model trout boat appeared only in the 1927 Penn Yan
boat catalog. It was probably eliminated from the
line-up due to the emergence of outboard motors requiring
access to the transom.
learning to row, the next step was to take off in
my Uncle Ralph's 1960s Montgomery Ward 12-ft. aluminum
boat with a 5 � hp outboard motor. Life could not
be better when a young boy had the outboard motor
at full throttle, racing along at 10 MPH, and bouncing
across the waves when he entered the main part of
Keuka Lake from the Basin after crossing the sandbar.
Summer vacations and fishing trips provided me the
opportunity to learn to operate and enjoy a variety
of outboard motors, ranging from a 3 hp to a 125 hp
Evinrude. Memories like these are part of my youth,
along with the many times spent with my dad, Harry
E. Hall, and his outboard motors. They have led me
into a hobby now called "Antique Evinrude Outboards"
with their paired vintage Penn Yan boats.
first Evinrude outboard was a college graduation gift
in 1978, from my late parents, Harry & Laura Hall.
It was a 1968 18 hp Evinrude on a new 14-ft. Mirrowcraft
aluminum boat. This outfit has been regularly used
on Keuka Lake for the past 30 years.
'78 Mirrowcraft and its 18 hp Evinrude readied for
a fishing trip with Ted's son,
Pete (left), and family friend.
1994, my wife, Becky, and I reestablished a "Hall
Family Cottage" at Crescent Beach in Branchport. That
same year in our hometown of North Canton, Ohio, we
located a 1962 3 hp Evinrude outboard motor paired
with a 1959 Penn Yan Cartop boat. The motor was originally
owned by the Evinrude family and the boat had been
brought to North Canton from Naples, Florida. We bought
the pair, named the boat the Harry Hall, and returned
the two to Keuka Lake where they have made several
appearances in Wine Country Boat Shows and the Curtis
Museum in Hammondsport.
1995, we located a 1972 Glastron with a 1972 100 hp
Evinrude in North Canton. This outboard boat was a
smaller but similar style to my father's 1964 Glastron,
the Molly B with a 125 hp Evinrude. Our family still
enjoys the 1972 rig on summer vacations at Keuka Lake.
Penn Yan Cartop with its namesake in the driver's
seat, and patient friend ready for a ride.
the fall of 1997, we found a 1958 15-ft. Penn Yan
Dynamold with a 1959 35 hp Evinrude Golden Jubilee
outboard, honoring the 50th Anniversary of Evinrude
Motors. We started the stripping of this plywood-sided
boat but eventually turned it over to Ed Wightman
who professionally refinished it during the winter
of 2004-2005. The boat, named DeWick, and motor returned
to the waters of Keuka Lake during the summer of 2005.
hundred Evinrude horses leaving nothing but wake on
a beautiful day on Keuka Lake