Editor’s Note
   Merry Christmas Happy New Year!  I think I’m feeling in the spirit as it is only October 30th and we have about an inch of snow on the ground and icicles forming on the deck chairs with more snow still falling.  Thankfully I love winter and snow, as boating season is a long way off and a bunch of work needs to be done between now and then.  First off Thank you to my husband for designing our covers and tolerating my whims.  Next congratulations to Dick Sherwood on being confirmed as Vice President of the ACBS.  Next in the way of congratulations goes to Dana & Deirdre on the birth of their son on 10/16/00.  Anyone looking to brighten Cathy Laitenberger’s day with a card can do so by sending it to Cathy Room #264, c/o Hilton East Adult Care, 231 East Ave, Hilton, NY  14468. I would like to create a section in the newsletter for the type of info previously listed, but I need to hear from people in a timely manner, so send me your news of births, illness, or deaths of which our members should be made aware.
Don’t forget FLC/ACBS memberships make great Holiday gifts!  There is always the ship’s store for interesting boating attire and accessories.  Here is my last plea before the Annual Meeting, Create something for the auction, whether it is an offer to show someone how to steam ribs or bake an apple pie...the list is endless.  Enjoy the season. Wendy


Puzzles
Here they are you still have to find them, but this should help: PennYan, Peterborough, Century, Johnson, Fitzgerald Lee, Ingleson, Hutchinson, Skaneateles, Dart, Richardson, Sebattis, Rushton, Hacker, Lozier, Garwood, Morehouse, Matthews, Dowsett, Dispro, Greavette, Ditchburn, Shepherd, Consolidated, Hinton, Minett, Duran, Mullins, Dodge, Estes, Chris Craft, Donzi, Elco, Fay Bowen, Malette, Thompson.   Thank you Syd for submitting the puzzle.  The Black Hawk Chapter is using the FLC puzzles in their newsletter, so they will be heading west. I’m always on the lookout for more...


Who’s At The Helm?!
FLC President
Roger Townsend 315-635-9695
Co-Vice Presidents
Diane Schwenke 315-675-9755
Dana Ritchie (E)67-275-6521 (D)781-275-3306
Treasurer
Shirley Marsden (E)315-253-7505 (D)315-252-9506
Secretary
Jeff Williams (E)607-387-5346 (D)607-387-3900
Membership     Dick Sherwood 716-265-1518
Directors
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
Curtis Feldann (E)315-685-6936 (D)315-498-6700
Directors-At-Large
Jeff Schwenke 315-675-9755
Ron Svec (E)607-657-2748 (D)607-755-3779


Ship’s Store
For those of you looking for the perfect gift for yourself or a special boater, call Ron Svec, he will be happy to help.(607-657-2748)  If you don’t wait too late, he will have all your holiday shopping needs filled and shipped leaving you time to sit back relax and be merry.  The variety of items to suit all ages and lifestyles will amaze you.  Whether you need short sleeves for wintering in the South or long sleeves for bearing the northern winters, the ship’s store has it all.


Welcome Aboard!
Publication Information & Rates
Brightwork is a quarterly newsletter for the FLC of the ACBS and is published for the benefit of the chapter members.  It is a great way to reach 200+ members with your advertising dollars.  Publication is March, June, September & December 1st.
Questions, articles for publication, letters to the editor, etc. should be sent to Wendy Fetridge, P.O. Box 224, Lanesboro, MA 01237-0224 or wendy@berkshiretv.com or 413-442-7567.  Commercial and non-commercial ads should be sent to Dick Sherwood, 1734 Lake Road, Webster, NY 14580 or call 716-265-1518 or email FLCboats@aol.com.  Ad rates are Full page $100, Half page $50, Quarter page $25, Eighth page $15, Business cards $10. Rates are per issue. B&w classified w/o charge for members.


Calendar of Events
* January 20, 2001 Annual Meeting & Board Mtg
* February 18, 2:00pm Board Mtg Info (as above)
* March 18, 2:00pm Board Mtg Info (as above)
* April 22, 4:00pm Board Mtg Info (as above)#
* May 20, 2:00pm Board Mtg Info (as above)
# Meeting to be followed by dinner at 6:30 at the Sunset Restaurant in Auburn, NY.  Other mtgs at Townsend’s home in Baldwinsville.


President’s Message
For us Northerners winter is not a busy boating season, but it is a busy season for boaters.  The Holidays are almost upon us, our Annual Meeting is fast approaching and your Chapter is busy planning for both.  If you are looking for that special gift for someone on  your list, take a look at our Ship’s Store where there is a vast variety of clothing, hats, pins, coffee mugs, videos and other interesting items.
The Annual Meeting means silent auction time and I urge all of you to give some thought to what you might be able to donate toward this very important Chapter fund raiser.  See the article of ideas gleaned from other Chapter’s auctions.  It offers a slightly different approach to ways money can be raised, read it and see if any of these ideas appeal to you.
This year Steve Shehadi, President of Shehadi Carpets, will be auctioning off several items from his large inventory of oriental carpets.  I understand there will be smaller pieces that would look very posh on the floorboards of a mahogany hull.  On the more mundane but equally important side the meeting will include the election of Officers for the next two years and two members of the Board of Directors.  Plan now to join us at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles on Saturday, January 20th for an evening of good conversation, clear balloting and a sumptuous feast put on by Bill Eberhardt and his fine staff.  Additional details on the elections and the dinner will be made available at a later date along with an absentee ballot for those unable to attend and cast their vote in person.
I am very pleased to announce Jack miller has agreed to become our new Co-Chairman of the Boat Show Committee and to fill the unexpired term of Dana Ritchie on the BOD.  Dana and Deirdre have a new baby boy and all the responsibilities, plus the demands of his own business making it impossible for him to fulfill his term.  Jack, a retired schoolteacher and his wife Anna live in Freeport, NY.  Jack has taken a very active role in our show over the past few years and his enthusiasm will be a big asset to the Chapter.
Personally, I want to thank Dick Sherwood for planning and executing an outstanding Fall Cruise.  Everyone who attended the lecture at the Seneca Falls Museum of Waterways and Industry came away with a much fuller understanding of history in Upstate New York and the important role played by the Erie Canal in the development of our country.  Thanks Dick , for a job well done.
While I’m passing out kudos, my sincere thanks go to Wendy and Ric Fetridge for putting out a first rate newsletter and for producing the best chapter web page in the country.  For those of you who haven’t looked at our web page pleas take time to browse through it,  I know you won’t be disappointed.
I would like to close by wishing everyone a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Roger Townsend


Bernie Clapps Quote of the month
“It is easier to get forgiveness than permission”


 

Morehouse Boat Registry 


Morehouse boats were built on Cayuga Lake near Seneca Falls shortly before and after World War II by the Morehouse Boat Company.  The Morehouse Boat Registry has been created at the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry with the blessing of the Morehouse family and is attempting to locate, identify and categorize as many Morehouse boats as possible.  For more information, visit the Morehouse web page at berkshiretv.com/morehouse.htm.  Anyone knowing the whereabouts of any model Morehouse boat is urged to provide the information to George Zeth and he’ll pursue its registration. 
 


 Nautical term of the month * Under Weigh*
To be in the act of weighing anchor.  Thus a vessel may be under weigh without being under way.



A Rules of the Road Safety for Steamships (Verses prior to 1920)
When both side lights you see Ahead
Port your helm and show your Red
Green to Green - or Red to Red
Perfect Safety - go Ahead

If to your Starboard Red appear
It is your duty to keep clear
To act as judgment says is proper
To Port - or Starboard - Back - or, Stop her

But when upon your Port is seen
Asteamer’s Starboard light of Green
There’s not so much for you to do
For Green to Port keeps clear of you

Both in safety and in doubt
Always keep a good look-out
In danger, with no room to turn
Ease her! Stop her! Go astern!

This still applies today, but how many caught line two?  It is correct for when it was written.  In the early days of steamships, the ship would turn the opposite way the helm (steering wheel) was turned.
Submitted by FLC member Syd Bruce Marsden


Starter Problems?
Had my Morehouse started, there would have been four boats making the trip to Seneca Falls for the Fall Foliage Cruise!  The Chris Craft Model K engine operates on the original six-volt system, but after trying a brand new twelve-volt booster, a twelve-volt battery on the pier and a twelve-volt battery in a truck with the engine revving, the best I could get from the old K was a sporadic partial turn over.  Nothing would  move it enough for it to fire on its own.  So the boat spent the day on the trailer!  When I got home, I checked the engine for freedom of rotation and found it normal by turning it over by hand.
A few days later, I was reviewing my plight with the guys at my local automotive parts supply store and they all agreed I had starter problems.  They suggested I take the starter to North Star Auto Electric on Route 31 in Macedon, NY.  I did this and was it an eye-opener!  North Star isn’t much to look at from the outside, and one wouldn’t guess at the capablities they have.  I took the starter in expecting they would put a tag on it and call me back at some point with my options.  Instead, the counter guy dropped everything, took the starter, put it in a vice and started checking it out as I watched!  He ended up taking it all apart, cleaned the commutator, cleaned and adjusted the brushes, made several electrical checks, found a poorly soldered connection, fixed it thoroughly, put it all back together, checked it out electrically, ran it under load, scrapped off the black paint on the mounting flange, replaced it with a coat of highly conductive paint to make a solid electrical ground and touched up the remained of the unit with a coat of fast drying black paint on the outside,  The whole process took a half-hour and cost $23!  Maybe the engine still won’t start, but I’m sure I’ve got a starter in first class condition for next year.  I would recommend North Star to anyone with a starter problem.  Smart, capable mechanics who know their business, all the tools and test equipment to do their job, a can-do attitude and terrific customer service.  And their parting comment was, “If you still have problems when you install the starter next spring, drive the whole rig down here.  We’ve got test equipment we can take out to the boat and we’ll find out what’s wrong.” Nice to know this kind of service is still available.
Submitted by FLC member Richard Sherwood.


 Valley Boat & Engine Company of Baldwinsville, NY
Submitted by FLC Member Bruce Hall
As you may have noted recently, the village of Baldwinsville has rediscovered its water way.  Current investments to enhance Paper Mill Island and canal side attractions harken back to a time 100 years ago when the Seneca River in the village was a bustle of boating activity.
“The village based Sagawatha Boat Club boasted over 200 members when in 1905 Addison Tooley, founder of Baldwinsville’s American Knife Co. formed the American Gasoline Engine Company to build gasoline boat engines.  Mr. Tooley’s reported success in racing throughout the Thousand Islands, an engine of two cylinder design by S.P. Van Epps (note:Van Epps and Livingston Engine Company appears in recent references but no local details have been identified to date) prompted the enterprise.  References show American Gasoline Motor Co. to have constructed engines ranging from one to four cylinders in 5 to 28 horsepower ratings.  “The entire line could be shipped as finished engines or in machined parts for customer assembly.”
With an eye toward growth, American Gas Mtor Co.  incorporated the following February 1906.  board of Directors included the founder Addision Tooley and design engineer S.P. Van Epps serving as vice president.  The engine line was expanded to include 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 4, 8 and 15 horsepower per cylinder engines in up to 4 cylinder configurations.  Later in 1906, an announcement was made that American Gasoline Motor Co. would enter into the boat construction business in a unique way.  An experienced naval architect, Charles Desmond was employed to design and superintend the production of “knocked down” or kit boats.
Various size and designs in lengths ranging from 18 to 40 feet totaling 33 different models would be made available to amateur and semi professional builders.  It was hoped that yacht clubs would be encouraged to order similar “knock down” boats and organize racing events.
Incidentally the firm was located near or at the present Lock 24 Restaurant on the canal’s south side in a former produce cannery.  Business proceeded for a time until architect Desmond resigned from American Gasoline Motor Co. in February of 1908.  He left to join Brooks Manufacturing Co. of Saginaw, Michigan, a leader in the “knock-down” boat business.
An involuntary petition filed in March 1908 entered the American Gasoline Motor Co. into bankruptcy.  The company appears to have reorganized as Valley Boat and Engine Company and continued in business until early in 1910. ( A rare example of a valley Boat and Engine Company design #1214 and an original company catalog are in the custody of Harold Porter and Bud Bracket in Sanford, Maine.)
In an ll to familiar event symptomatic to present day industry, Valley Boat and Motor Company was lured away by business interests in Saginaw, Michigan.  Production of completed in both frame and water ready hullss was in full swing by mid 1910.  It also appears the new business did not continue in the marine engine construction activity after moving to the Saginaw, Michigan facility.  No mention of the dispensation of the marine engine business has been determined but quite possibly the elusive Livingston and Van Epps marine engine company may have evolved from this dissolution of American Gasoline Engine Co.  AGM founder Addison Tooley’s son-in-law AG Lockwood followed the Valley Boat and Engine Co. to Saginaw and became a company officer in 1912.  He later purchased the company and renamed it Lockwood Manufacturing (1919) having begun production of a cycle car (car built from motorcycle parts - a fad of the time began in Europe) in 1914.
Through purchases and consolidations, the company continued in the truck (11/2 to 4 ton chassis) business until the depression, and like so many firms, disappeared.
A news bulletin in the Saginaw Courier Herald, July 14, 1917 tells of a Valley Boat Company hydroplane being successfully tested at a speed of 45 mph.  A June 1923 issue of Motor Boat does feature a Valley Boat Co. hull in an Atwater Kent ignition system ad.  Quite possibly Valley Boat Co. ceased the boat building business after the Lockwood Manufacturing business was formed in 1919.  Hence the story of another of Central New york’s marine engine manufacturing company is revealed.


 
RESTORATION OF A STEERING WHEEL  
by Sherwood Heggen  
A very common wheel is the steering wheel found on most post-war Chris Crafts.  These wheels, like any other made of the same material, have the same problem of cracks around the hub and on the spokes at the rim.  The wheel is still very solid because it has a metal core, but it is not very attractive in that condition.  So, let's get it fixed! 
For ease of handling, the wheel should be removed from the column.  The hub of the wheel is held in place by a nut under the throttle lever/ horn button assembly.  Remove the throttle rod lever at the base of the steering column and disconnect the horn wire, then pull the assembly out and set it aside.
  Next, remove the nut and lock washer holding the wheel to the column.
Now you can easily pull the wheel off the column and get to work!?  Not likely!  These wheels, even though they are on a tapered shaft, are extremely hard to get loose most of the time.  Though there may be a wheel puller available to remove the wheel, I don't know of one.  I have always removed the whole steering unit from the boat where I can get serious about the task.  It will be necessary to drive the shaft through the wheel with some force.
To do this, you must place the back of the wheel against a very solid base.  I suspend the steering unit by the wheel between two 2x4's on edge.  The 2x4's are set on the inside corner of my "L"-shaped workbench.  Loosen the nut to the point where the surface of the nut is past the end of the shaft to protect the threads on the shaft from the pounding you are about to inflict on it. Be sure to protect the nut with a block of hardwood such as oak.  Then with a big hammer, strike the nut through the block of wood with sufficient force to drive the shaft lose.  If you are lucky, it will come loose with a couple of blows.  Let's say you were successful and now have the wheel free from the shaft.  Begin restoring!
First,the wheel should be thoroughly cleaned with paper towels and naphtha.  Then try to eliminate any loose paint with an X-acto knife or similar tool.  Now identify the obvious and not-so-obvious cracks.  Hairline cracks in the paint may seem innocent, but if the paint is cracked, you can believe a crack in the wheel caused it.  To be able to force new material into the cracks, it will be necessary to make the cracks bigger using a saber saw blade, X-acto knife, or whatever will do the job.  Open the crack to at least 1/16th in. wide all the way to the metal core.  To rill the cracks, mix a batch of Bondo or similar material and force it into the cracks like a dentist forcing home filling material before it sets up.  Let the Bondo harden to plastic consistency and pare away the excess with an X-acto knife.  Any low spots which remain should be filled with automotive spot putty which comes in a tube.
After the putty has hardened cornpletely, sand it flush to the surface with 220 grit paper using a stiff backing to the paper to cause a flat, uniform surface.  You may, need to apply more than one coat of putty - to create a uniform surface.  After you have filled and sanded all of the low spots, sand the entire wheel with 320 paper.  Clean up the sanding dust with paper towels and naphtha.
The next step will show off any flaws which still remain.  Spray on a coat of gray automotive primer and let it d . When looking at the wheel after the primer has dried, you may be surprised by the flaws which show up.  Using spot putty again, fill and sand as necessary and then spot prime and inspect further for any, more flaws.  Assuming the wheel looks perfect, wet sand with 400 paper and prime again.  When dry, check again for any blemishes.  Correct as necessary and wet sand one more time with 600 paper.  Mist on a light coat of primer in preparation for paint.
Whenever you paint parts, it is important to be able to hold or support the part properly while it is being painted.  To do this, taper the end of a I in. dowel sufficiently long to be able to hold it while painting.  The taper should match closely the taper in the hub of the wheel.  To hold the wheel secure to the dowel, use a wood screw and large fender washer installed from the front of the wheel.  Now you can hold the wheel without touching it and have a means of supporting it in a vice or similar holding device while it dries.
Now you are ready to paint, but what color?  I believe the typical color was a cream, but not having been able to find cream, I have settled for almond which comes as an epoxy in a spray can.  Be sure to spray it in adequate ventilation!
There is one final step before painting.  Using naphtha again, wipe down the entire wheel to eliminate any dust or grime, then wipe it down with a tack cloth.  You, of course, are holding the wheel by the handle you made to keep from contaminating the cleaned surface.  Now spray on a light mist coat of color and set it aside until it has set up for awhile.  Then spray on a full, even coat.  Set it aside and walk away from it and even close the door behind you to resist any temptation to touch it or anyone unknowingly messing with it.  Ignore it for at least 24 hours and then come back and check your work-.
If you are happy with your work-, you are finished.  But if there remains a blemish or a run, don't worry.  Carefullv sand out the problem, re-sand the entire wheel with 600 paper (wet) and spray on another even coat after cleaning it with naphtha and a tack cloth.  I've found this extra step actually makes a better looking paint job, so it's really not time wasted.  Install the wheel back onto the shaft and put everything back in the boat like you found it.
As you can see, there really are no difficult steps here, other than getting the wheel off the shaft.  It just takes some time and patience.  Go ahead and give it a try if your boat's steering wheel needs a face lift.  You will feel good about doing your own restoration work!


Reserve Now
It isn’t too early to start reserving a few dates for the year 2001.  Although these events are not yet included in our calendar of events, they are an important part of the chapter’s business.  First we will need volunteers to man the booth for the Central New York Winter Boat Show in Syracuse, NY.  Also when spring gets here, we will need volunteers to help with sprucing things up at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.  Both of these events are a great way to give something back to the community we live in and meet other avid boaters.  Contact Roger Townsend for the exact dates and help needed.  1-315-635-9695.  Also don’t forget to mail your boat show registration in early, to assure you of a space on the dock for our Annual Boat Show, July 27-30.  Plan on being there all three days to really relax and enjoy all the activities of the weekend.


 
To be truly amazed and learn to tie some important boating knots, check out the link to the British Boy Scout’s site on the Chapter’s website links page.
www.flc-acbs.org
 How we love our floating money-eaters.
Commentary Andy Rooney
The notice came from the boat yard at the lake where we use our 1937 Gar Wood speedboat.  “Sadly,” the boat yard says to me in the letter, “the time of year has come when boat owners must think about winter storage.”
Obviously, I am sadder about the occasion than the boat yard because my thoughts turn to a boat full of happy family members with spray in their faces.  The boat yard, on the other hand, wants me to tell them when they should haul the boat out of the water and in traditionally unsentimental boat yard fashion, asks that I should send along a check for $50 to guarantee our boat a place in their storage shed, out of the weather.
There are things I spend money for that I hesitate to factor.  I would be embarrassed to list on paper the amount of money I spent on storage, maintenance and gas for the boat and divide it by the number of hours anyone spent out on the lake in it this summer.  I shudder to think of the cost per hour of pleasure in the old mahogany beauty.
Unlike cars, boats have to be babied.  The boat yard always changes the oil over the winter.  That oil in the crankcase must have gone about 200 miles.  The carburetor usually has to be rebuilt, the bottom painted, the interior varnished and the water pump replaced.  I trust the boat yard.  That’s just the way boats are.
Boats may be the most expensive pleasure man endures.  I have flown across the United States and back in a helicopter twice and on each of the four passages, we flew over lakes and up and down seacoasts dotted with marinas crowded with boats with cute names on their sterns, owned by people paying for storage or docking space.  i hardly ever saw anyone out on a boat.  It’s a lonely life--for the boat, I mean.
The active life of the average pleasure craft must be one hour in 10,000 of its tied-up life.  With the exception of a handful of people who work with them, boat-owners seldom go anywhere in one.  People like having boats better than they like going out on them.
An unused boat, tied to a dock with little waves slapping lightly at its sides, is a sad sight.  I’ve seen my boat in the shed in the winter and I feel almost as bad for it as for a dog I see tied up all day in the backyard.  A boat should be pushing its way through water.
I cross a bridge in New York and tied up along one shore is a huge old freighter designed to plunge through the high seas.  it is called the Rebecca Edge.
Alas, the Rebecca Edge has been tethered to a dock for three years now.  It is a strange name whose meaning I can’t fathom and  I have made a mystery of it in my mind.
I’ve considered a dozen evil plots for the Rebecca Edge.  Its exterior is shabby but I envision its interior as being the home of some fabulously wealthy business entrepreneur or, perhaps, the lair of a gang leader who has turned the interior of the deteriorating old Rebecca Edge into a floating palace with crystal chandeliers, Turkish rugs, silver tableware and gold-plated toilet sears.
On the other hand, and more probably, the Rebecca Edge is just one more rotting old unused boat that the owner can’t afford to keep in running condition any longer.  In that regard, the old freighter always reminds me of my Gar Wood up at the lake.
Submitted by Dick Sherwood, FLC Member
 
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Buy, Sell or Trade

1954 Century Wood Inboard 16’ Resorter, Engine Rebuilt, 6 cylinder,  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.

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.

1930 18’ Fay Bow runabout.  structural restoration completed 1995.  60hp Chris Craft B rebuilt 1993.  Runs great! New EZ loader trailer.  Beautiful boat! Doug Knapp 607-869-9271

1960 Chris Craft 27’ Sea-Skiff hardtop.  Good 283 Chevy with fresh rebuilt velvet drive transmission.  Boat has been well taken care of by previous owner.  Previous owner damaged bottom on keel by strut during transit last fall, (boat fell off trailer).  some road rash on 4 lap-strake planks on starboard side.  Vertical supports, (windshield) supporting hardtop needs attention.  Pictures of boat/damage available.  Transportation to buyer available. $2,895 open to offers and trades.  Chevy 283 “flagship” running when removed from boat 10 years ago.  Needs intake manifold, carb, starter. $145. Call 716-554-3190 Doug or email Woodboat 98@aol.com

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

1959 22’ Century Raven with 170hp V-8.  New upholstery throughout.  Fresh brightwork, paint and sntifouling bottom done fall ‘98.  Ready for water with tandem trailer.  Sacrifice at $7,500. Call Doug Persee 315-469-3349  Fair Haven, NY

1956 20’ Morehouse inboard (utility).  Cedar on steam bent white oak with mahogany decking and 95hp Chris Craft K.  All original, complete and in very good condition.  Needs only cosmetics.  Stored indoors since ‘85, out of water since ‘71.  Engine ran well prior to storage.  One of onaly 10 built, 1 of only 5or 6 remaining.  Located in Weedsport, NY, no trailer, make an offer.  Ray Kusche (E) 207-865-1041 (D) 207-774-6400

1961 15’ Whirlwind outboard with 55hp Johnson.  Call Ham Armstrong 315-594-1632

Wanted, Frame lift pontoon boat trailer 22’ or 24’.  Call Barry at 315-682-8909

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

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

 
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Fall Foliage Cruise
Although the weathman claimed it would be a cold wet over-cast day, Mother Nature didn’t listen to that station and instead provided beautiful sunny fall day for the Chapter’s fall Foliage Cruise on October 7th.  Too many folks believed the weatherman and as a result only three boats (Roger Townsend’s Chris Craft, Larry Hall’s Hacker and Jeff Williams’ Century) made the trip from Cayuga Lake State Park to Seneca Falls and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry.  But at the Museum about 35 Chapter members and another 15 or so friends of the Museum awaited their arrival.
Since the Museum has setup the Morehouse Boat Registry, there were several Morehouse family members present, as well as Nelson and Edith Delavan (the driving force in creating the Museum) & family & friends of David Hanna, the speaker for our event.
After lunch, David Hanna provided an interesting, hour long talk about the history of Seneca Falls and the very prominent role the village and its canal played in the events of the 19th century, including everything from manufacturing to women’s rights.  Maybe the most surprising fact was the canal was the source of industry and growth for Seneca Falls in the early 1800’s, making it a hub of upstate activity and a very prominent player in the westward expansion of the country.  The canal was also the reason the village kind of fell off the map when the state took over the canal, relocated it and in so doing, displaced or bought-out most of the village’s industrial operations in the early 1900’s.
David is a relative of Arnold Barbin who was a prominent figure in Seneca Falls during the last century and who had begun an extensive effort to chronicle the history of the village before he died.  Davisd has taken up where Arnold left off and will be publishing a book next year covering their combined efforts.
Many thanks to David Hanna for a terrific history lesson, to Nelson and Edith Delavan for hosting the event and to Neil Young, FLCmember and Manager of the Museum, for a fine program.  Anyone passing through Seneca Falls is encouraged to stop at the Museum right on the village’s main thoroughfare (Fall Street) and have a firsthand look at what the Museum has put together.
Submitted by FLC member Richard Sherwood.


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ric and wendy fetridge
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