line tanks.  All very good. Paul Chapin, P.O. Box 504, Union Springs, NY 13160-0504 315-889-7624

1951 Steelcraft Express cruiser, 28’ x 9’6”. Gray mo. 150, 330 cu. in. six, 150 hp.  Sleeps 4, head, galley, new carpet, 3year old canvas, interior very original with mauals & sales literature. Rare & new keel & rudder, ss shaft, mahagony top, everything works.  Pictures & ins. survey. ACBS member located in Syracuse area $15,000 call John 315-492-6017 msg.

1954 Century Wood Inboard 16’ Resorter, Engine Rebuilt, 6 cyl. Fred Podszebka, 6582 Fremont Rd., E. Syracuse, N.Y. 13057  315-656-8238

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.

1954 14’ Shell Lake. Good fishing boat.  Painted 1997 $400. Sally Lathrop 716-554-6147

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

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

1955 14’ Penn Yan Swift currently in Nantucket.  The boat was completely restored in 1988 and has not been in the water since.  The brightwork does need a litle touching up now from just sitting around, but otherwise, in excellent condition. Carl Apthorp 413 Southampton Dr. Aurora, OH 44202-6721 330-995-2533

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, $40,000 or reasonable offer. Geno & Barbara Giovannetti, Box 84, Fair Haven, NY 13064  315-947-5532 (E).

1959 22’ Century Raven, needs restoration, $2,000. 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

1962 Penn Yan 19’ with a Merc I/O that still runs. It has a hard top and is glassed in. This boat needs some restoration, mostly cosmetic as far as we can tell.  We don’t have time for this and are looking to sell it to someone who will loving  restore it Kate Kirkpatrick Ithaca, NY 607-272-3440 (eves)

1948 12’ Moulded plywood outboard, w/oars $1000
“no name” double ended approx. 16” one cyc B&B inboard (may be later installation) $1200
Michigan Boat works 16’ “steel launch” w/original 1 cyl Detroit engine.  All original, need small area in bottom attended, on trailer early teen vintage $2000 Sutherland double ended rowboat 14’ original condition w/oars $2000  Edwin Long (Rochester, NY) 16’ on trlr, 2 sets original oars $3000 Several outboards available.  Call for list. Gerrit Heerken 716-924-3923

1968 Lyman 24' Utility. The engine is a running FordV-8 and she has ,like new, complete canvas and seat cushions and has been rewired in recent past. It needs a new deck and transom, and there is some
work to be done with a some ribs. Over all hull is pretty sound. No trailer. $1,500 or best offer.
contact Bernie Clapp 315-625-4568

Ship’s Store
Looking for the perfect gift for someone or yourself, then call Ron Svec at 607-657-2748 and he will update you on the latest merchandise in the ship’s store.  The variety of clothing and gift items include the FLC’s video,(perfect for learning about the chapter) coloring books, pennants and much more.T-shirts, caps and golf shirts with the FLC logo.  These are quality weight shirts.  Whether you need short sleeves for wintering in Florida or long sleeves for bearing the northern winters, Ron has it all.  Even dressy style sweatshirts.  If you don’t wait too late, Ron can have your choices shipped in time for the holidays.  Then you can just sit back relax and be Merry with those difiicult to shop for people all taken care of with plenty of time to spare

A big Thank you to our symposium speakers during the boat show.  Bruce Hall for his talk on Finger Lakes boat builders and Syd  “Bruce” Marsden for his demonstration/participation knot tying presentation.  These presentations are an important part of the chapter’s goal to help educate the general population about Antique and Classic Boating.  Let Roger Townsend know if you have any suggestions for talks that can be included in the 2002 show

Minutes from the Board of Director’s Meetings
The August and September board meetings addressed the following items.
The FLC’s Annual Boat Show was a great success.  So far the feedback has been very positive.  The usual problem of parking and traffic were the really only negatives presented.  To help address this offsite parking will be looked into for future shows.
A huge “Thank You” is owed to the volunteers who make the show happen.  This includes the FLC members, members of the Skaneateles community, the police department, the coast guard, the fire department and a large list of others.  Our annual event  would not be one of the premier East Coast shows without the support of everyone involved.  Another job well done!  That said it is time to plan for next year.  The 24th Annual Show will be July 26th-28th, so mark your calenders now.  With the Chapter’s 25th Annual Show slated for 2003, the chapter is looking into hosting anACBS National Board Meeting during the Annual Show.
This year the chapter donated a book of local Finger Lakes flavor to the auction at the Annual National Meeting.  Dick Sherwood transported it to the meeting to ensure its safe arrival.
The ship’s store helped to offset the costs of the Annual Show by turning a profit of over $1000.  This is the result of the volunteers who manned their stations tirelessly and especially to Ron Svec and Don Babcock.
The FLC has made a donation of $50 to continue the efforts of the Bridge House Brats at Phoenix, NY Lock 1.  The FLC has previously supported their efforts with monetary donations.  The organization was started in 1996 and is for youths that range in age from approximately 10 to 17.  The group helps out boaters and members of the community.  The donation was coordinated through member Bernie Clapp.
The winter workshop to be held in March is tentatively scheduled for Don McMann’s Adirondack Electric Boat Works in Seneca Falls, NY.  Details will be sent out to members when available.

2001 Annual Boat show Winners
Best Raceboat - 1992 Garwood, Wood II owned by Arnie and Phil Rubenstein
Best Launch - 1915 Ingeson, S.L. Eagle owned by George & Shirley Marsden
Best Unmounted Motor - 1954 Mercury MK 20H owned by Bill Edwards
Best Outboard Boat & Motor - 1953 Penn Yan, Dick’s Treat owned by Dick Curvin
Best Power Replica - 1995 Ford/Gregory , My Last Desire owned by Bill Gregory
Best Antique Runabout under 22’ - 1942 Chris Craft, Misty II owned by Roger Townsend
Best Antique Runabout over 22’ - 1937 Garwood, Triple Time owned by Bruce Bone
Best Classic Runabout under 22’ - 1948 Chris Craft, Spiffy owned by Alan and Jean Frederick
Best Classic Runabout over 22’ - 1948 Shepherd, King’s Ransom owned by John McEwen
Best Antique Utility - 1939 Chris Craft, Purr’r owned by Don and Elanore Babcock
Best Classic Utility under 22’- 1961 Century, Endangered Species owned by Richard Barry
Best Historic - 1918 Basset, Felice owned by Tish and Blair Cook
Steve Giovannetti Land Display Worthy of Special Recognition To Blair Cook for engaging the children with his rope making display.
Best Chris Craft - 1957 Chris Craft, Classic II owned by Harry Winter
Best Century - 1949 Century, Em’s Awake owned by Brad Wirth
Best Canadian Built - 1952 Shepherd, Miss Bug owned by Douglas Reicher
Best Finger Lakes Built - 1924 Skaneateles, Grace owned by Dick Sherwood
Best Rowing Craft - 1930 Lacey, Molly owned by Doug Nichols
Best Sailing Craft - 1939 Old Town, Not To Be Ignored owned by Jeff and Diane Schwenke
Best Canoe - 1890 William English, Robbie owned by Tish and Blair Cook
Best Non-powered Contemporary - 1995 Great Canadian replica owned by Bill and Karlene Miller
Authenticity--ACBS Best Preserved/Most Original Boat - 1969 Lauterback, Hot Pepper owned by Bill Edwards
Best Craftmnship in an Owner Restored Boat - 1955 Chris Craft, Andiamo owned by Gary Mucci
Dockmaster’s Award - 1958 Chris Craft, Gramps owned by Tom & Barbara Carmen
The Peter Wile’s Trophy - 1992 garwood, Wood II owned by Arnie and Phil Rubenstein
People’s Choice - Sponsored by Doug’s Fish Fry - 1995 Ford/Gregory, My Last Desire owned by Bill Gregory
Best of Show - 1952 Chris Craft, Class E owned by David Misener
Nothing Works On An Old Boat Except The Owner - 1960 Modern, owned by Jimand Nancy Patrick

Winter Lay-up Check List
Drain engine oil.
Drain Transmission oil (where separate).
Stabilize fuel.
Drain water from engine.
Inspect hoses for cracks or other signs of aging.
Inspect hose clamps for deterioration.
Blow out exhaust pipe(s).  Stuff them to discourage nesting critters.
Add new engine oil. Add transmission oil.
Refill lower unit from beneath allowing air to escape above.
Fog cylinders with oil to coat against rust.  Examine spark plugs and consider new ones.
Drain carburator(s) float bowl.
Lubricate any grease fittings (including steering) and drive out moisture.
Bilge    Test pump and float switch.     Drain and dry thoroughly.
Power wash hull while still wet (if it has been left in the water) or use a little simple green and a lot of elbow grease to get off the season’s water scum.
Check propeller for nicks or other damage.  Remove and have reconditioned if necessary.
Wash bright work and upholstery with a solution of Murphy’s Oil Soap (never detergent).
Wash chrome fittings with mild soap solution.  Coat with petroleum jelly or unbuffed wax.
Check for loose fastenings and repair.
Coat brightwork with Varnish Food or lemon oil.
Remove battery(s) and charge before storing.
Protective grease is good on terminals and cable ends.  Wire brush first.
Add antifreeze to block to insure any remaining water will be in solution 50/50 or better.
Check for worn parts (now is the time to del with this).
Cradle, cover and store in well supported and ventilated manner.
Remember that dry rot likes damp stagnant places, moderately warm.

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